Singles Of The Month: Feb 2017

The month may have been a short one, but there's been no shortage of excellent music making its way to our ears. Read on to find out which tunes we've been blasting at Tung Towers this February... 

Arca - Anoche

Just between me and you, Arca’s oeuvre and my ears haven’t always been friends. His 2015 album Mutant makes for arduous listening, and his hard, stuttering production style can be pretty inaccessible. If his previous work has been a sonic assault, ‘Anoche’ finds an altogether different method of imprinting itself on its listeners consciousness, eschewing a punch in the face for a more insidious means of entry; listening to his voice, used on ‘Anoche’ and previous single ‘Pila’ is like breathing in smoke.

Thundercat – Friend Zone

Expertly debuted on ‘Valentine’s Day’, this track oozes funk. 'Friend Zone' is the second single released a few weeks before his highly anticipated third studio album - it's an R&B record for the 21st century. Synths pan before a solitary clap bounces us into a head-nodding rhythm, evoking imaginings of Studio 54. Over a driving four-to-the-floor beat Thundercat takes us on a lyrical journey that any singleton will find all too familiar. 

Stormzy - Big For Your Boots

What would a run-down of February’s best singles be without ‘Big For Your Boots’? After a nine-month hiatus, Stormzy has smashed through what was left of the barrier between grime and the mainstream, all without losing a single shred of credibility. The cartoonish choral beat and the characteristic Stormzy snarl are mitigated by shout outs to his mum, sister, and Adele, reminding us of Stormzy’s undeniable status of sweetest guy in grime. Be on the right side of history and get this guy to UK number one.

Count Counsellor and FRED – Dancery

Few artists intrigue us as much as the Count. With the back-catalogue starting to build, 2017 looks to be a big year for the guy. This time he teams up with FRED to bring us a slice of disco drama. The break beat hits with force, as do the muted screams and vocals – this is big room music. When the 5am house party slump hits, cue the Count with this guaranteed mover. ‘I can’t feel my legs’ he shouts, and neither can we – the groove is simply too strong.

Cadenza – Tek Dem ft. La Panga and Suku Ward

It was a close call between this and Cadenza’s other recent release ‘Til We Do It’, taking the crown by a whisker. After touring with Major Lazer and successful collaborations with rising reggae star Kiko Bun, this track once again proves that very few dub and roots related genres are a step to far for the West London producer. Early Hudson Mohawke springs to mind with the intoxicating brass stabs and weighty 808 kicks. Each element is neat yet full bodied, a mature bass-weighty dancehall track with a powerful punch.

Pumarosa - Dragonfly

The first anthemic single from Pumarosa's forthcoming album 'The Witch' is a sign of great things to come; an invocation of personal growth and regeneration. The soaring guitars and Isobel Munoz-Newsomes gritty vocals show that previous power-house singles 'Priestess' and 'Cecile' were no fluke, but rather an indication of the kind of muscularity Pumarosa intends on bringing to the table time and time again.

Space Dimension Controller – Exostack

A very special record that marks his first release on R&S Records since 2013. Space Dimension Controller’s unique brand of future funk is out in full force and epitomises the labels ‘In Order to Dance’ ethos. Reverbed claps, bells and hats accompany an infectious 80s inspired attacking bass with more than enough bulk to carry the track through its 7 mins and 55 seconds. With a splattering of sirens and Moog-esque arpeggios this is the expertly crafted track we've been waiting for.

Sevdaliza - Bebin

Iranian-Dutch singer and songwriter Sevdaliza’s ‘Bebin’ was written in large part as a reaction to Trump’s Muslim ban. She sings in Farsi for the first time, her fragile vocal delivery giving way in the choruses to a yearning cry, which translates as ‘to see’. It’s poignant that she resolves to give voice to her mother tongue at a time during which Trump’s executive order prevented her from entering the US, seeking to make her invisible. The joke's on him though, because Sevdaliza is not one to be ignored.