The sun is out after what feels like forever and the summer feels are strong, so we’ve curated a weekly playlist full of good times and even good-er tunes to get you ready for it. With a mix of comebacks, fresh starts and absolute floor fillers, this week’s tracks of tomorrow is pure vibes, so press play below now via Spotify or Apple Music and scroll down to find out a bit more about each carefully selected song…
The polymathic princess has made her long-awaited return after two years with ‘peppermint’. An innovative comeback track to spearhead a whole new era, Tommy Genesis’ latest promises there’s a whole lot still up her sleeve. It’s a club-ready seductive single full of Tommy’s signature alt-rap sharp bars meshed with her unique ethereal melodies – definitely one for the summer playlist.
In celebration of transgender acceptance, non-binary singer and actor Kat Cunning has released a vibrant new track. ‘Boys’ is a love letter to the first transmasculine person they ever met: it’s an empowering single that will make you want to get dancing, with its emotive lyrics and crescendo vocals. “Since writing ‘Boys’ three years ago, I have come out as non-binary (transmasculine-leaning) and I use they/them pronouns. Unknowingly, I wrote the song as a letter of acceptance to myself, and I hope it applies to our community at large”.
Keeping up the good vibes is ’24/7’, the latest offering from R&B rising star AWA. It’s a soundtrack for sunny evenings, “fun, flirty, grown & sexy”, in AWA’s words. Co-written by the one and only Julia Michaels and Ilsey Juber, it’s got summer anthem written all over it.
Giving us the first taste of her forthcoming full-length album due this summer, WILLOW’s ‘t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l’ has got us very excited for what’s to come. A collaborative track with Travis Barker, the single serves as a vital reminder to the world of how integral Black women are in the world of pop-punk, it draws from the genre classics of old with allusions to Paramore and, of course, Blink-182, but brings it back to 2021 with a uniquely innovative spiritual element. A must listen.
San Diego’s producer thomTide is back with a new alt R&B track bringing soul and sun with his much needed positive outlook. Taken from his Spring collection of songs, ‘doveTailed’ is thomTide’s ode to the fluidity of life, which echoes in the tracks easy going nature and the artist’s signature genre-blending style. “The world is so huge and open-ended,” he shares, “but life can take you anywhere”.
Girli’s latest track, ‘More Than A Friend’, is a rich and raw exploration of the WLW experience: “I wrote this song about crushing hard on a girl who didn’t want me back…Falling for your friend can happen to anyone, but I think it’s a feeling that is particularly poignant to queer people; falling for a friend who perhaps isn’t the same sexual orientation as you and not being able to express those feelings for fear of being judged or losing that friendship. It’s sticky.” It’s an emotive song that resonates vitally with the queer community, whilst remaining as anthemic and playful as ever.
‘Breaking Point’ is the latest offering from NAYANA IZ, the singer and rapper who breaks boundaries with her unique genre-bending creations. In part influenced by her “love of everyone from MF Doom to Jai Paul to Missy Elliot”, her soulful jazz and hip hop duality is the kind of experimental music we need right now. Definitely one to watch.
Following on from Griff’s big win of the Rising Star trophy at the Brit Awards, the singer-songwriter’s new track ‘One Foot in Front of the Other’ is further proof of how far Griff will go. An honest and vulnerable single, it’s emotional, alt-pop but with an intricate high production edge that sets it apart from the other chart-toppers.
LA based singer, songwriter and producer frogi has found her place at new label Apartment 22, and now has dropped her new single ‘phantom limb’. A glitch-pop ballad with a poetic heart, the track is a confident experimentation “blurring the lines between organic recording and digital artifice, it makes for a warm and hyper-modern take on heartbreak.”
Dublin duo Saint Sister powerfully use their platform for good, and their new track ‘Manchester Air’ is no exception. Inspired by the pro-choice movement in Ireland, the single was written in the lead up to the 2018 referendum on the 8th Amendment. “The song reflects a young couple’s journey to Manchester facing an unexpected pregnancy”, and uses folkloric melodies, as songwriter Morgan MacIntyre explains, to hark back on “the old Irish ballads of leaving home, the constant tramp of the Irish across the water”.