New this week / Singles in review

Spoon - Do You

It’s been four years since their last album, Transference, and Spoon are finally making a return. “Do You” is the second single from their upcoming album titled They Want My Soul. An upbeat, summery track, “Do You” finds Spoon retracing familiar ground, but a kind of familiarity we have missed for some time. “Someone get popsicles, someone do something ‘bout this heat.” It’s still freezing, so it may be a few months before we can fully appreciate this track.

Ariana Grande - Break Free

“Break Free” is the second single from Ariana Grande’s forthcoming album My Everything. The one-time Nickelodeon actress has had a relatively smooth transition into mainstream pop and so far is doing well to cement her place there. Produced by Zedd, who is renowned for his blitzy synth work, this track definitely lives up to that reputation. At its core it’s another song about breaking free and being strong, the kind of song every popstar has to have in their arsenal to captivate the downtrodden youth.

Hundred Waters - Murmurs

Hundred Waters are a band from Gainesville, Florida and the first to sign to Skrillex’s OWSLA label. “Murmurs” is taken from the band’s second album titled The Moon Rang Like a Bell. The track is immersive, dreamy and subtle. Loops comprised of interesting sounds flowing into, over, one another, creating a ethereal atmosphere.

Jessie Ware - Tough Love

British musician Jessie Ware made her breakthrough in 2012 with her album Devotion, featuring hit singles such as “Wildest Moments” and “Sweet Talk.” “Tough Love” is her first single of 2014, and a lot of what made her debut so special is back in the mix. Her voice is as soulful as ever, the song is melodic and sweet, yet contemporary. The production is subtle and aromatic, layering soft beats and glowing synths.
This article first appeared in Issue 15, 2014.
Posted 6:52pm Sunday 13th July 2014 by Adrian Ng.