Stellie, Noah Slee, Alice Skye: Best Songs of The Week
Each week, we receive countless submissions of exciting new music, so we’ll be taking you through a weekly wrap up of all our favourite new tunes every Friday called #TrustedForTaste. Follow our Spotify playlist to never miss our updates!
For more new music and news, head to the Purple Sneakers website. Read on for new music from STELLIE, NOAH SLEE, ALICE SKYE, WILLARIS. K, ALICE IVY, DUGONG JR, BOY PABLO, TA-KU, MILDLIFE and JADED!
Stellie – I’d Have Killed For You
Along with the announcement her debut EP is on the way, Stellie returns with a staggering, slightly-obsessive new single titled ‘I’d Have Killed For You’. Speaking of her new single, Stellie said, “Although “I’d Have Killed For You” has a pretty dark underlying theme, it’s probably the most upbeat song on my EP, which is pretty confusing when you think about it – but I kinda love that.” It’s evocative and cinematic in its lyrics (co-written with Northeast Party House‘s Zach Hamilton-Reeves) and still so dreamy in the rose-coloured haze her voice conjures up. Another winner from Stellie!
Noah Slee – Here For It All
The incomparable Noah Slee is back with ‘Here For It All’, a heavenly slice that blends soulful hip hop, RnB and jazz. Teaming up with Mike Nasa, ‘Here For It All’ is all about community, with Slee writing the track after the consoling a friend who had lost someone. “Death is a part of life and its important to let your people know you’re here for them. I wrote this song from gratitude for the people that have my back,” he said. We’re here for this message, here for this new single and absolutely here for Noah Slee.
Alice Skye – Grand Ideas
Naarm-based Wergaia / Wemba Wemba woman Alice Skye has released her first single for 2020 with ‘Grand Ideas’. Underpinned by indie rock sensibilities, ‘Grand Ideas’ highlights Skye‘s stunning songwriting with deeply evocative and introspective lyrics, which is further brought to life with the Triana Hernandez-directed video which is one of the best clips we’ve seen in a long time. Tipped to have plenty more on the way, we are 100% on board for Alice Skye with this new single!
Willaris. K – Chapel (Ft. WaveIQ)
Serving as the first time Willaris. K has teamed up with a rapper, ‘Chapel’ is the latest release from one of our favourite producers. Tapping WaveIQ for guest vocals, this is another shift in sonic direction from Willaris. K while still maintaining those classic hallmarks of his production we love so much. It’s an outright banger, absolutely heaving in its rave influences and has us being transported back to a time where we could be together on a dancefloor. Taken from his forthcoming Full Noise EP, looks like we’re in for another treat from Willaris. K!
Alice Ivy – Better Man (Ft. Benjamin Joseph)
Quickly becoming one of our most anticipated records of this year, Alice Ivy‘s new album Don’t Sleep is shaping up to be a serious contender for one of the best in 2020. ‘Better Man’ is the latest single we’ve now been gifted off this record, in which we see Ivy team up with Safia‘s Benjamin Joseph for his unique vocals. Once again proving her production chops are seriously a force to be reckoned with, ‘Better Man’ is an immersive, richly textured track with an undeniable groove and a glorious horn section to take it to new heights. Don’t Sleep is out July 17th, and that date cannot come soon enough.
Dugong Jr – Ghost (Ft. Evangeline)
Melbourne based multi-disciplinary creative Dugong Jr has such a knack for working with artists and not only letting his own work shine, but his collaborators as well. He’s once again done this in spectacular style with ‘Ghost’, teaming up with emerging artist Evangeline for guest vocals. Describing the song as being “heavily inspired by late 70’s early 80’s disco,” Dugong Jr said he “wanted to create something that was reminiscent of the sounds you might hear in an old Patrice Rushen or Parliament record, but with contemporary overtones.” This is the second song we’ve heard from him this year, and we can’t get enough.
Boy Pablo – Hey Girl
Norweigian bedroom pop star Boy Pablo not only released this single this week. He also released a B-side, ‘I Just Wanna Go Home’ Ft Andrea, and announced his debut album, Wachito Rico, is on the way out in August. The solo project of Nicolas Muñoz, ‘Hey Girl’ features effected guitar chords, hand drums and warm, deep vocals for such a cute, quaint and catchy listening experience. For fans of Two Door Cinema Club, ‘Hey Girl’ is like a cool Friday afternoon breeze. We can’t wait for more!
Ta-Ku – Glitter
Ta-Ku is back in our ears (he never really left) with a surprise cover of BENEE‘s international viral hit, ‘Glitter’. Completely changing up the song to a point its almost unrecognisable compared to the original, the result is utterly spellbinding. Speaking of the inspiration behind the cover, Ta-Ku said, “I was listening to it one day – and just as the world started changing due to the pandemic, the lyrics took on a new meaning to me inside my head. The thought of sticking together (like glitter) became more than just a catchy hook. It became something that I felt we needed more than we know moving forward to the somewhat unknown.”
Mildlife – Rare Air
It’s always a good week when there’s new Mildlife involved. Taken from their forthcoming record Automatic out September 18th, ‘Rare Air’ is a “sprawling, cinematic space jam.” Coming in the form of two versions with an album version nearly seven minutes long, and a four-minute edit, both versions are expansive, detailed and immersive microcosms of what makes Mildlife so special. In their own words, Mildlife said of their new single that it was about “longing for clarity in the suffocating grip of everyday tedium. Wondering what life could or will be, but trying to be present despite the temptation to endlessly pontificate every decision.”
Jaded – Dance Much
Teaming up with Ali Story, eclectic UK production trio Jaded have released an all-out banger in ‘Dance Much’. Dancefloor ready, this one hits hard in all the right places and is primed for a major highlight when we can return to the club. Following on from their Ashnikko-featuring weapon “Pancake”, Jaded count the likes of Diplo, Oliver Heldens, Fatboy Slim & Jax Jones as fans and ‘Dance Much’ is all the proof you need as to why. A total heater from start to finish, ‘Dance Much’ holds nothing back.
Words by Emma Jones
Images: Stellie by Jackson Thornbury; Noah Slee – supplied; Alice Skye – supplied