New music from Ryan Hemsworth, Angel Haze, Say Lou Lou and more
Gaby Whitehill

15:42 25th October 2013

Another week has, thankfully, come to an end, and that means sweeping all the best new tracks of the week up and shoving them all into one exciting post.

As we crawl into the dreaded Halloween half of October, we've had some exciting new offerings from the multi-talented Angel Haze, the best cut from Ryan Hemsworth's fantastic full length debut, and a mellow retro ditty from a New Zealand psychedelic popstar. So stick on your headphones, and let us take you on a sonic journey throughout this week's best new tracks.

 

Angel Haze 'Wrecking Ball' (Miley Cyrus cover)
The talented rapper has promised to give us a freestyle every day in the lead up to debut album Dirty Gold, and so far we've had a wide variety of offerings; furious, swaggering takes on Kanye's 'Black Skinhead' and Kendrick's 'Backseat Freestyle', candid, insightful poetry on her version of Macklemore's 'Same Love'; and now Haze shows off her vocal chords on this fantastic cover of Miley Cyrus' epic power ballad 'Wrecking Ball'. Girl can SING. 

 

Say Lou Lou 'Better In the Dark'
Highly photogenic Australian-Swedish twins Elektra and Mirana Kilbey have bestowed a number of perfect electronic pop gems on us, and continue their run with the stunning 'Better In the Dark', a shimmering atmospheric gem that builds into an epic piano laden chorus topped off with excellent vocals. It's impossible not to like it.

 

Ryan Hemsworth 'Against A Wall' ft Lofty305
The Canadian producer this week released his much-anticipated full length debut Guilt Trips which features guest appearances from the likes of Baths and Sinead Harnett, and 'Against A Wall' is a definite standout. A chilled out electronic jam with a melancholy edge, it's offset by Miami hype rapper Lofty305 offering brooding, romantic thoughts such as "When I wake up at night/Only thing that comes to/Wish that I could have you closer, closer".

 

Lorde and MIA 'Royals/Paper Planes' (Mash up)
Lorde's modern day pop anthem meets MIA's 2007 gun-toting banger. It works primarily because both tracks carry messages of excess and greed, and can be interpreted as a criticism of the hip hop ideals of guns, girls and diamonds. Aesthetically, Lorde's vocals ride perfectly over Diplo's famous 'Paper Planes' beat.

 

Arcade Fire 'Afterlife'
The critically acclaimed Canadian band's latest album, Reflektor, has been met with a mixed response, but 'Afterlife' is a real standout; a jaunty, upbeat track with an Afrobeat feel, as displayed in the accompanying video. With a catchy chorus and heartfelt lyrics, it's one of Reflektor's most instantly accessible tracks.

 

Chromeo 'Sexy Socialite'
The funk duo offer another preview of forthcoming album White Women, and it's an absolute corker. The uptempo'Sexy Socialite' is made for the dancefloor, with a funky disco vibe whirring with synths, underscored by a grooving bassline. Track highlight: the playful call-and-answer middle eight with help from a mystery female vocalist.

 

Of Monsters & Men 'Silhouettes'
We've had the electro-pop 'Elastic Heart' from Sia featuring The Weeknd, now we get another preview of the much-anticipated Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack with this offering from Icelandic indie-pop outfit Of Monsters & Men. 'Silhouettes' is an epic, percussion heavy powerhouse that blossoms into a symphony of horns. It's only a one minute thirty second clip, but it's certainly promising.

 

Samuel 'Steam Train'
What's that, you say? Another velvety voiced falsetto crooner making panties drop over a slice of modern, futuristic R&B? How original! Yes, we know there has been an absolute barrage of 'indie-R&B' champions popping up absolutely bloody everywhere over the past few weeks, but this track from Irish-born, London-based Samuel is really very good - the vocal styling is nothing new, but the beat is an intriguing, intricate slice of electronic rhythm n' blues.

 

Connan Mockasin 'Do I Make You Feel Shy?'
Slightly creepy song title aside, 'Do I Make You Feel Shy' is a rather mellow, pleasant and slightly bizarre retro-apeing jam brought to us by New Zealand psychedelic pop musician Connan Mockasin. It's easygoing, psych-rock with a warm, fuzzy, glowing edge and 60s tinged vocals.

 

Jakkin Rabbit 'Jakkin Jill'
UK house duo Jakkin Rabbit rework Jill Scott's fantastic, uplifting soul track 'Golden' into an funky disco house cut, teasing Scott's soaring vocals in slowly until it builds into an epic crescendo. Also, the pun in the song title alone makes it deserve its place here.

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