Machine Factory

There’s just something about Ben Howard’s music that seems to touch my heart every time. Following the likes of ‘End of the Affair' and title-track 'I Forget Where We Were' new song 'Conrad' is just as haunting and enthralling with Ben's sublime guitar-work and spellbinding vocals. You find yourself hooked onto each and every word, each and every note, as the track grows and blossoms. I Forget Where We Were is out next month, but for now, stream ‘Conrad’ above. 

Here’s ‘Kind Of… Sometimes… Maybe’, the latest track to surface from Jessie Ware’s upcoming Tough Love album. Out next month, the record is shaping up quite nicely and Ware continues to pull out all the stops with this one, co-written by Miguel and BenZel. The slow-grinding laid-back R&B vibe really works with Jessie’s delicate voice. Take a listen up top!

It’s not often that we post covers, let alone live performances of a cover, but James Bay’s rendition of Haim’s ‘Forever’ is an exception. The singer/songwriter took to BBC Radio 1’s live lounge to give us this increbile take on the track. Bay lets his voice do the talking as he carries through with some great guitar licks. That falsetto towards the end is heavenly… Take a look up top!

So far, we’ve been utterly entranced by Ibeyi’s spectacular sounds in debut singles ‘Oya' and 'River’, but today, the sisters have shared the studio version to the song which kick-started their XL journey. It’s called ‘Mama Says’ and it sees the twins slow things down for a soft piano melody to carry their stunning vocals across the tranquil aesthetics. Take a look at the performance of this track from over a year ago here: it’s lovely!

Ghosts

Los Angeles duo Made In Heights have been making sweet poppy tunes for quite a while now, and today, they’ve shared a brand new gem, in the form of ‘Ghosts’. Vocalist Kelsey Bulkin jumps straight onto the fast-moving track with her sugary voice as glistening electronics and a persistent beat shrouds the soundscape. Listen up!

Where Will We Go Pt. 2

Singer/songwriter Nick Hakim continues to mesmerise with his ethereal sounds in new EP, Where Will We Go Pt. 2.  The four piece, including previous single ‘I Don’t Know’ beautifully encompasses Nick’s undeniably exquisite vocal with lyrics that paint a stunning picture, telling a story and some crisp, heartfelt instrumentation to top it all off. This really is a treat to listen to! 

Coleman Hell + La+ch - Take My Love (#sideways in the UK)
Just when you thought it was safe, Toronto based collective sideways return with a fresh new UK inspired single. Written, recorded and shot on their recent UK tour, Coleman and La+ch fuse their signature falsetto with some bouncy verses that open with a Helena Bonham Carter reference..what more can you ask for?  Give it a spin up top.

Girl (Feat. Holiday Sidewinder)

London singer/producer Stay Bless gives us the roller-coaster of a ride of a falling relationship in new single ‘Girl’, and we love it! Teaming up with London-via-Sydney songstress Holiday Sidewinder on vocals, the track dazzles with its splashes of swelling synths and melodious ethnic rhythms. You’ll have this on repeat in no time, and it’ll be playing in your head for a long, long time.