PLAYLIST: 1/2

PLAYLIST: 1/2 from freshairmusic on 8tracks Radio.

1. JORDAN MAX - HELL
Jordan Max was a relative unknown before a few weeks ago, making beats right from his bedroom located in sunny Oldham, Manchester. However judging by the track ’Hell’, his upcoming EP is sure to blast him into the stratosphere. Aided by some haunting instrumentals supplied by polymathic genius Jeymes Samuel (under the moniker ‘The Bullitts’), Max’s unique soulful voice and melancholy tone manages to create something truly beautiful rightfully deserving the number 1 spot this week! Zanesh Amin

2. RIHANNA FT. DRAKE - WORK
This week we finally got Anti, Rihanna’s 8th studio album, after years of waiting and teasing from the artist. Standout track on the album, Work, features everyone’s favourite Canadian, Drake, and exemplifies the sound of Anti that we were beginning to expect with single BBHMM. Clearly heavily influenced by current trends in hip hop, Work is a total banger. Rachel Earnshaw

3. KANO FT. GIGGS - 3 WHEEL-UPS

4. COUER DE PIRATE FT. ALLAN KINGDOM - I DON’T WANT TO BREAK YOUR HEART
Coeur de pirate’s very distinctive vocals drive her new single released with rapper Allan Kingdom. It’s the type of pop song that has sad lyrics without making you feel too glum, a la James Blunt. The story Beatrice tells through the song is one that befits a break up in which both parties realise it’s not working anymore, yet the prominent drum beat throughout the song doesn’t allow you to wallow. That’s exactly what you need sometimes and there’s not enough good songs out there that balance the break up experience like this. It’s hardly a Potterow dance floor tune, but at the same time it won’t make you want to reach for a bottle of wine either.Katie Brookfield

5. ALUNAGEORGE FT. POPCAAN - I’M IN CONTROL
AlunaGeorge is certainly in control on this track, perhaps a little too much. When listening to the short looped backing beat and repeated vocals, you wished they’d just let go a little bit when making the song and had some fun. However, it grows on you with each listen and with its tropical house vibe by the time you’re sitting in the sunshine you’ll be blasting this song from sunrise to sunset. Expect to hear it soon in clubs from here to Ibiza. Dani Hall


6. ALLAN KINGDOM - THE RIDE
On his first mixtape since his appearance on Kanye West’s anthemic banger ‘All Day’, Canadian-born Allan Kingdom had a lot to prove in order to match the hype. On the opening track ‘The Ride’, featuring some glorious production from Plain Pat, he showcases his musical talents in spades. With his countless captivating hooks and some insightful bars, expect big things from Mr. Kingdom in 2016… ZA

7. THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS - BAD HABITS
8 years on but still as feisty as ever, The Last Shadow Puppets (Alex Turner and Miles Kane) return with this in your face single ‘Bad Habits’. The boys contrast jarring strings and biting guitar riffs with the butter smooth vocals in the bridge to create a poison apple feel for the song, edging slowly away from their former 60’s vibe, . While the single lashes out with the gritty rock vibe found on earlier works (think Arctic Monkeys’ first album), we will have to wait and see what the other tracks set to be released in April hold in store.DH

8. SAVAGES - ADORE

9. TENSEI - FALL IN LOVE

10. PLASTIC ANIMALS - GHOSTS
Plastic animals are hardly new kids on the block (this song is from 2012) but Ghosts is a great tune to ease you into the underrated sludge pop/rock genre. The Edinburgh based band have just released their debut album and they’re right on our doorstep. Ghosts is not a song you’ll instantly love for its lyrics (they’re not the easiest to make out on first listen) but it’s got a strong and lengthy instrumental that is about as dreamy as sludge can get. It’s perfect for sticking on in the library when it’s cold and dark outside and you’ve been procrastinating for far too long. KB

11. HEMPRESS SATIVA - ROCK IT INA DANCE

12. SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS - ABLAZE
School of Seven Bells has been on a hiatus since founding member Benjamin Curtis passed away in 2013. But now the band’s back with the material recorded with Curtis and it’s beautiful, exciting and thoroughly danceable with lots of heart and synth. Ablaze is the third track of the album SVIIB, which will be released on 26th February. Sara Knight

13. SANTIGOLD - CHASING SHADOWS

14. SAD13 X LIZZO - BASEMENT QUEENS
Made entirely using Google Docs, Basement Queens is a collaboration between rapper Lizzo and Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis. The track as a whole combines the sounds of both artists, as different as they may seem on paper (or on a google doc lol), with lyrics about being a woman and doing it on your own. A song for all basement queens out there, inspiring the many young women who look uo to both of these artists. RE

15. SELENA GOMEZ - HANDS TO MYSELF
Sexxing up your music is somewhat of a cliche for young stars that came up through the Disney Channel (I’m looking at you Demi and Miley) but instead of overt sexual tones, Gomez’s ‘Hands To Myself’ is much more of a subtle sex. Simply about being infatuated and attracted to another person, the production is simple, with Gomez’s vocals a soft and sultry whisper. RE

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