New Boots editor Phil Moore takes you through the best new tracks this week.
Alfie Templeman ‘Obvious Guy’
Another top drawer funk-pop number from the Bedford teenager. It’s sickening how he makes it all sound so effortless. He’ll be headlining Brixton Academy before 2021 is out.
Look Mum No Computer ‘Stand And Deliver’
“It’s getting hot in here/So take off your career”. Something of anti-industry banger from Sam Battle. The London/Peterborough mad/genius innovator with the banks of modular synths and the BIG YouTube following keeps knocking out these witty, pithy vignettes that go big on basslines and warbling synths. The videos are unmissable too.
Jay Faded ‘Delinquent’
Northampton bassline star quickly follows up ‘Gulag’ with another impressive production. His sound is rave-tastic, with a variety of different sounds coming at you from all angles. A hit from Birmingham to Brisbane, he’s only going to smash it even more after lockdown. Props.
The Big Dirty ‘Sensual Lover’
The classic rock puts an arm on the bar for a breather, and goes slower and soulful. Laid-back, softly lit and [dare I say] more elegant than the sex-rock show that these ShoeTown fellas usually deliver. It works because their writing talent is full bore.
Manners ‘Try Me’
Summer dancehall sounds from the young singer with the loyal fanbase, this one has you hooked from his first vocoder-assisted bar. Based on the consistent quality of his last year’s worth of singles, his time in the big league is surely just around the corner.
Dizmack ‘Poetic Injustice’
“It’s not a black or white thing/It’s a right or wrong thing”. Stirred into action by the Black Lives Matter movement, the Zen don of the NN scene has come into the spotlight with this response song. “I raise awareness and my hand” is the message here, and it’s typically powerful stuff.
Southampton’s melodic punk / pop-punk sextet have a fierce live reputation, and they also do a nifty line in their own take on the classic sound. Why fix it when it ain’t broke, ay.
Emma Noble ‘No Turning Back’
Known for her vocal work with Lack Of Afro and New Street Adventure, the London soul-funk singer finally ventures out on her own with this energised winner. A busy sound filled with all her influences, the chorus is laser-sharp and larger than life.
How many positive superlatives can we throw at this guy? His work with Harlz is always fire, and this is his FIFTH banger this year alone!. “Got it wrapped up like a tortilla”? Ain’t that the truth.
The rapper dripping with Midlands charm, his first single since dropping his statement EP ‘Life Of Reilly’ is a pile-up of clever couplets. Re-imagining himself as a farmer [yeah, really] he spits out his life moments and philosophies – and its never less than essential listening.