Playlist: Songs You Need To Hear This Month (March '17)

Every month we'll be compiling a list of the latest releases that you need to be listening to.

Sakima - What I Know Now (Feat. AOBeats)

Having previously worked with Ryan Hemsworth, Max Hershenow (MS MR) and Jakwob, London artist Sakima has returned with the lead single off his debut EP, Facsimile. Sakima’s aim is to bring “LGBTQ+ pop music to people who can hear it, relate to it, and feel a little less alienated by the extreme heteronormative culture of pop music.”

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Betty Who - Mama Say

Taken from her sophomore album The Valley released last week, Mama Say is Betty Who’s ode to 90’s/00’s Britney - a theme that is becoming increasingly popular in today’s commercial pop acts (See: Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony). But rather than using it as an attempt to tap into the throwback rehash market, Who has some actual fun with the track often referencing Britney lyrics and generally living out her Britney fantasy.

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Charli XCX - Drugs (Feat. ABRA)

Charli released her mixtape Number 1 Angel earlier this month in collaboration with PC Music’s founder A.G. Cook and Drugs is easily one of the stand outs. Acting as an extension from 2016’s Vroom VroomEP, the mixtape sees Charli collaborating with some of the label’s exciting producers as well as some emerging names, like ABRA and CupcakKe.

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Billy Cullum - Lost In You

Produced by Alex Bakker (Sigma), Lost In You is a re-introduction to Billy Cullum as a recording artist following his debut single, Back to my Youth back in 2013. The result is a reinvention worthy to be played on commercial radio alongside all of the tropical house influenced tracks. Lost In You is the first single to be taken from his debut album, Lonely Hearts Club.

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Alma - Chasing Highs

Following the release of her Dye My Hair EP late last year, Finnish singer Alma returned this month with the release of her new single, Chasing Highs. Continuing the tropical house sound established on her debut EP, Chasing Highs hears the singer go for a more 90’s house use of her vocals and we cannot wait for someone to take her into a studio to record a track worthy of it.

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Tei Shi - Justify

It’s been a long four years since the release of Tei Shi’s first single and just this month the singer is finally releasing her debut album, Crawl Space. Following singles, Keep Running and How Far, Shi releases the latest preview single, Justify.

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Cathedrals - Don’t Act Like A Stranger

We last heard from the San Francisco duo back in 2014 with the release of their self-titled debut EP. Following a tour to support the EP, the duo retreated to their basement to record a new set of songs to capture their polar circumstances. The beginning of this result is Don’t Act Like A Strangers.

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Charlotte OC - Shells

Also releasing her debut album this month is Charlotte OC and Shells is one of the stand out tracks taken from Careless People. The song is a fine example of the level of production in the album and the depth of Charlotte’s voice.

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LPX - Tightrope

Although originally released back in January, former MS MR frontwoman, Lizzy Plapinger released the visual for her debut solo release, Tightrope this month and the track is too good to not share. Directed by long time collaborator Mafalda Millies, Tightrope is not too distant from the influences heard on MS MR’s records but is enough of a step away to have Plapinger stand strongly on her own.

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Joao Vasconcelos