Because every musician apparently made a pact saying they’d release music in 2013, we are now getting new music from Sir Paul McCartney in the form of this Mark Ronson-produced lead single, “New,” leading up to the release of New in October.
As is the case with all the best songs by The Beatles, there’s a timeless feel to “New” and its bouncy, sing-a-long energy that bursts during the chorus. Macca bottles up the energy of his live performances and ships it out in this finely tuned 3 minute song that seems like more than just a song.
Another month is almost in the books, meaning it’s time to take a look back at the best of what August had to offer. Normally a time of year that acts as a respite between the flurry of releases that signal the beginning of summer and the holiday season, this year’s August releases bucked that trend. From Earl Sweatshirt’s hyped sophomore set to Kendrick Lamar cementing his legacy, Drake delivering one of the best pop songs of the year to Chela and Gent Mason making a name for themselves off the strength of their debut singles, there’s plenty to look back at fondly from August 2013.
As always, songs and albums are listed in alphabetical order by name.
Angel Haze’s return today with new single “Echelon (It’s My Way)” could have gone one of two ways: a huge disappointment, another example of why record labels need to stop overreaching, or another reminder as to why Angel Haze might be the scariest female emcee in the game right now. It turns out that, over an assaulting electronica instrumental, Haze once again delivers her rhymes as if her life depended on it.
None of her signature intensity is missing, as she delivers verbal jab after verbal jab, landing each one squarely on the jaw: “My bitch look like she Jasmine/My nigga look like Aladdin” and “Bitches talk behind my back cause they never in the front” being too of her better lines here. The hook is all peace and butterflies, and with her warning us to “alert the masses / tell them that it’s coming,” I’m not sure if I should be excited, or terrified.
Sam Smith’s star-making turn on Disclosure’s “Latch,” has made it so that every new song from the R&B singer immediately garners buzz from all corners of the globe. “Safe With Me,” had Smith trying his hand at Justin Timberlake-esque soul-pop, while new track “Nirvana” is downright spiritual in execution. Smith has quickly become one of the more recognizable vocalists in pop, and in some ways his vocals are a less jagged take on the vocal stylings of another 2013 breakthrough artist, Autre Ne Veut.
“Latch” made Sam Smith a name to look out for. With his recent string of solo singles, Smith is garnering attention all by his lonesome.
Melbourne pop singer Chelsea Wheatley records music under the Chela moniker, and after delivering hooks for Goldroom, Clubfeet and Viceroy, she looks ready to drop her first solo single. “Romanticise” is a house-indebted pop gem that sounds like what “Get Lucky” would have had it been performed by a DFA-affiliated artist. Chela’s vocals wander between green and weathered, but it’s the incredible rhythm section that really makes this song stand out in the EDM-infested crowd.
The Romanticise EP is due to hit digital outlets on 26 August via Kitsuné Maison.