Each Sunday, The Perfect Tempo provides you with the 5 best songs released this week! This is our Sunday Service.
- The XX - On Hold
This past week has seen the XX return in a big way, with tiny radio gigs and a big spot on SNL over in America, the British indie trio’s third album is out in January and the first taste of that is new single “On Hold”
It’s clear to see the band have been influenced by Jamie’s solo success with the release of what is one of their most upbeat tracks ever, this is in no small part down to the sample of “I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)” by Hall & Oates, Jamie’s uses a similar technique featured in his solo album “In Colour” to create a Hotline Bling styled backing beat mixed with the duo’s vocals to create what is a unique mix of indie and dance.
Romy and Ollie’s vocals are given full focus in the verses, which are stripped back and understated, If this is a solid indicator of what the rest of the album has to offer then I really can’t wait.
- Childish Gambino - Redbone
Donald Glover aka. Childish Gambino’s surprise return to music continued this week with his second single from his surprise new album “Awaken, My Love” (set to be released on December 2nd)
Wow! what a track, quite unlike anything Gambino has made before, it’s a sharp departure from previous album Because the internet, it see’s Gambino trading in his slick raps for funky high pitched vocals, your bound to be hooked the second that first note kicks in and boy does it kick in, This year has all been about major Hip Hop stars experimenting and releasing songs truly made from their musical passions and inspirations, it’s led to some of the best releases of their respective careers (see Beyonce or Kendrick for example) and this feels no different, It’s funky as hell and shows you can still get make soul music for a large audience.
- The Weeknd (feat. Daft Punk) - I Feel It Coming
Ahead of the much anticipated Starboy’s release on Friday, The Weeknd released two new songs from the album, one of which is this second stellar team up with the elusive Daft Punk.
The Weeknd has never sounded more like Michael Jackson than he does on I Feel It Coming, a velvety smooth track with each word being stretched out by The Weeknd’s silky vocals, everything about the song screams 80’s Michael Jackson, it gives you a strong sense of nostalgia and feels strikingly similar to MJ’s “You Are Not Alone” but only if it had been reimagined as a disco club anthem.
You can really feel Daft Punk’s presence in the track, this is all down to the groovy beat and of course those iconic robot like vocals which make a sneaky appearance half way through
- Justice - Fire
Speaking of French electronic music, the next track is from Justice and features on there newly released album ‘Woman’, You would be easily mistaken into thinking you were still listening to Daft Punk when the song opens and bursts into life with those electronic disco beats.
It’s a week in which has seen music look back in time to create their dance hits and Justice feel no different, it’s contemporary disco music at it’s finest, theres not much that can be said about this track other than to listen to it and transport yourself back to those 80’s club nights.
- Chance the Rapper - Same Drugs
For the last track I’ve made a small exception because as you may have noticed Same Drugs isn’t a new release, but to mark Chance’s two sold out shows at Brixton (our review coming tomorrow!) I’ve decided to feature it and I think it’s fair to say this is going to be on repeat throughout the week.
I could have picked any song from Coloring Book to include but Same Drugs (a ballad to his hometown Chicago) is one of the most beautiful songs released this year, the production on the track is absolutely stellar starting off with a few light piano keys before building to an epic chorus with angelic backing vocals, it’s truly touching music and a lovely note on which to end this week’s first ever Sunday Service.
You can listen to all this weeks selections below;