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Live Review: Moses Sumney, Kota Banks, Slim Set: Best Songs of The Week

15 May 2020 | 10:30 am | Emma Jones

New Music Friday and it feels so good! New singles from Moses Sumney, Kota Banks, Slim Set, Genesis Owusu and many more!

Each week, we receive countless submissions of exciting new music, so we’ll be taking you through a weekly wrap up of all our favourite new tunes every Friday called #TrustedForTaste. Follow our Spotify playlist to never miss our updates!

For more new music and news, head to the Purple Sneakers website. Read on for new music from MOSES SUMNEYKOTA BANKSSLIM SETGENESIS OWUSUEVANGELINENICK HAKIMCHEEKBONENO-KE and FLETCHER FT KITO!

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Moses Sumney - Bless Me

Accompanying the release of his new album out today, Moses Sumney is back with another absolutely stunning cut titled 'Bless Me'. Featuring his signature vocals soaring through a slowly rising cascade of instrumentals, 'Bless Me' is a song that will have you floored from your first listen as Sumney once again exposes his soul, refuses to hold back and delivers another bold sonic statement proving he is one of the world's most remarkable artists. It's an absolutely beautiful release from a simply brilliant new album, and if there is one thing you listen to today, it should be this.

Kota Banks - Snip Snip

The queen herself returns! For loyal Kota Banks stans, this release has been a long time coming since an early version was played during her Spilt Milk set. Fans have been begging Banks to release the track ever since, and now finally she's obliged and it is more than worth the wait. Swick is in peak form while Banks holds absolutely nothing back, embracing a more aggressive side than we've heard before but one we absolutely want to hear more from. 'Snip Snip' is another huge move from Kota Banks who continues to go from strength to strength, and we cannot wait to hear even more!

SLIM SET - Solar

Sydney duo SLIM SET once again deliver a slam dunk with their latest single, 'Solar'. Featuring Atro's trademark off-kilter and unpredictable production channeling UKG vibes and Dev's now trademark rhymes, 'Solar' further confirms the fact that Slim Set are one of the most underrated acts in this country at the moment. They simply do not miss.

Genesis Owusu - Don't Need You

In his first release of 2020, Genesis Owusu's 'Don't Need You' sees him push the constraints of traditional genres even further somehow straddling conscious hip-hop and Talking Heads influences to create some kind of indie/hip-hop hybrid that we can't get enough of. Speaking of the track, he said, "Don't Need You is an anthem of independence, a call to action to shed the grip of toxic places, spaces and faces." He's completely coming into his own with each track he releases and as he continues to take risks, he always pulls it off and we're just happy to be along for the ride. Hopefully the sign of much more to come for the rest of the year, we're very here for this one from Genesis Owusu!

Evangeline - Bad Parties Ft. Julius

With 'Bad Parties', Evangeline confirms she is one to watch. Teaming up with Fossa Beats for production and LA's Julius for a guest verse, this latest single is an anti-party anthem that perfectly captures the tension we've all felt when we're somewhere we don't want to be. It's dark, mysterious and bold, and shows Evangeline levelling up in a big way.

Nick Hakim - Bouncing

Coming along with the release of his debut album, Nick Hakim taps into the universal feeling thats just about everywhere at the moment of yearning for connection and companionship. It's not a comfortable listen, but that was Hakim's intent. He explained the origin of the track saying, "BOUNCING is a sound bath where I wrote about one of the coldest days in New York I remember, while lying in my bed, restless by a radiator. It's about feeling uneasy." There's something addictive about how the track shuffles and stumbles along, not knowing quite where it's headed but wanting to see nonetheless. It's a testament to Hakim as an artist that he can be just as captivating venture into disorienting territory as he can with his smoother joints like 'QADIR'. A must listen.

Cheekbone - Agony Ft. Ted Walker

His third single in as many months, North Queensland producer CHEEKBONE is back with 'Agony': another gripping and intense release proving he's making music unlike anyone else. Teaming up with Ted Walker for absolutely stunning vocals, this is the latest taste we've had from his forthcoming EP out later this month, it's proof just how much Cheekbone is pushing and defying traditional genre constraints to make music that sticks with you long after its finished. Strap yourself in and hold on with both hands for this one.

No-kë - Movement 1

Out now via legends and PS fam, Eyegaze, No-kë is the new project from Sydney composer Cassie To. 'Movement 1' is the first of the two-track EP titled Home she's released in which she blends neo-classical and electronic music to create something utterly stunning. A student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, No-kë said of her latest release, "Home is all about my happy place - the Farm. The idea was to recreate that sense of peace and contentment that I feel when I’m up there."

FLETCHER - Bitter (Ft. Kito)

FLETCHER has teamed up with the always incredible KITO for a dark-pop anthem all about not being quite ready to move on from when someone's done you wrong. For fans of BANKS, this one hits hard with Kito in absolutely fine form as always.

Words by Emma Jones

Images: Moses Sumney by Eric Gyamfi; Kota Banks by Tiff Williams; Slim Set - Supplied