This week's must-listen singles: Sigrid, Jess Kent, The Internet + more
Plus, new singles from Kinder and Daft Punk collaborators Parcels.
Every week, we're hammered with tonnes of new music from Australia and afar, so much so that at times, it feels a little overwhelming and you're not quite sure where to begin. Every week, we run down this week's must-listen singles and releases, this week featuring names like Sigrid, Parcels, Jess Kent and more. Check out Pilerats' homepage for more brilliant music and news, or subscribe to our Spotify Office Playlist for easy listening.
Jess Kent - Bass Bumps
It's been a while since we've heard something release-wise from Australian musician Jess Kent, who you may remember blowing up back in 2016 with her debut EP My Name Is Jess Kent. Now often in the US – where she's writing her upcoming debut EP – the musician has returned with a brand new two-side single Bass Bumps / No Love Songs. Bass Bumps is the better of the two, uniting her catchy and playful vocal with a summery production full of this bright synth work and crisp percussive claps, which all combine together to give this slightly off-centre pop sound. Written about growing up in Sydney, Bass Bumps is a solid return from Kent, who will no doubt keep striving in 2018 as she bounds towards the release of her debut album soon.
Kinder - What You're Like
Chances are you've already come across Kinder in DJ mode, with the Maitland pairing playing a heap of big ol' festivals such as Groovin' The Moo over the past twelve months. What You're Like, their debut single, sees the duo move into the production realm with great results, uniting this captivating, dancehall-inspired production with soft vocals and this generally quite summery feel which really goes down a treat as we hit the cooler months. "It has been such a long time coming but we think taking the time to work out what our sound is, has been the best thing for us," the pairing say on the single. "We now know who we are as artists and what direction we want to head in, whereas if you asked us two years ago, we had no idea."
Sigrid - Schedules
In the lead-up to her Raw EP this year, Norwegian rising star has continually proved why she deserves a place on the international pop music circuit, and with singles such as the brilliant High Five leading the way, it's obvious that she's the next big thing. Schedules is the final song on the EP and thus the last to be released, but it's hard to understand why. It's one of her best singles to date, showcasing that charming vocal line which is as bright and playful as ever as it dances around the single's punchy production. If you're yet to be acquainted with Sigrid (in which case seriously - what are you doing?), then her full Raw EP is the perfect entry point, showcasing the many different sides of the Norwegian pop princess at her sounds in a tidy, five-track release.
The Internet – La Di Da
In the lead-up to their new album Hive Mind, R&B group The Internet have been putting out some incredible music. There was the returning single Roll (Burbank Funk) – which came with an official remix by Kaytranda – and then, two months ago, they followed it up with another charmed called Come Over. Now they're back with a third titled La Di Da and it might just be the best taste of the new album to date, with the Syd-led outfit combining their signature, sultry R&B groove with a dazzling and irresistible, almost salsa-like production that really amplifies that fun energy we've come to love from The Internet, whether it's live or on records.
Parcels – Bemyself
After collaborating with Daft Punk for their break-out hit Overnight (which is something we still can't believe happened all this time later), Australian group Parcels have definitely not slowed down. Tieduprightnow was one of our sure-fire best singles of the year thus far with its light, guitar-driven sound, and now their latest single Bemyself might've just taken it one step further. Bemyself is more of a subtle and low-key single, slowing down that tempo for a more ballad-like track comparable to some of Glass Animals' more washed-out and slow singles. It's a great show of versatility from the band, who release after release, are proving that they're not just a one-hit wonder.