From music by rapper Fetty Wapp to the sisterly duo Aly & AJ, there are hot songs to check out this summer
Aly & AJ: ('Take Me')
Musical duo, Aly and AJ Michalka, who have sold over 2 million records worldwide, have returned this month after a 10-year musical hiatus with their brand new track "Take Me."
“This is just the start,” muses Aly, who, along with her sister AJ, exude an excitement impossible to ignore.
Their energy completely renewed, the track, "Take Me" exudes that same vigor - it's teaming with a slow burning restlessness nestled amongst textured melodies and 808 drums, with nostalgic synth hits.
Listen to 'Take Me'
2. Slum Sociable: 'Castle'
The Melbourne duo Slum Sociable recently released "Castle," the first official single taken from the duo's anticipated debut album, set for release Oct. 13.
Recorded in London with producer Rich Cooper (Mystery Jets, Josef Salvat, Lucy Rose) and mixed by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Cut Copy, Gnarls Barkley), the song is premiered exclusively on Clash.
Steeped in groove, "Castle" has a firm hold on the hips guiding Slum Sociable left to right in hypnotic sway through the intersection of jazz, electronica and soul. Gorgeous and effortless - "Castle" brings to mind sonic elements of acts like Bonobo, Animal Collective and Big Scary.
3. Fetty Wap: ('There She Go')
New Jersey hitmaker Fetty Wap is back with a new track, "There She Go." The song is pieced together by Fetty's longtime collaborators, rapper Monty and producers Peoples and Shy Boogs.
Like many of Fetty's iconic singles, the energetic record is the perfect club banger for his fans. "There She Go" is available everywhere.
4. Gold Fir: ('Night Walk')
Following spins on BBC Radio 1, the intriguing new London duo Gold Fir debuted the video for their new single "Night Walk" on +1 Records.
Simply known as James and Mabel, the pair’s eccentric, soulful sound is known to be inspired by their favorite places, friends and films. This love for the latter led to a collaboration on the video with Jack Brown, a London based animator and director whose credits include "Rejjie Snow."
Their artistic vision is to celebrate the vibrancy and energy of nighttime, and they achieve this by seamlessly mixing 2D hand-drawn animation with digitally filmed environments. A strong aesthetic is vital to Gold Fir’s identity and positively reinforces the slick sonic production on "Night Walk."
5. Anna of the North: ('Money')
Anna of the North dropped the new single "Money," another infectious alt-pop gem from the ever-more endearing Norwegian-Kiwi duo, who stand on the precipice of blowing up.
The third glimpse of their highly-anticipated debut album pairs a sun-drenched synth-driven backing with Anna’s impassioned take-down of people driven by the wrong things in life.
Slickly combining the darker message of the track with its euphoric instrumentation shows how assured the duo’s songwriting has become, and offers another example of the varied yet coherent palette which is deftly employed across their debut full-length.