Welcome to the weekend, one and all! We’ve been working hard this week at the VC office, listening to new music, discovering old tunes, and reveling in some delightful sounds. Below are four golden nuggets we’ve found that we highly suggest you wrap your ears around. As always, click the pics for a listen.
Emma Hames – Luck
With a bluesy, soulful undercarriage, Luck by Emma Hames is a dark tale of grief built against sultry vocals, fuzzy guitars and a hard-hitting chorus. The track comes out of its shell wonderfully as it continues down its crooked path, releasing blasts of energy when necessary to accompany the story of pain and anger within. It’s the perfect accompaniment to Emma’s other recent projects: an upcoming documentary based on her own harrowing journey overcoming adversity and wrongful medication and an NFT project called Cassette Monkeys that aims to build awareness around mental health. Together they help create a story of hope. You can find out more about both HERE.
Limón Limón – Slow Motion
The LA-based duo returns once again to NMF with more chilled, pop-backed sounds in Slow Motion. The bass gently guides the path forward as vintage sounds layer up against dreamy vocals to create the perfect balance of playful energy. For a pretty stripped-back sound, the track has plenty of guile and zest that springs to life in the chorus and rounds off those clean-cut edges. Perfect for a hazy summer’s day.
Jagger – I Go Crazy
I Go Crazy from Jagger offers up a sentimental, beautifully layered pop sound that delves into your soul and refuses to let go. It’s one of those tracks you can just lay back to and let your worries drift away by listening to docile tones, heady snaps and tight production. With vocals that ring like a bell and an ethereal atmosphere, it truly is a mesmerising listen.
Specific Coast – Nothing Hill
Matt Done, AKA Specific Coast, has created a wonderfully folk-laden flow in the perfectly realised Nothing Hill. Serving as a reminder never to let yourself be on someone else’s timeline, gentle guitar saunters onwards into a bright and airy chorus that is impossible to resist. Done’s vocals are the perfect complement to this settled sound, able to hold the track together through strength and clarity. One to watch out for.