Welcome back to ICON’s newest series – ICON Off Air, where we round up our favourite beats for the month. In April we saw a surprise release from Childish Gambino and looked back on the career of the late Bill Withers. For the month of May, feel-good beats and dance-worthy tracks are the theme for the month as we see light at the end of the tunnel for current restrictions.
Our favourite Glaswegian Joesef dropped a new soulful single which instantly melts away any worries while Yungblud – who we spoke candidly with here – dropped hotly-anticipated single ‘Weird’ and is the perfect track to the current pandemic. Need inspiration for your own playlist? Take a listen to our favourite singles below.
‘Dinner Guest’ by aj tracey (feat. mo stack)
When ICON spoke with AJ Tracey in late-2019, the only goal for the UK-based rapper was “Honestly, I just want more people to play my music. That’s that.” Now boasting close to 5 million listeners on Spotify alone, you could say he is quickly reaching the goal with his latest single ‘Dinner Guest’.
‘The Sun Is Up Forever’ by joesef
If you’re already a listener of Glaswegian Joesef, you know of his ability to instantly relax you through his relaxed tunes and perfectly-tuned voice. Released in late-April, his new single ‘The Sun Is Up Forever’ is no different.
‘Right time’ by Hayden James & Icona Pop
In a rapid change of pace and for those itching for a new dance track, Australian producer and songwriter Hayden James has returned to the sound waves with a fresh collaboration with Icona Pop. I dare you to listen without needing to dance.
‘Weird’ BY YUNGBLUD
When speaking with Yungblud in a candid interview late last month, he revealed the inspiration for his latest single ‘Weird’, saying, “It is a song about life and a song about, no matter how weird or strange things get or the way things seem, it’s all going to be alright in the end.” And after listening to this new track, I believe him.
‘The scotts’ BY Travis Scott & kid cudi
No one will forget the hype that would inevitably build from Travis Scott‘s new collaboration with Kid Cudi. In true Scott style, ‘THE SCOTTS’ made its debut on Fortnite, while the art was from none other than KAWS.
‘Fever Dream’ by mxmtoon
For another change of pace, ukulele-playing teenager Maia, better known as MXMTOON, is rounding up this month’s playlist with her light-hearted tracks infused with a little angst. For easy listening, I have this music prodigy on repeat from her new LP Dawn, our favourite track, ‘Fever Dream’.