Jams of the Week: Lion Babe, Kali Uchis, Milk Teeth, and more

The events of this week here in the UK have been pro­found­ly dif­fi­cult to stom­ach. One thing we should all take com­fort in is the pos­i­tiv­i­ty of those work­ing to unite peo­ple. Our crop of selec­tions this week range from gospel to rap, funk to punk, and hope­ful­ly offer you more rea­sons to stay positive.

Don’t for­get to check out our UK Fresh List on Spo­ti­fy, updat­ed week­ly with new music by fledg­ing artists we can’t get enough of, and return­ing stars.

‘Hit the Ceil­ing’ by Lion Babe
We’ve been fuelling up our space­ship in antic­i­pa­tion of more lit tunes from our favourite mak­ers of 80s-inspired future funk. Lion Babe returned with this styl­ish new sin­gle just in time for BBQ sea­son. Fire up the grill – and them rock­ets, too!

‘Hered­i­tary’ by JID
JID is a young hip hop new­com­er from Atlanta. Recent­ly signed to J Cole’s Dreamville imprint, and pipped for great­ness by Q‑Tip, the rapper’s already come through with a siz­zling debut in The Nev­er Sto­ry. Check his smooth flow on this bit­ter­sweet track.

‘Tyrant (feat. Jor­ja Smith)’ by Kali Uchis
Part Latin car­ni­val, part dub psy­che­delia, Colom­bian-Amer­i­can singer Kali Uchis spars with a oppres­sive lover in her lat­est sin­gle, which fea­tures a com­mand­ing verse from UK singer Jor­ja Smith.

‘Count Your Bless­ings’ by The Como Mamas
This track is an ener­getic piece of gospel, from Ester Mae Wilbourn, Del­la Daniels and Angelia Tay­lor, col­lec­tive­ly known as The Como Mamas. Signed to Dap­tone, these ladies recent­ly released their third album, Move Upstairs.

‘Own­ing Your Okay­ness’ by Milk Teeth
Milk Teeth are a punk rock group from Stroud, Glouces­ter­shire. Front­ed by the viva­cious Becky Blom­field, there’s an air of Wolf Alice, Ash and Avril Lav­i­gne to their rau­cous ener­gy. This track appears on the group’s forth­com­ing EP, Be Nice, which is out on Road­run­ner Records on July 28.


Image: cour­tesy of Lion Babe