Recommended: Vrillon, Lady Leshurr, Young T & Bugsey, The Streets, Ernie Hawks & The Soul Investigators

In Rec­om­mend­ed today: alt-rock­er Vril­lon are call­ing out for an elu­sive lover, Lady Leshurr salutes Black Pan­ther, The Streets is caught between rela­tion­ship wants and needs, Not­ting­ham duo Young T & Bugsey are break­ing out the bub­bly for a pre-pre-car­ni­val par­ty, and Ernie Hawks & The Soul Inves­ti­ga­tors come through with fresh old-school soul.

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‘Find You’ by Vrillon

Don’t let their band pho­tos fool you. Vril­lon, from Bath, have a soft side under­neath their grit­ty exte­ri­or. ‘Find You’ is a melod­ic call to an elu­sive lover, akin to the alt-rock of Stereo­phon­ics or Wolf Alice. It’s easy on the ears. Look out for group’s debut EP, which is set for release lat­er this year.

‘Black Panther’ by Lady Leshurr

Lady Leshurr is becom­ing increas­ing­ly pro­lif­ic, and she’s keep­ing the qual­i­ty strong as she does so. For her third freestyle of 2018, she paid trib­ute to com­ic book block­buster, Black Pan­ther, and Mis­sy Elliot with her own, glo­ri­ous cel­e­bra­tion of black­ness – patois on point, African face make-up and all. Lady Leshurr’s first full-length album is due lat­er this year. Wakan­da forever!

‘Greenlight’ by Young T & Bugsey

British rap­pers Young T & Bugsey, both from Not­ting­ham, head straight for the club’s VIP sec­tion with their song ‘Green­light’. It’s brazen hook and bub­bly, calyp­so pro­duc­tion keep the mood loose.

‘You Are Not the Voice in Your Head’ by The Streets

Mike Skin­ner, aka The Streets, recent­ly shared ‘You Are Not the Voice in Your Head’, his lat­est sin­gle to be released ahead of his sold-out tour, The Dark­er the Shad­ow the Brighter the Light. Nev­er one to shy away from sen­si­tive emo­tions, Skinner’s lat­est is a mature com­men­tary on male-female relations.

‘Message of Love’ by Ernie Hawks & The Soul Investigators

Flute play­ers aren’t known for being front­men. But Helsin­ki flute play­er Ernie Hawks has chutz­pah and hooks aplen­ty. Togeth­er with fel­low Finnish musi­cians, The Soul Inves­ti­ga­tors – who have worked with some of our favourite con­tem­po­rary soul artists, Nicole Willis and Myron & E – he’s cooked up a glo­ri­ous, breezy soul groove for sum­mer­time. Between its doo-wop har­monies and its flute hook (think of the melodies in ‘The Bot­tle’ by Gil Scott-Heron & Bri­an Jack­son) ‘Mes­sage of Love’ is essen­tial for lovers of rare grooves and clas­sic soul. If you enjoy this, check out Scor­pio Man, the first full-length LP from the group.

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Image: cour­tesy of Vrillon