New Music Friday 10/3/23

It’s LDN’s breakdown of New Music Friday again, with the best new music that you can feast your eyes and ears on today. Stand by for Sam Akpro, Gorillaz, August Ubeda, Lily Moore and Bleach Lab.

Words: Andrea Naess

#1 Sam Akpro – Trace

London-based Sam Akpro released his latest single ‘Trace’, and this one is a track to look out for –not to mention the outstanding music video. It’s one of the best we’ve seen at LDN so far, it feels like a trippy, nightmare-ish night out in the city… Traffic lights and chaotic filming in a place that looks a lot like Manchester is amongst things you can see in this video. The track also features a catchy and steady bassline throughout and it is best played on the tube home on a cold night. Akpro will perform at Peckham Audio on the 19th of April, so make sure to bring your friends to go and see what we’d call the UK’s Travis Scott. 

#2 Gorillaz – Silent Running

Even though we wrote about Gorillaz last week, we feel the need to write about them again to recommend ‘Silent Running’. The song brings up a topic I think we all can relate to – endless death scrolling on social media… It’s one of those things you know is bad for you, but you do it anyway. This is emphasized in the lyrics “Through the infinite pages I scroll out searching, For a new world, (trip and fly)”. The London-based virtual art pop band have delivered innovative and ahead-of-its-time music for 25 years and won 80 awards (!) for their work. And Gorillaz, you’ve delivered once again with ‘Silent Running’. Out now via Sony Music Publishing.

#3 August Ubeda – Boomerang

Greeting you with the reindeers and aurora borealis of Tromsø, Norway August Ubeda will bring you a catchy and relatable tune to enjoy this Friday. Ubeda has Spanish heritage but grew up in Norway. Before releasing ‘Boomerang’, Ubeda has released other catchy tunes like ‘Dutchie’ and ‘How To Keep My Cool’. The artist says ‘Boomerang’ is about the stress of saying yes to something you know you should have said no to, and how uncomfortable these situations can be– and how relatable is that? LDN loves this track and thinks you will too. 

#4 Lily Moore – Beautiful Lie

In honour of International Women’s Day on Wednesday this week, we wanted to give you a strong female voice this Friday and Lily Moore’s ‘Beautiful Lie’ hits the mark. Following the triumphant return with ‘Hard Days Love’, ‘Beautiful Lie’ is also a track that marks a fantastic return after a brief hiatus. The 21-year-old has rich and forceful vocals, and a slow and big crescendo in the song. The song is paired with a music video where we see Moore laying in a pool like the material gworl she is (Slay). We love this, and it’s a perfect one to play on International Women’s Day.

#5 Bleach Lab – Indigo

Bleach Lab returns with brand new track ‘Indigo’, and the song has already gotten praise from DIY Magazine for being “Destined to make you feel all the feels”, and from DORK to be “worth getting very excited about indeed”. The song feels nostalgic, day-dreamy, a bit bittersweet and the hazy vocals and atmospheric guitar makes this one worth your while. The song is about being in a harmful relationship with somebody who repeatedly tries to convince you they’re sorry, but doesn’t change their ways. Go check it out now. The track is out now via Nettwerk Music Group Inc.