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New Music Monday

Take a look at what we’ve had on repeat across the last seven days with this week’s edition of New Music Monday.

Maya Radcliffe
  • By Maya Radcliffe
  • 22 Feb 2021
  • min read

We’re back once again with another New Music Monday and this week we’ve got tracks from the likes of Lava La Rue, Graft, Masterpeace, Alfie Templeman and Grace Davies.

Tune in below.

Lava La Rue – Magpie

London’s own Lava La Rue shared her brand-new Butter-Fly EP on 19 February and celebrated by dropping a captivating music video for Magpie.

Speaking about the video, the NiNE8 Collective member explains that it’s based around the idea of ‘London’s subcultural history timeline personified into a person walking through a tube carriage. Showing many elements of how British Caribbean sound system culture, UK black punk, NH carnival, 2000s grime & more would become the blueprint of the contemporary music scene we know today.

‘Pay close attention as each small detail represents moments of both the rise & sometimes the decline of these movements,’ she explains.

Graft - Hustle and Dream

Originally premiered on BBC show The Rap Game UK, series two winner Graft has just officially released Hustle & Dream.

The Leeds rapper won the BBC Three competition, hosted by Krept & Konan and DJ Target, late last year, with Hustle & Dream being Graft’s final week task which he performed for the first time to Kenny Allstar.

PRS Foundation funded Graft was also the champion of the 2018 edition of the annual MOBO UnSung emerging talent competition.

Tune in to his new track below.

Master Peace – Overdrive

Following on from last year’s Love Bites EP, emerging talent Master Peace has released a guitar-driven banger by the name of Overdrive.

He writes: ‘This song represents my younger years and what I used to listen to. It comes from a feeling of wanting to relive my youth again and perhaps do it in a different way.’

The track comes alongside a video directed by Sahra Zadat, check it out below.

Alfie Templeman - Everybody’s Gonna Love Somebody

18-year-old indie pop sensation Alfie Templeman dropped his new single Everybody’s Gonna Love Somebody at the end of last week and was premiered, once again, as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World.

Speaking on the track Alfie says: ‘I first wrote and recorded ‘Everybody’s Gonna Love Somebody’ back in 2017 when I was 14 years old and it’s been ingrained in my memory ever since. I’d always go back to it and try to re-record it but I could never quite get it right – then I went on a Tears For Fears binge and realised that it needed that ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ kind of production. I got back in the studio, changed a few lyrics and cut it in a couple of hours. It’s probably my favourite song on the new record.’

Watch the accompanying video below.

Grace Davies – I Met a Boy Online

Singer songwriter and former X-Factor runner up Grace Davies has just released her latest single I Met a Boy Online.

The 23-year-old artist explains: ‘I Met A Boy Online is probably the most transparent song I’ve ever written. There aren’t really any metaphors or hidden messages within the lyrics, it’s just a straight-forward, sad-girl pop song.

She added: ‘I wrote it during lockdown, whilst I was experiencing self-doubt when talking to a boy I’d met on a dating app. Because of the lockdown restrictions, we were basically dating virtually – which was a really new and weird experience, and therefore I was left alone with my thoughts and started to doubt whether he would feel the same way about me if he actually met me in person.’