Check out this week’s New Music Friday Favourites featuring Tom Speight’s stripped back Whitney Houston cover, a wake-up call for all the Freyas out there from Marsicans and more!

Tom Speight kicks off the weekend with a stripped back, dreamy cover of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’. Lacking the energy of the original, Tom has cleanly transformed this classic dance hit into an ethereal lullaby. Why not start the day with a bit of Whitney and finish it off with Tom?

 

Goat Girl have been taking the world by storm since dropping their first single in 2016. Now they have finally announced the release of their self-titled debut album in April, with lead single ‘The Man’. The track features the signature South London punk-fusion sound of the quirky female four-piece.

 

Since his debut in 2015, Barns Courtney has enjoyed incredible success in a relatively short amount of time. Supporting bands such as The Who, Blur and Ed Sheeran, Barns has rapidly garnered an ever-growing following, correctly stating in the lyrics of ‘Sinners’, his new single, “I must be good for something”. The track, as always with his music, highlights his incredibly addictive vocals, maintaining his signature punk rock-fusion, while ever so slightly edging towards pirate.

 

Leeds-based indie band Marsicans have received immense support since bursting onto the scene back in 2014, including airplay by BBC radio stations, featuring in Made In Chelsea and being shared by Coldplay. Their latest single ‘Wake Up Freya’ was premiered on the Radio One Huw Stephens show which features indie vocals fused with guitar-drenched soundscapes. This is one for all the Freyas out there. Is it set as your morning alarm tone? Why not?

 

London-based Nilüfer Yanya is following up the success of her 2017 EP Plant Feed with her new single ‘Thanks 4 Nothing’. Her distinctive vocals carry the song as they float above the stripped back arrangements made up of guitar effects and a drum beat. The light texture has a slight French essence, perfect for an afternoon visit to the coffee shop, coupled with an edgier chorus which adds a slight sense of urgency.

 

The hugely popular Utah alt-pop all-female four-piece The Aces follow up their bubbly ‘Fake Nice’ with their new single ‘Volcanic Love’, the second single from their highly anticipated debut album When My Heart Felt Volcanic, out in April. ‘Volcanic Love’  continues the summery vibes of the preceding single, but with an all important touch of unpredictability thanks to the chord structure.

 

Singer-songwriter Ten Tonnes has dropped his first single of the year, the passionate ‘Lay It On Me’. The 22-year-old from Hertford shows off his talents in his latest single, shredding the guitar parts as well as singing the incredible vocal line. Made up of typical indie band instrumentation, ‘Lay It On Me’ is a feel-good track which would nestle nicely into the charts between Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club.