This week, This Is Our Jam goes international, with new tracks from Greece, Syria, the U.K., Canada, and more. We start things off with a new one from dream pop duo Keep Shelly In Athens, followed by up-and-coming alt-popper FKA twigs, and then it moves up to Canada with new tracks from CFCF, Braids, and Drake. Then we have a collab from three of our favorite underground dance producers in the form of Future Brown, and perhaps the most unlikely collaboration of the year. Get your passports ready.
Keep Shelly In Athens
The new single from Keep Shelly In Athens sees the Grecian duo mixing '80-production with its typically gauzy melodies. The result is a dreamy pop track with just the right hint of nostalgia.
Rising U.K. pop star FKA twigs has been honing her hypnotic blend of R&B and bass music for the past year. "Water Me" may be her most fully released track yet due to production credit from Arca, probably best known for helping Kanye West out with Yeezus. She's definitely one to watch.
"Jump Out Of The Train"
After a couple albums experimenting with contemporary classical influences, Montreal producer CFCF is back in the pop game. "Jump Out Of The Train" takes a page from Peter Gabriel, with lush production and a surprisingly big hook.
Montreal synth-pop band Braids is about to drop its new album Flourish // Perish and "Fruend" is the latest taste. With a circumambient production and beautiful vocals from Raphaelle Standell-Preston the track a nicely soothing experience.
Drake is back in introspective romantic mode (the best Drake mode, btw) for "Hold On." With its classic R&B arrangement, "Hold On" might be Drake's smoothest release to date.
"Wanna Party (Feat. Tink)"
Future Brown is a supergroup of sorts featuring L.A. producers Nguzunguzu, Brooklyn singer/producer Fatima Al Qadiri, and J-Cush Teklife. The first release from the trio's upcoming album also features rapper Tink, who drops some seriously catchy rhymes over a pretty darn mind-blowing beat.
“Wenu Wenu” (Prod. Four Tet)
Syrian singer Omar Souleyman has been releasing Middle Eastern pop for years, but no one foresaw that his new record would be produced by electronic music mastermind Four Tet. The result is a mixture of traditional Arabic-sung vocals with just a touch of Four Tet's production style.