[PIAS] - Singles of the week #13: single of the week goes to Tristan with Hellballad!

  Van Muylem    3 april 2022

Emeli Sandé has a nice single with There Isn't Much and renders me a bit melancholic as in the way of thinking about parties where picking out a partner to dance a slow with and getting connected like this feels like something that is missing in 2022. But the single of this week is for sure coming from Belgium with Tristan and Hellballad! It's a cold and fragile electrofied ballad with a hit potential!


Almost 3 years after the releases of her highly acclaimed EP Delidomia (2019) Tristan (also known as solde Van den Bulcke from Ghent) comes out with a new single: Hellballad. It's a first taster and more will be released soon. Hellballad shows a more musical side of Tristan and that is the first time she reveals this side of her! On her first EP we heard a more abiant side: Illusje. The second one comes with a more distorted mix of art-pop, jazz and electro and hard to put into a box of a certain genre: Delidomia. Hellballad sounds exactly like the title says it should sound: dark as hell and like a cold banger-ballad from hell, with a production that balances between heavy electronics with deranged drumcomputers and a synth that sounds as hunting horns who fight against Isolde’s vocals, whilst she sounds partially nostalgic and partially like an ice cold dominatrix!

Tracks from Emeli's new album have now amassed over 4 million streams. On latest single There Isn’t Much Emeli says, “This song is a confessional piece, you finally acknowledge out loud that without your truth and love there is nothing and you are nothing... It’s a bold step to say something out loud but in doing so I believe it allows the thought or feeling to live forever in reality, and free itself from silent abstract.

06/05 new album ‘Let’s Say For Instance’ via Chrysalis Records


ODESZA announce their brand-new album The Last Goodbye which will be released July 22 via Foreign Family Collective/Ninja Tune with new single Love Letter (feat. The Knocks). Symphonic, vast, and emotionally stirring, it is the duo’s most ambitious album to date. Nostalgic yet rooted in the present, it serves as a sweeping sonic experience that speaks to themes of connection and reminiscence. Interwoven with both the new and the old, the album is interspersed with personal audio clips from home video footage, hypnotherapy sessions and even the voices of the duo’s parents, plus features The Knocks, Bettye LaVette, MARO, Låpsley, Ólafur Arnalds, Julianna Barwick, Izzy Bizu and Charlie Houston. These collaborations follow previous high-profile musical partnerships with the likes of Leon Bridges, Little Dragon, Regina Spektor, RY X, Naomi Wild, and more.

22/07 new album 'The Last Goodbye' via Foreign Family Collective / Ninja Tune

Let's Eat Grandma, the duo composed of songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth, have shared the final single from their forthcoming third full-length album Two Ribbons. One of the most hopeful songs on the record, Levitation is a glimmering and expansive track, driven by soaring synths. Rosa Walton further explains, "It’s about feeling all over the place, escaping to your imagination and being in a disorientating and surreal mental state, which can be both scary and elevating somehow - everything feels more creative and things look brighter. You’re with someone you’re close to, trying to reach out and connect to them, and even though you’re both struggling, you’re able to find comfort in one another, and have an absurdly funny yet meaningful time together. You begin to see some hope in your future again after a time when you’d started to lose sight of that."  The single is accompanied by a surreal and ethereal video directed by Noel Paul.

29/04 new album 'Two Ribbons' via Transgressive Records

The artist formerly known as Eliza Doolittle returns on her new home, Different Recordings with a fresh sound and a new look. With tones as smooth as honey, ELIZA draws us in and delves into the darkness. And drawing on the sonics of the 70s, this song is laden with a wool-warm and satin-soft sounds, lending them a feel that is at once sullen, saturnine, sensual and seductive.


At the end of 2018 Dope Saint Jude released her EP, Resilient, before being selected in the NME 100 Essential New Artists 2019, and having a big sync hit with the track Grrrl Like (Netflix, Renault, McDonalds). The South African rapper returns in April 2022 with her new EP, Higher Self. Here, she presents new single For You, a powerful, modern and sensual rap hit, with R&B accents and high level production. Her previous single, You're Gonna Make It, is featured on the soundtrack of the Netflix series Inventing Anna, one of the hottest series of the moment! 

22/04 new EP 'Higher Self' via Yotanka
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Maxïmo Park share a brand-new single, Great Art - their first new music since the release of their acclaimed 2021 album Nature Always Wins, which peaked at #2 on the Official UK Albums Chart. It is a song that distils the frustrations felt by a decade plus of right-wing rule that has decimated communities, generational and international relations - and notably the arts world. The ensuing negativity has so often been brushed flippantly aside with the reaction that at least there will be some great art to follow. Maxïmo Park have always worn their politics well, and Great Art makes for yet another hook-filled, thoughtful – and scathing - addition to the canon of singles that have helped to define their extraordinary reputation as indie hit-makers.

LA-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Kadhja Bonet shares hypnotic new single Dear Gina featuring Kadjha’s hazy and dreamy trademark vocals. The track comes shortly after she announced joining the Ninja Tune family and the release of single For You in 2021, which received impressive support from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, Gal-dem, Loud and Quiet, The Line of Best Fit and Clash Magazine, marking Bonet’s first new music since her critically acclaimed 2018 album Childqueen. "’Dear Gina’ is a companion piece to “Childqueen” album track ‘Delphine’” Kadhja comments, “If you've ever wondered what the letter said - this is it".