The new year has officially begun and new melodies are coming our way. In our first playlist of 2018 we run down our favourite picks of the week…

MUNCH! – Different Kinda Vibe

MUNCH! blasts into 2018 with the first of a series of single releases. Drawing influences from various corners of hip hop culture, his new cut ‘Different Kinda Vibe’, manages to incorporate old school sentiments and sounds – evoking scenes of lazy summer nights on the block, alongside a fresh and cleverly constructed beat courtesy of fellow Detroit native Nuntheless. Known for a strong DIY ethic and positive take on hip hop, MUNCH! delivers again, as ‘Different Kinda Vibe’ showcases his musicianship, versatile flow and trademark playful, personal and uplifting bars. Follow @munchmusic

Vivienne Chi – Junk

‘JUNK’, the second single from Vivienne Chi marks as a righteous return for the London living alt-pop songwriter. The new release quickly gained major support from industry tastemakers and even debuted at Number 1 of the HypeMachine charts. Accompanied comes her music video, a stunning display of visuals that takes an intimate look into a set of character’s lives, exploring the freedom of people. Follow @Vivienne_chi

William Patrick Owen – First Person Singular

Taking influence from the likes of Nick Drake and Bert Jansch, folk artist William Patrick Owen’s music is strongly based on stunningly dreamy and melancholic soundscapes and deepening lyricism. The singer has just unveiled his debut album ‘First Person Singular’ which covers the topics of identity, queer love and anxiety to the ultimate stage of self-acceptance. Follow @williampatrickowen

EMIL – These Walls

Hackney-raised singer-songwriter EMIL grew up listening to old-school legends Lauryn Hill and Sade – R&B songstresses which have shaped the sound of EMIL today. After the big success of her single ‘Hero’ featuring Grime MC P-Money, the gifted artist now returned with her brand new release ‘These Walls’. This one is without a doubt another beautifully song which brilliantly showcases EMIL’s stunning vocals, underpinned by a trap-infused beat produced by RasEyeVII. Follow @IamEmilJacobs

TCO DANK – Section

London-based rapper Dank is an independent artist creating music straight from his bedroom, trying to express his thoughts through rap and hip-hop. His new release ‘Section’ is a refreshing, bright single which represents an uplifting summer vibe. Underpinned by a rather jazzy beat, Dank showcases his well-crafted ability of storytelling. Stay tuned for more of him to come this year! Follow @tcodank

VAS LEON – Leggo

“Done with the fake people, they don’t get no love from me” – this is how emerging rapper VAS LEON starts off with his brand new tune ‘Leggo’ which just got released. The entire song contains a crucial message as the London-based artist, or Hypedragon – as he refers to himself, speaks up about the importance of letting go of untrustworthy people in your life for good. Truly words of wisdom! Keep an eye out for more of him to come! Follow @thisisvasleon