As far as we're concerned this week doesn't finish until Rihanna drops Anti. We don't want to but we can keep prolonging it as long we need to. C'mon RiRi bring us the goods.
In the meantime, here are 10 songs that combined will probably be better than Anti anyway.
Who Be Lovin Me (Feat. iLoveMakonnen)
It seems like iLoveMakonnen and Santigold have struck up quite the friendship. Last week Santigold popped up on iLoveMakonnen2 and now he's returning the favour featuring on the second track to drop from Santi's new album 99c. It follows on from Can't Get Enough Of Myself and is a far weirder track. It's built on an R&B foundation but it sounds slightly off-kilter thanks to the woozy synths and Makonnen's deliberately flat vocals. It's great to hear Santi pushing the boundaries once again and while this will no doubt take listeners a little while to get used to, it's a winner in our books.
You may remember we fell in love with Taken, the debut single from Sydney songstress Tashka and now shes gone and done it again with the follow-up Each Time. The track is a sexy and slinky jam with Tashka bringing A-game vocals to a moody, smoky beat mastered by Andrei Eremin whos worked with Chet Faker, Miami Horror and Hiatus Kaiyote in the past. It was also engineered by local lad Yeo FYI.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/tashkamusic/each-time[/soundcloud]
Stormzy is ending the year with a bang dropping new track Standard which has already amassed nearly 600,000 views in the week. Its a massive tune bound by a vocal sample that repeats, standard, as Stormzy assumes his position on the throne. He attacks the beat harder than anybody in the game right now and as such he absolutely murders this beat. Its hard to think of many MCs that are giving this much energy right now on tape. Phenomenal.
Hello (DJDS Remix)
Were reaching Adele saturation this week as you cant click to any websites without seeing her mentioned at least once. LA duo DJ Dodger Stadium (now known simply as DJDS) have given us something a little more exciting than the current Adele headlines and remixed her mammoth hit Hello. The pair have billed the remix Adele on acid, which is bang on. Its a six minute plus throbbing club tune complete with acid synths and shuffling beats. They give that big, bellowing chorus a new life on a bed of dance-ready sounds that make it sound even more massive than the original.
Enigmatic British producer SOPHIE nabbed our Album of the Week this week so what's left to say about this that hasn't already been said? VYZEE is the only track to be dropped from PRODUCT and it finds a happy middle ground between LEMONADE and HEY QT. "Shake it up and make it fizz," that voice sings over a bubbly, hyperactive beat that feels like an everlasting sugar rush. Unfortunately it's not everlasting. It only lasts three minutes 🙁
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/msmsmsm/sophie-vyzee[/soundcloud]
Local label Good Manners have signed up some great homegrown acts over the past year or so including Banoffee, Kllo and LUCIANBLOMKAMP but now they have added an International artist to their roster. Makeness is a UK producer drawing comparisons to Jon Hopkins with his eclectic, emotional beat-work. Rogue is the first track to come from a forthcoming EP and it basically does what it says on the tin. It has a rogue, tribal-inspired spirit to it sticking to no structure and making some glorious detours into worlds of deep, pulsating beats.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/makeness/rogue[/soundcloud]
Gone Are The Days
We were big fans of UK newcomer HONNE's EP Coastal Love and they're wasting no time backing it up, dropping a new track Gone Are The Days. The groovy ear worm is the title track to their forthcoming EP which is due for release in 2016 and sets us up for great things. The verses are melancholic and spacious and the choruses are dense and layered created the perfect juxtaposition.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/hellohonne/gone-are-the-days[/soundcloud]
Enigma (Feat. Grrl Pal)
We're used to hearing WA duo Grrl Pal on quaint pop tracks but they're ramping things up a bit providing the vocals for Slumberjack's latest banger Enigma. Engima pulls Grrl Pal right out of there comfort zone laying the vocals of a bed of post-Flume beats with a drop that really digs deep. You can already see this becoming a festival staple by early next year which could mean both Slumberjack and Grrl Pal are catapulted further into the spotlight.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/grrl-pal/sets/slumberjack-enigma-ft-grrl-pal[/soundcloud]
I'm In Love With My Best Friend
There's really very little we can tell you about minimalistic pop trio Sälen. I'm In Love With My Best Friend is the only song on their Souncloud and there is little to no information about them floating around online. That should all change once this song begins to spread because, quite frankly, it's bloody brilliant. The vocals are gentle but full of character and narrate a cute love story backed by some lo-fi beats. It's got a beautiful melody and is likely to catch you and hold on during the very first listen.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/salenwerk/iilwmbf[/soundcloud]
We're just one week out from the release of Coldplay's new album A Head Full Of Dreams which boasts collaborations with Beyoncé, Barrack Obama, Tove Lo, Blu Ivy and Gwenyth Paltrow. Today, we've been gifted with the band's collab with Chris Martin's ex-wife Paltrow and it's an emosh ballad. We're not sure why it took a divorce to get Paltrow on a Coldplay track nor are we sure it ever needed to happen but it's confusing but not terrible. If we had to describe the track in one word - nice.