Don't play yourself, only listen to the best, like these 10 songs...
Spoon Me (Feat. Skrillex)
We’re edging ever-closer to the 25th March release date of Elliphant upcoming record Living Life Golden and she just continues to drop fire from it. The latest is Spoon Me, a track produced by Skrillex which is probably the most energetic thing we’ve heard from the album yet. Skrillex brings those Major Lazer vibes to the track that Elliphant revels in and smacks down with a thundering instrumental chorus.
9. The Knocks
Love Me Like That (Feat. Carly Rae Jepsen)
This is a nice little story this one. The Knocks remixed Carly Rae Jepsen's All That last year as a bootleg release but Jeppo loved it so much she made it an official remix and then returned the favour by hopping on the NYC duo's original. Love Me Like That is a retro-soul track with disco flavours not too far from the sounds that defined Jepsen's excellent 2015 record E.MO.TION.
Aussie songstress Ngaiire grabbed the attention of everyone with her brilliant 2015 single Once and rightfully nabbed a place in the Hottest 100. Now she's got the difficult task of following it up but judging by how good Diggin is she's had no issues. It's another smooth slice of electro-soul that places her distinguished vocals front and centre. It's super funky and will no doubt get even more people to board the Ngaiire train.
On My Mind (Feat. Pusha T)
Moxie is a name to keep a very firm eye on this year. She's been slowly gaining momentum with a slew of great releases but On My Mind may be her best yet. The track is taken from her forthcoming mixtape 931 and it features Pusha T with a solid verse. Even with a big feature, Moxie holds the attention with her smoky, strong voice that simmers and soars in different places.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/yomoxie/on-my-mind-feat-pusha-t[/soundcloud]
Kung Fu (Feat. Pusha T and Future)
G.O.O.D Music president Pusha T has had a busy week. This is his second feature in this week's countdown and it's a big one. Jumping on this Baauer track with Future, the pair destroy the joint with hell-raising verses. Baauer serves up the goods too with a trap-inspired beat that goes hard from start to finish. Also can we take a sec to admire how good Baauer's artwork game has been. How good is that helmet?
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/baauer/kungfu[/soundcloud]
5. Annie Bass
While I'm Waiting
It’s always exciting to hear an excellent debut by a new artists but it’s even more exciting when they’re a local act. Annie Bass is the moniker of Aussie singer Annabel Weston and she dropped a beautiful first single this week While I’m Waiting.
This might not be the first time you’ve heard Weston’s voice. She’s featured on Oisima‘s Everything About You which was also remixed by Ta-Ku. While I’m Waiting positions her in the world of electronic-pop which is a crowded sphere particularly in this country. It’s obvious, however, when you hear something that stands above the rest and this song does. It’s luscious and warm, beautifully layered in a way that softens the delivery without detracting from its emotional impact.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/annie-bass/while-im-waiting[/soundcloud]
Waves (Tame Impala Remix)
Waves is being released in a remix package that also features a rework by RAC plus versions with Travis $cott and Kacey Musgraves. This Tame Impala remix was premiered on Beats 1 and it’s a glorious, flourishing piece of work full of the sounds and textures that permeated their last recordCurrents.
3. Joey Bada$$
Joey Bada$$ dropped his last record B4.DA.$$ early last year but he’s let everyone know this week that he's eyeing the next one. What better way to tell everyone than to call the song Ready. Over a beat produced by his go-to producer Statik Selektah, Bada$$ means business, sounding more serious and focussed than he did on the last record. It’s a pretty fierce return and appropriately borrows a melody from Fugees’ Ready Or Not towards the end. Just so you know Joey, we’re ready.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/proeraradio/joey-badass-ready-prod-by-statik-selektah[/soundcloud]
Fool To Love
Nao shared her new single Fool To Love on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show today, as well as announcing a string of international tour dates (no word on Australia yet but fingers crossed). TheBad Blood follow-up is another killer track from the British singer-songwriter, driven by her trademark dulcet tones, steady drums and a bouncing beat. It’s soulful, silky-smooth and the perfect post-breakup comeback track. For those who aren’t familiar with Nao, you may recognise her from Disclosure‘s Super Ego.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/thisnao/nao-fool-to-love-1[/soundcloud]
1. Charli XCX
Charli XCX is our favourite pop princess this week because she's putting her neck on the line to serve up some really interesting music. This week she released her Vroom Vroom EP through her own label and this Hannah Diamond-featuring track is a highlight from it. It's a rushing, sugar high with a beat served up by none other than SOPHIE. SOPHIE and Charli go together like yin and yang, both able to make the kitsch expensive and exciting.