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The 10 Best Songs Of The Week: Sampha, Tkay Maidza, Tegan & Sara And More

Written By the interns on 05/20/2016

10SongsMayIt’s been quite a good week really, hasn’t it? Here’s why…

10. Beyoncé
Hold Up (DJDS Remix)

By now you’ve had plenty of time to devour Beyoncé‘s Lemonade so now it’s time for a slightly different twist courtesy of LA duo DJDS. DJDS retain those island vibes that Bey brought on her original track but add a more solid club beat to it.

“Much respect to Beyoncé. Love the new album,” the duo wrote on Soundcloud alongside the remix, speaking for just about everybody’s who has heard the surprise drop. – Sam Murphy

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/djdodgerstadium/hold-up[/soundcloud]

9. Broods
Couldn’t Believe

Broods are holding absolutely nothing back with their second album Conscious. Everything we’ve heard so far from the teasers to the massive first single Free has been bolstered and confident. The next taste of the record Couldn’t Believe continues that trend. It’s a thundering pop track with a beat that will boot you into next Tuesday. It’s exciting to see a new artist grow as quickly as Broods have. – Sam Murphy

8. Tegan & Sara
Stop Desire

This week Tegan & Sara shared another track from their forthcoming album Love You To Death, a bubbly, pop effort called Stop Desire. It’s a pretty simple tune musically speaking, but it hits all the right notes and is a perfect example of what Tegan and Sara do best. – Zanda Wilson

7. Swick
Energy (Feat. Henrik The Artist)

Swick has released his latest EP Stamina today and on it sits this gem Energy featuring Norwegian producer Henrik The Artist. It’s the glossiest, most colourful track on the EP dripping with crystalline beats and aquatic synths. What’s best is above all the fun, there’s a synthline that delivers a melancholic melody that hits you right in the feels. – Sam Murphy

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/nlvrecords/swick-energy-feat-henrik-the-artist?in=nlvrecords/sets/swick-stamina[/soundcloud]

6. B. Lewis
Feel Like You

A lot of experimental electro starts off interestingly enough but will then unfortunately just descend into thick noise.

B. Lewis describes his music as experimental, but his latest track Feel Like You doesn’t fit the aforementioned mould. Rather, it’s a weirdly amazing mix that starts off playing on cute, affected vocals and samples – before breaking into a fully fledged future trap cut. – Zanda Wilson

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/blewie17/feel-like-you-2[/soundcloud]

5. Tkay Maidza And Martin Solveig
Do It Right

Tkay Maidza and Martin Solveig have been teasing a collab ever since they posted pics on Instagram of the pair of them enjoying a spot of tennis and now it’s finally here. It’s called Do It Right and it just might be one of the most infectious dance tracks of the year.

Solveig goes heavy on the steel drums while Tkay brings her ever personable flow to the table. No doubt it’s been released just in time for summer in the Northern Hemisphere but we’re a little bummed that we won’t hear it while sipping on cocktails in Saint Tropez. – Sam Murphy

4. Clams Casino
Blast

After three instrumental mixtapes, and a decent break producing new music –  is almost ready to release his new, full length album 32 Levels.

The I’m God producer is generally associated with his intensely atmospheric production and based beats, and now he’s back on the scene with what is sure to be a major single Blast. Take a second to allow yourself to transcend into a ethereal realm with this track that is a combines transformative melodies and dope beats. – Zanda Wilson

3. SZA
twoAM

twoAM’s subject is reported to be a response track, from a female perspective, to PARTYNEXTDOOR’s Drake assisted smash single Come and See Me, released earlier this year. Never one to not add further layers of intrigue, the track ends with a small taste of another new SZA track to look forward to, furthering the anticipation for SZA’s newest, upcoming full-length work. – James Schofield

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/topdawgent/sza-twoam[/soundcloud]

2. Theophilus London
Stay

Theophilus London is back and prepping for his forthcoming record NY Theo. This is the lead-single off it and it’s a super groovy, ’80s-tinged cut that takes off write where Theo left us with the sleek Tribe. “I want to be alone,” London sings on the Stay, making it a sort of anthem for those dancing on their own and enjoying it. – Sam Murphy

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/illfm/ny-theo-stay[/soundcloud]

1. Sampha
Timmy’s Prayer

Being a Sampha fan is not an easy task. The enigmatic singer was all over SBTRKT’s excellent debut and contributed to Drake’s third record Nothing Was The Same but he’s only dropped two solo EPs, the last being 2013’s Dual. We’ve been holding our breath for a while now for an album and it looks like the wheels are finally in motion.

Today Sampha took to Twitter to say he has new music on the way and he followed promptly with new track Timmy’s Prayer. Thankfully, it was worth the wait. The track is a knockout from start to finish. It moves from a slow jam to an anxious, pulsating cut tied together by his beautiful voice. – Sam Murphy