The 12 Best Songs Of The Week: Danny Brown, Kanye West, Disclosure And More

Written By Sam Murphy on 06/17/2016

10SongsJune11So many good songs were released this week that we broke our rule of 10 and chucked in two more...


JONES has been sporadically churning out some beautiful tunes but she's now ready to take it to the next level, prepping her debut album New Skin. Melt is taken from that record and it's produced by fellow Brits Honne who have brought their signature funk to the track. JONES' vocal approach is gentle as she subtly guides us through a warm, mellow instrumental. "Come melt with me," she sings as if we hadn't already the moment she opened her voice.

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11. Basstracks
Telling The Truth (Feat. Lido and Fatherdude)

It would probably be impossible to find a funkier collection of artists than what is presented on this tune. Telling The Truth is the most fun had with horns since Chance The Rapper's Coloring Book and instead of sounding daggy, like horns so often can, this sound fresh and vibrant. It's the tune most likely to put a smile on your face this week.

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10. Kero Kero Bonito

UK three-piece Kero Kero Bonito are known for their up-beat, PC Music-esque vibes – but on their latest single they’ve chilled things out with a slower jam. Aptly titled Break, it’s still a super fun, colourful track, complete with English and Japanese lyrics – and the video features singer Sarah Bonito sitting motionless in a variety of places around the world.

9. Kllo
Walls To Build

The vocals of Chloe Kaul are at their honey-soaked best over a gentle, caressing beat designed by producer Simon Lam on new Kllo drop Walls To Build. It follows on from the equally excellent Bolide which arrived last month and will also be on their forthcoming EP Well Worn. It’s their first EP to be released worldwide and it will be done so through Ghostly International.

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8. Ryan Hemsworth
Burying The Sun

Ryan Hemsworth is on a hot streak at the moment. He dropped the excellent How It Felt just a few weeks ago and now he’s delivered again on new cut Burying The Sun. In classic Hemsworth fashion, the Canadian producer has melded both melancholic and cheery vibes for a tune that confuses the emotions but satisfies the heart. It’s full of gentle beat work but is also driven to a stunning climax by warm synths.

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7. Maggie Rogers

Not everybody gets the stamp of approval from Pharrell on a song before they've even released it but that's exactly what happened to Maggie Rogers. The student from the NYU Clive Davis Institute was given the opportunity to play the song to him and he was blown away, as captured by a video that has since gone viral. Now, we have the final track and it's as good as that video suggested. It's an electronic-tinged, folk track that bleeds natural talent. Nothing about it feels forced and maybe that's why it's so immediately easy to be swept away by it.

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Honest (Nina Las Vegas Remix)

We bang on a lot about DAWN but we're not the only ones loving what she's doing. Nina Las Vegas is also a fan and she's given her own spin to DAWN's Honest, off the EP of the same name produced by Kingdom. NLV's remix keeps DAWN's vocal melodies but replaces the beat with a sparse, percussive drop that brings the song into a whole other realm. It's a hard-hitting, speaker-shattering remix that also manages to retain the fragility of DAWN's sentiments.

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5. Disclosure

Well this is exactly the direction Caracal should've gone in. Disclosure sound revived on their new EP Moog For Love and BOSS is the highlight from it. The track brims with untouched energy, replacing the slick pop hooks of their last album with sexy, sweaty beats and down-pitched vocals. It's an exciting reminder of what they can do when they're just making the music they love.

4. Japanese Wallpaper

Aussie producer Japanese Wallpaper has delivered his first new material since 2015’s self-titled EP, it’s called Cocoon and it’s achingly beautiful. While he’s featured vocalists like Airling and WAFIA in the past, this time around he’s taken the vocal duties proving that he’s just as competent at laying down a pristine instrumental as he is belting above it. It’s a warm hug of a song and comes just before his national tour which will see him trip around the country in August.

3. The Avalanches
Colours (Feat. Mercury Rev)

Colours is the third track we’ve heard from the record, following on from Frankie Sinatra and If I Was A Folkstar. This one features the swirling, dreamy vocals of Mercury Rev vocalist Jonathan Donahue. There are no samples used on this track according to triple j, which is extremely rare for the band who usually built their soundscapes with multiple samples.

2. Kanye West
Saint Pablo (Feat. Sampha)

Kanye expanded his The Life Of Pablo record once again this week adding this track Saint Pablo to the end of it. Saint Pablo is the name of his tour and this track has obviously been recorded after the release of TLOP because it addresses his debt problem and Twitter rants following the release. Yeezy's bars are at their best and Sampha's hook is his strongest in years.

1. Danny Brown
When It Rain

Production-wise When It Rain is the most innovative thing Danny Brown's ever served up and that’s probably thanks to his new partnership with Warp. Warp is the label responsible for Flying Lotus, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke and more. When It Rain was produced by Paul White who is one half of hip-hop duo Golden Rules and features Brown at his ferocious best.