The 10 Best Songs Of The Week: Chance The Rapper, James Vincent McMorrow, Remi And More

Written By Sam Murphy on 07/08/2016


Q3 is off to a firing start...

10. Jack River
Talk Like That

Jack River is Holly Rankin from the NSW's Mid North Coast and she's been announced today as I Oh You's new signing joining the likes of DZ Deathrays, DMA's and Violent Soho. Talk Like That is the first single off her forthcoming debut album and it's a scorcher. About 40 seconds in she really introduces herself amongst a bed of confident, attention-demanding synths. The verses are gentle and addictive but those synths that stab in every so often really make you sit up and listen and that's exactly what she needs. It's crisply-produced with pop sensibilities but it's also got a rough and tumble to it which is exactly what seals the deal.

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We've raved about Glaswegian popstar-in-waiting KLOE before and you better avert your eyes right now if you don't want to hear us do it again. UDSM is her brand new single and once again she's bringing dark, attitude-driven pop of the finest breed to your ears. KLOE is a crazed, could-be-lover in the song and the clip translating those emotions into a surprisingly euphoric pop song.

8. 24hrs

If you haven't heard, dancehall is all the rage at the moment and it won't be long before there are some woeful, Caribbean-inspired pop songs flooding the airwaves but right now everything is really good. Case in point, the new single from enigmatic act 24hrs BODY. It's as if they took Drake's One Dance and re-designed it for an AM-audience, replacing sunny vibes with a neon-lit darkness. That doesn't mean it's not still heaps of fun. It's highly danceable and smoothly melodic.

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7. Illy
Papercuts (Feat. Vera Blue)

With the wait almost over for that new album, Illy has teamed up with Australian songstress Vera Blue for a new track titled Papercuts, the first single from the album. In delivering a surefire commercial hit, Papercuts blends all things pop and hip-hop with a hint of melodic electronic music. Shifting from the dark and hauntingly beautiful, this collaboration is an fascinating glimpse into Vera Blue’s ability try different things musically (which we very much like by the way!). - Harrison Kefford

6. Remi
Substance Therapy

Substance Therapy may be Remi's most powerful piece of music to date dealing with the advantages and disadvantages of turning to drugs to cope with mental illness. Remi looks straight into the camera in the video narrating his own experiences with power and honesty. He told i-D about the song that mental illness is like, “a demon in a scream mask, brandishing a hunting knife.”

“When I take drugs, or drink it’s the equivalent of giving that motherfucker the coordinates to my house. It just makes everything so much worse. This is basically the sound of coming down.”

5. Jamila Woods
LSD (Feat. Chance The Rapper)

Another week, another excellent Chance The Rapper feature. This time around he's hopped on Jamila Woods' LSD, an upbeat tribute to their hometown of Chicago. It's taken from her debut album Heavn which is out on 11th July and allows us to once again jam-out to her impeccably soulful voice. She embodies that same gospel-spirit that Chance does and as such, there's something infectiously spiritual about LSD.

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4. Yon Yonson

Sydney trio Yon Yonson are gearing up for the release of their fourth record and have prefaced it with one of their slickest releases to date Berlin. It's an impossibly smooth collision of R&B and electronica, dripping with down-to-earth lyrics that touch on everything from housing affordability to cynicism. It beautifully situates itself in Berlin capturing that artistic spirit but also matching its desolate landscapes. Really impressive stuff that feels like an exciting development in Yon Yonson's sound.

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3. James Vincent McMorrow
Rising Water

Irish crooner James Vincent McMorrow returned this week with a slightly different sound to what we're used to. Rising Water is the first single off his forthcoming record We Move and it was produced by dvsn's Nineteen85 who is also the man behind Drake's Hotline Bling. As you'd expect, it's a much more soulful, R&B-flavoured affair which actually encapsulates McMorrow's solemn tones beautifully. He'll be here for Splendour In The Grass later this month.

2. Ryan Hemsworth
Wait (Feat. Keaton Henson & Mitski)

Ryan Hemsworth is the latest artist to drop a track through Adult Swim's single series and he's pulled in friends Keaton Henson and Mitski to help him out. Wait sees him return to that same melancholic, alternative sound that was all over his last record Alone For The First Time. The vocals are demure yet emotion-packed and Hemsworth's backdrop is fragile from the tinkering beats to the subtle synths. Despite the fact it all feels quite sad there's something really heavenly about it too.

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1. Francis And The Lights
Friends (Feat. Bon Iver and Kanye West)

Francis And The Lights featured on Chance’s The Rapper’s Summer Friends a month or so back and as it turns out he was actually sampling his own song for it. That song is simply called Friends and it’s surfaced today in all its beauty. It’s a minimal, auto-tune heavy masterpiece that features an epic production team including Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon, Benny Blanco, Rostam Batmanglij, Ariel Rechtshaid and Cashmere Cat. Yep, that’s basically every producer who has made a significant contribution to pop music in the last year or so.