The Best 12 Songs Of The Week: Bon Iver, Zara Larrson, Tkay Maidza And More

Written By Sam Murphy on 09/02/2016

12 Songs

The only thing that could've made this week better is if all these artists collaborated on one song...

12. Machinedrum
Do It 4 U (Feat. DAWN)

Find us an artist who you think has been more consistent that DAWN this year and we’ll list the reasons why you’re wrong. For her latest cut, she’s jumped on Machinedrum‘s Do It 4 U off his forthcoming record Human EnergyDo It 4 U is a rollicking, heavy-hitting piece of experimental electronica that uses DAWN’s voice more as an instrument than the main event.

11. GoldLink
Fall In Love

US rapper GoldLink has taken on all comers recently, making a name for his honey-smooth raps over funky instrumentals. His latest effort is a match made in heaven; a new collaborative production by Kaytranada and BadBadNotGood. This one is jazzy as all hell, as it pits pan-flutes over a rollicking bass line and some gorgeous backing vocals. - Zanda Wilson

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10. Zara Larrson
Ain't My Fault

Oh hey Zara Larrson, the pop world's biggest new hope. Lush Life and Never Forget You, garnered hype for the Swedish star but this one Ain't My Fault solidifies her as a proper star up there with the Gagas and the Riris of the world. It's horn-driven, hip-hop influenced cut that brings the attitude hard. That bridge is bloody massive and will shatter even the best of speakers. What a voice, what a girl, what a song.

9. AlunaGeorge

We love ourselves some AlunaGeorge and everything that's been dropped off the forthcoming LP I Remember has been hot lava. This latest one Mediator brings the tempo down a little, opting for something a little more sensual than everything we've heard. It gives Aluna a chance to channel her slinky, soulful side - one that she pulls of with ease. 16th September the full record is out.

8. Sylvan Esso

US duo Sylvan Esso have come out of the gates strong, dropping the throbbing Radio as the first single from a forthcoming second record. While in the past they've been purveyors of quaint, lovely pop music, Radio sees them amp it up a bit, giving us something that's syrupy and addictive but also aggressive. The album is out 18th November and it bloody better be as good as this.

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7. James Blake
Timeless (Feat. Vince Staples)

Well, it looks like Blake and Staples are good buddies now. Blake produced on Staples' most recent Prima Donna EP and now the rapper has added a verse to the producer/singer's Timeless. Timeless was originally meant to have a Kanye verse on it but that fell through and now Staples has popped up on it. The heavy-hitting, alarming track lends itself well to a rap verse, revealing another dimension that was absent on Blake's The Colour In Anything.

6. James Vincent McMorrow

James Vincent McMorrow's excellent new record We Move is out today and Evil is the centrepiece of it. It's the track that best demonstrates all McMorrow's new elements from his beefed-up sonic palette to his more daring soul tinges. It's close to five minutes long and yet it calls for repeat listens because it's got a melody that beats through your ears subtly but effectively. Stick around for the climax around 2:30, it's pretty spectacular.

5. Sampha
Blood On Me

We’ve been waiting a long time for Sampha‘s debut album but it seems it’s finally on its way. The man with the velvet pipes has announced his debut album Process and dropped a single off itBlood On Me. It follows on from his gorgeous cut earlier this year Timmy’s Prayer and takes a much more aggressive approach driven by thundering percussion. Sampha stretches his voice to limits never seen before, coming out of the gates strong and never allowing the energy to dissipate.

4. Donatachi & Oh Boy
Bunny Island (Feat. Mallrat)

Donatachi, Oh Boy and Mallrat have teamed up for the sugary Bunny Island. It’s an all Aussie trio and together they’ve made something pretty damn endearing from start to finish. Mallrat takes vocal duties giving us some of her most different bars to date and proving why 2016 is all the more better off because of her.

“I don’t like the valley but I got nowhere else to be,” she raps, seemingly referring to Brisvegas’ Fortitude Valley.

It’s exciting to hear music that’s this experimental and innovative coming out of this country so big ups to everyone involved. A very cute but very potent hit.

3. Maribelle
Can't Stay Cold

We've been waiting for 21 year-old superstar-in-waiting Maribelle to strike since we put her in our Future Class Of 2016 and now she's finally arrived. She dropped her Overtake EP today - a ridiculously tight, five song package of bonafide hits. This one's a highlight thanks to its throbbing, Kaytranada-esque instrumental and the vocal that's sultry, strong and rich. PHWOAR, it's gonna be pretty hard to find a local artist better than Maribelle this year.

2. Tkay Maidza
Carry On (Feat. Killer Mike)

Tkay Maidza has announced all the things this week, revealing her debut album TKAY is due for release on 28th October, dropping tour dates and unleashing Carry On with none other than Killer Mike. Carry On is a slamming, triumphant tune that sees Tkay more focussed and ferocious than ever before. The addition of Killer Mike is a perfect addition to continue her international takeover, particularly as he once called her “the biggest rising star”.

1. Bon Iver
33 "God"

From acapella to one of the more experimental beginnings of the entire record, 33 “GOD” begins with flickering, jolting samples that are laid on optimistic keys. “I’d be happy as hell if you stayed for tea,” Vernon sings bringing those ever-relatable lyrics into much larger concepts of existence. The ’80s-influences that appeared on Bon Iver tracks like Beth/Rest are back here transforming it into somewhat of an anthem. It finishes with a vocoded voice that actually sounds a lot like Kanye. If there’s a track on the new record most likely to emulate Holocene‘s Grammy success, it’s this.