The 10 Best Songs Of The Week: Ariana Grande, Years & Years, Jess Kent And More

Written By Sam Murphy on 09/16/2016

10-songs-arianaIt's not even summer and yet the music is already hot. How can this be?

10. Years & Years

Years & Years have made this song for a Bridget Jones soundtrack but we'll forgive them because it's good. It's no Gabrielle Out Of Reach but it is a glossy, disco-tinged pop track that will keep us going until the Brit trio drop us another record.

9. GTA, Vince Staples
Little Bit Of This

Vince Staples is really dropping material at the rate of knots right now. Following a collab with James Blake last week, he's teamed up with US duo GTA for Little Bit Of This. It's by far the most bass-heavy track Staples has ever laid his vocals to but he tackles it like a pro, contributing to what is a massive, thundering cut.

8. Allie X
That's So Us

Allie X is due a worldwide hit if you ask us. The Canadian artist has been churning out pop gold for a while now and her latest drop That's So Us may just be the song to do it. It's a super cute love song that has more personality than any love song we've heard for a while. As it turns out, you can make great pop music that's just about being really into someone. Someone alert Tay Tay.

7. Justice

Bringing the funk, Randy is the first official single off the forthcoming record and it once again sticks true to the blaring symphonic electronica we have grown to love from one of electronic music finest acts.

Randy was premiered over on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, with Justice’s Xavier de Rosnay saying “Randy’ started as an almost industrial techno track, but we were in such a good mood that day that we ended up making the song as it is that is real like joyful. Like if you’re in the car with your best friends or your lover or your kids. And that’s the feeling of the whole record I guess.”

6. Tinashe

Tinashe has been dabbling in the pop world for a little while now but she’s done a backflip and headed back to the sort of dark, bedroom R&B that she excelled in at the beginning with CompanyCompany is taken from her long delayed second album Joyride and it’s worlds away from her previous, sunny drop Superlove. This one is sparse, at times distorted and also teases with a woozy, drunk production. Tinashe, as always, sounds sensual, suave and slick.

5. Ariana Grande
Knew Better Part Two

At the end of the deluxe edition of Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman there's a bonus track Knew Better / Forever Boy. We like it but, to be honest, it's the Forever Boy part that really hooks you. Thankfully, Grande has taken the former part and given it an upgrade, extending it and giving it some Kaytranada-esque beats. She raps on it at one point, transforming it in to what could be a very unlikely hit.

4. Seekae
Turbine Blue

We've gotta be honest, we really weren't expecting this from Seekae. Turbine Blue is the most melodic, accessible thing they've ever made and it's an incredible return from the electronic masterminds. It's a beautiful cut full on twinkling synth-stylings, deep, dark vocals and heavy weighted beats.

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3. Thomston

Kiwi artist Thomston is gearing up to release his debut album Topograph and Rocketfuel is plucked from that. In true Thomston fashion, it's a darkly-produced, eloquently expressed pop song that gives all the feels. According to the artist himself, "it's a heavy-footed, clumsy, awkward crush," but to us it sounds like an anthem, buoyant triumph.

2. Francis And The Lights
See Her Out

Francis And The Lights recruited Kanye West and Justin Vernon for his last song Friends (just casually) and now he’s delivered another mammoth list of credits for See Her Out. Justin Vernon, Cashmere Cat, Benny Blanco, Rostam Batmanjali, Ariel Rechshtaid and more worked on See Her Out, a sprawling, sparse piece of electronica centring around Francis’ delicate vocals. Given how many people worked on it, it’s somewhat hard to believe that he’s managed to contain it all into something intimate and personal. The synth-line throughout makes them a triumphant anthem with the same feel-good vibes asFriends.

1. Jess Kent
The Sweet Spot

It’s been a long wait for those who were excited by Jess Kent‘s Get Down, including for us who named her in our Future Class Of 2016, but the wait is over. Kent returns today with another confident, personable hit The Sweet Spot. Riding in the lane of artists like M.I.A. and MØ, she’s delivered an island-flavoured cut that brings the swagger out in full force. It’s not rushed and it’s not a formulaic hit, instead she uses her charm and natural feel for sweet melody to win us over.