A collection of 10 songs that are only related to each other because they were released this week.
10. Whethan & Skrillex
Friendship (Feat. Kiiara)
Chicago-based producer Whethan is really kicking some goals at the moment. He's pulled in two huge names for his latest drop Friendship. Both Skrillex and Kiiara are on this track and together a dark, haunting banger than plays to all their strengths. There's the Skrillex-esque drop, the Kiiara vocal production and Whethan flair for experimental sounds.
9. Sofi De La Torre
Flex Your Way Out
Spanish artist Sofi De La Torre has impressed us on more than one occasion, particularly with her last single Sit Down. Now she's moving on with another stellar cut Flex Your Way Out. It's more downbeat than the last but it's nice to hear her weave her vocals around an icy, late night beat. She sounds A+ and the chorus with surprisingly woo you on repeat listens.
8. Ryan Hemsworth & Nebu Kiniza
In The Sky
Back in the day, Ryan Hemsworth used to trade in hip-hop/electronica dropping remixes of Future, Danny Brown and Chief Keef but since then he’s moved further into the world of electronica. Now, he seems to be working his way back to hip-hop after a summer spent working in Atlanta. Today, he’s dropped In The Sky featuring Atlanta rapper Nebu Kininza. It’s a straight out hip-hop production with Hemsworth adding some tasty electronic elements to make it sound distinctively Hemsworth.
7. Tkay Maidza
Tkay Maidza‘s debut album TKAY is out at the end of the month and she’s rolling out the hits, dropping Tennies, another stellar cut from the record. Tennies was produced by Salva who has dropped killer remixes in the past for Rihanna, Nelly Furtado and Chromeo as well as worked with Schoolboy Q and Young Thug. The track is Tkay at the top of her game, mixing fun attitude with a delectable hook and a racing verse. It follows on from Carry On which featured Killer Mike.
6. George Maple
Following Sticks And Horse, Buried and a huge national tour, George Maple is continuing her assault on 2016 with Lover. The track continues that same smokey, sultry and sensual style that she's been honing in on this year, giving us hearty chorus, lifted by that soaring voice. This is Maple in her element - confident and dramatic.
Stwo is due here this month to support Kaytranada on his massive Aussie tour and he's dropped a new one just in time. Overdue follows on from his excellent D.T.S.N.T EP but it's slightly different to what featured on that. It's a brooding, textured instrumental track that samples Charlotte Cardin's Big Boy. Best of all, it's free to download.
Keep The Faith
dvsn are bringing the gold at the moment. Last week they gave their rendition of Frank Ocean's Godspeed and this week they've extended their feature on Drake's VIEWS track Faithful. Drake features very briefly on this one but it's mostly all about dvsn with five minutes of soulful, church-born vocals.
3. Hannah Diamond
Hannah Diamond has finally released her first single of the year Fade Away. It follows a collaboration with Charli XCX Paradise and quite frankly, it's soaring. It's a sprawling, ethereal, sparkly pop tune that definitely has a PC Music-shimmer but is also far more delectable than some of their spikier stuff.
2. Sampa The Great
From her live performances to her recorded material, we’ve been in awe of everything that Sampa The Great has given us in the past 12 months. She’s one of the country’s finest new talents and this latest clip for HERoes proves it. HERoes is a spoken word track that basically sums up exactly what Sampa is all about far more eloquently than we ever could.
“I am not made with heaven sent. I am not one without my flaws I am not praised, ordained, adored. Who am I to be a hero? Who am I to not,” she says wearing a cape in a beautifully shot twilight vid. An extremely stirring tracks from an artist who hopefully has plenty more to give us this year.
Despite not releasing an album, 2016 has been very good for MØ. She bagged her first worldwide solo hit with Final Song and then grabbed another number one with Major Lazer’s Cold Water. Now she’s dropped another radio-destined hit Drum produced and written with Charli XCX, Noonie Bao, Jonnali Parmenius and Bloodpop (what a fkn team!). It’s a classic MØ tune with woozy, glitchy drop paired with euphoric, triumphant verses. She sounds exactly like the super massive popstar she is and she may just be one of the best we’ve got right now.