In the words of Anne-Marie, “ciao, adios” this week.
10. Tove Lo
Lies In The Dark
The Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack is pretty terrible to be honest but there’s at least one redeeming song on there – Tove Lo‘s Lies In The Dark. Lo’s latest record Cool Girl was dark and sexy so she was always going to be a good fit for the soundtrack. Lies In The Dark is a sleek, slender pop song with a chorus that pops.
Smino‘s latest jam Anita is a tribute to black women everywhere. He wrote the song after seeing Hidden Figures saying, “it’s hella disappointing how there’s so many black women in history that aren’t written about.”
“With Trump in office, now is such an important time to be confident about blackness,” he added. “We need some congregational-ass music that we can sing together.”
8. Roland Tings
Higher Ground (Feat. Nylo)
Melbourne-based producer Roland Tings has plenty of good news to share with fans this week starting with the release off new track Higher Ground. The perky new track features the vocals of US singer Nylo and signals a more accessible sound for one of Australia’s most exciting producers. It’s taken from a new EP Each Moment A Diamond which will be out 10th March and marks his first EP since the release of his debut album.
Not A Fighter
This week Airling announced her debut album Hard To Sleep, Easy To Dream and dropped this track Not A Fighter. The minimal, tender pop song is some of her best work, giving plenty of space for her voice to shine.
Anne-Marie is just showing off now. Not only is she one of the best rising popstars, she can also speak three language (or at least say goodbye). The follow-up to Alarm is a dancehall-inspired jam that says goodbye to a cheating lover. “Ciao, adios, I’m done,” is in contention for the best pop lyric of the year.
A/S/L (Feat. Tashka & Blair De Milo)
Aussie producer Donatachi returned this week with an impressive news ingle A/S/L featuring fellow local voices Tashka and Blair De Milo. He’s said that the track is a “fresh start” and it comes after a long period of musical exploration. He’s found his lane now and this track shows he’s very much on the right track.
4. YXNG BANE
Shape Of You (Ed Sheeran Remix)
Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You is pretty smooth tbh but this remix of it by British MC Yxng Bane may be even smoother. The East Londoner has taken the Sheeran instrumental and laid bars over the top of it, taking it into dancehall territory. He keeps Ed’s hook in tact but rearranges the rest of it, taking it to the tropics with his effortless, heat-inducing approach to it.
It Don’t Matter (Feat. Anderson .Paak)
Aussie producer Moonbase (FKA. Moonbase Commander) has dropped a new single It Don’t Matter and it features the feature king Anderson .Paak. Paak has collabed with everyone from Dr. Dre to TOKiMONSTA so this is kind of a big deal for Moonbase and he hasn’t wasted the opportunity, crafting a huge cut. Moonbase hit Paak up via email and he liked the track so he threw his vocals on it before they met at last year’s Listen Out festival.
Don’t Kill My Vibe
Later today Katy Perry will release a single called Chained To The Rhythm.
She’s been putting disco balls around the world which fans could listen to the song out of and teasing it with a glossy new press pic. This week’s pop crown was hers for the taking but a Norwegian called Sigrid has other plans.
If you follow Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist you’ll notice a song called Don’t Kill My Vibe sits atop the playlist.
It’s Sigrid’s debut release and it’s a mammoth pop track with a gutsy, soaring chorus.
1. Dirty Projectors & DAWN
Cool Your Heart
Dirty Projectors have teamed up with DAWN for Cool Your Heart, the latest drop off their forthcoming self-titled record out 24th February. It was co-written by Solange and also features contribution by Tyondai Braxton of Battles fame and Atoms For Peace’s Mauro Refosco. It could’ve been a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth but instead it’s a glorious, experimental pop track that wins with the unlikely combination of DAWN and David Longstreth’s voices.