The best songs of the week, ranked.
12. Camila Cabello – Crying In The Club
Ex-Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello has started her solo career with her debut single Crying In The Club. The track pulls in the big guns with Sia and Benny Blanco on the writing credits as well as a Christina Aguilera Genie In A Bottle sample feature. It’s a good start for Cabello, featuring her previously unexplored raspy tones while giving us something that’s unashamedly pop.
11. The Kite String Tangle – The Prize
The Kite String Tangle is readying his debut album, out in July, but he’s kicking things off with this track The Prize. It’s one of his most club-orientated tracks and it’s great to hear him on something upbeat. His production is superb and his vocals seem to get better with every release.
10. Sofi De La Torre – D.G.I.T.
Spanish popstar Sofi De La Torre dropped a great pop record today and it features this very good song. In line with the other songs she’s been dropping lately, Don’t Get It Twisted is a hazy, dark tune that’s ramped up by a low-key dancehall beat.
9. Kranium – Can’t Believe (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign & WizKid)
Dancehall superstar Kranium has linked back up with Ty Dolla $ign and fellow dancehall champion WizKid for a song that’s sure to be a summer smash overseas. While Drake may be the reason most of you are listening to these styles right now, you can’t deny that Kranium is the GOAT. His effortless delivery on this creates the most velvety melodies.
8. Mura Masa – All Around The World (Feat. Desiigner)
Mura Masa has linked up with Panda rapper Desiigner for his next single All Around The World. The track has been plucked from his forthcoming debut album which also featured Charli XCX, A$AP Rocky and Christine & The Queens. It’s the most mellow cut that Desiigner has ever given us and may just give him his first hit since Panda which would lift him out of the one hit wonder zone.
7. A$AP Rocky – RAF (Feat. Frank Ocean, Quavo & Lil Uzi Vert)
Before A$AP Rocky‘s house was robbed of $1.5 million in possessions, he dropped this ode to his favourite designer Raf Simons. It’s a steely, dark rap track that features all the rappers on their game. As is often the way when you get Frank on a track, he steals the show giving us his first rap bar in a long while.
6. Vince Staples – Big Fish
Many thought Vince Staples would be dropping his album The Big Fish Theory today but instead he’s given us a song Big Fish and unveiled the album release date. The album will be out on 23rd June and will feature this Juicy J-featuring cut that has arrived alongside a video. In the same vein as BagBak, the track is tailored for the club, moreso than anything on Summertime ’06, driven by a hard Christian Rich beat.
5. Lana Del Rey – Coachella – Woodstock In My Mind
Lana Del Rey has given us another slice of her forthcoming album Lust For Life, the dark festival anthem Coachella – Woodstock In My Mind. The track is perhaps the most haunting thing we’ve heard off the record yet, pairing mournful verses with a euphoric chorus. At the heart of it, it’s another classic LDR song and further proof that she’s really hitting her stride at the moment.
4. Nina Las Vegas – Deserts
Nina Las Vegas has released her first new material since 2016’s EZY Or Never, giving us Deserts. Deserts occupies a new space for NLV. While she maintains those wonky, wild club vibes we’ve come to expect from her, she’s singing on this one, laying down one hell of a vocal melody. As well as serving as an accessible banger, it’s got a really interesting and important story behind it. The lyrics focus on her parents’ immigration from Egypt to Australia in the ’60s while the cover was shot by her Dad on a visit to Egypt in 1997.
3. Francis And The Lights – May I Have This Dance (Remix, Feat. Chance The Rapper)
Francis And The Lights’ May I Have This Dance was released last year but now it’s been remixed with a verse from Chance The Rapper. As always, Chance brings the utmost sincerity to his verse which is dedicated to his daughter. It’s one of this week’s truly heart-warming moments.
2. RAYE – The Line
RAYE, the next best thing in pop music, has continued her rise today with a belter The Line. The Line is for anyone standing in a line outside a club looking for alternate fun, which, funnily enough, is probably going to be a huge club track. It’s got a rambunctious dancehall base to it and verses that may be the most personable we’ve heard in pop for a while.
1. Selena Gomez – Bad Liar
Selena Gomez is back with a new song that samples Talking Heads’ 1977 track Psycho Killer. The track is sonically a left turn for Gomez who has ditched the electronic pop-vibe for something far more slinkier and mature. It’s going to take some a little while to come around to this one for sure but it has the potential to be a game changer.