Our favourite drops from the week...
11. Parcels - Overnight
It's not everyday that you hear a Daft Punk production. In fact, it's not every year that you do. They're incredibly selective and over the past five years have basically only worked with Kanye West, The Weeknd and Arcade Fire. Well, somehow, they've got on board a new track by Aussie band Parcels called Overnight. The 19 year-old, five-piece have been living in Berlin where they penned the single before taking it to a secret location in France so that the robots could have their way with it. It's an effortless funk jam that channels '70s disco with a modern touch. It'll be very interesting to watch where these guys go from here.
10. LANKS - Comfortable
Melbourne muso LANKS is back after his best EP to date Viet Rose with a very strong new single Comfortable. Comfortable may be one of his warmest cuts, leading us in with subtle synth-work before escalating into a pulsating beat. LANKS' voice remains steady through the whole thing, leading us effortlessly.
9. J HUS - Did You See (Mura Masa Remix)
J HUS' Did You See is one of the best songs of the year and now it's been given a cheeky update by British producer Mura Masa. Mura keeps the main melody intact and works around it with his minimal, steely beats. It sounds like it's something that could've been plucked from Mura's forthcoming debut album.
8. The Range - New Lots
Brooklyn producer The Range is back with a set of new songs. He's teamed up with fellow producer Jim-E Stack on the arresting With You while he's gone solo for the soulful New Lots. The latter sounds like it would've slot nicely onto his phenomenal last record Potential while Stack pushes him into a slightly different world on the former. Each have a certain weightlessness to it keeping them buoyant until the beat drops and grounds them immediately.
7. Black Pink - As If It's Your Last
Black Pink are a K-Pop group and they're massive in Asia. This video has been out for one day and it's already clocked close to 10 million views. More than anything though, this track feels like they're reaching for a wider audience, incorporating English lyrics and Little Mix-esque melodies. The result is a wild but brilliant pop song with a quintessential pop video.
6. Lewis Cancut - Plastic Games
Lewis Cancut is back today with another stellar release for NLV Records. This may be the most joyous and moveable release from Cancut yet, giving us perky beats and an even perkier, pitched-up vocal. Just when you think you know exactly where this one is going though it goes down a deep rabbit hole into a world of industrial beats and woozy synths before heading upwards again towards euphoria.
5. Elkkle - Diderot
If you don't know Elkkle here's a quick rundown. He's a Melbourne beat maker and vocalist who has been chipping away at the scene through collaborative releases with Woodes and more recently Golden Vessel. He's been in the background for a little while now but Diderot feels like his true arrival. The haunting, myserteous track is driven by this wild ambition that results in experimental drops and strange melodies, the kind we haven't heard since Frank Ocean's Blonde.
4. Drake - Signs
Drake has dropped another new song Signs at Louis Vuitton's runway show at Paris Fashion Week. His OVO collaborator Noah "40" Shebib curated the playlist of the whole show and slotted in the new Drizzy track which sounds like it would've also sounded at home on More Life. It's a minimal, island-flavoured beat that features some of Drake's tightest melodic work.
3. Jack River - Fool's Gold
We were already big fans of Jack River, popping her into our Future Class of 2017, and now she's just impressed us even more with her new drop Fool's Gold. It's the first new track from her since her Highway Songs No.2 EP and it has her stepping up to take on a meaty beat and a soaring, glittery chorus. The next track that automatically comes on after on YouTube is Lorde's Green Light which is pertinent because Fool's Gold has many of Lorde's best qualities like poignant, detailed lyrics and an unapologetically big chorus.
2. HAIM - Little Of Your Love
HAIM are asking you politely to give them a Little Of Your Love on the third taste of their forthcoming sophomore record Something To Tell You. The track has become a staple of their live sets over the past year and it's clear to see why. It's a funky, horn-blaring good time that's likely to become a crowd favourite.
1. Vince Staples - Yeah Right
We highly recommend listening to Vince Staples' entire album but if you're time poor and have to pick out just one track let it be this one. With Flume and SOPHIE on board as producers and Kendrick Lamar and KUČKA on additional vocals, it's a jam-packed affair. Still, Staples holds down the experimental beat and rises above all to give the most memorable performance.