13 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Lorde, Jessie Ware, Alex Lahey And More

Written By Sam Murphy on 09/15/2017

13 is usually unlucky but in this case it's more music than the 10 songs we usually write about so it's a good thing, ok?

13. Confidence Man - Better Sit Down Boy

The fastest-rising group in Australia Confidence Man is back with their third track Better Sit Down Boy. It's a perky, wildly colourful pop track with all the trimmings and it's going to be swelling in your head for days. You're probably not gonna be able to get this video out of your head either which may be a good or bad thing depending on what floats your boat.

12. Elkkle - Frails

Melbourne artist Elkkle pricked our ears up with his feature on Golden Vessel's Shoulders but now he has us even more intrigued with his own track Frails. It's an R&B-leaning tune but it also has this mystifying aesthetic that is distinctive to the artist. On top of that, the voice is pretty damn special too.

11. cupcakKe - Exit

cupcakKe's profile has never been as big as it is right now making it the perfect time to drop a bonafide banger. Exit is a beat-driven cut that features cupcakKe's simultaneously classy and dirty lyrics. This one, however, is a bit tamer than some of her previous jams which should bait some of the more PG rap fans.

10. Shamir - '90s Kids

Shamir is ready to release a new album and 90's Kids is the first taste of it. The folk-rock anthem is world's away from his XL Records LP Ratchet in a great way, showcasing his voice perfectly. It's basically a defence for millennials that literally says "fuck you" to those that say we're not working hard. It also comes with a wildly entertaining video that features Shamir inserted into various popular memes.

9. Nao - Nostalgia

Nao is currently working on her second album but she's delivered a tasty slice of new music to keep us satisfied while we wait. Nostalgia is, as the title suggests, a nostalgic throwback jam that showcases Nao's hypnotising vocal once again. It also proves she's still got that knack for sitting back in the beat and creating an effortless groove. She'll be here over New Years which is exciting too.

8. Wallace - Black Lake

Kiwi singer Wallace has finally dropped a new tune and it's stunning. Black Lake is a slow-moving, soulful moment full of elongated vocals and malleable vocal runs. She's a class act and we can't wait to hear more from her.

7. The xx - On Hold (Jamie xx Remix)

Jamie xx has a history of remixing The xx tracks and he's continued it by taking on I See You single On Hold. He stripped the euphoric original bare and replaced it with disjointed vocal samples and a pulsating beat that sounds like it would've been at home on his solo record In Colour. It's a pretty glorious moment and allows us once again to see The xx in a totally different light. This is truly the record that keeps giving.

6. Tove Styrke - Mistakes

Tove Styrke's last drop Say My Name put her in front of Aussie audiences, in particular, more than ever before and Mistakes is surely going to do the same. The warped, charismatic pop song sounds unmistakably Swedish but it also has a universal appeal that's likely to take it to every corner of the globe and make Styrke the huge star she's destined to be. She's on fire right now and we can only imagine the album she's got up her sleeve.

5. YUNGBLUD - I Love You, Will You Marry Me

YUNGBLUD is a yung chap from the UK and he's about to become a huge deal. With a splash of Arctic Monkeys, a dose of Santigold and a pinch of The 1975, I Love You, Will You Marry Me is a simultaneously romantic and political anthem. It's furious, manic, A.D.D. and utterly addictive. This is the kind of energy that's infectious no matter what genre it's injected into.

4. Rex Orange County - Edition

Rex Orange County was one of the lesser-known names on Tyler, The Creator's Flower Boy but he's making a name for himself now in his own right. He's followed his very good album Apricot Princess with an earnest 2 minute song called Edition. It's a simple but beautiful moment that's a really good entry point for anyone trying to get into Rex Orange County.

3. Jessie Ware - Alone

Jessie Ware has dropped the third single off her forthcoming record Glasshouse and it's a big one. Alone was written with Kid Harpoon who she wrote Wildest Moments with and also Aussie songwriter Paige IV (Sarah Aarons) who penned Zedd's Stay. It's a huge moment for Ware, perhaps the biggest we've heard off the record so far.

2. Lorde - Homemade Dynamite (Remix) (Feat. SZA, Khalid & Post Malone)

Lorde's Homemade Dynamite has got a second life with Khalid, SZA and Post Malone all jumping on the track. It's basically a holy trinity of R&B's best and brightest right now and while it definitely could have been a case of too many cook's in the kitchen, it's spectacular. Each are given their verse to run free with before all four of them join back up for the final chorus.

1. Alex Lahey - I Haven't Been Taking Care Of Myself

Alex Lahey's songwriting has always been vivid and personal but I Haven't Been Taking Care Of Myself may be her most honest yet. The track a reminder to herself to make sure that she doesn't lose sight of her own mental and physical health while in a relationship with someone else. It's a huge pop/rock song but the lyrics are sure to resonate with plenty of young people who struggle to find that balance between caring for themselves and for others. It also comes that day after R U OK? day, serving as another pertinent reminder to be aware of and talk about your own mental headspace.