It’s a mad rush to get things out before Christmas.
10. Anne-Marie – They
Anne-Marie is still on her sad island vibe and They may be the most emotional yet. It’s a gut-wrenching mid-tempo, sunned-up by some moveable production which all adds up to something very accessible.
9. Glades – Do Right
Glades are back giving us one of the most accessible, melodically sweet tunes of the year. Do Right is a back-to-basics pop song that focusses on serving up something that’s instantly addictive. Job well done.
8. &burn – Billie Eilish (Feat. Vince Staples)
Billie Eilish has flipped her own song Watch giving it a completely new vibe. It’s harder and more experimental, recruiting Vince Staples who has spent the year distorting genres. It’s a good match.
7. Tove Styrke – Liability (Demo)
Lorde‘s Liability was the intimate, emotional moment of Melodrama and probably the least likely to be turned into a banger but here we are.
Tove Styrke has finished off her great year by covering the track and changing it up completely.
6. N.E.R.D – Don’t Don’t Do It (Feat. Frank Ocean & Kendrick Lamar)
N.E.R.D‘s No_One Ever Really Dies dropped today and this is one of the biggest collabs on the record. Lucky it lives up to the hype giving us that frantic N.E.R.D energy with a dose of soul courtesy of Frank.
5. Wafia – Only Love
Wafia is becoming a more and more confident songwriter and she’s hit us today with her most direct song to date Only Love. Only Love is taken from her forthcoming EP VIII which is out 19th January and it’s tight, effortless pop song that depicts relationships in the most simplified way.
4. SZA – The Weekend – Calvin Harris (Remix)
If you haven’t been on the pulse musically in 2017, let us be the ones to inform you that Calvin Harris is a funk man now. Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1 was surprisingly one of the best releases of the year and now he’s turned his attention to SZA‘s The Weekend.
3. Brockhampton – Boogie
Brockhampton are hitting the dancefloor with the Saturation III opener Boogie. Boogie is one of their most immediate, triumphant tunes firing along with blaring horns and a Kaytranada-esque beat. As per their usual release, it comes with a video.
2. Charli XCX – Backseat (Feat. Carly Rae Jepsen)
When Charli announced her Pop2 mixtape, this was the one all the pop diehards were dying to hear and it doesn’t disappoint. The woozy, disintegrating pop song cracks the purity of both artist’s voices and gives us something uniquely sad.
1. Lily Allen – Trigger Bang (Feat. Giggs)
Lily Allen has always been a sharp songwriter and Trigger Bang feels like she’s back to Alright, Still form more than a decade into her career. It’s a self-reflective track that taps UK grime MC Giggs for a necessary intro that doesn’t feel plonked in for the sake of relevancy. In fact, everything about Allen’s return feels totally organic and we couldn’t me more ready for her fourth album due for release next year.
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