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11 Songs You Need To Hear: Frank Ocean, Khalid, Tinashe And More

Written By Sam Murphy on 02/16/2018

We didn’t think the best song of the week would be an Audrey Hepburn cover but here we are.

11. Khalid & Normani – Love Lies

Another Fifth Harmony member has gone solo and Normani looks like the most likely to emulate Camila Cabello’s success if this is anything to go by. She’s teamed up with Khalid for this Love Simon-soundtracking cut and it’s a subtle R&B jam that showcases both of their voices perfectly.

10. Everything Is Recorded – Everything Is Recorded (Feat. Sampha & Owen Pallett)

XL Records boss Richard Russell has dropped an album under the name Everything Is Recorded and this stunning closer features Sampha and Owen Pallett. It’s a heartbreaking and fragile orchestral work given even more depth by the gut-wrenching Sampha vocal.

9. Woodes – Origami

Thanks to a string of great releases, there’s a lot of hype surrounding Woodes right now. She’s due to drop her next EP Golden Hour is due to be released 23rd Feb and this track is taken from it. Origami is bound by a wobbly, malleable beat and a voice that pierces through it with the precision of a thin glass.

8. Beach House – Lemon Glow

Beach House are back and taking us through their dreams once again with the luscious, soft Lemon Glow. It’s taken from their forthcoming album and once again it sees them expand their toolkit while keeping the basics of their songwriting in tact.

7. October – 1000 Eyes

20 year-old, New Zealand up-and-comer October intrigued us with a string of great released last year but she’s kicked off 2018 with her best work to date 1000 Eyes. Grimes has announced that we won’t be getting new music from her for a while and October is picking up her slack with this pulsating, powerful cut.

6. SOPHIE – Faceshopping

SOPHIE is back with her third new song in as many months and she’s back to that icy, aggressive production that defines her live sets. Faceshopping is the hardest thing she’s done in a while but it’s underpinned by this warped soul that soars towards the end of the song.

5. Hoodboi – Glide (Feat. Tkay Maidza)

Tkay Maidza has done plenty of collaborations over the past year but none fit her better than this one. Hoodboi’s sleek, wavy beat gives Tkay space to lay down some of her most charismatic and autobiographical beats in a while. A big moment for both of them.

4. Rina Sawayama – Valentine (What’s It Gonna Be)

In alternate universe, it’s 2032 and Rina Sawayama is the biggest popstar on the planet. She blends genres from all over the place to create this intergalactic soundscape driven by an urgent vocal. There are few making pop music as exciting as this right now.

3. G Flip – About You

Budding Melbourne artist G Flip made her start in music on the drums but she’s finally stepping to the front. Her debut track About You was uploaded onto triple j Unearthed this week and we’ll be very surprised if it’s not the biggest thing since sliced bread by the end of the month.

2. Tinashe – Faded Love (Feat. Future)

Everyone is quick to write Tinashe off but if this latest Faded Love and No Drama are anything to go by, she’s not going anywhere. Faded Love isn’t as punchy as its predossecor but it’s got this slinky melody that Tinashe wraps herself around.

1. Frank Ocean – Moon River

Frank might be one of our greatest modern songwriters but he’s just as good at reinterpreting the classics. Following his Blonde cover Burt Bacharach’s Close To You, he’s taken on Audrey Hepburn’s Moon River from Breakfast At Tiffany’s and it’s absolute perfection. It’s slightly warped but still classic and driven by that unmistakeable voice.

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