A week so jam-packed with new music we need a new iPod Shuffle to fit it.
12. Years & Years – Palo Santo
This is Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander’s favourite song off forthcoming album Palo Santo and it’s also the opener. It’s a brooding pop song that bleeds temptation and darkness.
11. Skepta & Wizkid – Bad Energy (Stay Far Away)
Skepta and Wizkid have connected on a new dancehall-inspired track Bad Energy (Stay Far Away). Skepta has always been open to experimenting in genres outside of grime, making the jump into US hip-hop and most recently hopping on A$AP Rocky’s track Praise The Lord (Da Shine). This one sees him try dancehall with Nigerian superstar Wizkid and he nails it giving us a totally different side of him.
10. Lil Halima – Train
This is only Danish newbie Lil Halima’s second single but it’s so, so good. It’s a perky pop song with some bitter lyrics, delivered by a voice that’s so effortless.
9. Buddy – Hey Up There (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
Buddy is fast becoming our favourite new rapper as he just keeps getting bigger. Hey Up There is his most polished effort to date but it’s still full of soul and personality. Ty Dolla $ign is a perfect fit too.
8. 6lack – Switch
6lack is on a path to The Weeknd-level success and Switch is likely to keep him on that path. Switch is only his second solo release of the year and it’s a slinky, melodically rich cut that I can already hear blaring from the radio.
7. Evan Giia – I Don’t Like Ur Friends
Evan Giia first caught our attention with her massive pop track Westworld and now she’s got us singing her praises once again with this one. I Don’t Like Ur Friends is another big song with forthright lyrics, strong vocals and an instantly memorable chorus.
6. Florence + The Machine – Big God
Florence + The Machine‘s next taste off her forthcoming album High As Hope isn’t as big as Hunger but it’s just as profound. Over instrumentation co-produced by Jamie xx and Kamasi Washington she deals a stunningly weighty vocal.
5. Jack River – Confess
Jack River‘s debut album Sugar Mountain is out today and while the whole thing is great Confess really stands out. It’s a guitar-led, power pop song that sounds like it’s been plucked from a ’90s rom-com.
4. Odette – Lotus Eaters
We’ve been waiting to hear Odette‘s spoken word verses again since Watch Me Read You and we are not disappointed with this one. It’s absolutely captivating with Odette conjuring this incredible fragility.
3. Kimbra & DAWN – Version Of Me
2. Ariana Grande – the light is coming (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
Ariana Grande‘s second taste of Sweetner is a weird and wonky pop song produced by Pharrell. It sees her team with Nicki once again for a glitchy verse before it’s sweetened by Ariana’s perfect verses.
1. Brockhampton – Tonya
Brockhampton returned to the stage this week for the first time without Ameer Vann with new song Tonya off their forthcoming album The Best Years Of Our Lives. Predictably, it was demure affair with a piano-led beat and vocals from Jazmine Sullivan and serpentwithfeet. The studio track isn’t out yet but the live performance was pretty stunning.
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