What a really bloody great week.
11. Pale Waves – Eighteen
Pale Waves have announced their debut album My Mind Makes Noises and dropped a new single Eighteen. The goth-pop band have always felt like they’d slot into a ’90s rom-com perfectly but Eighteen in particular fits this brief.
10. Elley Duhé – Way Down Low
Elley Duhé is a US pop singer who is currently featured on the new Zedd song but she’s tailing it with her own track and it may be better. Way Down Low is a syrupy pop song with an unexpected bite that lets her personality shine through more than anything she’s done yet.
9. Jungle – Heavy, California
Jungle have finally announced their second album For Ever and they’ve dropped two new song. Heavy, California is the most instantly likeable of the two, giving us those trademark grooves with a healthy dose of layered falsetto.
8. Denzel Curry – Switch It Up
Denzel Curry‘s first album in two years TA1300 is out now and it’s split into three parts. The highlight Switch It Up comes from the ‘Grey’ third of the record and it’s the biggest turn up track on the whole thing.
7. Robinson – Don’t Trust Myself
Kiwi artist Robinson bagged a hit with her last song Nothing To Regret and this song looks set to do the same thing. It takes a more sombre tone than its predessecor but it packs no less of a punch. Her vocals sound incredible and the chorus is transporting.
6. Santigold – Run The Road
Santigold surprise dropped a new mix tape I Don’t and it’s got some of her best work in years. Run The Road is the obvious lead-track. It’s an expert, Dre-Skull produced dancehall track that brings back some of what we loved about her debut album while still forging ahead.
5. Maggie Rogers – Give A Little
Who knew Maggie Rogers had such a pop hit inside of her? She ditches the folk undertones almost completely on this and edges into HAIM’s lane for a gloriously smooth bop aimed at the warmer months.
4. Tkay Maidza – Flexin’ (Feat. Duckwrth)
Tkay Maidza once rapped about switching lanes but it seems she’s finally found her lane. Her confidence is shining through right now and Flexin’ preaches that. She’s never sounded more in control on her bars which helps transform this into a victory lap.
3. Blood Orange – Charcoal Baby
Blood Orange is back with the first song off his forthcoming record Negro Swan. It’s a beautifully textured, autobiographical track that comes alongside a typically brilliant visual. It feels like an extension of the Freetown Sound sound but a new chapter thematically.
2. E^ST – I Don’t Lack Imagination
The best pop thing in the country E^ST is back with an absolute pearler in I Don’t Lack Imagination. It’s the wooziest, most adventurous cut she’s ever released, spiralling into a powerful chorus. She goes from strength-to-strength and yet again she’s bettered herself.
1. Charli XCX – Girls Night Out
Charli XCX has finally dropped Girls Night Out and it’s just as fun as it sounds on every LQ YouTube video we’ve heard it through. SOPHIE and Stargate both produced on this one and it shows because it’s equal parts bonkers club song and mammoth pop song.
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