A bunch of songs you might forget and a bunch you’ll love forever(ish).
12. Elley Duhé – Fever
Elley Duhé has followed up her Zedd collab Happy Now with her debut EP DRAGON MENTALITY. It’s a six song set of innovative, dark-skewed pop and Fever is one of the many highlights. Taking hints of inspiration from Bollywood, she creates something totally hypnotic but still accessible.
11. Ciara – Freak Me
Ciara has followed up one of her most successful singles in years Level Up with another banger. She’s teamed with Nigerian artist Tekno for a summer-ready smash that instantly sounds warm. It’s doesn’t deliver the energy injection of Level Up but this ones got more rhythm.
10. Stefflon Don – Pretty Girl
Stefflon Don is really owning that dancehall pocket right now and she continues to do so on new track Pretty Girl. She’s recruited Tiggs Da Author for the hook and he pines for her while she continues to shun in what may be one of her funnest tracks to date.
9. Lykke Li – U Got It Bad
We never knew we needed an Usher cover from Lykke Li until now. Her latest album so sad so sexy was an extension of modern R&B and she takes the same vibe with this classic. It’s darker than the original but still so sexy.
8. Duckwrth – Fall Back
Duckwrth is fresh from a collab with Tkay Maidza and now the rapper is back focussing on his solo work with his first single this year Fall Back. It’s dark with Yeezus-esque beats and has Duckwrth sounding like he’s out for blood this time.
7. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me
Nina Nesbitt is making some of the most understated and infectious pop music around right now. Loyal To Me is her first release in a while and it sounds like a favourite of an early Christina or Britney LP. It’s silky, smooth and driven by a chorus that deserves a very slick dance routine.
6. Louis The Child – Dear Sense (Feat. Max)
Louis The Child are making a name for themselves as one of the most diverse and capable production duos around right now. This time, they’ve teamed up with pop newbie Max for this instantly endearing bop. On paper, it’s a straight-forward pop song but the production is so colourful and full, it feels like you’re taking detours at every turn.
5. Broods – Peach
Broods have entered a new era, signing with Neon Gold, and their first drop Peach is exactly what we needed from them. It’s the most experimental, woozy pop moment they’ve ever given us. They’ve even delivered a bridge complete with pitched-up vocals which is surely proof they’re going for inventive with this era.
4. LSD – Thunderclouds
This is the third track to come from the Diplo, Sia and Labrinth collaborative project and it may be the best. It’s slinky and mysterious like it was recorded for a Bond movie and it perfectly melds together the trio’s talents.
3. Troye Sivan – Animal
Troye Sivan has dropped Animal, the last song off his forthcoming Bloom. It’s the fourth track to be released from the record and it makes total sense as a closer. It’s a slow-moving, elongated love song that works up to its climax amidst a howling guitar that flirts its way in and out.
2. Wafia – I’m Good
Wafia is coming off a mammoth hit with Louis The Child’s Better and she’s followed it up effortlessly with I’m Good. It’s her most confident pop moment yet and is further proof that she’s consistently intent on growing her sound. She deserves all the success that’s inevitably going to come from this charismatic bop.
1. RAY BLK – Run Run
RAY BLK is back with her first solo drop in a year and it’s a powerful anthem Run Run. Written about her direct experiences with “crime and poverty”, Run Run is an honest, autobiographical cut that may be one of her best moments yet.
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