This week came through strong with the new releases.
10. Jessie Reyez – Imported (Feat. JRM)
Jessie Reyez is dropping gems every other week now but this is one of the strongest she’s put out recently. Her voice hasn’t been this intoxicating since Figures while her songwriting is as sharp-tongued and potent as ever.
9. Diana Gordon – The Hard Way
Diana Gordon is dropping off some loosies at the moment and we’re so glad The Hard Way has made its way out. There’s so much power in her voice on this one as she flaunts it over an industrial, experimental beat.
8. AlunaGeorge – Cold Blooded Creatures (Bryson Tiller)
It’s great to see AlunaGeorge err further towards the R&B side than the electronic side on this latest EP. It never pays off more than on Cold Blooded Creatures where Aluna gives us her most intimate vocal performance yet. Tiller is a great get too.
7. Nao – Curiosity
Nao is putting out incredible but underrated tunes at the moment. Curiosity is the fourth to come from her sophomore album and it’s a woozy, hypnotic R&B take. We’re never really sure where she’s going with it melodically but she makes sense of it all with a deliciously smooth chorus.
6. Sigrid – Sucker Punch
Sucker Punch is something very different from Sigrid. We’ve come to expect powerful choruses from the Norwegian powerhouse but we never knew she could pack such sass into a verse. This is a different side to her and we like it.
5. Ivy Adara – Callgirl
Ivy Adara has sneakily become one of the best new pop voices around and Callgirl is easily one of the best local tracks of the week. Vocally, she tackles this song like one of the big pop names and there’s a good reason why she’s on New Music Friday playlists internationally today.
4. Anderson .Paak – Tints (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
A disco-flavoured bop wasn’t what we were expecting from .Paak and Lamar but it turns out it’s exactly what we needed. This just drips with cool, something that no other two artists could achieve together. They’re two of the most versatile voices in music right now and the synergy here is so good.
3. Charli XCX – 1999 (Feat. Troye Sivan)
You already knew Charli XCX giving you nostalgic pop with Troye Sivan was going to be a moment but let us reiterate. This is the real deal. It’s an ear worm like no other this year, so melodically rich that you’ll bypass the fact Sivan was only 4 in 1999.
2. Jessie Ware – Overtime
This was an unexpected drop this week. One, because we weren’t expecting new music from Ware and two, because we never expected her to head back to her dance roots. This is a club classic, dripping in ’90s nostalgia and we’re obsessed. It feels like we’re falling in love with Ware’s voice all over again.
1. Cub Sport – Sometimes
We keep saying that Cub Sport get better and better but they just don’t stop. Something is the most confident and innovative pop song to come out of Australia in a long time by a band that have found their lane. We’re getting heavy Savage Garden vibes and that is absolutely a compliment.
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