10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Ella Mai, Little Mix, Maggie Rogers And More

Written By Sam Murphy on 10/12/2018

Not the biggest New Music Friday ever but we'll make do.

10. Liv Dawson - Good Intentions

Liv Dawson has one of the silkiest voices out here and it shines brighter than ever on Good Intentions. It's one of her more subtle songs but a gorgeous, unpredictable melody ensures that it works its way into your mind.

9. Quavo - Swing (Feat. DaVido & Normani)

Quavo's solo project QUAVO HUNCHO dropped today and Swing is the most melodic of the bunch. Normani delivers yet another superstar verse while DaVido handles the Latin beat like the pro he is. Quavo is there to conduct proceedings but it's Davido and Normani who steal the show.

8. Alma - Cowboy

Alma has been away working on her debut album and she's tapped some big guns for this one. Cowboy is produced by Bloodpop and has Justin Tranter on the credits, culminating in a hearty but strange pop song. It suits Alma and she shines on a song that few could handle.

7. Little Mix - Woman Like Me (Feat. Nicki Minaj)

Little Mix are back after a longer than usual break with one of their biggest tracks yet. They tap Nicki Minaj in a very obvious grab for the US market but they lose none of their charm in doing so. Pop fans may take a little longer to jump on board this one but they'll get there.

6. Loyle Carner - Ottolenghi

Loyle Carner is one of the most autobiographical, honest MCs out there and his return proves that. Ottolenghi features Aussie vocalist Jordan Rakei on the hook, book-ending raw, minimal voices.

5. Mick Jenkins - Understood

Mick Jenkins is edging his way towards his next album and he's dropping liquid gold. Understood's production is brilliant but its Jenkins technical ability that takes it to the next level. Sonically it sounds like a daydream but lyrically it's right there in reality.

4. Maggie Rogers - Light On

Maggie Rogers has announced her debut album Heard It In A Past Life for early next year but ahead of that she's gifted us Light On. The track sees her match her pop sensibilities with Fleetwood Mac-esque influence in one of her greatest melodic displays yet.

3. Ella Mai - Shot Clock

Ella Mai's debut album is full of jams but this one feels like the slinkiest of all. It's a soulful, mid-tempo that few artists could make sound interesting. Mai, however, takes it on and wins with tricky wordplay, Drake references and doo-wop harmonies.

2. Japanese Wallpaper - Fooling Around

Japanese Wallpaper's first track in forever is a rebirth. His songwriting has always been great but here he matches it sonically with a twinkling, illuminated backdrop. That chorus is beautiful too.

1. Astrid S - Emotion

Astrid S has been holding off on releasing new music this year but she's back with a bang. Emotion may be her biggest endeavour yet. It's a gutsy pop song with a mammoth chorus.

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