There’s a ridiculous amount of new music out today so let us help you by choosing the best…
Tigertown are producing some of the most twinkling, triumphant pop music in the country right now and they’re upholding that reputation with their latest cut Papernote. This is one of their most electronic outputs to date and they benefit from a glossier chorus. It all leads to a layered, glorious chorus that is just crying to be spilled out of festival speakers this summer.
10. The Weeknd
Last week outta nowhere The Weeknd dropped a new single Starboy and announced he’s popping out an album of the same name in November. Now, just days after he’s given us another taste of the album with False Alarm. False Alarm is far less demure than its predecessor, with a tempo that raises and some seriously gritty vocal work. It’s probably one of the most energetic things we’ve heard him do for a while and will either excite people or really piss them off.
9. Bibi Bourelley
Bibi Bourelley is continuing to drop some of the rawest some of the rawest anthems around with Ballin. Backed by a thudding beat, this might be one of Bourelley’s most forthright, confident jams to date, finding a sweet spot between Bitch Better Have My Money confidence and Ego attitude.
Ooooh, we’re getting so close to the release of Lido‘s Everything and he’s painfully teasing us with little cuts from it. Dye is the latest and it’s also the most vocal-heavy track we’ve heard off the album yet. This one carries some serious weight with a rock-esque grunt attributed to the hook and, in typical Lido fashion, some velvety vocal sampling that hits right at the heart.
7. Mura Masa
Love$ick (Feat. A$AP Rocky)
Budding British producer Mura Masa has only dropped one song this year What If I Go but now he’s pulled out the big guns, revealing a new single with A$AP Rocky Love$ick. It’s a remix of his 2015 track Lovesick and features Rocky rapping over the top. You wouldn’t have guessed it in its instrumental form but it really lends itself well to a rapper. It’s really cool to see Mura pulling in huge guests like Rocky and the guest list of his debut album will no doubt be stacked.
Kimbra just dropped in this morning out of nowhere to give us a new single Sweet Relief and, well, we’re glad she did because it’s bloody excellent. She weaves her charm over a funky, wonky bassline that might be one of her most malleable beats yet. As always, Kimbra hit those accents better than anyone else in the game making us feel like we needa hit the DF stat. Let’s have a new album now Kimbra, this is so fresh.
5. Frank Ocean
Godspeed (Feat. dvsn)
On OVO Sound’s Beats 1 radio show over the weekend dvsn premiered their remix of Frank Ocean‘s Godspeed off his Blonde record and now they’ve popped it on Soundcloud in its official, glorious form. dvsn and Frank Ocean are behind two of the most soulful records of the year so this teaming makes total sense. dvsn add the beats and grandiose that were missing from Blonde, even delivering a choir in the latter parts of the song. Frank’s melody is just as beautiful as ever, it’s just now its got more instrumental company. They also add a pretty special verse to the mix too.
4. Revo DeVito
Kaytranada has added another excellent production to his belt this year, co-producing this new jam by Portland newcomer Revo DeVito. In true Kaytranada fashion, it’s a groovy, wonky number driven by DeVito’s disco-inspired vocal that sits somewhere between Diana Ross and Janet Jackson. It’s such a slick, dance floor sizzler and it’s just a small taste of her whole excellent EP
3. Cashmere Cat
Trust Nobody (Feat. Selena Gomez And Tory Lanez)
Cashmere Cat is one of the most intelligent producers around right now. He’s found a way to take pop artists and show exactly how pop production can be exciting and innovative without being alienating. His latest single Trust Nobody with Selena Gomez and Tory Lanez proves exactly that, pairing traditional, velvety melodies with new sounds and drops. Something like this will no doubt confuse those over at triple j who are no doubt now deciding whether it’s ok to play Selena Gomez on the radio.
2. PON CHO
Frozen (Feat. Paige IV)
Earlier this year Thundamentals producer PON CHO arrived on the scene with a bonafide bangerLonely Walls and now he’s returned with another Paige-IV featuring single Frozen. Frozen isn’t a banger in the danceable sort of way, instead it’s a powerful, triumphant and emotional track with a chorus that shoots into the stratosphere. Paige IV’s vocals are unbelievable to the point of being ridiculous and PON CHO proves once again that he’s got an effortless feel for stitching together forward-thinking electronic production with winning pop melodies.
Mad (Feat. Lil Wayne)
Solange‘s new album A Seat At The Table is a beautifully pieced together journey exploring her own identity, particularly the way she’s treated in society. This cut Mad featuring Lil Wayne is an early highlight because it captures the very essence of the record – the feeling of anger and where it comes from. Apart from Solange’s flawless vocal work, Lil Wayne’s bars are some of the best we’ve heard from him in a very, very long time.