When you gotta choose between R&B Fridays and New Music Fridays, always choose the latter.
10. Maggie Rogers
It’s not an easy task to follow a viral hit that made Pharrell cry but Maggie Rogers has done a bloody good job. Putting dog in the title is immediately a good choice and pull us in straight away but it’s the song that held our attention. It’s a slower, more vocally driven track than Alaska but it’s just as captivating. She sounds like an old soul and there’s something comforting about listening to her.
9. Aanysa Vs. Snakehips
Burn Break Crash
Snakehips are back with the follow up to the ZAYN-featuring Cruel and this time around they’ve recruited newcomer Aanysa for their most R&B-tinged tune in a little while. It sounds a bit like Tinashe’s Superlove which is kind of a good thing because Superlove is great.
Danish artist SIBA released a really great EP earlier this year Fruits, which has flown a little under the radar but reveals itself to be one of the year’s best newcomer releases when you revisit it. Now, he’s back with another off-kilter pop track IDCBU. This one is stripped of the sweetness of the track off the Fruits EP and in its place is a much more aggressive electronic style of production. Those slippery vocals are still there but they sit in a bed of fluctuating synths and fierce claps.
Vines (Interlude) (Feat. PJ Morgan)
Only DAWN could captivate us with an interlude. She’s dropped another taste of her forthcoming record Redemption and it’s a subtle cut that goes for just over two minutes. It’s her most straightforward vocal in a little while but she channels her emotional side and really cuts through on this one. This record is going to be incredible and we can barely wait until 18th November.
6. Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys is in some of the best musical form of her life and her new album HERE is testament to that. The Gospel is the forthright, powerful opener to the album and features gospel flavours twisted by the hard-hitting beat and Keys’ forceful vocal. She hits every accent like her life depends on it and it’s so, so gripping.
5. Lao Ra
Sometimes a great musician comes along and while you can see potential, it takes them a little while to feel their way. Then other times, there are musicians that arrive immediately with their own style and persona. Lao Ra is a new musician of the latter kind. She’s already making brash pop songs that explore both her identity and personality. After impressing with Jesus Made Me Bad last year, she’s back with Bang Boom, an M.I.A. meets MØ anthem complete with horns that would’ve been right at home on Beyoncé’s 4.
4. Sampa The Great
After a brief period of silence, Sampa The Great is pumping out the great material lately. She’s followed up HERoes (The Call) and HERoes (The Response) with the groovy Mona Lisa. Mona Lisa is an organic, experimental track, once again driven by Sampa’s unwavering bars. She’s once again delivering an inspiring message with wit and determination, rapping, “Mona Lisa take charge, tell them who you are.”
Given they’ve been around for nearly two decades and haven’t had a song for four years you’d be forgiven for writing PNAU off. Well, write them back in because they’re back with a huge tune. Chameleon is the first single of a new record and it’s a pulsating, gigantic dancefloor stormer. It’s a little bit tribal and takes us back a little bit to the “bonkers” vibes of their self-titled and most successful record.
We’ve already had a really good Kiiara EP low kii savage this year but now she’s back to follow-up top 10 hit Gold with dopemang. It’s exactly what you’d expect from Kiiara – late night vibes with a touch of auto-tune and a melody that makes you feel like you’re swimming caramel. It may be one of the hardest, hip-hop leaning joints she’s ever delivered, furthered by the inclusion of up-and-comer Ashely All Day.
1. RL Grime x What So Not x Skrillex
If you missed RL Grime’s annual Halloween mixtape, Halloween V, last week (which we HIGHLY recommend you suss) then you would have heard that sneaky collab between RL Grime, What So Not and Skrillex at its completion. News broke earlier this week that it was indeed dropping this week and alas, it’s finally here in it’s full glory.
🚨 It’s called Waiting and we don’t see it fit to keep you waiting any further because it’s freakin RL Grime x What So Not x Skrillex, Dance music collabs don’t get any bigger than this! 🚨 – Harrison Kefford