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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Justin Bieber, Charli XCX, Nao And More

Written By the interns on 10/23/2015

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The new Adele single is coming today and we can already feel the tears welling in our eyes. If you want to escape the emotional turmoil of the whole thing we suggest listening to these songs which have a much higher chance of making you happy than an impending Adele single with the lyrics, “they say that time’s supposed to heal ya / but I ain’t done much healing …”

Goddamit, there I go again, someone pass me the Kleenex.

Justin Bieber
Sorry

Everyone decided that they could like Justin Bieber after What Do You Mean? and then they decided that they could also look at his penis. Surprisingly though, it’s the Biebs doing all the apologising on his second single Sorry. Put simply, the song is another giant banger. It takes a similar aesthetic as What Do You Mean? but obviously they change-up the melody because if they didn’t it would be the same song, wouldn’t it? His album Purpose is out 13th November and it’s shaping up to be much better than the One Direction album which is out on the same day.

WAFIA
Heartburn

Future Classic sure can pick em’ – Flume, Chet Faker, George Maple, Flight Facilities…the list goes on. Their latest signing is Brisbane-based singer WAFIA who’s appeared in the past on a few Ta-Ku songs. Heartburn is her Future Classic debut and it’s been produced by Ta-Ku. It’s a luscious, delicious tune with a melody in the verse that will melt you the first time you listen. Her voice is just so damn smooth and quite frankly we could listen to this all day.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/futureclassic/wafia-heartburn[/soundcloud]

Hannah Lucia
Don’t Hold Out

Hannah Lucia is an NYC-based singer/songwriter who’s last track Lights Out garnered close to 50,000 plays on Souncloud. Six months later she’s back for round two with the equally gorgeous Don’t Hold Out. She’s got a soulful, Jessie Ware-esque vibe on this latest one which is built upon rushing synths and gentle beat work. There’s a certain sophistication in its slow moving soundscape and crisply produced vocals. If you don’t fall in love with Lucia, there may be something wrong with you. Please consult your GP.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/hannahlu/dont-hold-out[/soundcloud]

Nao
Bad Blood

British singer Nao is fresh off her massive collaboration with Disclosure Super Ego and she’s not let any momentum pass by, dropping Bad Blood with news of an impending album. She has such a distinctive, textured voice that she could remake Paris Hilton’s album and make it sound like a masterpiece. Despite this, she’s also making killer tunes to put that perfect voice to and Bad Blood is one of those. It’s soulful and hits really sweet accents in all the right places. There are also rumours that it’s about an ongoing feud with Katy Perry*.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/thisnao/bad-blood[/soundcloud]
* hang on I think we got our notes crossed – that could be incorrect.

Snakehips
All My Friends (Feat. Tinashe and Chance The Rapper)

Snakehips, Tinashe and Chance The Rapper have just soundtracked every shit night you’ve ever had. All My Friends is by far the British duo’s biggest drop to date and will no doubt introduce them to a whole new audience. Getting Tinashe and Chance on board is a genius move and together they craft a massive chorus around the lyric, “I hate this club and I drink too much.” Their respective verses are also blood good. We’re just in love with the whole thing and have listened to it hundreds of times since its release this week.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/snakehips-1/all-my-friends-ft-tinashe-chance-the-rapper[/soundcloud]

Lilt
Capture

Lilt are a Perth duo who captured the attention of triple j listeners all around the country with their last single Don’t Tell Me and also supported Meg Mac on her recent national tour. Captured is their first track since then and it’s an even more immediate listen full of dense sounding synths and moody vocals. It has a really haunting aesthetic to it but then it also has a pop sensibility which makes it sink into the ear drum easily.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/lilt-aus/capture[/soundcloud]

Charli XCX
Vroom Vroom

SOPHIE dropped this new Charli XCX track in a set much earlier this year and since then we’ve been bumping a super lo-fi recording hanging out for the official version. This week we got said version when Charli dropped it herself on Beats 1 radio. SOPHIE and Charli have both seperately traded in ’90s nostalgia so this team-up makes complete sense and predictably they’ve made magic. The verses are hip-hop-inspired while the chorus is pure, dirty pop making it feel like a total guilty pleasure.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/kingwilliams18/charli-xcx-vroom-vroom[/soundcloud]

Set Mo
Chasing Forever (Feat. ALPHAMAMA)

Set Mo‘s last track White Dress racked up a million plays on Spotify so there was understandably a little bit of pressure following it up. And like it was just NBD they’ve come out with another belter featuring the vocals of soul singer ALPHAMAMA. It’s a big, euphoric, deep house tune that just brings everything and more in the chorus making sure your hands are well and truly in the air by the time it hits its stunning conclusion. A big track just in time for the summer.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/setmomusic/set-mo-chasing-forever-ft-alphamama[/soundcloud]

Elizabeth Rose
Shoulda Coulda Woulda

There’s nothing better than a bit of new Lizzy Rose, particularly when it comes with news of an impending album. It’s taken what feels like years but she’s finally release one in March next year title INTRA. She’s kicking off the campaign with Shoulda Coulda Woulda which was produced by M-Phazes who has a mother-flippin’ Grammy for his work on Eminem’s last album. The track is a total pop jam with a few ’90s R&B vibes thrown in for nostalgia’s sake.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/elizabethrose/shoulda-coulda-woulda[/soundcloud]

Baby Raptors
I Am My Only Love

Every few weeks a quaint pop jam comes along and sweeps you away on a carpet of sweet melodies and catching choruses. I Am My Only Love is this week’s magic carpet ride. The track, by Baby Raptors, is not your typical bug, shiny pop song. Instead it’s got an endearing lo-fi quality to it crafted by Action Bronson producer Party Supplies of all people. It’s just really charming and we’ve fallen in love.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/babyraptors/i-am-my-only-love-produced-by-party-supplies[/soundcloud]