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The 10 Best Songs Of The Week: Beyoncé, Stormzy, Ball Park Music And More

Written By the interns on 04/29/2016

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Songs to feast on while you’re waiting for VIEWS…

10. Yumi Zouma
Barricade (Matter Of Fact)

Yumi Zouma‘s Barricade (Matter Of Fact) is a gorgeously dreamy effort, laced with softly building lines of synth – with melodic piano and ethereal guitar samples. Christie Simpson’s vocals are soft but captivatingly so – and the layered harmonic sub-layers of words ooze effortlessly out of the mix. – Zanda Wilson

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/cascine/yumi-zouma-barricade-matter-of-fact-2[/soundcloud]

9. Xavier Dunn
Scattered (Feki Remix)

It’s hard to ignore the hype surrounding this triple j unearthed winner, with his vision for Scattered being freakishly on point. Amongst a brigade of amazing Australian artists, Feki’s take on Xavier Dunn’s Scattered is plausible enough for us to suggest we highly recommend you keep tabs on this Brisbane hit-maker. – Harrison Kefford

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/xavierdunn/scattered-xavier-dunn-feki-remix-1[/soundcloud]

8. Vada & Olukara
Fine

LA singer Vada has gotten together with Brooklyn rapper olukara on some super laid-back vibes for new track Fine. With production from Canadian producer The Kount and future funk/chill dude Falcxne, its some seriously smooth, echoic majesty of music – complete with chorus harmony between the two vocalists. – Zanda Wilson

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/officialvada/fine-w-olukara-prod-by-the-kount-and-falcxne-1[/soundcloud]

7. Dro Carey
Queensberry Rules (Feat. KUČKA)

Aussie producer Dro Carey has been kicking around for a while but finally now he’s making tunes that are accessible outside the clubs as well as inside. KUČKA joins him on this underground house tune Queensberry Rules, adding a sweet, honey-soaked melody to the mix with her captivating voice. KUČKA is fresh from a Flume collab but this may even beat this one. It’s woozy yet focussed and pretty hard to take your ears away from. It’s off Dro Carey’s forthcoming EP The Dark Zoo. – Sam Murphy

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/soothsayeronline/dro-carey-queensberry-rules-feat-kucka[/soundcloud]

6. AlunaGeorge
My Blood (Feat. ZHU)

Straight up, new material from English electro-duo AlunaGeorge is enough to handle, but add mystery-man ZHU to the combo and, well, the track sells itself. My Blood is an emotional slow-jam, combining Aluna’s sultry vocals with ZHU’s slow dragging, crisp electronica. My Blood can only be described as a match made in heaven. – Harrison Kefford

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/alunageorge/my-blood[/soundcloud]

5. Ball Park Music
Pariah

Ball Park Music – set to play a run of intimate shows starting this weekend – have released the lead single off their forthcoming fourth album. Pariah is a seven-minute epic, accompanied by an incredible if somewhat trippy music video. It’s a display of the encompassing abilities of a band who may be yet to reach the peak of their powers, featuring powerfully emotive lyrics about being an outcast. – Zanda Wilson

4. Stormzy
Scary

Apart from Skepta, Stormzy is probably the biggest name in grime right now so it’s almost expected that everything he releases will be straight fire. And he doesn’t disappoint of his latest cut Scary. It’s a ferocious, dark track that shows he’s definitely not one to mess with. He’s also one of the smartest lyricists in the game combining wit with ego on lines like, “You can say shut up, we’ll both say shut up / When I say shut up I get a plaque”. – Sam Murphy

3. George Maple
Sticks And Horses (Feat. GoldLink)

George Maple hasn’t released anything new for a while but she’s back fighting with a newfound confidence. Sticks And Horses is both the sexiest and most individual track she’s ever dropped with the video proving she’s poised to be an icon in this country. She’s always had all the elements to do some spectacular things but finally here it all comes together and it drips with sensuality. – Sam Murphy

2. D∆WN
Honest

Dawn Richards, also known as D∆WN – has dropped a smooth new single called Honest. Club-producer Kingdom is behind the beats, which are comprised of floating synths spliced with penetrating snare. Richards has also indicated that this is just the first track from a larger body of work from herself and Kingdom, soon to be released. – Zanda Wilson

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/fadetomind/dawn-richard-honest[/soundcloud]

1. Beyoncé
Hold Up

It’s hard to pick just one track of Beyoncé surprise-drop LP Lemonade but Hold Up really does have it all. Over a Caribbean beat she’s used lines by Father John Misty and Ezra Koeni plus sampled Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Soulja Boy for a “you’ll never have it better than me” anthem. Beyoncé has taken a vulnerable situation and found in it admitting she still loves her husband but also delivering power lines like “I don’t wanna lose my pride but I’mma fuck me up a bitch”. There’s no one in pop who can be quite so potent and composed. – Sam Murphy

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