It wouldn’t be a songs of the week post without Kaytranada anymore would it?
Catch 22 (Feat. Anne-Marie)
How do you back up a song that bagged six ARIA nominations and momentarily hit the top spot on iTunes in Australia? You pull in loveable Brit Anne-Marie and make another banger. Illy‘s done exactly that guaranteeing himself another hit with this infectious jam that pairs a Lily Allen-esque quaintness with charismatic bars. The man is on fire.
9. Pusha T
Circles (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign and Desiigner)
King Push has enlisted a pretty stellar lineup for his latest cut Circles. Ty Dolla $ign and Desiigner, who Push signed to G.O.O.D. Music, both deliver on this new track with Ty bringing the soul and Desiigner giving us an acapella verse that’s kinda what we wanted from the Timmy Turner final mix tbh. As always, Push is a steady, reliable MC that has an undeniable power and weight in his words.
8. Manu Crook$
Blowin’ Up (Feat. Miracle)
Hip-hop in Australia has edged closer and closer to a US sound in the last couple of days butManu Crook$‘ latest Blowin’ Up may be the most international sounding jam we’ve heard yet. Not only does it kill it by Australian standards it’s also up there with the best international hip-hop releases boasting woozy, Travis Scott-esque hooks and melodic, hard-hitting verses. It features fellow rapper Miracle and was also produced by Dopamine who was recently heard producing on the Joy. mixtape Joy To The World.
Just a few months after the release of his excellent Stamina EP, Aussie producer Swick has dropped Offside. Featuring those bubbly, glossy beats that we’ve become accustomed to with any Swick production,Offside also showcases one his strongest vocal melodies to date with a manipulated and glitchy yet centred vocal.
6. Frank Ocean
White Ferrari (Jacques Greene Edit)
Frank Ocean‘s Blonde is the album that keeps on giving with everyone coming out of the woodwork with a cover or remix. The latest is from producer Jacques Greene, who took the number one spot on this list a few weeks back with You Can’t Deny. His remix of White Ferrari is a hypnotising seven minute cut, full of late night beats and delicate, warm synth work.
Melbourne duo ALTA have announced their new EP Sincere and shared a solid teaser of it in Unbelievable. The slinky, hypnotising cut is one of the most confident things they’ve ever produced. It’s a beautifully produced, slow-moving affair that takes its time but ultimately leaves its mark on you. The EP is out 28th October.
4. Billy Davis
No Longer Lovers
Here’s the thing, Melbourne Neo-soul act Billy Davis make it near impossible to no longer believe in love. Having just been signed to one Melbourne’s most talented rosters with the folks over at Good Manners, Billy Davis deserve a warm welcome to the big leagues and their new single No Longer Lovers will have you reeling for more. Billy Davis are headed up by multi-talented band leader Will Remington, who has pieced together an incredible lineup that features up to 11 members when appearing live. Before jumping into their fresh new beat, the sound of Billy Davis is like a journey that mirrors the likes of Kaytranada, Anderson .Paak and a group that dominated the airwaves in 2015, The Internet.
3. Jagwar Ma
Jagwar Ma’s great new album Every Now & Then is our Album Of The Week this week so we don’t really have much more to say about it but we do want to wax lyrical about the best track on the record Batter Up. Batter Up is the most straightforward, melodic track they’ve ever made and it turns out simplicity equals a masterpiece. The verses are spacious while the chorus explodes into a cloudy haze which just feels so meaty.
2. Tove Lo
Tove Lo’s Cool Girl is still the slickest, sexiest pop anthem of the year and Lady Wood is still the best album title of the year so it’s unsurprising that her latest drop True Disaster a slinky dream. Driven by pulsating bass, it’s an effortless, sleek pop song in line with everything she’s released from Lady Wood so far. Despite all the features this year, she’s found her own sonic lane with this record and she’s speeding towards the album release very nicely.
Cranes In The Sky (Kaytranada Edit)
About a week ago, Kaytranada dropped a remix of Solange‘s Cranes In The Sky off her mindblowing new record A Seat At The Table and now he’s made it available on the internet because people were freaking out so much. Kaytranada x Solange is a match made in heaven with her silky, harmonised vocals slipping effortlessly into his groovy, malleable beats. Even Kaytranada admitted that this edit of the track is dope and was going to wait for Solange’s team to ask him to do an official remix but he decided to unleash it straight away.