Songs for the party, the afterparty and after the afterparty.
10. Mura Masa
Love$ick (Feat. A$AP Rocky) (Four Tet Remix)
Mura Masa released Love$ick a few weeks ago and while it was a banging release it was a familiar one, basically because it was an old Mura Masa track with added A$AP bars. That’s maybe why the Four Tet remix of the song packs a bit more of a punch. It’s an experimental, rollicking remix that takes the track into an even more organic space.
9. Xavier Dunn
Give In (Feat. Airling)
Sydney artist Xavier Dunn has dropped the first single from his forthcoming EP and has enlisted the help of Brissy vocalist Airling for this super smooth, groovy numner Give In. It’s an effortless, vibe-heavy track that brings out the best in both of them with each of them complimenting the other’s velvety vocals.
8. Off Bloom
Love To Hate It
Here’s our favourite new artist find of the week. Off Bloom are a Danish trio and they have some massive names behind them on production duties including Two Inch Punch and George from AlunaGeorge. It’s a massive, left-centre pop cut with soaring vocals and slippery, malleable beat work. It has the potential to be a serious hit if it falls in the right hands and we’ve got all our fingers crossed.
7. Dua Lipa
Room For 2
Dua Lipa is releasing her debut album in February which is a ridiculously long wait but anyway. Room For 2 is taken from that record and it shows us a different side to Lipa. This is not a pop anthem rather, it’s a smokey, haunting cut that explores the rich depths of Lipa’s voice. She sounds super soulful on this one which is something that hasn’t really shone through on her previous tracks. Impressive stuff.
6. Star Slinger
We Could Be More (Feat. DAWN)
This is a dream team if ever we’ve heard of one. British producer Star Slinger wrote this track We Could Be More with Tinashe and then recruited DAWN, who is one of the best vocalists in the electronic scene right now, to sing it. It’s being released via Skrillex’s OWSLA label as part of an EP that’s due to be released later this year. The track itself is a throbbing club track driven by layered, harmonised vocals that are sure to swell the feeling of euphoria in the club.
5. Sampa The Great
HERoes (The Response)
Following a stirring spoken word track, Sampa The Great has revealed the next part in the HERoes chapter, a new track HERoes (The Response). The track is another fierce display of Sampa’s unforgiving flow and intelligent, uplifting lyrics. It’s backed by a rollicking, organic beat that provides the raw energy for Sampa to really go for it.
Drake‘s back with what feels like the more potent follow-up to Hotline Bling. Trading Hotline Bling‘s perkiness for something far more venomous, Drake differentiates the fake ones from the real ones, once again coming through with something that’s cold and lonely. This would’ve slotted nicely into VIEWS but it also stands on its own as a very strong single.
3. Run The Jewels
Talk To Me
Run The Jewels are back. Two years after the release of their groundbreaking record RTJ 2, they’ve delivered the first single from Run The Jewels 3 and it’s a stormer. With a slight rock-edge, it continues that war-ready sound that they really nailed on the previous record. As always, EL-P and Killer Mike are on top form trading verses like the best friends they are.
“We made the soundtrack to WWIII and the apocalypse,” Killer Mike said about the track.
2. Tkay Maidza
It’s hard to pick a standout from the new album but we’re going to go with Follow Me because it shows a completely different side to the rapper – a gentler, more melodic side. Tkay sings the entire track and while it doesn’t pack the energetic punch that most of the other songs do, it’s a beautiful middle-point which is perhaps why it stands out so strongly. A subtle yet triumphant pop moment on TKAY.
1. Charli XCX
After The Afterparty (Feat. Lil Yachty)
2016 has been a big year for duets and loved-up anthems so thank goodness someone’s got a bit of champagne into their system and written a supermassive hit. That champagne-swilling legend is Charli XCX. Today she’s dropped After The Afterparty, a song that’s basically about getting on the drinks and refusing to end the night. It’s a forward-thinking, richly melodic pop track that seems like a more accessible extension to her SOPHIE-produced EP Vroom Vroom.