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11 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Major Lazer, Father John Misty, Kehlani And More

Written By Sam Murphy on 01/27/2017

The rumours are true, everybody in the world released a song today.

11. Tei Shi
Keep Running

Brooklyn’s Tei Shi has been quiet for a little while now but she’s back in full swing now, dropping a new song Keep Running. Slow-moving and sleek, it’s a masterclass in silky indie-pop and places her back in the spotlight.

10. Zara Larsson
So Good (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

The heir to the pop throne Zara Larsson is back today with another new single So Good which sees her switch it up for a breezy, soulful tune So Good. Ty Dolla $ign’s phoned-in verse is a little unnecessary but Larsson’s presence is anything but unnecessary. She could make the Crazy Frog sound appealing so it’s no surprise that this is another hit for her.

9. Major Lazer
Run Up (Feat. PartyNextDoor & Nicki Minaj)

Major Lazer decided it was time for a number one so they’re grabbing at the top with this dancehall-infused anthem. PartyNextDoor and Nicki Minaj are a vocal match made in heaven and while the hook isn’t as strong as it could be, Minaj comes through to save the day at the end.

8. ANOHNI
Paradise

ANOHNI is following up her phenomenal 2016 LP HOPELESSNESS with a companion EP PARADISE. It’s been produced by Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never again and the trio have dropped the title track. It’s a brooding, powerful cut that has an even more beefed-up backdrop than HOPELESSNESS.

7. Gallant x Tablo x Eric Nam
Cave Me In

Gallant will be in the country in a few months time and he’s building up his wealth of material once again with a new track Cave Me In. This one sees him team up with South Korean artists Tablo and Eric Nam for a very warm, neon-lit cut. Gallant opens things up with a soulful verse before Tablo and Nam step in as the trio form the perfect boy band.

6. Father John Misty
Pure Comedy

If there was ever a time we needed Father John Misty, it’s now. Pure Comedy, the first single of his forthcoming album of the same name, depicts the turmoil the world is in right now. Julia Louis Dreyfus said last year that Veep started as a ridiculous comedy but now it seems to be turning into a reality. Pure Comedy captures that same essence.

5. Nelly Furtado
Cold Hard Truth

Nelly Furtado is going down an alternative route with her new music and so far it’s really working for her. Her latest drop from her forthcoming record The Ride is Cold Hard Truth, the funkiest, most upbeat cut we’ve heard from her in a while. Her voice is intoxicating so it’s good to hear it in a raw setting. It’s also a very danceable song which is something we’ve been missing from her since Loose.

4. VeilHymn
Hymn

Dev Hynes, one of the busiest men in music, has teamed up with Bryndon Cook as VeilHymn and they’ve dropped their first single today. Cook has been a touring guitarist for Charilift and Solange while Hynes released his third album as Blood Orange last year Freetown Sound. Their track as a duo Hymn sees them go for a slow-moving, elongated R&B sound.

3. Dave x J Hus
Samantha

You really couldn’t get a better pairing than Dave and J Hus. The two MCs are posed to be some of the UK’s biggest exports this year and it’s always great to see newbies with the same hustle teaming up. Samantha is an uber smooth jam that sees the pair swap bars effortlessly. Dave gives us an A+ hook which he’s really becoming known for now.

2. Syd
Body

The Internet frontwoman Syd‘s solo career is in full swing now and she’s returned with an intimate, steamy jam Body. It’s taken from her forthcoming album Fin which will be out 3rd February. You can check the tracklist below, featuring this cut and the first single All About Me.

The Internet have always been suave but Body gives us late nights vibes, the type that Syd hasn’t delivered until now. She remains in the upper-echelons of her voice and takes it nice and slow.

1. Kehlani
Too Much

Kehalni’s album SweetSexySavage is out today and while it’s anthem city, there’s one that stands out above the rest. Too Much is Kehlani’s career-defining jam capturing her attitude perfectly and delivering a hook that’s sure to become her mantra, “too much of a woman, too much of a badass bitch.”