The best songs of the week, ranked.
11. Noah Cyrus – I’m Stuck
Everything about this shouldn’t work. The overplayed country twang, the Avicci Hey Brother vibes, the acoustic meets dance aesthetic, the Steps-tinges – all of it. Maybe it’s because its been a shitty week but goddamn this is so endearing.
10. Lil Yachty – Better (Feat. Stefflon Don)
“‘Cos you say it’s could but it could be better, it could always be better,” Lil Yachty sings on Better, dropping pearls of wisdom. It may not be the most complicated statement but that’s the best thing about this Caribbean-flavoured pop song. “With you I feel much better,” he concludes with and it’s Yachty’s ability to make simple, succinct statements like that, that’s going to connect him to everyone.
9. Wafia – 83 Days
Wafia is pulling at your heartstrings with her latest single 83 Days. The song details a lost love with Wafia laying down her typically honest and forthright vocals over a crisp, swelling Ta-Ku beat. The purity in her voice is pretty unbeatable and makes everything sound sincere.
8. NoMBe – Signs
NoMBe is currently releasing his debut album They Might’ve Even Loved Me song-by-song, month-by-month and this is the fifth song to drop from it. It also may be the most accessible yet giving us Black Keys vibes with its rock ‘n’ roll guitars and his cut-through falsetto. In fact, if The Black Keys released this in 2017, maybe they’d still be relevant.
7. Donatachi – In Rotation (Feat. Gustine)
While we’re all sitting here waiting for SOPHIE to drop another BIPP, Australian producer Donatachi sneaks through with a very worthy replacement. In Rotation is a hyperactive, saccharine pop song that hits all the right notes. It’s silly, rhythmic and addictive all while remaining accessible enough for ~most~ to dig in the club.
6. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling
Carly Rae Jepsen has finally dropped the full version of Cut To The Feeling. Cut To The Feeling was featured in French Canadian film Ballerina and until now it existed as a low quality rip. Now it’s here in all its ’80s-tinged, euphoric glory. It’s definitely in line with her last album E.MO.TION and probably not a sign of a forthcoming record but it’s always good to have new Carly regardless.
5. Aminé – Heebiejeebies (Feat. Kehlani)
Fresh from a top 20 hit in the US with Caroline, Portland rapper Aminé has plenty of new friends around. Last week he released a remix of REDMERCEDES with Missy Elliott and AJ Tracey and now he’s linked up with Kehlani for this slinky new tunes. Kehlani is damn smooth but maybe Aminé is the only artist in the world right now who can match her. Effortless.
4. Future – Mask Off (Remix, Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Future‘s two albums and Kendrick Lamar‘s sole album are three of the best this year so it’s unsurprising that the pair sound so good on a remix of Mask Off. Mask Off is taken from Future’s feature-less album Future but now he’s added a feature, grabbing Kendrick to jump on the track. In true Kung Fu Kenny style, he delivers effortless bars that sound like they were always meant to be there.
3. Rita Ora – Your Song
Your Song is Rita Ora‘s first single in well over a year and it’s also the best thing she’s done since I Will Never Let You Down. It’s co-written by Ed Sheeran and sounds a little like Shape Of You but who really cares because it’s a banger nonetheless. The beat is simple and spacious while Ora’s vocals are infectious and rich. After being guilty of doing too much at times, it’s nice to hear her drop something so minimal.
2. Vera Blue – Mended
Vera Blue has ventured into the electronic world of late but she’s headed back towards the emotional fragility she gave us on her debut Hold with Mended. Mended is a vocal masterclass. Blue orchestrates the emotion of the song with every subtle vocal run and while it’s quite a minimal song, it’s emotionally profound.
1. Kali Uchis – Tyrant (Feat. Jorja Smith)
Kali Uchis has unleashed her first single off her forthcoming debut, full-length album. Tyrant sees her team with Jorja Smith which is a perfect feature given that the two have an appreciation for classic soul and throwback vibes. It’s a slinky, harmony-laden cut that tailor-made for both voices. Uchis takes the first two verses while Smith joins in at the tail end to complete the picture.