12 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Kelela, Sam Smith, Nicole Millar And More

Written By Sam Murphy on 10/06/2017

Rihanna or Kanye didn’t drop anything this week again so these’ll have to do.

12. CID RIM – Repeat (Feat. Samantha Urbani)

CID RIM make some of the most intense sonic atmospheres out there but on Repeat he juxtaposes that with the serene. The song which features the vocals of Samantha Urbani oscillates between moments of peace and moments of pulsating madness. It’s totally captivating.

11. Guy Sebastian – Vesuvius

Guy Sebastian is releasing a new album called Conscious which ushers in an electronic era for Guy.Vesuvius is the third drop from it and the best one yet. He’s in fine form melodically, the beat is on-point and his voice at the end soars.

10. Kehlani – Honey

Kehlani has dropped a new song outta nowhere and it’s a soulful jam called Honey. She sings over acoustic guitar plucks and manages to weave her own incredible melody with that voice that can be described by the title of the track.

9. MUKI – Friends Don’t Make Out

Aussie bubblegum pop Queen Muki returned this week with this shiny slam-dunk Friends Don’t Make Out. She’s this country’s answer to Charli XCX, pairing accessible melodies with textured, malleable beats that continuously take unexpected detours. This is just one example of her genius.

8. Bec Sandridge – I’ll Never Want A BF

Bec Sandridge is back with her first single of the year and it’s a quirky, ’80s-tinged classic. Sounding like Kate Bush found herself in a songwriting session with St. Vincent it’s wonderfully bizarre while also presenting as an unabashed anthem.

7. Sam Smith – Pray

Sam Smith has delivered the follow-up to Too Good At Goodbyes. Pray is the final track on the album The Thrill Of It and we know that because Smith announced the record and unveiled the 10-song tracklist for it. It’s a soulful ballad not too dissimilar to its predessecor but it’s a pretty special track. It was reportedly worked on with Timbaland and frequent collaborator Jimmy Napes.

6. Alex Lahey – There’s No Money

Alex Lahey‘s debut album I Love You Like A Brother is spectacular but we’re particularly enamoured by the title track There’s No Money. It’s moves more slowly than any other track on the record but it’s so beautifully earnest. It’s topped off by a choir that sail the album home in glorious style.

5. Matthew Young – Hey

Kiwi Matthew Young’s last single Collect is one of our favourites of the year and he’s backed it up with another stunner. Hey‘s textures are a little more distorted than its predessecor, taking a laid-back approach that turns up the soul dial with a beat that Tyler, The Creator would’ve happily popped on Flower Boy.

4. Sampa The Great – Rhythm To The East

If you’re not aware now of how good a MC Sampa The Great is, what have you been doing? Rhythm To The East is another organic, soulful cut worked on with Remi and Sensible J, lifted by Sampa’s incredible bars. She’s giving us André 3000 meets Lauryn Hill vibes over this slinky, percussive beat.

3. Young Franco – About This Thing

Notorious groove maker Young Franco is back today with one of his best cuts yet. About This Thing sees the Aussie producer recruit UK vocalist Scrufizzer for a vibe-heavy affair that bleeds swagger.

2. Nicole Millar – Blindfolded

Nicole Millar is back and it feels like she’s ready to put it all out there this time with her huge new track Blindfolded. Blindfolded trades the Millar drop for a glossy, neon-lit chorus and takes her to the next level which is what we’ve been waiting for her to do. It was co-produced by Kilter and also explores a new world for him. Together they’ve made an absolute tune that has the potential to become a huge force this summer.

1. Kelela – Waiting

Waiting is one of the many highlight from Kelela’s just released debut album Take Me Apart. It’s once again a perfect balance between fragile and powerful with icy beats and Kelela’s silky vocal. She’s yet to put a foot wrong in this album campaign and no doubt the album is going to be just as great as everything that’s come before it.

You can find all our favourite tracks in our Top Tunes Spotify playlist, updated daily: