Phew, Calvin Harris is still good.
10. Noah Cyrus & MØ – We Are…
Noah Cyrus is back with another big collaboration and this time she’s teamed with MØ for an anthem that could be quite good, although we haven’t decided just yet. The chorus features the popular expletive “fuck” and it’s actually very good although the verses feel slightly clunky at times. MØ definitely owns them more than Cyrus but she’s still finding her lane and that’s okay.
9. James Bay – Wild Love
We didn’t think we’d care one bit about James Bay’s return but he’s lessened his reliance on the guitar, learnt what a synth is and voilà. Wild Love is a very good song from a popstar who was previously very vanilla. This is extremely encouraging.
8. MIST – Wish Me Well (Feat. Jessie Ware)
The last time we heard Jessie Ware with an MC was when she guested on Nicki Minaj’s The Crying Game. This time around she’s keeping it closer to home teaming up with British MC MIST for this reassuring dancehall jam.
7. Towkio – 2 Da Moon (Feat. Teddy Jackson, Grace Weber)
Towkio is making some of the most joyous, rhythmic music out there right now and 2 Da Moon is another jam. He’s set to drop his album WWW. next week and this is a very promising sign. It’s a wobbly, minimal song designed to warp the dancefloor.
6. Rae Sremmurd – T’d Up
Rae Sremmurd continue their obsession with golf references on this Metro Boomin-produced track. T’d Up is classic Rae Sremmurd. It’s spacious and icy, buoyed by Swae Lee’s knack for a perfect hook.
5. OKENYO – ISO
OKENYO is living in the future while somehow still addressing all the problems we have right here in the present. ISO is a warped, distorting song that is centred by OKENYO’s poetic, effortless bars.
4. Dawn – Waves
Dawn is back with her first cut of the year Waves and she’s not playing around. It’s one of the most soulful songs she’s ever put out, giving us everything both vocally and lyrically. She’s on another level, always.
3. Nilüfer Yanya – Thanks 4 Nothing
One good track is enough to have the internet calling you the second coming of Christ and they did just that when Nilüfer Yanya released her last track Baby Luv (we did too). Well, now we’re ready to do it all over again because she’s released another A-grade single Thanks For Nothing. Thanks For Nothing is subtly, spiteful cut that tricks us into thinking it’s got no claws with its minimal instrumental.
2. Calvin Harris – Nuh Ready Nuh Ready
Calvin Harris has switched up his Funk Wav Bounces sound slightly for Nuh Ready Nuh Ready but he’s still good so we can all breathe a sigh of relief. There’s no better dancehall melody writer in the game right now than PartyNextDoor and he does an effortless, brilliant job here.
1. Mallrat – UFO (Feat. Allday)
Mallrat is back with another A-grade single, teaming up with Allday once again for UFO. UFO is the follow-up to Better and it’s a warped, off-kilter pop song that Mallrat taking us into the clouds. The lyrics are autobiographical and honest, showing that Mallrat continues to get more and more daring as a lyricist.
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