What a week for new music.
11. Lil Xan – Moonlight (Feat. Charli XCX)
In many ways Lil Xan and Charli XCX are the outcasts of their respective genres. They come together on one of the highlights of Xan’s TOTAL XANARCHY record for a surprisingly sunny cut that joins their two auto-tuned vocals in holy matrimony.
10. Gallant – Gentleman
Gallant has returned with new song Gentlemen and it takes full advantage of his exceptional voice. It’s a minimal, soul scorcher that takes obvious inspiration from D’Angelo’s Untitled (How Does It Feel). That’s not a bad thing though as Gallant expands on it with his glistening falsetto. There are few artists on earth right now that could deliver a vocal quite so spectacular.
9. Sabrina Claudio – Don’t Let Me Down (Feat. Khalid)
Sabrina Claudio is back with her second new song of the week, this time teaming up with Khalid for Don’t Let Me Down. If you thought Khalid’s Normani collab Love Lies was smouldering then you’re going to be overwhelmed by this one. Both of them bring their most intimate vocals to the table, wrapping them around a subtle, dancehall-inspired beat.
8. Hatchie – Sugar & Spice
Hatchie is back with only her third official drop Sugar & Spice and it’s another perfect moment.Once again nailing ’90s shoegaze pop, she manages to make melody shine through a wall of fuzz which is a testament to the strength of her songwriting.
7. Yellow Days – The Way Things Change
British artist Yellow Days should be on your radar from today if he hasn’t been before. He’s churning out rough, soulful music that’s a touch Rex Orange County and part Tame Impala’s slower stuff. His latest The Way Things Change has so much focus and restraint for an artist under 20.
6. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss
Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa have teamed up for the Scottish producer’s latest single One Kiss. We already knew it when we saw the two were teaming up but they’ve proved us right by delivering a massive banger.
5. A$AP Rocky – A$AP Forever
A$AP Rocky has dropped a few tracks this year but this feels like his proper return. The Moby sample is brilliant, the video is brilliant and Rocky sounds more ambitious than he’s been in years. Let’s have Testing now.
4. Tove Styrke – On The Low
Tove Styrke is back with another new song off her forthcoming album Sway. On The Low is the most downtempo song we’ve heard yet but it’s got an addictive subtlety to it that has its way with you. Styrke is a master of melody and she manages to make this song syrupy and sweet in a very gentle way.
3. Cardi B – Ring (Feat. Kehlani)
Cardi B and Kehlani have been fangirling over each other for a longtime now but they’ve finally appeared on a track together, one of the highlights off Invasion Of Privacy. It’s one of the mid-tempos on the album but it explores a different, more soulful side of Cardi and that Kehlani hook is flawless.
2. Kali Uchis – Miami (Feat. BIA)
Kali Uchis‘ Isolation is a contender for album of the year and its opening cut should be enough to convince you of that. Its elongated soul oozes class and sex in a way that only Uchis could conjure.
1. Azealia Banks – Anna Wintour
Azealia Banks has finally given us Anna Wintour, the single she’s been teasing for months now. This was really billed as Banks’ return so it had to be good. And it is. She’s back singing and rapping over icy house beats with a flow that nobody else can quite match. It starts off as a club anthem from the Whitney era and then transforms into a hard-hitting rap verse.
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