It’s such a packed New Music Friday that we had to add one more than usual to the list. That’s more work for us on a Friday. You can thank us later.
11. Future & Juice WRLD – Realer N Realer
Juice WRLD is basically a student of Future’s stylings so it’s no surprise that they sound so great together. The best songs on their joint project WRLD ON DRUGS are those heavy on melody and this is one of them.
10. Carlie Hanson – Toxins
Carlie Hanson is a ridiculously talented teen who just won’t stop with the A-grade bops. Toxins is her third in a run of great singles this year and it’s the best yet. She captures youth so vividly without acting beyond her age.
9. Lennon Stella – Breakaway
This is only Lennon Stella’s second solo song but it sounds like the work of someone who has been studying pop for decades. It’s an experimental, winding piece that makes its own rules in the most subtle of ways.
8. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life
There’s a lot of anticipation surrounding Zara Larsson’s next album and she’s played her first move right with Ruin My Life. It’s a strangely addictive, slow-mover that feels like exactly the type of music Larsson wants to be making.
7. Tove Styrke – Vibe
Vibe is Tove Styrke’s first track since her album Sway and it’s another pristine piece of pop. It rushes and stops with thrilling unpredictably while still remaining completely accessible.
6. Empress Of – I Don’t Even Smoke Weed
Empress Of will drop her second album Us tomorrow and she’s preceding it with another jam I Don’t Even Smoke Weed. The song zones in on a comfortable relationship and as a result the whole thing just feels so right.
5. Dua Lipa – Kiss & Make Up (Feat. Blackpink)
DL1 keeps giving with a final round of new songs added to the bunch. Kiss & Make Up is a bilingual bop that has legs to be the final hit off the record.
4. Khalid – Suncity (Feat. Empress Of)
Khalid and Empress Of have impressed us with their DJDS collaborations and this is another one, sort of. It features on Khalid’s EP and is produced by Empress Of. It’s a dancehall-flavoured cut that features the two intertwining their voices effortlessly.
3. Thomston – The Heights
Thomston’s The Heights may have come from a dark period but it’s positivity that he serves in this feel-good jam. The verses are melancholic but the chorus sheds weight at a glorious pace.
2. MØ – If It’s Over (Feat. Charli XCX)
MØ and Charli XCX have a tried and tested partnership so it’s no surprise this is brilliant. It’s a woozy, distorting Stargate production that features the pair at the top of their game.
1. Dominic Fike – 3 Nights
Dominic Fike is going to be huge. The US singer has released his debut EP Don’t Forget About Me made up of new versions of songs he released a year ago from a jail cell. It comes after he signed a multi-million dollar deal with Sony and is a genre melting pot. He finds the sweet spot between rock, pop and hip-hop that so many are trying to find right now. We haven’t heard many do better than 3 Nights. It sounds like Frank Ocean, Lil Peep, Lil Uzi Vert and Rex Orange County got in a studio together.
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