It’s the first big new music week of the year and what a week it has been.
11. DAWN – Sauce
DAWN continues to celebrate her roots, moving from a dance sound to a more explicit R&B aesthetic. It’s working for her too. Sauce is a triumphant, hard-hitting moment.
10. AJ Tracey – Psych Out!
British MC AJ Tracey has dropped another one off from his forthcoming debut album and it shows a more melodic, softer side. Apart from the distinct British accent, Psych Out! fits right into the US hip-hop scene, sounding more Uzi Vert than Skepta.
9. Maren Morris – GIRL
Maren Morris is on the brink of a Taylor Swift-sized glow-up and GIRL is a glorious first step for 2019. She teams up once again with The Middle co-writer Sarah Aarons for a powerful cut that straddles country and pop expertly.
8. Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Mabel has a few hits in her cannon but she’s still waiting for the one that will blow-up worldwide. Well, she may have just found it with her latest Don’t Call Me Up. It’s a euphoric toast to freedom that could confidently blast from clubs everywhere.
7. Eilish Gilligan – The Pull
Eilish Gilligan’s first ballad is an ethereal, soaring moment. It feels somewhat melancholic but also angelic with a choir making it spiritual. Gilligan is a fine songwriter and she just keeps getting better.
6. Sigrid – Don’t Feel Like Crying
Sigid keeps powering on with the break-up anthems and her latest Don’t Feel Like Crying may be her biggest yet. Driven by Viva La Vida strings she leads us towards a chorus that instantly sounds like a pop classic.
5. Maggie Rogers – Overnight
Maggie Rogers has done an excellent job bridging folk and pop and Overnight is a shining example of that. It’s the most instantly accessible song on her new album Heard It In A Past Life and the best pop song she’s ever written. If Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours was reimagined in 2019, this would be on it.
4. G Flip – Drink Too Much
G Flip is now three-from-three with her latest Drink Too Much further proof that she’s the greatest new popstar in the country right now. Drink Too Much is so full of personality from admitting crushes on Melbourne model Steph Claire Smith to yearning for boozy lunches.
3. Cub Sport – Video (Feat. Mallrat)
Cub Sport’s third album is out today and while there’s plenty of greatness on there, we couldn’t pass up the collab of Brisbane’s finest. Video is a hazy, auto-tuned current that washes straight over you. It feels cleansing and fresh. When Mallrat comes in at the tail-end, our hearts feel as if they couldn’t grow any larger.
2. James Blake – Power On
Picking a favourite off an album full of A-grade songs is difficult but right now we’re siding with Power On off James Blake’s Assume Form. It bridges Assume Form with The Colour In Anything perfectly moving from sadness to happiness amongst a brooding atmosphere scattered with twinkling keys.
1. Ariana Grande – 7 Rings
If there was one things she had left to tick off it was rap and now Ariana has proved she’s not only the Queen of pop but she also runs rap. 7 Rings is an instant classic. A braggadocios, celebratory anthem that’s dripping in diamonds.
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