It’s girls to the front in a week dominated by new artists.
11. Maximillian – Beautiful Scars
Danish artist Maximillian is one of the most promising new voices in pop right now and his latest is a bullseye moment. He slows it down for a minimal moment that allows us to really hear that near perfect vocal. He’s surely going to have a huge year.
10. bülow – Sweet Little Lies
bülow really knows how to create a bop and she shows off with Sweet Little Lies. It’s taking us back to early Kiiara with the trap beat and fast-paced phrasing.
9. Iophiile – My Side (Feat. NSTASIA)
NSTASIA has written for the likes of Beyoncé and Pharrell but she’s making some gold tunes for her own at the moment. This time around she’s teamed up with US producer lophiile for this industrial, weighty tune full of melodic twists and turns.
8. Ebhoni – TGM
Canadian artist Ebhoni pricked our ears up with last year’s Warning and now she’s done it once again with TGM. It’s a dark, dancehall track that gives Rihanna’s What’s My Name a run for its money.
7. Alex Lahey – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
Alex Lahey is back and she’s brought a bloody saxophone with her. Don’t Be so Hard on Yourself is full of tasty hooks and a saxophone solo that would make Baker Street jealous.
6. Yorke – Wake The City
Yorke only gave us her debut First Light last year but with her second drop Wake The City she’s already solidifying herself as one of the promising new names in the country. Wake The City was worked on with Andy Mak, who has recently collaborated with Vera Blue, and together they have made a warm, elongated pop song.
5. AMA – Slip
AMA is signed to The 1975’s label Dirty Hit and this is her second ever release. Slip is a chopped and screwed R&B track that feels like the work of a young artist who is going to be sticking around.
4. Sonder – What You Heard
Sonder is a collaboration between Brent Faiyaz and producers Atu and Dpat. Together, they’ve made this really beautiful, elongated soul track that waits until the last 30 seconds to drop the beat. The whole thing will give you tingles.
3. Alice Ivy – Close To You (Feat. Flint Eastwood)
Alice Ivy comes through with the festival anthem of the year with almost no warming. She’s never made anything this colourful before. It’s a triumphant, euphoric moment with a heavenly vocal courtesy of Flint Eastwood.
2. Kehlani – RPG (Feat. 6lack)
Kehlani’s entire mixtape While We Wait is golden but we’re particularly taken by RPG. We love us some downbeat Kehlani R&B and the addition of 6lack just sweetens the deal.
1. Tierra Whack – Only Child
In a relatively short amount of time, Tierra Whack has kicked some serious goals. She’s already a Grammy nominated artist and ended up on nearly every Best of 2018 list with her debut project Whack World.
That project featured 15, 60-minute songs but she’s ditched that model for her latest release Only Child.
The sound and the bars remain the same though with Whack delivering an experimental, malleable four-minute song that showcases all her strengths.
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