For when you get home.
13. Summer Walker – Girls Need Love (Feat. Drake)
Drake has been messing around with big-name collabs recently but he’s back on his cosign BS, lending a verse to Summer Walker’s slinky Girls Need Love. It was already a tune to begin with but you know we find it hard to deny a mid-tempo, RnB verse from Drizzy.
12. Omar Apollo – Ashamed
Omar Apollo is a name you’ve gotta be watching all year long. He’s followed up the brooding Trouble with a far more funk-induced cut Ashamed. There are clear nods to Prince in the verses and a Frank Ocean smoothness in the chorus.
11. Deepend – One Thing Left To Do (Feat. Hanne Mjøen)
Hanne Mjøen is the best new pop thing to come out of the Nordics and she’s followed up last year’s excellent Sounds Good To Me by teaming up with Deepend for this banger. It’s a slinky, effortless pop cut that’ll sink into your head with no trouble.
10. Octavian – Bet (Feat. Skepta & Michael Phantom)
Ovtavian is the most exciting thing in British rap right now and in some ways Bet feels like a baton-pass from Skepta to Octavian. It’s a playful-yet-potent cut that’s surely going to be thundering out of clubs globally this year.
9. MARINA – Superstar
MARINA is continuing with her stripped-back, heavenly pop, bringing the light with the latest LOVE + FEAR cut Superstar. It’s gentle yet more instantaneous than its predessecor Homemade Heaven/. Fun fact – it’s produced by Captain Cuts who also produced Carly Rae Jepsen’s Now That I Found You.
8. Sigrid – Sight Of You
Sigrid is loving the strings at the moment and she’s put them front and centre once again for her latest cut Sight Of You. Powering along like Viva La Vida, Sight Of You is a mighty pop song that sounds gigantic from first listen.
7. Carly Rae Jepsen – Now That I Found You
Now That I Found You is straight-up CRJ. It’s a big, glossy pop anthem that’s going to soundtrack the forthcoming soundtrack of Queer Eye and it fulfils the brief. Joyous and unapologetic, it reminds us of Emotion cuts like I Really Like You.
6. Milan Ring – Step Back
We’ve been quietly watching Sydney artist Milan Ring for a little while now but it’s time to make some noise. Her latest Step Back is an intelligent, considered piece of RnB that sounds streets ahead of anything else coming out locally in that genre at the moment. Her voice is a pleasure from start to finish too.
5. 2 Chainz – Rule The World (Feat. Ariana Grande)
2 Chainz and Ariana Grande’s friendship continues to flourish on throwback cut Rule The World. It’s the most Mariah-like Ariana has ever sounded but it feels more like a respectful nod than a jack. A moment that could take 2 Chainz to the top of the charts.
4. Tierra Whack – Clones
Tierra Whack has stayed true to her promise of dropping a song a week, following up last week’s Only Child with Clones. Only Child was sharp-tongued but Clones is even more aimed with Whack taking shots at all those who have tried copying her.
3. Hatchie – Without A Blush
Hatchie is one of the finest alt-popstars on the planet right now and she’s proving that even more so with her new drop Without A Blush. Without A Blush is the first single off her forthcoming record Keepsake and it’s a winner.
2. Carly Rae Jepsen – No Drug Like Me
No Drug Like Me is a wobbly, ’80s-leaning bop that reminds us of the sort of muted production she offered up on All That or Warm Blood. Produced by John Hill and Jordan Palmer, the warm production gives space for her surprisingly multi-faceted voice to shine through.
1. Solange – Stay Flo
Solange’s new album When I Get Home is a journey that you can’t really cherry-pick from but if we have to Stay Flo stands on its own feet. Surprisingly produced by Metro Boomin, it’s a mid-tempo jam that encapsulates the rhythmic heart of the gorgeous record perfectly.
If you’re after some more of this we’ve got a playlist that we update when we feel like it: