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12 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Ariana Grande, MARINA, Tayla Parx And More

Written By Sam Murphy on 04/05/2019

In the words of Lady Gaga, “[We’re] not a sandwich store that only sells turkey sandwiches [we] sell a lot of different things.”

Here’s a varied list of the best songs of the week:

12. Anitta – Poquito (Feat. Swae Lee)

Brazillian singer Anitta is already huge in her own country but now she’s coming for the rest of the world with her tri-lingual LP Kisses. Poquito is in English and it’s a heater featuring a slick verse from the increasingly versatile Swae Lee.

11. Omar Apollo – Friends

Newcomer Omar Apollo has shown us so many different sides with his last few releases. He changes it up once again, going for a straight-out acoustic vibe on this heart-tapping tune.

10. Hot Chip – Hungry Child

Hot Chip are returning with a new album and Hungry Child is the first drop from it. It may be a while in between drinks but Hot Chip always know how to conjure euphoria on the dancefloor. Hungry Child is a slow-building piece of magic.

9. Khalid – Outta My Head (Feat. John Mayer)

To be honest, Khalid’s new album is a bit of a snoozefest but unbelievably it’s John Mayer that pulls it from its slumber. This is a slick, ’80s-flavoured slow-mover that is elevated by Mayer’s groovy guitar work.

8. Ariana Grande & Victoria Monét – Monopoly

Ariana Grande & Victoria Monét give zero fucks in this celebratory surprise drop. Taking a similar approach to 7 Rings, Monopoly is braggadocios and goofy.

7. Miss Blanks – Tommy

Miss Blanks heads straight for the dancefloor with Tommy and completely takes over. Produced by Alice Ivy, this is a high-octane, energetic flex that showcases Blanks at her lyrical best.

6. MARINA – True

MARINA surprise-dropped the Love half of her new album today and True is a stunning highlight. It’s the most club-oriented record we’ve heard from her since Radioactive and it’s a radiating, ethereal bop.

5. Eilish Gilligan – Keep Up

Aussie newcomer Eilish Gilligan is back with her second single of the year Keep Up and it’s a big one. She seems to expanded on the raw intimacy of earlier release The Pull, taking us into power ballad territory with a soaring chorus.

4. Anderson .Paak – Make It Better (Feat. Smokey Robinson)

Anderson .Paak’s last album seemed to be a commercial grab but he’s bringing it back to his roots on this forthcoming record Ventura. Make It Better captures everything we love about .Paak – a undying love for music and a voice that could sing the phonebook.

3. Vampire Weekend – This Life

This Life is the most Vampire Weekend song they’ve released from their forthcoming album Father Of The Bride. It was strangely co-written with Mark Ronson and iLoveMakonnen but there’s nothing strange about the final result. It’s a warm hug of alt-rock that calls on a little vocals from Danielle Haim.

2. Tayla Parx – Homiesexual

Tayla Parx’s We Need To Talk doesn’t have a bad song on it but we’ve completed the difficult choice of plucking just one from it. It’s a charismatic, reggae-paced cut that is a great entry point for anyone that hasn’t listened to Parx before.

1. Hatchie – Stay With Me

There’s something strangely cathartic about dancing through the heartache and from Robyn’s Dancing On My Own to Sky Ferreira’s Everything Is Embarrassing, we’ve been provided plenty of perfect soundtracks. Hatchie adds to that list with her new song Stay With Me, the most different thing she’s ever done. Much like Everything Is Embarrassing, she combines alternative rock and dance for the most simultaneously euphoric and heartbreaking moment of her career yet.

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