This week will be hard to beat this year to be honest.
10. Lauv – Drugs & The Internet
Lauv is slipping out some bops lately and this is another one. Drugs & The Internet benefits from a bit of bass and a surprising Jon Bellion production credit which makes it feel unlike any Lauv release before it.
9. Lil Halima – who do u love
Norwegian artist Lil Halima has some real bops to her name already but who do u love may be one of the best. The best part about it is it doesn’t try too hard. It just slides along on a subtle melody leading us towards a chorus that packs an unexpected punch.
8. Rymez & Stefflon Don – Don Walk
Rymez has taken Stefflon Don back to the ’90s with a No Scrubs sample that’s not gimmicky. Stefflon sounds in her absolute element getting rhythmic over this dancehall beat.
7. Schoolboy Q – Drunk (6lack)
Schoolboy Q dropped his new album CrasH Talk today and it’s going to go down as one of the rap records of the day. Drunk hits the hardest on first listen, benefitting from a bit of 6lack’s melodic touch.
6. MARINA – No More Suckers
The second half of MARINA’s new album Love + Fear is out today and No More Suckers is a standout. We love hearing sharp-tongued MARINA and that with a touch of Aussie songwriter Alex Hope’s relatability makes this a winner.
5. G Flip – I Am Not Afraid
G Flip doesn’t release any filler. I Am Not Afraid is another scorcher, taking it down a notch and getting personal with the lyrics. Legendary indie producer Ariel Rechtshaid is on board here, helping elevate it to another level.
4. Rico Nasty – Again
Rico Nasty and Kenny Beats new tape Anger Management is so good it’s hard to pick a highlight but the closer Again stands out right now. It’s a victory lap for Nasty, one she doesn’t often indulge in but really deserves.
3. Diplo – So Long (Feat. Cam)
Diplo is a trend-hopper but he’s a great trend-hopper so we’re happy to hear him in the country-lane. Cam’s vocal on this is spot-on, taking us back to early Shania and giving us those country-licks that make us swoon.
2. Kevin Abstract – American Problem
Kevin Abstract’s new album ARIZONA baby is basically perfect. Produced with Jack Antonoff, he’s pairing organic instrumentation with BROCKHAMPTON-esque rap. American Problem is a strong highlight, pairing a high-pitched chorus with unfiltered, honest bars.
1. FKA twigs – Cellophane
FKA twigs has never been this direct before and it absolutely rips your heart out. “Didn’t I do it for you,” is a devastating opening line and twigs sounds bolder vocally than ever. When the production bolsters in the final chorus it’s shockingly beautiful.
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