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12 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, Brockhampton And More

Written By Sam Murphy on 08/23/2019

Everyone did what they had to do this week. Well done everyone.

12. AJ Mitchell – Out Of My Mind

AJ Mitchell is quickly establishing himself as a force in the pop world. His new Slow Dance EP is great and this track is a clear highlight. It’s a punchy, soaring pop track that thunders along with ’80s-tinged drums.

11. Bibi Bourelly – Wet

It’s been a minute since we’ve had new Bibi Bourelly but she’s quickly returned to form. Wet feels like a deconstructed rap song. Pulling adlips and quick-fire verses into a minimal soul track.

10. Ms. Banks – Back It Up (Feat. Geko)

Ms. Banks’ Back It Up is just an effortless jam that feels like summer in a headphone. It’s taking us back to the days of Ashanti’s R&B reign with an island update courtesy of producer Rymez.

9. Charli XCX – Miss U

The Charli XCX material just doesn’t stop. This ones not on the forthcoming LP but taken from the 13 Reasons Why soundtrack. It’s an emotive ballad that reminisces over a bad of swirling synths.

8. Genesis Owusu – Good Times (Feat. The Free Nationals)

Genesis Owusu can’t lose this year. Good Times is another scorcher enlisting Anderson .Paak’s go-to band The Free Nationals for a feel-good groove.

7. Summer Walker – Playing Games

Summer Walker is about to have a massive end to 2019. The Drake co-signed artist has dropped a jam from forthcoming album OVER IT and she’s already spilling tea. Playing Games is a slow-mover with a sharp tongue.

6. Essie Holt – Last One

Burgeoning Melbourne pop artist Essie Holt has snapped on Last One. The Evan Klar-penned track is a gorgeous, experimental pop track that’s spacious while also rich in background sound as keys wander in and out.

5. Sampa The Great – Freedom

Sampa knows exactly what she needs to do right now and she’s doing it. Freedom taken from next month’s The Return is a richly soulful drop full of harmonies and tongue-twisting bars.

4. Taylor Swift – Cruel Summer

We never knew we needed Taylor Swift and St. Vincent but it turns out we did. Cruel Summer is the hardest hitting song on Lover combining Swift’s pop sensibilities with Annie Clark’s grit.

3. Brockhampton – No Halo

No Halo is unlike any of the singles that preceded Ginger. It’s a largely acoustic cut that features up-and-comer Deb Never. The space in the production though allows for some of the most revealing verses of this campaign so far.

2. Mura Masa & Clairo – I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again

Mura Masa has released his first single of the year I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again featuring the dulcet tones of Clairo. Clairo has already released one of the best albums of the year in Immunity and now she’s coming for song of the year too with this warped, dizzying Mura Masa track.

1. Lana Del Rey – The Greatest / Fuck It I Love You

Lana Del Rey has finally dropped The Greatest and Fuck It I Love You from her forthcoming record Norman Fucking Rockwell. Releasing a lead-single with an expletive from an album that also features an expletive is definitely no way to get played on radio but it doesn’t matter for Del Rey at this point. This a timeless quality to both of these songs that shows she’s in her golden era as a songwriter.

Get around all our fave songs at the moment on our Spotify Top Tunes playlist: