What you would typically refer to as ‘A Great Week’.
14. Francis And The Lights – Take Me To The Light
Francis And The Lights has friends in high places and he’s recruited two of them for his newest drop Take Me To The Light. The new song recruits Kanye West and Bon Iver, placing them in a characteristically warm backdrop full of tender synth-work and impassioned Francis vocals.
13. Ryan Beatty – Dark Circles
Ryan Beatty is back with his first solo release since last year’s God In Jeans. Dark Circles sees his voice altered for the entirety of the track and it actually ups the emotion the song harnesses.
12. Conan Gray – Comfort Crowd
Conan Gray is quickly collecting one of the best pop discographies of any new artist. Comfort Crowd drops the pace from his last release Checkmate allowing him to really flex his songwriting over a guitar-driven, indie-pop backdrop.
11. Muna – Taken
Muna have released their new album Save The World but they teased it with Taken earlier in the week. Taken drops the pace and take it slow on this new cut, gliding over their trademark ’80s beats.
10. Grimes – Violence (Feat. i_o)
We thought Grimes was going to go into full experimental mode with her new music but Violence actually feels accessible. It’s a slick, electronic thumper that delivers some of her most hypnotic vocal work to date.
9. Camila Cabello – Liar
Camila is back with the two single release strategy again and Liar stands taller than Shameless. The Latin-flavoured, horn-injected bop feels like an extension of Havana and it’s not going to leave our heads anytime soon.
8. King Princess – Ain’t Together
King Princess has dropped Ain’t Together from her forthcoming album Cheap Queen, recruiting Father John Misty for some drum work. Like much of Misty’s work, it’s a slow-moving, folk-tinged song but this isn’t his show – it’s all about King Princess.
7. Thomston – Middle Name
Thomston dropped two new songs this week Middle Name and Casual. They’re both great but it’s this one that’s really grabbed us. It feels like the most exposed he’s ever been, singing “kiss me like it’s real” over a pulsating electronic beat.
6. Wafia – Hurts (Feat. Louis The Child & Whethan)
Wafia and Louis The Child last teamed-up for mega-hit Better Off so it should be no surprise that Hurts is near-perfect. There’s a sincerity to Wafia’s voice that brings emotion to any song and it’s never sounded better than it does here.
5. Charli XCX – February 2017 (Feat. Clairo & Yaeji)
Another track from Charli XCX’s forthcoming album Charli has arrived with February 2017 being let free. The track features Yaeji and Clairo and is one of the most experimental tracks to arrive from the LP so far. Charli and Clairo swap lines in the verses while Yaeji pulls through at the end for an emotional feature sung in Korean.
4. Danny Brown – Dirty Laundry
Danny Brown may just be the most underrated rapper around. He’s a charismatic boundary-pusher and he’s at his best on Dirty Laundry. Q-Tip’s lo-fi beat is a perfect environment for Brown’s mind-altering verses.
3. Tove Lo & Kylie Minogue – Really Don’t Like U
If Tove Lo and Kylie didn’t deliver a banger we would have had to take legal action. Thankfully, there’s no need. Really Don’t Like U is a glossy middle finger that will light up any dancefloor.
2. Mallrat – Drive Me Round
Mallrat’s been most excited about releasing this one off her new EP Driving Music and you can see why. It’s a gentle, intimate cut that shifts gear with a beat change at the end.
1. Kindness – The Warning (Feat. Robyn)
Kindness‘ new album Something Like A War has dropped and it’s gifted us a new Robyn collaboration The Warning. The new song is a rumbling ballad that houses one of the most outwardly emotional Robyn choruses we’ve heard in a while.
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