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12 Songs You Need To Hear: Dua Lipa, Teyana Taylor, Ariana Grande And More

Written By Sam Murphy on 11/02/2019

A week that put the others to shame.

12. Ariana Grande – Bad To You (Feat. Normani & Nicki Minaj)

It’s the poor man’s side-to-side but it’s not bad for a soundtrack and that’s the tea.

11. Miguel – Funeral

Miguel’s latest drop is timed perfectly for Halloween. It’s a creepy, damning cut that sounds like it could’ve been from The Weeknd’s Starboy era.

10. Alma – Worst Behaviour (Feat. Tove Lo)

Alma has been busy writing for the likes of Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan but she’s back doing her thing and she’s recruited Tove Lo. It’s their second collab of the year following Bad For The Boys and it’s just as strong. It’s Alma’s most accessible single since Phases.

9. La Roux – International Woman Of Leisure

La Roux likes to take big breaks in between albums and now we know why – she’s an international woman of leisure. There’s something tongue-in-cheek about delivering this as the first single. It’s not much of a departure from the last record Trouble In Paradise but it’s pleasing nonetheless.

8. Vince Staples – Sheet Music

We finally got the second episode of The Vince Staples Show and with it came a new single. Sheet Music is Staples at his most playful and carefree. It’s rare that we hear auto-tune on his voice but he’s tried it out here and it sounds great.

7. Yung Baby Tate – Camp

Yung Baby Tate is one of the most underrated rappers around right now but that’s only going to last so long. Her latest drop this year Camp is taking us back to Aphrodisiac-era Brandy, giving us hard beats and soft vocals.

6. Hartley – Own

Brisbane artist and producer Hartley has built a strong catalogue in just a year and now she’s added to it with Own. This one may be the strongest cut yet, slowing down the beat and injecting it with more melody. It’s a statement of independence that hits as hard as it should.

5. Tame Impala – It Might Be Time

Tame Impala are back with a new song It Might Be Time. It’s their third of the the year but it comes alongside the announcement of their fourth album The Slow Rush, out 14 February 2020. While the two tracks that preceded this took a disco turn, this one brings back distorted, heavy drums – the kind that graced Elephant.

4. Hannah Diamond – Invisible

Hannah Diamond has finally re-emerged with all the tea from a new single Invisible to the long-awaited announce of her debut album Reflections. Invisible is one of her most impressive releases yet. It’s a declaration of independence delivered with both confidence and melancholy.

3. Teyana Taylor & Kehlani – Morning

The stans have been asking for this one for a while and it was worth the wait. Taylor and Kehlani are two of the finest voices in R&B right now and together they’ve made one of the steamiest songs of the year. That hook is an instant classic and the flawless vocals in the verses are just an added extra.

2. Haim – Now I’m In It

Any other week this would’ve been number one but Dua came through at the last minute. Now I’m In It is Haim in their element. It’s an uplifting, richly melodic cut that fires along with some quick-spit verses and a rousing dance break.

1. Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now

Lipa is already a superstar but this song has just taken her to the next level. While the first record might’ve followed the pop trends of the time, Don’t Start Now puts her in her own lane with a timeless breakup record. From the stirring bridge to the chopped dance break, there’s not one miss in this whole song.

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