1. FKA twigs – Tears In The Club (feat. The Weeknd)
Tahliah Barnett gives us a deliciously sexy but sad tune with “Tears In The Club”. If we are to go by the lyrics, twigs is heartbroken and someone needs to call her up to make sure she is okay. The Weeknd features on the dance track. He fits in quite well without seeming like a parody of himself the way he did in Doja Cat’s “You Right”.
2. Tierra Whack – Heaven
Tierra Whack has surprised us with yet another EP drop, this time called ‘R&B?’. The opening track named “Heaven” is a sombre R&B song that is dedicated to all the loved ones the rapper has lost over the years.
3. Modselektor & Flohio – MAD
British rapper Flohio teams up with her frequent collaborators, German electro duo Modselektor, for a totally bonkers, wild, and electrifying hip-hop banger.
4. Boys Noize & Kelsey Lu – Love & Validation
Singer Kelsey Lu and producer Boys Noize have made great music before (check out “Ride Or Die”. And now, the golden pair have made a dark and haunting, but hugely dance-worthy, club track with “Love & Validation” where the synths, snares, and bass beat against each other to weave a sweet musical confection.
5. Fontaines DC – A Lucid Dreamer
The band from Dublin is back after some time with a live rendition of their 2020 song, “A Lucid Dream”. This new version is less rock but more piano, making for a great listen regardless.
6. Saucy Santana – Shisha (feat. City Girls)
“Shisha” is an infectious but lyrically mindless bop that is carried solely from the charisma of its performers: Saucy Santana and JT’s attitudes and Yung Miami’s accent.
7. Cat Burns – Free
The English singer-songwriter gives us a liberatingly rousing and sweet song that will lift the weight off your shoulders and put a smile on your face. “Free” feels like a theme song from a coming-of-age moment in a movie where the hero has finally found their wings.
8. Gaby Paul – Bedroom Velvet
The indie artist serves up a slow-tempoed, ambient bedroom pop song that will snake and slither its way into the mind. “Bedroom Velvet” starts off with a stripped-down beat, and vocals that remind one of Sevdaliza in the slow-creeping track “Human”, before finding a style of its own.
9. Big Thief – Spud Infinity
Big Thief is on a roll with all of their singles released this year ever since “Little Sparrow”. “Spud Infinity” is yet another strong nod in the direction with its vibrant sonic atmosphere, energized creativity, and all-around enthusiastic performances. Adrianne Lenker’s voice fits in perfectly and satisfyingly with the instrumentation. This is perfect band chemistry.
10. Jetta – Honey (Hugel Remix)
The fusion of Soul and electro-dance has proven to be a successful and pleasurable experience this year. We have seen the success with Celeste & MK’s “Stop This Flame” and Joy Crookes and Paul Woolford with “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now remix“.
Now, London-based musician Jetta and French producer Hugel collaborate to give us the remix to last week’s “Honey”. At once euphoric and painful, “Honey” was a passionate piece of songwriting. With Hugel’s remix, you can now dance-cry to it too.
11. Pussy Riot – TOXIC (HANA remix)
The Russian feminist punk project has released their new remix EP titled ‘RAGE REMIXES’. A highlight here is “TOXIC”, remixed by singer-producer HANA. Dylan Brady’s immaculate production, booming bass and a chillingly deep voice effect will be sorely missed as the new version feels more ‘airy’ and thinned out for its own good. We need Pussy Riot to release some new – and more directly political and bold – punk music already!
12. Amber Mark – Softly (Cuppy remix)
Nigerian DJ and producer Cuppy remixes the afro-dancehall inspired track called “Softly”. The new remix is fun, lighter and more flirty than it was already with some cute, if messy, furnishes.
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