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The 10 best new songs of the week

The 10 best new songs of the week

Featuring Rachael Lavelle, The Chemical Brothers, Grian Chatten, Jorja Smith, Saoirse Miller, Cooks But We’re Chefs, Monjola, ØXN, SweetLemondae, Das Koolies.

Today is New Music Friday, which means there’s loads of new songs in the world.

Here are the 10 single songs released this week I loved the most.

See the New Music section for all the of tracks and albums featured this week, and the end of the post for the Spotify playlist featuring much more than 10 tracks released this week.

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Rachael Lavelle

Let Me Unlock Your Full Potential

As covered earlier this week, I doubt you’ll see a more perfect music video this month than this video by Bob Gallagher with art direction by Sarah Flanagan.

A good video is nothing without a great song, and ‘Let Me Unlock Your Full Potential’ is delightfully engaged in its world-building synths and strings crescendo and transportive vocals, spoken and sung, of Lavelle.

Lavelle is a singular talent, whose music isn’t a carbon copy of anyone else.


Jorja Smith

Little Things x Gypsy Woman (L BEATS MASHUP)

A festival-ready mashup of Jorja Smith’s recent single ‘Little Things’ with Crystal Waters’ ‘Gypsy Woman’.

A trick also recently achieved by Mango x Mathman (RIP) and Melina Malone’s ‘Heartbreak & Promises’.

Nia Archives also did a great jungle-leaning remix this month.


The Chemical Brothers, Halo Maud

Live Again

After last week’s rescheduled Cork show, and news of a book Paused In Cosmic Reflection about the duo, The Chemical Brothers have released a new banger with vocals by Halo Maud.

Written by The Chemical Brothers’ press officer, Robin Turner, Paused In Cosmic Reflection will examine their 30-year career through the duo’s perspective as well as interviews with collaborators including Noel Gallagher, Beck, Beth Orton and Erol Alkan. The book also features archival photos across its 336 pages.



Am I Too Much

Nigerian/Irish artist Monjola is wondering aloud if he came on strong to an attraction, and exploring toxic masculinity as as a result. The track is from forthcoming debut EP Colorblind released 1st September via AWAL.

Track production is by his brother Moyo.

Instagram / TikTok


Grian Chatten

Bob’s Casino

The Fontaines D.C. frontman’s Dan Carey-produced solo album Chaos For The Fly is out today, and among it’s previously unheard highlights is the evocative ‘Bob’s Casino’ a song that features the dual vocal interplay of Chatten and his fiancée Georgie Jesson, a new thing to hear for the singer.

Of the album, Chatten said:” Thank you for riding this train with me. “Chaos For The Fly is a collection of songs that have lived within me for a while. I recoil at some of them because they reek of a rottenness that has sometimes grown in my soul. Some of them had me smiling well before I knew who they were. Some of them are dark alleys that I have only successfully cordoned off through the process of writing them.”


Saoirse Miller


A beautifully understated electronic production underpins ‘Resurrection’, Dublin artist Saoirse Miller’s new song, which features production by Cheesemore.

Previously: ‘Fairy Fort’


Cooks But We’re Chefs

Secret Chord

Jazzy hip-hop 7-piece big band Cooks But We’re Chefs are marking a specific time in recent history, when the festivals and clubs came back after the big pause with this “hip-hop and dance track inspired by old school garage and house”.

It’s a song that attempts to capture the anticipation and excitement of returning to an unrestrained social life in clubs, fields and late at night.

Previously from Cooks But We’re Chefs.


Das Koolies

A Ride

Das Koolies are the “electro-beach-pop” band formed in 2020 by Super Furry Animals members Huw ‘Bunf’ Bunford, Cian Ciarán, Dafydd Ieuan and Guto Pryce, are back with a new album DK.01, in September.

‘A Ride’ is the latest pre-release single from the album, a seven minute vista of squelching acid, shaking rhythms and gliding vocals.

After last appearing on stage together in December 2016 as Super Furry Animals, the members of Das Koolies will play live again soon with in-store shows as follows:

  • Fri 22 Sep – Rough Trade East, London
  • Mon 2 Oct – Rough Trade Bristol
  • Tue 3 Oct – Rough Trade Nottingham



Love Henry

ØXN is the name of the experimental doom folk project from the foursome of Radie Peat (Lankum), Katie Kim, Eleanor Myler (Percolator) and John ‘Spud’ Murphy (Percolator and producer with Lankum, Black Midi, Katie Kim, Junior Brother among others).

The band’s first single ‘Love Henry’, and a video, is released on Claddagh Records today, and showcases a sound parallel to the dark drone edge of Lankum not too dissimilar to ‘Go Dig My Grave’.

More on the band and track.



Turn The World

A wavy pop banger from SweetLemondae following on from previous singles ‘It’s Alright’, ‘Never Gonna Be’, and ‘Higher State’ featuring Jafaris, who also dropped a great new tune today. on Diffusion Lab also.

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