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These are the 10 best new tracks this week

These are the 10 best new tracks this week

Here are the best new songs we’ve heard in the past week, tried, tested and ready for your ears.

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1.


Gorillaz x Skepta x Tony Allen

How Far?

Gorillaz’ Song Machine series has resulted in some of the band’s finest material in up to a decade.

Technically a bonus episode, spurred on by the death of legendary drummer Tony Allen, ‘How Far?’ is the best of the bunch, edging out Slowthai’s performance on ‘Momentary Bliss’.

A song with zero time for hooks, ‘How Far?’ is built on a hypnotic drum groove, over which Skepta spits two superb verses. The second verse is the finest I’ve heard on a hip-hop cut this year, easily.

2.

Big Thief

Love In Mine

I half suspected the release of ‘Love In Mine’ signalled another new album from American folk band Big Thief, such is the degree of the band’s productivity over the past couple of years

Sadly, ‘Love In Mine’ seems to be very much a standalone single. It’s a lullaby of sorts, the kind of pared back folk rock cut Adrianne Lenker’s voice is unparalleled over.

3.

Drake 

When To Say When

The best cut off Drake’s new Dark Lane Demo Tape. ‘When To Say When’ has the sort of beat Drake built his greatness upon, totally rhythmically minded with rich synth leads and a sugary sweet vocal loop.

The project is generally a step above Scorpion. However, the Canadian titan still lacks the sharpness and dynamism which defined his best material. Here’s hoping his forthcoming summer 2020 album bridges that gap, please let it come in under the hour mark too.

4.

James Blake

You’re Too Precious

James Blake still very much in love.

5.

Joe Goddard x Hayden Thorpe

Unknown Song

One of Hot Chip’s principal songwriters Joe Goddard and former Wild Beasts’ frontman Hayden Thorpe team up on ‘Unknown Song’. It’s a modern take on the classic British synthwave sound. Cleary both parties have been listening to a lot of Erasure and Depeche Mode.

6.

Jessie Ware

Oh La La

Some sublime nu-disco from Jessie Ware on new single ‘Oh La La’, looking forward to the forthcoming album.

7.

Isaiah Rashad 

Why Worry

It’s been four long years since Isaiah Rashad released The Sun’s Tirade, an album which excited pretty much the entirety of the hip-hop community. That the artist was already affiliated with Black Hippy did little to stop frustrating (and misguided) Kendrick comparisons.

In retrospect, resisting what must have been considerable pressure to enter the white-hot space of rap competition was a fantastic idea. Now, free of mass hype, listeners can appreciate Rashad’s introspective, frank lyricism on its own merits – typified by superb new single ‘Why Worry’.

I’m very much looking forward to Rashad’s next full length, whenever it arrives.

8.

Arca

Nonbinary

Venezuelan avant-garde artist Arca pushes further into the realm of metallic, industrial nu-pop on latest single ‘Nonbinary’.

9.

The Lasso x Lando Chill

Brickhaus

Pure gorgeous lo-fi hip-hop in the form of ‘Brickhaus’, a choice cut from the new collaborative LP between Chicago artist/producer Lando Chill and veteran engineer/producer The Lasso.

I really enjoy the arrangement on ‘Brickhaus’, a super warm, grainy mix that incorporates elements of jazz and bedroom pop.

10.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Carrying Gravity

A stunning ambient piece from American composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

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