Welcome to ‘Top 10 Tracks’, the essential weekly round-up of the best new music.
At the end of each week, we count down the ten essential new tracks you need in your rotation. Ranging from rappers in the Emerald Isle to boundary-pushing, experimental producers and everything in between, it’s all hits, no filler.
This week, Jean Dawson and Mac DeMarco join forces, Ezra Collective recruit Novelist for a jazzy grime crossover and Flatbush Zombies return with a bang.
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Everything Brent Faiyaz touches screams glamour and hedonism and ‘MERCEDES’, follows suit. Produced by Sonder’s Atu, it follows the release of ‘Gravity’ with Tyler, The Creator and ‘Wasting Time’ with Drake.
Louis Culture hasn’t missed all 2021. Following the nocturnal bubbler ‘Naked’ he’s back with one more before the year is out.
MEYY closes out her new EP Neon Angel with ‘Rain’, a cut that makes for a stunning contrast between her delicate tones UK rapper Jelani Blackman’s gruff vocals.
You ever wake up naturally on a weekend, your eyes don’t hurt and you feel well rested? This year that experience might as well be a myth, but Fana Hues’ ‘Breakfast’ comes about as close as we’ll get to embodying the serenity of that elusive experience.
Couldn’t hit play on this collaboration quick enough. ‘MENTHOL*’s gravelly texture is waking up on Sunday with a mouth like an ashtray after a night on the smokes.
Entering like a peaceful sunrise on a crisp Winter morning, the patient production on Skiifall’s ‘Break of Dawn’ is as considered as you’d expect given the track is staffed by BADBADNOTGOOD, The Kount and Yama/Sato. Highlighting his versatility on a dub-adjacent effort, Skiifall is evading preconceived ideas at every opportunity this year and we’re here for it.
One of the great rap groups of the modern era recruit a member of one of the O.G crews. RZA provides his trademark production and a killer verse on a track that showcases this New York quartet are cut from a different cloth.
Tierra Whack has shared two EPs in as many weeks. Pop? follows Rap? and clearly the question marks say what everybody is thinking- what do genres even mean anymore? ‘Body of Water’ channels an André 3000-esque flow and comes in at just over three minutes.
A jazzy interpretation of grime from Ezra Collective and Novelist? Yes, please.