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, Cheesmore makes danceable alt-folk, Nia Archives completes a life cycle in ‘Part Of Me’ and Rachel Chinouriri shares a bittersweet anthem.
Born in London, but residing in Australia, Chanel Loren’s borderless sound comes front and centre on her debut single ‘Playlist’.
Dublin rapper Rebel Phoenix doesn’t do half measures and in ‘All Or Nothing’ he’s laying it all bare in nearly three minutes of bars.
Drawing inspiration from the world-building of Gorillaz and the genre-agnostic approach of Flying Lotus, Frendan is making twisted rap music without leaving the shadows on ‘Content’.
Landing just a week after her last release, ‘Hotel‘ and ahead of a new EP, ‘Pressure’ is April in flow state wrapped up in a past relationship. Speaking on the new track, April says, “I wrote pressure in Summer 2020 in lockdown at home in my bedroom. It’s about when you love someone but they aren’t ready for a relationship, and the little innocence and sweetnesses of “sleeping downstairs” instead of sleeping in a bed with them, or writing them letters & hoping they will cherish them the same way you do. It’s also about questioning whether it’s worth the time and feelings you put into new love & not wanting to go back to old people from your past.”
Landing via XL Recordings, Overmono’s ‘Gunk’ is sleeker than the name suggests and comes ahead of their Cash Romantic EP on April 8.
Cheesmore is bottling up his emotions before letting them flow out over skippy drums on an alt-folky cut that you can sad dance to in ‘21′.
You can feel the rising temperature of the Irish scene with each track SELLO releases. Ahead of his debut mixtape, the Dublin rapper enlists a trademark traditional Irish sample to soundtrack his new come up anthem ‘Process’.
Part of life is letting go of what no longer serves you and as she comes of age in her new Forbidden Feelings EP, Nia Archives is ridding herself of the bullshit on ‘Part Of Me’.
Sounding like a breakup at sunset, Rachel Chinouriri’s ‘All I Ever Asked’ is a beautiful and bittersweet slice of pop goodness.