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.
Well, here it is, the holy grail of new music Fridays. Take a deep breath, take it in and enjoy. Featuring new heat from Tyler, The Creator, Vince Staples, Denise Chaila, Kojaque, Isaiah Rashad and more.
Photo: Isaiah Rashad (Photo by Spencer Sease).
Peyton’s ‘Don’t U Wanna Fly’ is a gentle bit of encouragement to reach for the stars.
Landing ahead of her debut album PSA which is releasing through the legendary Stones Throw Records, the twinkling RnB record is a welcome jab of optimism.
It’s always a good day when Rejjie Snow drops. It’s not often a song sounds like its title but here we are.
‘Disco Pantz’ is a groovy number that features Tinashe and grouptherapy and lands with his new album in the crosshairs.
Hitting that sweet spot between laid back rap and smokey RnB, Isaiah Rashad’s ‘Headshots (4r Da Locals)’ is a return to the TDE rapper’s trademark sound and we’re here for it.
Dublin’s Kojaque laid the blueprint for a lot of independent rap upstarts in Ireland. However, it hasn’t always been easy for the Soft Boy Records co-founder.
On ’Casio’ he shares the stage with fellow Irish man Maverick Sabre and retrospectively explores the insecurities he had to overcome as a fella wanting to make hip hop in Ireland.
Though breezy on the surface, Joy Crookes honey-glazed vocals on ‘Feet Don’t Fail Me Now’ capture the pitfalls of online activism expertly.
“I’ve been posing with red skies, retweeting picket signs, put my name on petitions but I won’t change my mind. I’m keeping up appearances, the dark side of my privilege”.
We’ve had to wait a minute for Denise Chaila, but it’s been worth it.
Celebrating the south west, she’s returned with a new video indebted to the sword fighting of middle earth and ethereal sounds of Irish folklore in ‘061′
Though he only has two songs under his belt, the pioneer of ‘Gaelic Drill’ is living up to the hype. ‘As Gaeilge’ is SELLO doubling down on his ambition to push drill music into unchartered waters.
Wesley Joseph doesn’t do half measures. The multi-hypenate teamed up with Jorja Smith ahead of the release of his debut EP ULTRAMARINE this week and maintained his record of creating cinematic singles that stretch beyond the confines of streaming services.
In the clusterfuck of adjectives about Tyler, The Creator thrown around the internet ‘consistent’ is up there with the most undeniable.
Keeping up his record of dropping LPs nearly exactly two years apart, ‘LUMBERJACK’ comes ahead of CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST next week and reimagines T’s early thrashing style.
We’ve had to wait two years for a fresh solo offering of Vince Staples’ unmistakable drawl, but it’s been worth it.
‘LAW OF AVERAGES’ swaps the Ramona Park MC’s sharp-tongued humour for an honest track that features production from Kenny Beats. It comes ahead of his forthcoming self-titled album.