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.
Stepping up to the mark this week we have a collaboration from slowthai and Pa Salieu, a funk-indebted number from an Afro-Irish rapper and a bouncy cut from a future icon.
‘DIE 4 THE BRO’ is a family affair.
Spitting over a naked piano instrumental, Tottenham spitter Jordy leaves no stone unturned in a track produced by one cousin (Jojo Mukeza) alongside a considered gust verse from another (Elt Cheekz)
With ‘Midnight Drive’, 7th Obi has taken a left turn. Swapping his spacier sounds for a track that shares the same dance-inducing intentions as The Weeknd’s After Hours era and the infectious synth sounds of Daft Punk.
Linking up with Malaysian producer Joel.T, there’s a vindictive streak in the lyrics that top off the end of a toxic relationship.
A warm bassline, optimistic vocals and aromatic guitar licks, yep – this feels like summer.
Speaking on her new release, dexter said, “Blue Skies was written in one day with my producer Dom Valentino. It was the last day of February, and it was a really cold and grey day. Dom started playing a guitar loop over and over, and it sounded really Summery – so I started thinking about how maybe when it was April and May and the sun and flowers were out, I’d feel happier too, so that’s where the lyrics came from. Those are my friends with me in the video – when we shot it we were worried it would be grey, but it was so Sunny.”
Ahead of her forthcoming studio album Happier Than Ever, Billie Eilish has shared another hint towards her new overarching sound.
ENNY’s ‘I Want’ has the cut throat clarity of a future icon.
Gliding over an infectious synth led instrumental, the latest release is a welcome change of pace for the quickly rising rapper.
Surrendering to the painful emotions associated with an unrequited love, heartbreak has never sounded so blissful on London crooner Rasharn Powell‘s ‘Burning the Sky’.
Sharing DNA with Frank Ocean’s Nostalgia Ultra, the dreamy new single is a bittersweet summer anthem.
Bonus points for the stunning visuals executed by Crown and Owls (slowthai & J Hus)
The track comes alongside the news that his debut mixtape Dusk & Dawn will be dropping 1 July.
Equal parts zaney and smooth, two of the UK’s most exciting forces team up for a chaotic effort in ‘Glidin’.
Peep the video here.
Having shared his spellbinding debut album Smiling With No Teeth earlier this year, Genesis Owusu is continuing his unstoppable rise with the release of the future funk anthem ‘Same Thing’.
Sharing DNA with quirky genreless acts like Tyler, The Creator and Thundercat, the glam-tinted lens Genesis Owusu sees the world through is an essential arm of his vibrant world-building which is highlighted in the latest trippy visuals.