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Feature / February 4, 2022

Top Ten Tracks: Obongjayar, cbakl & The Line 4/2/22

Welcome to ‘Top 10 Tracks’, the essential weekly round-up of the best new music.

Welcome to ‘Top 10 Tracks’, the essential weekly round-up of the best new music.

This week, London-based artist Obongjayar shares a new track and announces his debut album, Arlo Parks returns off the back of a GRAMMY nomination and Ravyn Lenae and Steve Lacy join forces.

All hits, no filler.

Photo Credit: Obongjayar by Glauco Canalis

10.

HAZEY Packs and Potions (Remix)

It was inevitable, really. Having blown up on TikTok, scouse spitter HAZEY has been joined by UK rap royalty in M1llionz, Digga D and Unknown T on the reworking of ‘Packs and Potions’.

9.

Jim-E Stack Next To Me Feat. Lucky Daye

New Orleans crooner Lucky Daye and LA-based producer Jim-E Stack combine on the eclectic, lovesick anthem ‘Next To Me’.

8.

The Line The Day The Birds Stopping Singing

Brian Dillon aka The Line has dropped, ‘The Day The Birds Stopped Singing’, a ten minute reimagining of difficult emotions.
Speaking on the track he says, “I started working on this song during the first lockdown in 2020 – the idea for it came after I had a dream about a loved one dying. I suppose that I was trying to go deeper into those feelings in order to make myself more resilient and more prepared for when tragedy does occur. The Day The Birds Stopped Singing is my attempt to take something bad and turn it into something good, to find the joy and glory in loss and to remind myself that negative emotions usually result from the loss of things that we love and value.”
7.

cbakl man she loves

cbakl is feeling nostalgic about past relationships on the triumphant new single ‘man she loves’. One for the singletons this Valentines.

6.

Nia Archives Luv Like

Ahead of her forthcoming EP, Nia Archives has shared ‘Luv Like’. Gliding over  sun-kissed jungle breaks, the rising star lays her struggles with body dysmorphia out in search of self-acceptance.

5.

Arlo Parks Softly

GRAMMY-nominated singer Arlo Parks maintains her trademark poetic leanings on a new single that reaches into the world of pop.

4.

amy michelle the way i make things feel okay

Landing ahead of a rumoured EP, ‘the way i make things feel okay’ amy michelle reassesses past tribulations in an effort to make sense of the of the first lockdown’s claustrophobic inertia.

3.

Denaisha Peaches

Peaches‘ as a song, embodies how we all aspire to be. Confident and vulnerable at once, lines like “your daddy follows me on Twitter” coat tail confessional one liners and position Minneapolis’ Denaisha as a fun and relatable voice we all need in our life.

2.

Ravyn Lenae Skin Tight Feat. Steve Lacy

There was no chance this wasn’t going to hit. Ravyn Lenae skimming over Steve Lacey’s guitar licks is a spiritual experience.

1.

Obongjayar Try

A genuinely singular voice, Obongjayar shares ‘Try‘ alongside news of his debut album Some Nights I Dream of Doors out May 13 via September Recordings.

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