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Feature / January 20, 2023

Top Ten Tracks: Sweetlemondae, Kasien, JGrrey 20/1/23

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.

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, Kelela drops a 2-step fuelled cut, Sweetlemondae lays out her stall for 2023 and Headie One finally shares ‘Martin’s Sofa’.

Photo credit: JGrrey by Riya Hollings

10.

Sweetlemondae Higher State Feat. Jafaris

Sweetlemondae is making a name for herself as a versatile singer and rapper with an ear for hooks. ‘Higher State’ doubles down on that idea and invites label mate Jafaris for her first release of 2023.

9.

Guud Grief when the working day is done

Guud Grief have collaborated with growler for the video for their latest single ‘when the working day is done‘. The song explores the devastating amount of violence against women on both a local and global scale and flips Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ in the process.

8.

Naomi Sharon Another Life

Naomi Sharon introduces herself on Drake’s OVO sound with an immersive double single.

7.

M1llionz Right Dere

M1llionz headed to Nigeria for the visuals for new single ‘Right Dere’ and used it as an opportunity to mark a new chapter.

“My return to music is going to be different, I’m not just a drill artist and I don’t want to be labelled as that. Right Dere is my last drill song for a while and I had to make it extra special for my fans especially after LAGGA. Shooting videos internationally is my thing and this was the perfect way to end this era.”

6.

A$AP Rocky Same Problems?

New Rocky ahead of a rumoured album.

5.

Kasien FOLLOW ME

Kasien follows up the success of the irresistible ‘DO WHAT I LIKE’ with the darker ‘FOLLOW ME’ ahead of his new mixtape.

4.

Overmono Is U

For many, January is a time to hibernate and reflect but the peace and quiet also makes it the opportune time to announce your next moves. With that in mind, electronic duo Overmono dropped ‘Is U’ and revealed their debut album Good Lies is set to land on Friday 12 May 2023.

3.

JGrrey Theirs13

Theirs13‘ is JGrrey at her hypnotic best. The song takes inspiration from the singer’s partner and explores belonging in a wholistic way.
Speaking on the track, JGrrey says, “Theirs13 is an ode to queerness. Inspired by non-binary partner, who uses they/them pronouns. At the time of writing the song, I hadn’t met my partner, but we had really expansive conversations around identity, family, love, and wanting to belong. It’s about struggling with identity, but finding out more about yourself in the process.”
2.

Kelela Contact

Ahead of her forthcoming album RAVEN, shapeshifting artist Kelela has dropped a 2-step fuelled single.

1.

Headie One Martin's Sofa

Martin’s Sofa‘ is one of the most anticipated UK rap tracks in recent years and Headie has delivered with the full release. Reminiscing on harder times, he flows over the same sample that featured in the late Cadet’s iconic freestyle.

Follow our playlist on Spotify Hit the link to hear all the inclusions plus extras in one place.