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, Daniel Caesar and BADBADNOTGOOD link up for a heavenly new number, whilst Shankill raised singer Carsten2X shares his perfectionist anthem.
Photo: Robocrobra Quartet
Lou Phelps calls in the cavalry for a funky flex on ‘Oh Really?’.
Brum’s M1llionz links with rising Chicago rapper, Munna Duke for a globetrotting and venomous cut.
The Weeknd teams up with fellow Canadian, KAYTRANADA, for a subtle reworking of ‘Out Of Time’.
Fresh from a performance at Coachella with Doja Cat, Rico Nasty joins forces with Bktherula for a twisted new single.
It’s always a good day when Kelis drops new music and ‘FEED THEM’ is an uplifting summer cut built for warmer days.
Shankill raised artist Carsten2X shares his sun-kissed, perfectionist anthem ‘Pearls’.
Speaking on the track he says, “When I was writing Pearls I was kinda stressing out about a lot of shit. I had all these songs but I’m
there being a perfectionist (not to sound egotistical but just being picky with my own beats, and the type
of music I’m making) and I was overthinking how to make my own sound. I actually do grind my teeth
(no cap in my raps). And just venting about being an over thinker.”
Landing as part of his wholly self-produced album learn 2 swim, redveil teams up with two of the underground’s finest on ‘automatic’.
Produced by Sango, ‘M.I.A’ arrives ahead of Ravyn Lenae’s debut album Hypnos and follows her collaboration witth Steve Lacy ‘Skin Tight’.
Jazz, spoken word, post-punk and just about anything they want gets thrown into Robocobra Quartet’s ‘Wellness’, a track that turns unexpectedly at every opportunity.
This collaboration is even better than you’d expect and the switch at the midway point of the song is the kind of moment that feels like it was conceived in heaven. More Daniel Caesar and BADBADNOTGOOD, please.