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, Monjola switches it up with his most vulnerable track to date and Maverick Sabre comes through with a confessional number.
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Given the strange circumstances of the past year, sometimes it can feel like we’re running endlessly on a work-at-home hamster wheel. GRAMMY nominated singer Nao is taking time to slow down on the aptly named ‘Burn Out’.
One of the anthems of lockdown gets new life breathed into it courtesy of Sharda. Just in time for the reopening of clubs.
San Diego based creative thomTide took on the ambitious task of releasing a track every two weeks for 12 months. After what must feel like carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders the final track ‘mySakura’ lands like a gentle massage to gentle shoulders. It sees out an impressive run from the rising singer.
Maverick Sabre has blessed us with the first track from his forthcoming album.
‘Not Easy Love’ is confessional, head-nodding and its strings point to the fragility of romance.
Despite only having two releases under her belt, Miso Extra is making a splash with her original and multilingual take on rap. Having released the bubbling ‘Adventures of Tricky N Duke’ earlier this year, the rising upstart has come through with ‘1013′, a winding track that’s accordion sounds shares creative DNA with the late MF DOOM’s eponymous track.
Slaloming between both Japanese and English, her second release has an increased dose of mysticism and showcases the versatility of an artist that’s just getting started.
Dublin producer Rhoshi rarely disappoints. He’s returned with the mechanical ‘WASTED’ that features transcendent vocals from SARA.
Slowly unfurling like dry ice over a cloaked stage, ‘Refrigerator‘ maintains the distinct air of mysticism around London based artist BAD WITH PHONES.
Another in a slew of impressive and original releases, it tees up the artist to take over in 2022.
Speaking on the track he says, “I heard the beat and it sounded like an anthem and made me feel like a cold motherfucker hence the title… I also recorded it with the mic in my Refrigerator”.
Atlanta underground R&B crooner ABRA teams up with German producers Boys Noize for an exercise in industrial lust.
reggie’s Color show on Youtube blew us away this year and his five supporting singles have been equally impressive. The latest of the bunch sees the west-coast based rapper trade verses with Smino in a bouncy single that speaks to the soul.
What we run away from usually comes back to bite us and in ignoring our problems they only become bigger. It’s a harsh reality that rising Chamomile Records artist Monjola knows all too well and he pulls these ideas into full focus on his most poignant release to date ‘Pain Don’t Die‘.