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 Kean Kavanagh returns with a song to say goodbye to summer, two of rap’s outliers join forces for a futuristic cut and Remi Wolf keeps up her hot streak.
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Leo Bhanji’s vocals float like a feather in the wind in ‘Window Up’. The LA born, London based artist’s careful approach is guided more by mood than any commitment to genre and we’re here for it.
Above all, Abbacaxi’s latest offering emits immaculate vibes. It’s the kind of uptempo cut that edges the talented multi instrumentalists closer to the club world and showcases his versatility at once. Speaking on the track he says:
“I wrote this track because I was getting tired of the unpredictability of certain things in my life, which had great value. Over time I started to feel that perhaps less is more. Maybe these things weren’t as important as I initially thought, and life could be just as good without them.”
Evans Junior is leaning into afrobeats in his latest release and it’s hitting the sweet spot. Just in time for clubs reopening.
Remi Wold’s hook game is out of this world and she evokes imagery of the Chilli Peppers front man for her latest earworm.
Listening to this for the first time, it felt like my soul left my earthly container and floated towards the clouds. Transcendent.
There’s a beautiful dichotomy to the tender sonics and raging lyricism that sees three heavy hitters challenge discrimination head on.
It’s been a minute since we’ve had fresh music from Kean Kavanagh, but the Soft Boy Records co-founder really delivered with his dreamy goodbye to warmer days in ‘Summer Nights’.
In a world where the algorithm is king and labels push frankensteined remixes and collaborations in a bid for playlist placements, high profile team ups can often feel too strategised and soulless. Kali Uchis’ updated version of ‘fue mejor’ with TDE’s SZA is an exception to the rule and an exceptional one at that.
Two of rap’s outliers join forces with Umru for a contorted hit that sounds like supervillain’s hacking exercise became sentient. This is the future.
At this point, I’m questioning if WIKI even sleeps? He dropped five singles ahead of Half God which dropped today (produced entirely by Navy Blue, no less) and the best of the bunch landed yesterday with a feature from Earl Sweatshirt.