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 sees NAYANA IZ open a new chapter, Matthew Harris introduces his shapeshifting production alias and Pat Lagoon returns with a new anthem.
Hypnotic, stuttering and pulling from the worlds of trap, emo and electronica, Seoul producer Park Hye Jin is taking to unchartered waters in her star-studded collaboration.
The Goon is throwing it back to a party that lost the run of itself in ‘DETOX’.
Linking up with TunesOnTick, the Waterford native isn’t cutting any corners on a track that treads the line between cautionary tale and party starter.
Matthew Harris has turned to his production alias CHAMELEON for a collaborative effort with Future of Irish Music 2021 pick Lucy McWilliams.
Unfolding organically, it’s a smooth coalition of dusty synths and conversational lyricism.
Arriving via Soft Boy Records, ‘Drive’ builds as patiently as a sober Jenga player at a house party. The crescendo and subsequent falsetto that ushers out Yenkee’s latest release hit different.
Every time Mustafa bares his soul on a track it feels like the clouds part and the world goes quiet for just a moment to listen.
Landing as part of his debut album When The Smoke Rises, the Canadian poet’s track ‘The Hearse‘ is another considered effort.
The album features production from Frank Dukes and Jamie xx, meanwhile, Sampha, James Blake, and Rx make contributions on the debut.
Informed by her Yoruba heritage, ‘Aye’ is a sun-kissed pop anthem that conjures transitory moments with candid grace.
Teaming up with longtime collaborator, songwriter and producer Enda Gallery, the track’s nostalgia-tinged soul marks another winning collaboration from the pair.
Speaking on the track Tolü said, “Aye means life in Yoruba. A lot of what makes us who we are comes from our childhood. I want this song to celebrate life and the child we forget we were. We are who we are because of that child. I added my oriki which my grandmother blessed me with, she sings it in this song. Oriki is a Yoruba “attributive epithets” you’re given. Who you are called forth to be.”
“I hope this song brings joy and awakens your inner child.”
Jazz maestro Auxiliary Phoenix delivered his album Petrichor today and with it came a gorgeous collaboration with former Shookrah singer Senita Appiakorang.
NiNE8 Collective high flyer NAYANA IZ is opening a new chapter with ‘Breaking Point’.
Evading any attempts to pigeonhole her sound, she’s opted for a more vulnerable jazz-indebted sound to deliver her emotive diary entry on the latest single.
Griselda came through on ‘Hood Blues’ a new cut from DMX’s posthumous album Exodus.
Hearing X’s trademark growl and Westside Gunn’s wacky adlibs on the same track is an absolute blessing.