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Get stuck into all the tracks you need to hear this week and take you into February, featuring Little Simz, Latto, K-Trap and more.
‘Mood Swings’ by Little Simz
Fresh off the heels of her MOBO win, Little Simz makes bigger claims to the crown as UK music’s finest with her latest release, ‘Mood Swings’, the lead track from her latest EP, Drop 7. Tearing up the club with probing pulses of amapiano above a woozy trap beat, Little Simz joins forces with trustee producer, Jakwob, who weaves hints of slowed down DnB into the mix.
‘Yeah Glo!’ by GloRilla
It’s been a hot minute since GloRilla dropped her last music, but the wait is over, as she returns with zesty Memphis energy in her latest track, ‘Yeah Glo!’. Reminding us that she’s not disappearing from the rap game anytime soon, she jumps onto the trap woozy beat with smooth flow, spitting bars with anguish and vigour.
‘Sunday Service’ by Latto
Taking every sceptic who doubted her straight to church, Latto swoops in with unabashed authenticity and unapologetic attitude in ‘Sunday Service’. Throwing on her Sunday best, the music video sees her rapping in front of a wall of images featuring some of the hottest names in hip-hop—from Ice Spice to Sexxy Red—each obscured by a black bar over their eyes.
‘Heaven Or Hell’ by K-Trap
Fresh from his MOBO win, for best Drill Act, K-Trap's ‘Heaven Or Hell’ sees the south Londoner navigating between wanting a wife “sent from heaven” but a girl “straight from hell”. Well, you can’t have it all, Trapo, but by embracing his more romantic side, he’ll have an even longer list of women wanting to head down to Sexy Fish with him.
‘CD WALLET’ by HOMESHAKE
Cult bedroom indie artist HOMESHAKE, who can count Skepta, Joey Bada$$ and Mac Demarco as fans, returned today with an equally lo-fi and grungy new jam called, ‘CD WALLET’. Maintaining the ethereal charm of his past, the song kicks off in typically melancholic tones before unravelling into crashing drums, fuzzy guitar licks and howling Deftones-esque vocals.
‘Fishbrain’ by Mount Kimbie
Announcing their fourth studio album, The Sunset Violent, this week, Dom Maker and Kai Campos return with ‘Fishbrain’: a shapeshifting shoegaze track that lyrically conveys everyday banality beneath a bed of scuzzy instrumentation. Additional vocals come from long-time collaborator King Krule, who accompanies new Mount Kimbie members Andrea Balency-Béarn and Marc Pell.
‘Kissing Strangers’ by USHER
R&B and hip-hop talisman, USHER, grapples with the aftermath of a past relationship in his latest track ‘Kissing Strangers’—taken from his 20-track long album COMING HOME released today. To his hallmark smooth R&B sound, he expresses raw emotion as he conjures up lyrics reflecting on memories shared with his former love, and the difficulty of finding solace in new encounters.
‘Dance Alone’ by Sia, Kylie Minogue
In a collaboration that we didn’t know we needed, Sia and Kylie Minogue team up for the second time to deliver a slick dance anthem titled, ‘Dance Alone’. Heralding a fresh chapter for Sia—after announcing her forthcoming 10th studio album Reasonable Woman—we get whisked away to the dancefloor with ‘Dance Alone’, as the Australian duo embrace a fearless attitude all to a punchy pop beat that’s more than club-ready.
‘mr useless’ by Shygirl, SG Lewis
On the path to club-land stardom, Shygirl is channelling rule-breaking electronica with a dose of thumping post-midnight trance in her latest track, ‘mr useless’. Taken from her recent EP, Club Shy, Shygirl transports us to the humidity of a noughties club night, as she unveils delicate yet alienated vocals that weave the narrative of a useless past lover.
‘I’m A Problem’ by Caity Baser
“I’ve got big dick energy, bigger than half the guys that I know,” sings BRIT-nominated breakthrough star, Caity Baser on ‘I’m A Problem’. Conjuring up three minutes worth of female rage and “c*ntiness”, the singer does what she does best: channel f*ck you energy. Through throbbing drums and alt-pop tendencies, Caity tells listeners to stay problematic, to embrace rebellious spirit and to not let anybody get in your way.
‘City Lights’ by NLE Choppa
The ever-evolving NLE Choppa grew up in the spotlight but has recently started to show maturity beyond his years. On ‘City Lights’, he maintains his bulletproof persona, calling out fakers and killers in equal measure, hoping for a better world while acknowledging the wrongdoing he’s done in the past.