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In Notion Now: Week 9, fresh new cuts from Rosalía, Florence + the Machine, Gang of Youths, Tiana Major9, Tyga feat. Doja Cat and more.
"King" by Florence + the Machine
Florence + the Machine are back, and so is the passionate yelling that made her so famous. After a quieter outing in 2018, the first taste of her next era, “King”, is a triumphant return to full Florence maximalism, depicting a confrontation with gender with foot-stomping drum breakdown goodness.
"CHICKEN TERIYAKI" by ROSALÍA
It’s not bragging if you can back it up. Rosalía teases her forthcoming album next month with bouncing new single, “CHICKEN TERIYAKI”.
"2 seater" by Tiana Major9 (feat. Smino)
Tiana Major9 has notched up achievement after achievement (from a Grammy nomination to performances at the Billboard Music Awards), and she’s levelling up again with “2 seater”, the first cut from her new EP out next month.
"Freaky Deaky" by Tyga & Doja Cat
It’s a blockbuster collab as Tyga teams up with Doja Cat for a follow-up to “Juicy”. “Freaky Deaky” sees the two stars in perfect sync as they trade bars with wit and confidence.
"goal of the century" by Gang of Youths
The underrated Aussie rockers make a triumphant return today with their third studio album, 'angel in realtime'. Gang of Youths are all about big closers, and it doesn’t get much bigger than “goal of the century”, a movingly epic expression of inner peace that finds room for basketball and Formula 1 references.
"little story" by Kehlani
Grammy nominated singer Kehlani continues the march to her anticipated third album with the release of this cinematic new tune, “little story”.
"bbycakes" by Mura Masa, Lil Uzi Vert, PinkPantheress & Shygirl
Mura Masa calls on the best of both sides of the Atlantic in her new single “bbycakes”, a posse cut that includes original verses from Lil Uzi Vert, PinkPantheress and Shygirl.
"City of Gods" by Fivio Foreign, Alicia Keys & Kanye West
Fivio Foreign is living the dream – the lead single, “City of Gods”, for his forthcoming album includes verses from Alicia Keys, Kanye West and Playboi Carti.
"Hypnotized" by KAWALA
Featured this week on BBC Radio 1, “Hypnotized” is another confident statement of intent from indie pop rising stars KAWALA. On the song, they say, ““Hypnotized is all about finding yourself in that situation you promised yourself you wouldn’t be in again. And realising it’s not what you actually want for the 100th time. It’s about traversing the world of dating as if you haven’t got a choice.”
"Everything is Everything" by Sevdaliza
Sevdaliza gets philosophical on this cut from her new EP, ‘Raving Dahlia’, which mixes the introspection for which she is so well known with an intriguing side of danceable club beats.
"Straight Back To It" by Central Cee
The run-up to Central Cee’s second mixtape has taken his name to ever-greater heights, and he cashes in here with its drop, which includes the new tune “Straight Back to It”.
"PBC" by Flo Milli
In her first release of 2022, Flo Milli returns with "PBC” (“Pretty Black Cute”). First premiered on the catwalk of Tia Adeola’s NYFW show, the celebratory tune is accompanied by artwork drawing from iconic Black magazines.
"Always" by Darkoo (feat. Black Sherif)
British artist Darkoo drops a memorable collaboration with Black Sherif – the epic drill anthem “Always”.
"Don't Call Me A Friend" by BEKA
BEKA celebrates her great grandma’s love story on the joyous tune “Don’t Call Me A Friend”, a song that, in BEKA’s own words, is all about letting your feelings out at full volume.
"Pink Champagne" by Abby Roberts
Abby Roberts builds on her impressive online success with the vibey new song “Pink Champagne”. As Roberts says, “I wrote Pink Champagne because I wanted to have a go at writing a love song but without making it cliche, there’s so many love songs out there and I didn’t wanna be all soppy! It’s essentially a breakup song reminiscing about the nicer parts of a not so perfect relationship, I think it’s super visual and manages to bring you on a journey with the dreamy vibes.”
"Four Leaf Dream" by Matilda Mann
Matilda Mann confronts the harm of idealising someone on the lush, percussive new tune, “Four Leaf Dream”. She says, “Sometimes we mould people and relationships to fit this idea we created in our heads - that they’re perfect, that this is definitely right. Sometimes it stops you from seeing what they’re actually like, and that it’s best to let them go. I wrote this a few months ago with Rich Cooper’s in his studio, as well as Half Rhymes. It was one of those songs that just so effortlessly came together.”
"PLANS FOR US" by Cero Ismael
Amsterdam artist Cero Ismael makes a typically confessional return with the thoughtful new tune, “PLANS FOR US”.