No Tears Left To Cry (Republic/Island)
Futuristic and built from hard edges and a soft, bouncing chorus, Ariana Grande’s return is quite brilliant. Could her comeback go on to define 2018? This Max Martin collab suggests so...
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Quiet, The Winter Harbor (Rhymes Of An Hour)
Back with their first new music in five years, Mazzy Star prove once again that no one does slow, sad daydreaming better. A new EP, Still, drops in June.
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Avelino (feat. J Styles)
More Everything (More Music Records)
Avelino’s first new music of 2018 finds him firing off super-smart rhymes over an urgent, booming beat. A verse from J Styles brings added flavour.
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We’ve not heard from Aurora since 2016, and Queendom is a pleasingly hyperactive return, instrumentation darting behind crystal-clear vocals.
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Crush (Cub Sport)
The Aussie synth pop duo document sexuality and self-discovery to powerful effect. See them at London’s Waiting Room on May 8 and 9.
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Pick Up (Pampa Records)
DJ Koze’s party anthems undoubtedly make this planet a more palatable place. This one, from new LP Knock Knock, out this week, is a corker.
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Naughty Boy (feat. Ray Blk & Wyclef Jean)
With his second album still shrouded in mystery, Naughty Boy releases a
hip-swivelling reggae joint featuring Ray Blk and Wyclef Jean. How intriguing.
Contact Katerina Marka