Music Week’s guide to the most essential tracks of the moment…
GRIMES (FEAT. HANA)
We Appreciate Power (4AD)
Claire Boucher’s been quiet since 2015’s Art Angels LP, and this metal-flavoured taste of what’s next is epic. Electronic drums, impish squealing and lots of noise: welcome back to Grimes’ world.
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MARK RONSON (FEAT. MILEY CYRUS)
Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (Columbia)
Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus team up for a ‘should be massive’ countrified banger with ample roll and twang. The video is brilliant, too.
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The pack of A&Rs tracking Bristol teen TS Graye stands to grow thanks to the heft and crackle of this slow-burn pop confection. One to watch in 2019.
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Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Mikayla “Koffee” Simpson announces herself with a mega debut single packed with bounce and vitality. As good as toast.
Contact Taponeswa Mavunga
JAX JONES & YEARS & YEARS
Jax Jones hooks up with Years & Years on a wispy house number that’s out in time for your office Christmas party.
San Francisco songwriter Clay trails new music in 2019 with a warm and smoky single inspired by Donald Trump. It raises two fingers in his direction well.
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Internet Thuggin’ (Toys Have Powers/999 Deathkult)
New Jersey noise animals Ho99o9 are taking on the world wide web. New EP Cyber Cop asks all the big questions, including: ‘Is it safe to hate the Internet?’
Contact Sarah Maynard