Music Week’s guide to the most essential tracks of the moment…
Wild Yout (Alpha)
The South London MC’s new single opens with burning noise, then the beats and synths kick in for three minutes of mayhem. There are hooks too, and uncovering them is brilliant fun.
Contact Mitchell Stevens
Zach Condon trails his fifth album as Beirut with its moving title track. The LP is out on February 1, and it seems he’s locked into something special.
Contact Annette Lee
Trip (10 Summers/Interscope)
Ella Mai’s self-titled debut hit the UK Top 20 and this slinky groove is one of its best moments. Bigger things are coming for the South Londoner.
MATTHEW E WHITE
No Future In Our Frontman (Domino)
Donald Trump, Matthew E White is coming for you. White has invited peers including Natalie Prass to cover this diss, with proceeds going to charity.
Contact Aoife Kitt
Heaven Let Me In (Polydor)
This Disclosure co-production drops ahead of Friendly Fires’ November UK tour, and is so bright it should come with free sunglasses.
Contact Jon Wilkinson
That Sound (Polydor)
Sam Fender in on the road next month, and his fans will soon have a new EP to learn the words to. This big-hearted anthem will be a favourite in no time.
Contact Jon Lawrence
DUA LIPA (FEAT. BLACKPINK)
Kiss And Make Up (Warner Bros)
How to make Dua Lipa’s viral reach even bigger? Collaborating with K-pop stars Blackpink on a giant banger of course. Ker-ching!
Contact Carl Fysh