DAVID ANDREW SITEK x TINASHE - XYLAPHONE

tinashe continues on in her journey to becoming my favourite human on the planet by delivering another jam - this time with dave sitek (of TV on the radio fame, the recent executive producer of kelis’s ‘FOOD’ album) at the production helm. it’s baffling how she can so effortlessly slot her vocals into a wealth of different sounds. here, her sultry, understated r&b vocals aid a track that burns slowly during the verses before bursting forth for a kind of soaring chorus that she hasn’t really been heard on before.

PERFUME GENIUS - QUEEN

mike hadreas’s return will probably surprise some listeners - he’s not quite the sad wallflower from his last album cycle for ‘put your back n 2 it’, swerving much closer to a glam rock sound here. not only is ‘queen’ a defiant, interesting, and bold comeback single, but these attributes are only heightened by the ssion-directed video - a surreal melange of gender performance, glamour, and grit. with such a strong sound and strong image in tow - not even to mention the queer political charge - i’ve no doubt ‘too bright’ will be an exciting album campaign with plenty more for fans to look forward to.

SNAKEHIPS - DAYS WITH YOU (FEAT. SINEAD HARNETT)

the UK duo have once again collaborated with sinead harnett, and applied their signature glitchy house production to a relatively straight-forward pop song. ‘days with you’ is much more grand and polished than anything snakehips have released before, and the whole thing leaves a sense that they are poised for mainstream success and a summer smash.

FKA TWIGS - TWO WEEKS

with a video that’s one part kanye west and one part aaliyah, twigs kicks off the campaign for her debut album (ingeniously entitled ‘LP1’) looking and sounding like a total golden goddess. perhaps the most accessible the world has heard her thus far, ‘two weeks’ is an alt-r&b classic in the making.

THE KITE STRING TANGLE - ARCADIA

the fnatastic australian solo artist finally debuts the first actual single from the upcoming debut ‘vessel’ EP. ‘arcadia’ is a stunning, down-tempo, but highly-emotive electronic pop tune. the sparse production on the verses fizzles under the surface before bursting forth into the spangly choruses, and meets the listeners expectations in a satisfying reminder that though “sometimes things don’t come full circle”, this song very much does.

RUSTIE - RAPTOR

glaswegian producer rustie makes a comeback with this relentless, sugar-fuelled electronic assault on the ears. energetic, colourful and bold - ‘raptor’ approaches the listener with all guns blazing, but still manages to retain a certain fairground charm and dance accesibility. this is the way for an electronic artist to kick off an album campaign.

K STEWART - SPEECHLESS

this karma kid-assisted free download shows vocalist k stewart really starting to come into her own. after touring with bondax and collaborating with TCTS, she’s really settled into her own slinky, soul-tinged house-pop sound. far more infectious than anything she’s released prior, ‘speechless’ shows remarkable steps towards her perfecting that sound.

JAX JONES - GO DEEP

after assisting duke dumont with his hit ‘i got u’, jax jones returns with this single, a janet-jackson reinterpretation, and suddenly his influence on the aforementioned song suddenly makes much more sense. with steel-drum-esque beats and sugary pop vocals in tow, it’s an unashamed party anthem and nothing much more - it might not be life-changing, but it does what it does very well indeed.

BEA - SAFE GROUND

largely mysterious amsterdam songstress BEA (or is it BEA1991?) strikes for a second time with this slow-burning chill pop jam. with vocals like a softer more soulful early bjork and production work reminiscent of 90s william orbit, there’s very little to dislike here.