New Music Round-Up: Janelle Monáe, RAYE & 5 Seconds of Summer
Alexandra Burke, Kacey Musgraves and Sigala are also back with new tunes...
Janelle Monáe - 'Make Me Feel', 'Django Jane'
Janelle Monáe is not messing around. 'Make Me Feel' is a flawless Prince inspired ode to sex and 'Django Jane' is a testament to the fact that Janelle is one of the most underrated rappers alive. All signs point to Dirty Computer being the LP of the year.
RAYE, Mabel & Stefflon Don - 'Cigarette'
It's a shame that RAYE, Mabel and Stefflon Don are such great soloists because they would also make an excellent girl group. 'Cigarette' is a first-class bop and all three artists shine on it. 'I'm bad for you love but I'm your cigarette' is a perfect lyric too.
5 Seconds of Summer 'Want You Back'
5SOS are back with a brand new era. 'Want You Back' is a more understated affair than the boys' previous work but it's no less brilliant. In fact, with its anthemic chorus and stirring production, it could be the Australian band's strongest release to date.
Post Malone - 'Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)'
Post Malone is no stranger to chart success and this chilled out Ty Dolla $ign collab could be his second UK Number 1 hit.
Alexandra Burke - 'Shadow'
The wait for Alexandra Burke music has been long but 'Shadow' proves that it's been worth it. A stirring, soulful number.
Kacey Musgraves - 'Space Cowboy', 'Butterflies'
'Space Cowboy' and 'Butterflies' act as reminders as to why Kacey is one of country music's finest. Both are stunning.
Sigala - 'Lullaby (feat. Paloma Faith)'
Sigala and Paloma reunite for an amazing hands in the air banger. Expect to hear this at festivals all summer long.
Ramz - 'Power'
Ramz shows that he is more than a one-hit wonder on the braggadocious follow-up to his breakthrough 'Barking'.
The Aces - 'Lovin Is Bible'
Another effortless slice of dream pop by The Aces. This album is going to be nothing short of sublime, isn't it?
Billy Lockett - 'Empty House'
'Empty House' is a stunning ballad that puts Billy Lockett's distinctive voice on full display. One to watch.
Pale Waves - All the Things I Never Said - EP
It's no surprise that the Pale Waves EP is gorgeous. Four tracks of easy, breezy, beautiful perfection.
Words: Sam Prance
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