New Music Round-Up: Rita Ora, Arctic Monkeys, Years & Years
Selena Gomez, Christina Aguilera and Jungle also drop massive new tracks this week...
Rita Ora, Cardi B, Charli XCX & Bebe Rexha - 'Girls'
'Girls' is the all-female collaboration of dreams: a breezy, sapphic anthem that was tailor-made for stadiums. Rita Ora, Charli XCX, Cardi B and Bebe Rexha's chemistry is insane, and they all deliver on this Song Of The Summer contender.
Years & Years - 'If You're Over Me'
Nobody does it like Years & Years. Our favourite electro-pop trio release their second single 'If You're Over Me' this week, a deceivingly delicious slice of sunshine that is really about the brutal ending to a relationship. Crying on the dance floor? Absolutely.
Selena Gomez - 'Back To You'
She's back... kinda! Selena Gomez takes a trip into the world of folktronica with 'Back To You', a song for the 13 Reasons Why - Season 2 soundtrack.
Christina Aguilera - 'Twice'
Christina Aguilera isn't playing around. One week after returning with the massive 'Accelerate', the legend unleashes the soaring ballad 'Twice' upon us and it is truly incredible as she delivers her best vocal performance in years.
Jungle - 'Happy Man' / 'House In LA'
Jungle make their long-awaited return this week with a double A-side single 'Happy Man' and 'House In LA', with the former bringing the kind of lush summer groove that we've missed since their debut.
LSD - 'Audio (feat. Sia, Diplo & Labrinth)'
Labrinth, Sia and Diplo's second collaboration is a dreamy ode to the rhythm that would play perfectly over a YouTube travel vlog, which is absolutely not a dig. Take us to California!
Rich The Kid & Mabel - 'Plug Walk (Mabel Remix)'
Mabel continues her 2018 takeover with a brilliant remix of Rich The Kid's pending hit 'Plug Walk', flexing her divine voice in a new arena.
Bastille - 'Quarter Past Midnight'
"We want the bodies on the billboards / Not the lives underneath them" is a brilliant lyric. Bastille are back, with an epic rush of a banger in 'Quarter Past Midnight'.
Skepta - 'Pure Water'
Skepta turns down the dial slightly for a more laidback affair on 'Pure Water', which features a surreal interpolation of 'Row Row Row Your Boat'. Genius.
Meghan Trainor - 'Let You Be Right'
'Let You Be Right' is a gorgeous '80s-inspired love song made for the dance floor, and Meghan Trainor has never sounded better, to be quite frank.
Jvck James - 'On My Way'
Jvck James wears his heart on his sleeve on his latest release 'On My Way', a slick R&B track that perfectly demonstrates his sensibilities and hints at the range of his impressive vocal range.
Popcaan - 'Body So Good'
'Body So Good' is a shimmering summer anthem with an irresistible rhythm and infectious melodies that only Popcaan can pull off so effortlessly.
Kojey Radical, Mahalia & Swindle - 'Water'
Kojey Radical shows a softer side to him on his latest release 'Water', a soulful affair about the uncertainty of the future, with the lyrics threatening to interrupt the uber-chill production at any given moment as something looms. This is a must-listen.
Shadowlark - 'Hunger'
Shadowlark have released their fourth single 'Hunger' and it's a stellar follow-up to their breakout hit 'See Each Other Right'. If you're not already familiar, this band is one to watch.
Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino
Arctic Monkeys step into new territory on their sixth studio album Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino: a fascinatingly creative concept album that departs from the sheer rock brilliance of AM to showcase a new side of the band. That in itself is no easy feat sixteen years into a career, so it's a testament to the band that they're able to continually shock fans with each release - and this is certainly a welcome surprise.
Charlie Puth - Voicenotes
Voicenotes, the second album by Charlie Puth, is a major step up from the singer's debut, as he warned us with the flawless lead single 'Attention'. Collaborations with Kehlani and James Taylor are standouts here, although our money is on 'LA Girls' being his next big hit.
Amanda Delara - Running Deep - EP
Amanda Delara introduces a more personal side to her on her brilliant second EP, Running Deep. In contrast to the heavy themes explored on her debut, the rising starlet faces her demons on this introspective collection.
Words: Ross McNeilage