Music Week’s guide to the most essential tracks of the moment…
Come Out And Play (Darkroom/Interscope)
Already racking up millions of plays, the 16-year-old LA sensation’s wintry new single is also the soundtrack to Apple’s Christmas ad. No big deal, then. Look out for a debut album in 2019.
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Doorman (Method Records)
Slowthai taps into some ribald punk here, with the Northampton whirlwind enlisting up with Mura Masa whose production lets the chaos reign.
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EARL SWEATSHIRT (FEAT. NAVY BLUE)
The Mint (Tan Cressida/Columbia)
Mercifully, the contents of Earl Sweatshirt’s third LP Some Rap Songs betray more imagination than its title. This is an inward-looking beauty.
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Rupi Kaur (Virgin EMI)
The Labour Party speechwriter turned songwriter gears up for 2019 with The Winter Dreams EP. This lead track will have bottom lips trembling til Spring.
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Icelandic pop prospect Sara Pétursdóttir hooked up with Julia Michaels for this debut track, which augurs well for a hit-fuelled 2019.
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Raise Your Glass (CTA)
The Godfather salutes the genre he still defines with this hard-edged new single. “Let’s have a toast to grime, raise your glasses high” indeed.
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Daughter’s Elena Tonra goes solo as Ex:Re, and her eponymous 10-song break-up record is out now. It’s an emotional ride indeed.
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