Music Week's guide to the most essential tracks of the moment.
MADONNA (FEAT. MALUMA)
Madonna returns, toting a cigar and revelling in the Latin vibes of Medellín, which features Colombian star Maluma and hides an introspective lyrical message between danceable drums.
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OCTAVIAN (FEAT. A$AP FERG)
Lit (Black Butter)
Octavian invites A$AP Ferg to add some trademark bars to another spacey production that’s so relaxed you’ll want to check its pulse.
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Hannah Rodgers wrote this ode to acceptance in her cellar, which might explain why the guitars wrestle as if battling to escape a tiny space. Brilliant.
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Caffeine (Keep It On The Lolo/RCA)
Lolo Zouaï rubber-stamps the notion that she’s making some of the most forward-thinking pop music around right now. The singer’s debut is out now.
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FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
Jenny Of Oldstones (Game Of Thrones) (Island)
Florence Welch is the only artist to feature on the final series of Game Of Thrones, and this epic medieval chant-along is just the ticket.
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Love Crimes (Domino)
Former Wild Beast Hayden Thorpe carries the emotive qualities that imbued his band’s output into this solo debut. LP Diviner drops on May 24.
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Au/Ra’s moody new single conjures blood and thunder with distorted bass. “It’s your back that you’ve been stabbing,” she sings. Ouch.
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