Jorja Smith, Beyoncé, Maisie Peters and more all feature on this week's essential selection...
Rose Rouge (Decca Records/Blue Note)
Jorja Smith’s version of St Germain’s Rose Rouge offers instant calm, which feels precious just now. Praise be, then, for a whole LP of Blue Note reworks featuring Nubya Garcia and more is due in September.
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Black Parade (Parkwood/Columbia)
Beyoncé used this surprise new song to launch her Black Parade project, which supports black-owned businesses. Prowling and powerful, it’s a blistering statement.
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Jobs (Quality Control Music)
This pristine exercise in brooding hip-hop from Miami duo City Girls is a highlight from their new record City On Lock, which boasts Doja Cat and Lil Baby among its features.
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Woi (Caroline International)
Digga D’s first drop since 2019’s No Diet is a step up from the West Londoner, who flexes his lyrical muscle over a beat that twists and turns around a chorus that just won’t let up.
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Sad Girl Summer (Atlantic)
The faint sound of the seaside can be heard in the background of this lilting new one from Maisie Peters, whose effortless way with a pop song is getting slicker with every release.
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Rebecca Garton (feat. Louis Rei)
All Me (3 Beat)
Ghanaian-born and London-based, Rebecca Garton grew up on Afrobeats, grime, jazz and more and is now making luscious floorfillers such as this, which features Wstrn’s Louis Rei.
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Smith & Burrows
All The Best Moves (PIAS Recordings)
Tom Smith and Andy Burrows started playing music together as drinking buddies, now here they are, nine years on, teeing up a new Ben Stiller-approved album. Cheers to that.
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