Y Pree (M1llionz/Sony Music UK)
If you’re not keeping an eye on M1llionz, you should be. The Birmigham rapper struts his stuff on Y Pree, dashing off rapid lyrics over a sun-baked beat. This comes with a video made in Jamaica, which intensifies the escapist vibe.
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Idontknow (Young Turks)
This grainy Jamie xx track was floating around the clubs earlier this year. Now, he’s dropped it to give downcast ravers stuck inside a taste of the dancefloor.
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Black Dog (Transgressive)
Arlo Parks writes with eloquence and no little impact about matters of the mind, and this rumination on isolation will surely soothe all who hear it.
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East Side (RCA)
The first single proper from Grammy-winning producer Scribz Riley is strong, the East Londoner charts his rise with airy bars, an acoustic riff and one almighty drop.
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Middle America (Fire Talk)
Pure X’s first new music in six years was worth the wait: the guitars here pierce the brain, so the Texans’ narcotic noise can seep right in.
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Kitchen Sink (Infectious Music)
Nadine Shah releases the title track from her upcoming album, out June 5, and while its shuffling rhythm is minimal, there’s more than enough drama to suit the name.
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Light Of Love (Virgin EMI)
Florence Welch makes use of lockdown to unshackle this piano-driven High As Hope offcut to raise money for the Intensive Care Society. Its chorus strikes a pleasingly hopeful note.
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