Music Week’s guide to the most essential tracks of the moment…
HEADIE ONE (FEAT. DAVE)
18Hunna (Relentless Records)
The year starts with a bang for Headie One, as the Tottenham MC trades lines with Dave over a moody beat that punctuates their crisp, straight-talking bars.
Contact Jack Delaney
SAM SMITH & NORMANI
Dancing With A Stranger (Captiol)
Written while touring The Thrill Of It All, Dancing With A Stranger finds Sam Smith wrapped up in an R&B slow jam, with vocals from Khalid collaborator Normani.
Contact Tom Mehrtens
BRING ME THE HORIZON
“It might sting a bit,” warns Oli Sykes on this new one. But really, the skittering beats on this hulking hybrid of slickness and noise slide down no trouble.
Contact Louise Mayne
Wait (Since ’93)
Introducing Aitch’s second single proper, which finds the young Mancunian flitting beteween slow and fast delivery over a minimal, dingy beat.
Contact Parris O’Loughlin-Hoste
Vote For Me (UMC /Island Records)
Powered by wandering keys, this single from The Specials’ upcoming LP Encore is a laid-back ska confection that’s as comfy as an old easy chair.
Contact Shane O’Neill
Favourite Thing (Hunter Corp Records)
Here to prove that Harry Redknapp isn’t the only success story of I’m A Celebrity… 2018 is Fleur East, who’s bidding for a revival with this floorfiller.
Contact Simon Jones
Here’s an early contender for rhyme of the year, as Lizzo boldly matches the words ‘loose’, ‘goose’, ‘news’ and ‘juice’ over some funky disco.
Contact Ebi Sampson