Music Week’s guide to the most essential tracks of the moment…
LITTLE MIX (FEAT.SHARAYA J)
Little Mix say LM5 cut Strip is about “empowering people” and it sees them using their platform to send a powerful message. Set to a pop production that bubbles and shifts, it hits home hard.
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THE STREETS (FEAT. CHIP & GRIM SLICKERS)
Call Me In The Morning (Mike Skinner Ltd)
Rapping about whiskey, vodka and Mick ‘n’ Keef, Mike Skinner is on limber form on this black-hued new single. Expect a new LP next year.
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If your tea’s gone cold and you’re wondering why you got out of bed at all, don’t fret – Dido is back! That said, Hurricanes does sound a bit sad.
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Hollywood Ending (Rough Trade)
Packing more chainsaw riffs than they know what to do with, LA’s gnarliest new group sign off after a breakthrough year with more rock‘n’roll gold.
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SOS (Belly Squad)
From new tape Bon Appètit, SOS has a video that answers the question, ‘What would it be like to hang out in a car park with Belly Squad?’ Lots of fun.
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JAMIE N COMMONS
Paper Dreams (Kid In Da Korner/Interscope)
Star songwriter Jamie N Commons returns with more music under his own name, this time taking his cues from bombastic ’80s pop.
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B Young sounds laid back as ever, spitting about cooking steak and MSN on this latest bid for big numbers. He’s hit on a catchy melody, that’s for sure.
Contact Abisola Oke