Music Week’s guide to the most essential tracks of the moment…
DAVE (FEAT. FREDO)
Funky Friday (Dave/Neighbourhood)
Dave hooks up with Fredo, swapping bars over a dancing electronic pulse and a rumbling low end. The result is ominously good, two new stars going places fast.
Contact Nic Bestley
JONAS BLUE (FEAT. LIAM PAYNE & LENNON STELLA)
Polaroid (Positiva/Virgin EMI)
Polaroid (Positiva/Virgin EMI) Pro floorfiller Jonas Blue preps the world for his debut album with another spritely addition to his dance-pop canon.
Contact Fred Mellor
Never Know (WTW Music/Sony Music)
Country pop, thunderclap drums and a backwards recording of a growling dog! Ward Thomas flirt with becoming Weird Thomas, and it’s fun.
Contact Barbara Charone
LOYLE CARNER (FEAT. JORDANRAKEI)
Loyle Carner returns, spitting rainy day bars over a woozy piano riff on a song inspired by its titular chef’s 2012 recipe collection, Jerusalem.
Contact Sinead Mills
Drink & Glide (The Leaf Label)
Keep your ears peeled for the new one from the London-based band, who kick their freaky noise into glorious overdrive here.
Contact Thea Hudson-Davies
Paralyzed (Mind Of A Genius/Warner Bros)
Those with loose lips and hips that swivel will dig this sleek, funky track from Zimbabwe-born Kwaye. New EP Love & Affliction is out this week.
Contact Dan Carson
CHARLI XCX (FEAT. TROYE SIVAN)
Anne-Marie went back to 2002, and now Charli XCX is going back to 1999, with fellow neon-popper Troye Sivan in tow. Regressive, in a good way.
Contact Claire Coster