This week's hottest new sounds...
REX ORANGE COUNTY
This buzzing, big-hearted single might be Alex O’Connor’s best yet. Introspection levels are high as always, but there’s enough pep to leave a sunny impression. A strong start to life on Sony.
Contact Louise Mayne
D-BLOCK EUROPE (FEAT. LIL BABY)
Nookie (Caroline International)
South Londoners D-Block Europe tee up their PTSD mixtape with this jittering demonstration of their new era rap. Lil Baby adds extra streaming stardust.
Contact Livy Coare
TIËSTO & MABEL
God Is A Dancer (Polydor)
Thanks to German club crew Snap!, we know rhythm is a dancer. Now, courtesy of Tiësto & Mabel, we learn that God is too. Who’d have thought it?
Contact Louise Stone
Stay Happy (RCA)
The meaning of happiness is rather a large subject to address in a slinky three-minute pop song, but that’s precisely what Au/Ra does here. Smile!
Contact Sarah Hall
MASTERMIND (FEAT. CHIP & NAFE SMALLZ)
Wave Time 2 (Columbia)
After years of independent graft, Manchester’s Mastermind is ready to break. This hefty new single is the first fruit of a deal with Columbia.
Contact Taponeswa Mavunga
Honey (C Squared)
Londoner NYM distances herself from her days in Paloma Faith’s live band with Honey, a wild single that crushes dance beats beneath industrial noise.
Contact Iris Herscovici
MAJOR LAZER (FEAT. J BALVIN & EL ALFA)
Que Calor (Mad Decent/Because)
Major Lazer team up with Colombian star J Balvin and Dominican demibow pioneer El Alfa for a pulsating exploration of their musical heritage.
Contact James Cunningham