Music Week's guide to the most essential tracks of the moment.
Daily Duppy (Black Butter)
J Hus’ first new music since leaving prison is a GRM Daily rap that finds him wrestling with his “black heart”. The booming flow remains, but this is Hus as you’ve never heard him before.
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Home (Bighit Entertainment)
Continuing their quest to redefine the meaning of the word ‘massive’, BTS offer a hint of reflection behind the slickness and bombast on this album cut.
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LIL NAS X
Old Town Road (Columbia)
Having conquered the charts in America, Lil Nas X is coming for the UK with this unstoppable mix of rap and country. But will he be massive?
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Kevin Parker pulls off a neat trick with Borderline, dunking a lonely indie song in fizzing disco goo so it mutates into something spectacular.
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Right Back (Brud Records)
Miquela’s delivery floats through crumbling beats on Right Back, which cements the Los Angeles-based artist as one to watch in the coming months.
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BECK (FEAT. PHARRELL WILLIAMS)
Saw Lightning (Capitol)
The first offering from Beck’s Hyperspace LP is less pop single more sonic jamboree, with futuristic bass, harmonica and skewed choruses.
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Nervous (The Orchard)
Hull newcomer Charlotte’s vocals are full of soul and pop magic on a highlight from her Nowhere To Hide EP (May 3). The chorus is ginormous.
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