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Stormzy – Mel Made Me Do It
This might just be the comeback of the year. Focusing on his dexterous “Ghanaian flow”, in his first solo single since 2019 Stormzy delivers seven minutes and twenty seconds of not-so-humble bragging with no chorus. The viral video is an instant classic, packing cameos from Jonathan Ross and Louis Theroux, to pioneers of Black British culture, such as JME, Malorie Blackman and the late Jamal Edwards and his family. Big Michael is back. OP
GloRilla – Tomorrow 2 ft. Cardi B
There’s no stopping GloRilla. This year the rapper burst out of the Memphis underground thanks to the success of tough-as-nails anthems like F.N.F. (Let’s Go), Tomorrow and her show-stealing feature on Duke Duece’s Just Say That. After Latto and JT of City Girls hopped on the F.N.F. remix, Cardi B has decided she wants a slice of the action, further shifting GloRilla’s status from a one-to-watch artist to a breakout star. DR
Isabella Lovestory – Exibisionista
Perreo-pop innovator Isabella Lovestory is one of a kind. Armed with a steely flow and a selection of hyper-futurist beats, the Honduras-hailing, Montreal-based musician consistently sets the bar for forward-facing pop. With a plucked intro that sounds strangely like the opening bars of Panic! At The Disco’s I Write Sins Not Tragedies, Isabella Lovestory’s Exibisionista fuses grungy guitars that could be played by a ‘90s Seattle band with waist-winding reggaeton drums that make you start feeling the Earth’s gravitational pull. FM
Flo – Not My Job
Britain’s next great girl group, Renée, Stella and Jorja (AKA Flo) have quickly followed up this summer’s debut EP with another fiery R&B bop. Leaning into their throwback ‘90s vibe, Not My Job remixes the sass and the sounds of Destiny’s Child and Mis-Teeq for 2022. “It’s not my job to make you feel like a man,” they seamlessly harmonise over the chorus, echoing their no-nonsense debut single Cardboard Box. OP
Black Sherif – Soja
Back in the March, Black Sherif matched the success of his massive 2021 track Second Sermon with the poignant anthem Kwaku The Traveller. On Soja, the Ghanian artist channels a similarly bittersweet vibe, keeping his head held high while revealing his anxieties and vulnerabilities. DR
TSHA – Running
Featuring melancholic acoustic guitar, honeyed vocals and a bittersweet sense of longing, London artist TSHA wrote Running with escapism in mind, as a means of embracing the unknown – something we’ve all done a lot of in the last couple of years. Its release comes alongside a psychedelic, AI-based music video directed by Parisian artist Danaé Gosset, putting the cherry on top of Running’s wistful daydream. JW
Blazer Boccle – Sex Pistol
Bradford’s finest completes his sonic departure from “straight down the middle” rap to a post punk sound with his revenge-fuelled anthem Sex Pistol. “You make me feel like the first time I ever sniffed a line”, the NQ artist spits against scratchy guitars. The music video for Sex Pistol’s not so bad, either: “There’s horses, quads, motorbikes and booze in it,” Blazer tells THE FACE. “What more could you want?” JW