Lil Nas X – MONTERO
Determined to make sure he doesn’t go down in history as a one hit wonder, Lil Nas has once again broken the internet with this satan-shagging flamenco anthem.
Karol G – EL MAKINON ft. Mariah Angeliq
Taken from Karol G’s new album KG0516, this reggaeton-powered track is a song to stick on “when you feel empowered”, according to the Columbian superstar.
NSG – After OT Bop ft. Backroad Gee
Ever since his explosive performance on Pa Salieu’s My Family, Backroad Gee’s been in high-demand. His intensity works particularly well on this hard-hitting collab with London Afrobeats sextet NSG.
Tion Wayne & Russ Millions – Body
Even with clubs and live music off the menu, some UK rap tracks still achieve anthem status, such as this bouncy drill tagteam, which swiftly surpassed one million YouTube views when it dropped last week.
July 7 – Slow Motion
Irresistible Afropop from Manchester artist July 7, which is released in conjunction with Mr Eazi’s emPawa30 project for rising artists.
Yaw Tog – Mood ft. Sean Lifer
Fresh from the buzz of his Stormzy-assisted Sore remix, the Ghana rapper Yaw Tog has dropped his debut EP TIME, which includes this collab with the asaaka scene figurehead Sean Lifer.
SV – Poor Chrissy
Warm, smoky jazz tones provide the backdrop for this track by rapper SV, which he’s described as a soliloquy about “bad habits and strange times”.
Beabadoobee – Last Day On Earth
During first UK lockdown, The 1975’s Matty Healy and George Daniel were conveniently cooped up in a studio in Oxford. The quarantine sessions led to a collaborative EP with Beabadoobee, featuring this single that puts a digital-sounding shimmer on Bea’s classic indie rock style.
Eunmclaw – Free Drop Billy
The Tacoma, Washington indie rockers resist the trap of small town mentality.
black midi – John L
The London band have cranked it up a notch with this nightmarish prog-punk single, taken from their forthcoming second album Cavalcade.