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Latto – Put it on Da Floor Again ft. Cardi B
In September last year, Cardi B, Offset and their kids stepped out in matching custom Denim Tears outfits designed by Tremaine Emory. The attire clearly made an impression on the Bronx superstar, who references Denim Tears on this remix of Latto’s hard-hitting single Put it on Da Floor. When Cardi hopped on GloRilla’s track Tomorrow, it went stratospheric. Latto and her team will have their fingers crossed for a similar effect. DR
Mercury – Heaven
If you Google “Mercury Heaven”, you’ll get a lot of results for Freddie Mercury’s 1985 single Made In Heaven, which this Atlanta artist won’t mind at all, because she really loves Queen. The track is one of the best she’s released so far, blending breathy raps with palpitating Jersey club kick drums and a mushy vocal sample that brings Clams Casino’s tripped-out euphoria to mind. There’s also a dark grunginess to Heaven, but Mercury assures us that it’s a party track. “Heaven is basically a song about getting lit, having fun, and being sexy,” Mercury said in the press notes. “I made it for the girlies and the gays but hopefully everyone shake they ass to it.” DR
Dave x Central – Sprinter
When Dave executively produced End of the Beginning, the final track on Central Cee’s chart-topping mixtape 23, it was as if he’d told Cench to rap over melodramatic pianos like he was sharing his trauma with a therapist. But when footage leaked of the duo shooting a video on a stupidly massive yacht in Monaco, it was obvious they were cooking up something more light-hearted. Sure enough, Sprinter – the lead single from the UK rap stars’ surprise EP Split Decision – sees them brag about girls and money over a summery Spanish guitar lick that recalls Cench’s breakthrough hit Day in the Life. DR
No Guidnce – Is It A Crime?
Early ‘00s style girl groups are back in a big way, apparently, but boy bands haven’t quite enjoyed the same nostalgia-fuelled revitalisation. Can No Guidnce remedy that? Made up of Londoners Zeekay, Ebubé, Josh and Kaci, the four-piece have tasked themselves with breathing new life into UK R&B. Bolstered by early TikTok virality, their new single Is It A Crime?, co-written by Victoria Monet, is a romantic slow jam about the trials and tribulations of having too many beautiful women to choose from. It’s a hard life, eh? JW
Harve – 03.17 ft. Jadonclover
Harve first caught our ear with their warm, moody production on Mya Mehmi’s track Parivaar (Interlude). The London artist describes their dreamy new track 03.17, which features London-via-Birmingham singer Jadonclover, as a “sexy lil number”, instructing listeners to crank up the volume and send it to someone they want to kiss. DR