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Nines – Tony Soprano 2
Three years since he topped the UK Charts with his album Crabs in a Bucket, Nines is back, and he doesn’t rely on a hook for comeback single Tony Soprano 2. Instead, the London rap legend effortlessly reels off quotable punchlines with his trademark nonchalant flow, referencing his recent spell in prison with a touch of dark humour: “I did ‘A‑Wing’s Got Talent’ in jail, I was like Simon Cowell”. DR
Bree Runway – Be The One ft. Khalid
Bree Runway and Khalid welcome the sun with their new collab, a bittersweet banger that makes you want to dance the pain away. Breezy guitar riffs and sweeping vocal arrangements put you in the summer state of mind, while Runway and Khalid’s conversational lyrics put you in your feels. “I can see the tears in your eyes when you look in mine /Told you for the thousandth time, you should be the one for me,” the duo sing over the chorus. OP
Highlyy – Time Like This
Highlyy enjoyed viral success with her debut single Soldier, which has already racked up millions of streams. The 19-year-old, Essex-raised artist has now returned with Time Like This, on which she represents her Congolese heritage once again by flitting between English and French. Another strong offering from an afropop artist worth keeping a close eye on. JW
needanamebro – Better Love
After months of posting cover versions and vlogging their journey to stardom on TikTok, Britain’s newest girl group Needanamebro (a placeholder name, by the way) have dropped their debut single. Packed full of impressive belts, fine-tuned harmonies and layered riffs and adlibs, Better Love introduces Yssy, Amelia and Maddie to the world as proper vocalists. OP
Beabadoobee and Clairo – Glue Song
The 2022 FACE cover star has teamed up with her good pal and fellow indie rock artist Clairo on a fresh version of Glue Song, the romantic ballad Bea dropped on Valentine’s Day, much to their fans’ delight. On this new version, Bea and Clairo’s soft voices complement the track’s sweet, honest message about the joy of being in love. JW
Bar italia – punkt
Having caused a ripple of excitement in the London underground scene, Bar Italia seem to be cranking things up a notch for forthcoming album Tracey Denim, which marks their signing with Matador Records and precedes a big UK and EU tour. Punkt, the album’s second single, sees the indie trio swap vocal duties, as though offering each perspective of a tormented love triangle. DR