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Amaarae – Co-Star
Amaarae tries her hand at astrological matchmaking on her latest single Co-Star – and air signs, you’re in luck. Listing the pros and cons of each star sing over rhythmic log drums and ethereal harps, her featherlight vocals repeatedly settle on the fact that she “need some air” during the chorus. But that doesn’t mean they don’t escape a roasting. Geminis are “too nice” and “too lethal”, Aquarius are “crazy” and Libras? Well, “them bitches horrible”. The spirit of Mystic Meg lives on. OP
Waterbaby – 911
“Whee-oo, whee-oo, whee-oo, whe-ooo,” goes the onomatopoeic chorus of 911. It’s a charming feature of Stockholm artist’s Waterbaby’s comforting indie-folk single, which has basically a skate video for the YouTube visualiser because, why not? DR
Skiifall – Yuteman Denis ft. Charlotte Cardin & Zibs
The Montreal-via-Saint Vincent artist caught our ears a little while back with his distinctive blend of hip-hop and dancehall. Yuteman Denis, the single from Skii’s new EP Woiiyoie Tapes Vol. 2, lulls you into a false sense of security with the soothing vocals of Canadian singer Charlotte Cardin, before giving way to an eerie, murkier sound palette that brings to mind Kendrick Lamar’s experimental 2016 record Untitled Unmastered. DR
Yeat – Already Rich
Already Rich became a fan fave when it leaked back in 2021, and so Yeat has decided to soak up that streaming revenue by dropping the official version. In acknowledgment of the lo-fi versions floating around online, the rage rap king opens with a snippet of a scruffy edit before the actual track kicks in. DR
Snow Strippers – It’s a Dream ft. Lil Uzi Vert
Surf Gang are known for their explosive energy and their grizzly, off-the-wall rap sound. The New York collective also runs the label Surf Gang Records, which is home to the Crystal Castles-indebted act Snow Strippers. The Detroit duo should be enjoying a surge in attention thanks to this feature from the superstar Lil Uzi Vert, who applies his emo-inspired melodies to bleepy, pulverising techno production. DR