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Rosalía – Despechá (remix) ft. Cardi B
Rosalía initially left Despechá, her biggest commercial hit, off her album Motomami. After clips of her performing the song went viral on TikTok, the Spanish star eventually dropped the official version, adding it to the deluxe edition of the album. Now Despechá has been boosted by Cardi B, who rises to the occasion, rapping and singing in Spanglish. DR
FLO – Losing You
FLO’s fast rise is showing no sign of letting up, with rumours swirling they could support Beyoncé on the UK leg of an upcoming Renaissance tour. On the vintage-sounding slow jam Losing You, the trio of Jorja, Renée and Stella celebrate an easy break-up and the power of self-love: “I’m happy on my own /It’s the first time I finally feel at home /Losing you has givin’ me everything I need /I’m happy that you’re gone”. Revisit our interview with the UK girl group here. JW
Little Simz – Gorilla
With dramatic interludes spoken by actor Emma Corrin, there was a theatrical air to Little Simz’s 2021 album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert. Her swiftly-released follow up No Thank You feels more low-key: 10 tracks, no press campaign and constant eye-rolls at industry bullshit. Gorilla is Simz at her slickest, reeling off braggadocious bars over a plucked bassline that’s reminiscent of A Tribe Called Quest. DR
Central Cee – Let Go
Before his profile exploded with his punchy rap track A Day in the Life, Central Cee struggled to break through with a more melodic, AutoTuned vocal style similar to D Block Europe and M Huncho. On the bitter breakup song Let Go, Cench gives his singing voice another go. DR
Chunky – Dancin On Tables
Having been affiliated with the bass-heavy record label Swamp 81 and the rowdy Manchester crew Levelz, Chunky’s no stranger to rapping over challenging, club-ready beats. Dancin on Tables – released via Alexander Nut and Floating Point’s Eglo Records – sees the 0161 veteran explore particularly trippy territory. DR