HAIM – Summer Girl
The Haim sisters are back with this breezy and beautiful single. Written by Danielle for her partner when he’d been diagnosed with cancer, Summer Girl was her way to “send positive energy his way almost telepathically” while she was on tour with the band.
Snoh Aalegra – Siutationship
Ian Isiah dropped a track called Situationship late last year, and now LA-based Iranian-Swedish artist Snoh’s new single tackles the same subject. According to this track’s press notes, a situationship is ‘an intimate “situation” amongst two people that exists between a traditional relationship and something casual.’ Expect to Snoh to tackle more romantic dilemmas on her promisingly titled second album Ugh, those feels again, which drops 15 August.
Teyana Taylor – How You Want It? ft. King Combs
Steamy R&B with a bit of ‘90s flavour (older hip-hop heads will spot the sample of Mase’s track What You Want). If you’re wondering who King Combs is, that’s Diddy’s son.
Nérija – Riverfest
The of press hype around London jazz might have calmed down a little since last year, but young musicians in the scene are still thriving. This single from seven piece Nérija, featuring Nubya Garcia on tenor sax, is a stunning example.
Angel Olsen – All Mirrors
The St. Louis-raised songwriter diverts from her retro rock trademark with this synth pop ballad, the lead track of her forthcoming album All Mirrors.
Ariana Grande – Boyfriend ft. Social House
Assisted by Pittsburgh duo Social House, Ariana explores an emotion we’re all very familiar with: petty jealousy.
Proc Fiskal – Prop O Deed
Leftfield grime instrumentals might not be trendy as they used to be, but when the music’s this good who cares?
Martyn – Odds Against Us
As the in-house label of Berghain, Ostgut Ton is naturally associated with pummelling techno. But the label’s new release, the Odds Against Us EP from club music genius Martyn, is a welcome foray into experimental drum ‘n’ bass.
RV – Notes and Mabel
RV’s well-known as the rhyming partner of Headie One. After they dented the UK charts with their collaborative Drillers x Trappers mixtape, RV’s struck out with new solo EP Savage, with Notes and Mabel proving just how polished UK drill can sound these days.