The best new tracks, picked by our staff
Rated by THE FACE: a playlist featuring Potter Payper, Sofie Royer, Jorja Smith and Overmono.
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Jorja Smith – Little Things
Jorja Smith ups the tempo on Little Things, a flirtatious banger that’s all about making eyes with someone across the dancefloor. Produced by P2J and New Machine, the track’s UK funky swing harks back to classic floor-fillers such as Do You Mind (Crazy Cousinz remix), while Smith’s soulful vocals add a layer of understated seduction. “It’s the little things that gets me high /Won’t you come with me and spend the night?” she sings over the chorus. “Just a little thing for you and I”. OP
Overmono – Cold Blooded
After releasing a string of club-ready singles that are perfect for soundtracking that start-of-summer buzz, Overmono have dropped their debut album Good Lies. Between the bangers there are breathers, such as the poignant Cold Blooded. Like a lot of Overmono’s tracks there’s a slyly-catchy, distorted vocal hook that lingers in your memory. Maybe that’s the secret to their crossover success. DR
Teni – No Days Off
Teni’s signature is a silky afrobeats sound, but the Nigerian star switches it up on No Days Off. The track was recorded between Lagos, LA and Cape Town, and it captures the fast-paced thrills of her jet-setting lifestyle over a 160BPM club-ready beat. DR
Sofie Royer – Mio
Austrian-Iranian artist Sofie Royer has been something of a figurehead in underground music for years now, and her own music seems to get more expansive with every release. Mio, which Royer has described as “a sweet summer jam about the performance of self in everyday life”, starts off as a sunkissed psych-folk song before erupting into a catchy synth-pop banger. JW
Potter Payper – A Million £
Since the beginning of the 2010s, Potter Payper has been establishing his rep as one of the best lyricists in UK rap. His debut studio album, Real Back in Style, has finally arrived via the 0207 Def Jam label. As expected, the production is more polished in comparison to Potter’s many mixtapes, but his bars are still packed with intensity. The hook on A Million £ is a bold example of his sharp wordplay and his steely-eyed worldview. DR