1. Hit Me Up – Stefflon Don
Stefflon Don has been gaining popularity for a while now, and she is well known within the dancehall music scene. I like a lot of the tracks she has put out (Style, Boasty, Don Walk, 16 Shots, Them Bomb, Senseless and of course… Hurtin’ Me).
This new tune is about someone who she used to be very close to but hasn’t been talking to recently. You can really tell from the lyrics that she is hurt by being ghosted by this previous love interest.
This is a slow burning reggae dancehall tune that tells a compelling and believable story. Stefflon Don needs to be on everyone’s radar.
2. Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince – Taylor Swift
Taylor’s 8th album ‘Lover’ was released Friday last week and it’s a classic Taylor Swift release, bright pop with an uplifting and timeless style.
This tune is very representative of the album as a whole concept. Taylor has said that her previous album ‘Reputation’ was based on a darker and more incoherent concept, whereas this one is a lighter and more serene concept.
Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince is a 80’s leaning bop, with softly flowing melodies and bright, hopeful and determined lyrics. This is another track that tells a story, and I love the message it relays.
3. I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore – Mura Masa featuring Clairo
Mura Masa is a DJ and has been producing music for around 7 years. He rose to fame through the release of his 3rd full length self titled album in 2017, and specifically the track ‘Suicide Blades’.
This new sound takes more inspiration from the rock / indie scene rather than the EDM or dance genre he’s synonymous with.
The track starts off quietly, Clairo’s vocals washing in and taking over progressively. The track builds subtly until the chorus, where the rock inspiration takes over with the addition of electric guitars and drums, and ends on an explosive and unexpected note.
4. Blazin’ – Koffee featuring Jane MacGizmo
Koffee has found fame and success quickly in her (so far) short career. Hailing from Spanish Town, Jamaica, she left home aged 15 to move to London to pursue her music career, after having signed to Empire Distribution, a record label founded in Jamaica by Chronixx, another reggae artist who is well known worldwide.
Her 1st song ‘Toast’ was a huge success, being recieved by critics and the general public very well.
Since then, every single she has released has been brilliant. This is her 6th single to be released, and the first one to feature another collaborator, singer and friend Jane MacGizmo.
The track is a great example of Koffee’s style, old school reggae mixed with modern lyrics and that special flair that she sprinkles on everything.
5. It’s Not Living If It’s Not With You – The 1975
Yes this track was released a while ago, but I can’t stop playing it. I love The 1975 and this is one of my favourite songs from them and of all time.
It’s bright, hopeful, sensual and fantastic! That’s really all I need to say, go listen to it!
6. Preacher Man – The Driver Era
This tune randomly popped up on shuffle while I was listening to Spotify the other day, and now I cant stop listening to it!
It reminds me of something that OneRepublic might put out, it’s catchy, addictive, powerful and best listened to at a loud volume.
I love the driving drums and the rolling guitar riffs, coupled with the lead vocalists powerful voice, its definitely a summer tune that you just want to dance to at full volume.