1. PICK OF THE WEEK: Sun Comes Up – Rudimental feat. James Arthur
Major hit-makers Rudimental are back with their latest single ‘Sun Comes Up’ featuring the comeback-king of 2017 in James Arthur. The track truly is a stunning summer effort. It looked to be a strange collaboration as Arthur’s voice, on paper, wouldn’t seem to fit the more house sound that Rudimental are famed for. However, the DJ group have produced a perfect mix between a calm tropical house and ballad-esque song which allows the former X-Factor winner’s voice to excel. It’s a new sound for Rudimental but it’s so cool we feel as if we’ve taken our first dive into the pool on holiday.
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2. Second 2 None – Mura Masa feat. Christine And The Queens
21-year-old Mura Masa really is pushing all the right buttons to create a futuristic electro-pop sound. The DJ is part of a new wave of music that is burrowing into pop music to become the new ‘popular’. Previous tracks such as ‘1 Night’ with Charli XCX and ‘Love$ick’ with A$AP Rocky have been huge hits and new single ‘Second 2 None’ with Christine And The Queens looks to be following in those footsteps.
The French vocalist had the biggest selling debut album of 2016 in the U.K. and her single ‘Tilted’ was one of the year’s hottest tracks. Masa’s choice of collaboration is again impressive. Both himself and Christine refuse to obey the strict laws of pop music and are having incredible success in doing so. ‘Second 2 None’ has an electronic house feel and is quite the bop. Mura Masa’s self-titled new album is out on the 14th July and features collaborations with the likes of Bonzai and NAO as well as those mentioned above.
3. Two Fux – Adam Lambert
Earlier this week we brought you Adam Lambert’s first live performance of new track ‘Two Fux’ and the full studio version is now here to grace your ears.
It’s quite different to Lambert’s previous solo sassy pop music and the influence of working with Queen is clear. Lambert has already dedicated the song to the late Freddie Mercury and there are remnants of the former lead-singer in ‘Two Fux’. The vocals are slow and charismatic, Lambert so confident in declaring, “I don’t really give Two Fux”. It’s a big middle finger to haters from the ex-American Idol contestant.
4. Flat Champagne – Dan Caplen feat. RAY BLK
Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Dan Caplen has been working hard over the past year, supporting the likes of Anne-Marie and Rag’N’Bone Man on tour. After the success of the emotional ‘Blinded By The Lights’ and self-reflective ‘Badman’, this week’s newest single ‘Flat Champagne’ looks to be the best effort yet! Caplen has hooked up with fellow rising star Ray BLK for this feel-good track. It really gets your foot tapping as Caplen declares “we turn winters into summers” whilst you will be humming that whistling in the chorus all day long.
5. Cash Out – Calvin Haris feat. Schoolboy Q, PARTYNEXTDOOR, DRAM
Today sees the release of Calvin Harris’ new record ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’. The album is full of the biggest collaborations, many of which Harris had already released, but ‘Cash Out’ steals the show on the album. It follows the vibes of ‘Rollin” and ‘Slide’ with an unusual sound for the EDM DJ but the descending piano in the verses is to die for. The three vocalists harmonise over each other for another perfectly chill effort from Harris.
6. Chinatown – Liam Gallagher
Love him or hate him, Liam Gallagher is rock royalty. ‘Chinatown’ is the second single from Gallagher’s solo album which he announced the tracklist of yesterday on Twitter. ‘Chinatown’ is a little calmer than the first single ‘Wall Of Glass’ and, dare we say it, perhaps even ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’-esque. Gallagher performed at Galstonbury last weekend and is one of the top-billed acts at Reading and Leeds Festival in late August. ‘Chinatown’ is the next step in a very big summer for the former Oasis man.
7. Malibu – Alan Walker Remix – Miley Cyrus feat. Alan Walker
Miley Cyrus has released another two remixes of her comeback single ‘Malibu’. Both Dillon Francis and Allan Walker, two DJs with high reputations, have given their own interpretations of Cyrus’ single. It is Walker’s remix that has caught our ears today. The ‘Faded’ and ‘Alone’ DJ has previously remixed tracks such as ‘That’s What I Like’ by Bruno Mars and ‘After the Afterparty’ by Charli XCX with success and this version of ‘Malibu’ turns it from a chilled-out summer track to one that will fill clubs this summer. It’s pumping bass is so uplifting without losing the original innocence of the track. This is one to get on at your parties this summer!
8. Super Far – LANY
Another album out this week is LANY’s self-titled record. It’s the debut record for the American three-piece whose singles ‘ILYSB’, ‘Good Girls’ and ‘pink skies’ have won them fans all over the world. Their sound is very unique and this album is such a strong first effort. The third track on the album is ‘Super Far’ and it makes our list as it epitomises everything that is so great about LANY.
9. The Way I Love Her – Stanaj
You may not have heard of Albert Stanaj but the Albanian singer has friends in all the right places and is definitely one-to-watch. Photos on his Instagram page with Jay-Z in 2014 and Drake in 2015 made it clear that the youngster’s talent had not gone unnoticed by the biggest names in the industry. Now 23-years-old, Stanaj has teamed up with hit-making producer RedOne for ‘The Way I Love Her’ which might well be the track which launches him into the mainstream.
10. Harper – Bad Luck
No-one saw this perfect piece of pop coming but Samantha Harper has delivered a first-class track in ‘Bad Luck’. The singer has enjoyed recent fame by collaborating with singer turned YouTuber Conor Maynard on a cover of Drake’s ‘One Dance’ (below). ‘Bad Luck’ is the singer’s eighth single with previous efforts amassing around 500,000 plays on Spotify. Could ‘Bad Luck’ smash these plays? We think so.