We’ve separated the musical wheat from the chaff to bring you the freshest and finest tracks from the past seven days. Plenty to be enjoying including: Hailee Steinfeld, Troye Sivan, Missy Elliott, Astronomyy, Vanessa White and bloodpop.

Poliça – Lime Habit

Minneapolis-based Poliça has announced details of their new album United Crushers and dropped “Lime Habit”, their first new music since the reissue of Shulamith. “Lime Habit” has a familiar foreboding synth-pop sound but the lyrics feel more personal than some of the band’s previous singles. United Crushers, a tribute to Poliça’s hometown, will be released on 4 March 2016. Poliça will also be touring in 2016 with dates in Europe and the United States.

Troye Sivan – YOUTH

It’s easy to roll your eyes at any mention of YouTubers, Instagram stars and Vine “artists” but Troye Sivan is, frustratingly, talented and produces utterly charming pop music. “YOUTH” is all about giving in to love. His debut studio album Blue Neighbourhood is due to be released on 4 December.

Missy Elliott – WTF (Where They From) ft. Pharrell Williams

For those who have been living under a rock – Missy Elliott is back. After she stole the show at Super Bowl XLIX we knew Missy Elliott’s comeback was going to be spectacular. Produced by Pharrell, “WTF (Where They From)” is an absolute juggernaut that is unmistakeably Missy. It’s weird, wonderful and an instant classic.

Astronomyy – Somethin About U

“Somethin About U” is the brand new track from Astronomyy. It’s a slicker pop sound than previous singles but no less warm. Astronomyy creates a musical world that you want to get lost in, with his signature surf guitar balanced on this track by a soft and subtle club beat. He has been hard at work in the studio and his debut album should be following shortly. If “Somethin About U” and previous tracks are anything to go by, it’ll be perfect.

DiamondDahi – N.M.B.D. (feat. Little Simz)

“N.M.B.D, (No More Blood Diamonds)” is the result of a collaboration between bloodpop and DJ Dahi which they have titled DiamondDahi. If the name bloodpop isn’t immediately familiar to you, he previous produced and recorded under the name Blood Diamonds. This killer track comes hot on the heels of his work with Justin Bieber and collaboration with Grimes on the track “Go”. The ferocious verses on “N.M.B.D.” were provided by the always awesome Little Simz.

Hugh – Almost Done, Almost There

Hugh has just dropped their double A-side single “Learn To Fall/Almost Done, Almost There”. The band has been championed by the likes of Diplo and Alunageorge and will be releasing their debut album next year. “Almost Done, Almost There” has a 90s vibe that, like the band, you’re going to fall in love with.

Hinds – San Diego

“San Diego” is the latest track from Hinds. It’s a raucous hit-and-run garage-pop gem that, at just 2 mins 30 seconds, will leave you wanting to hear a lot more. Talking about “San Diego”, Hinds said: “this song is about staying awake. just staying awake.” Exhausting. The track is taken from their upcoming album Leave Me Alone which is released next year.

Vanessa White – Don’t Wanna Be Your Lover

Vanessa White’s solo career continues to delight as she drops another stellar solo track. “Don’t Wanna Be Your Lover” is the follow up to last month’s “Relationship Goals”. It’s a super confident and smooth RnB jam which was written and produced with Tre Jean-Marie (Jason Derulo, MNEK). This should be enough to tide over fans of The Saturdays during their hiatus.


The Chemical Brothers – Sometimes I Feel So Deserted (C2 Trigger RMX)

Detroit techno legend Carl Craig has been called in for the remix of The Chemical Brothers “Sometimes I Feel So Deserted”, taken from the band’s album Born In The Echoes. This is a monster of a remix but we’d expect nothing less from Carl Craig.

Future – Last Breath

Taken from the upcoming Rocky sequel Creed, “Last Breath” tips a hat to the original Rocky film with a sample of Bill Conti’s Oscar-nominated theme song “Gonna Fly Now”. The film is set to include music from Lupe Fiasco, Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson and Childish Gambino.

Hailee Steinfeld – Rock Bottom

Hailee Steinfeld released one of 2015 best pop songs (“Love Myself”) but instead of taking the prolonged victory lap she was entitled to she has followed it up with her debut EP HAIZ. Picking a favourite track off the EP is very Sophie’s Choice (if Sophie had to choose between 4 great pop songs).

Dan Austin

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