Take a listen to the songs that have been rocking our world –our selection of the week’s finest cuts.

Beyoncé – Formation

“Be Prepared” is the motto of the scouting movement and Beyoncé fans. You never know when she is about to drop something amazing and on Saturday night Beyoncé decided that we were ready for new track “Formation”. It’s Beyoncé’s world and we’re just living in it.

Keah – Default

“Default” is the debut single from Keah. The band is comprised of two musicians, Jonas Holle and Marc Rauscher who are based between Berlin and Regensburg, Germany. The track fuses a delicate pop melody with heavy electronic beats. Expect to hear much more from this duo.

Niki & The Dove – So Much It Hurts

There are lyrical and sonic references to Prince’s “Thieves in the Temple” in the latest Niki & The Dove track “So Much It Hurts” (something we’re definitely not complaining about). The track, which boasts sparkly synths and an immensely funky baseline, is lifted from the duo’s new album Everybody’s Heart Is Broken Now. The album will be released on 8 April.

Florrie – Real Love

Florrie has shared the visuals for new track “Real Love”. The video, which as directed by Emil Nava, was shot in London. Florrie, who long ago mastered the art of pop songwriting, has been on the verge huge things for years but it feels like her moment is finally here. “Real Love” will be released on 25 March. Florrie’s debut LP will be released in autumn 2016, six years after her debut EP. Better late than never.

Primal Scream, Sky Ferreira – Where The Light Gets In

From the acid-house tinged Screamadelica to the Rolling Stones-esque blues on Give Out But Don’t Give Up, Primal Scream has often experimented with their sound. For their latest album, Chaosmosis, they’ve gone pop and the results are brilliant. “Where The Light Gets In”, which features Sky Ferreira, is three minutes of bliss. To still be sounding fresh is an impressive feat for a band 20 plus years into their career.

Memotone – Your Eyes My Teeth

Memotone, aka Bristol based multi-instrumentalist William Yates, returns with new track “Your Eyes My Teeth” – the first taste of new album CHIME Hours. Yates cites grunge, minimal classical compositions and electronic music as influences and elements of all three are evident in this dense track. CHARM Hours will be released on 1 April via Black Acre.

Lushlife – “Hong Kong (Lady Of Love) ft. Ariel Pink”

Every track Lushlife has dropped has made us more excited about forthcoming album Ritualize – the latest being the hazy italo-disco anthem “Hong Kong (Lady Of Love) featuring pop auteur Ariel Pink. Produced by CSLSX, Ritualize will be released on 19 February. The album features an impressive roster of guests including Killer Mike, Marissa Nadler and RJD2.

Kloe – Teenage Craze

To describe Kloe as a future popstar would be a disservice – the Glaswegian appeared a fully-formed musical sensation. Kloe first came to the world’s attention via infectious debut single “Touch” but has now released her Teenage Craze EP. The tracks are spikey and infinitely well crafted. In 2016 Kloe will be hitting the road, supporting Marina & The Diamonds and playing SXSW.

Porches – Car

Porches, aka Aaron Maine, has given us a taste of forthcoming album Pool and shared “Car”, the follow-up to singles “Hour” and “Be Apart”. Maine said of the track: “’Car’ is about leaving a place where you’re unhappy and the beauty of arriving somewhere where you feel good. Whether you escape physically or mentally it’s just about using your facilities to take control of your situation. Positive mental attitude.” Pool will be released on 5 February via Domino.

Annabel Jones – IOU

In 2014 Annabel Jones was responsible for one of the best (and unfortunately most under-the-radar) pop songs with the soaring “Magnetic”. Hopefully that’s all about to change with the release of “IOU” – her major label debut single. With a mean hook and some punchy lyrics, “IOU” is the perfect reintroduction to Annabel Jones.

Dan Austin

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