A four day working week and a list of ten of the best new tracks, things are starting to look up.

George Maple – Sticks And Horses ft. GoldLink

“Sticks And Horses” is the impossibly hot new track from singer/songwriter and producer George Maple, her first solo material since last year’s “Where You And I Begin”. There is an effortless to her delivery, a vocal detachment that makes it all the more powerful. The accompanying video was directed by Leticia Dare. Maple held a focus group (of sorts) at the strip club featured in the video to see if the song worked. Naturally, like everything George Maple producers, it worked perfectly.

Rihanna and Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For

While Anti was a great album, it was short of a few bangers. Mercifully, Rihanna didn’t keep us waiting for too long and has once again teamed up with Calvin Harris and fired the starting pistol in the race for the “Song of the Summer” crown. “This Is What You Came For” picks up where “We Found Love” left off. The Ronseal of pop in the best possible sense – giving us all exactly what we want, no messing around.

Becky Hill –Back To My Love (ft. Little Simz)

Another artist who is perfectly at home in banger territory is Becky Hill. New track “Back To My Love” is the kind of summer anthem we’ve been craving during the past week of biblical weather. Becky Hill has a powerhouse voice that belongs on great dance records and “Back To My Love” is definitely a great dance record. As if Hill wasn’t’ enough, there’s also a verse from the always brilliant Little Simz.

Kyla La Grange – Hummingbird

We’re now three singles into what is increasingly starting to feel like a Kyla La Grange album campaign so it feels like an appropriate moment to take stock and evaluate. If we’ve learnt anything from these singles (New track “Hummingbird”, “Skin” and “So Sweet”) it’s that Kyla La Grange is amazing and if there was any justice in the world she’d be the biggest popstar on the planet. We’d really appreciate it if she confirmed a release date for a new album because we can’t live in this perpetual state of giddiness.

Cadenza – No Drama

Cadenza’s back with ferocious track “No Drama”, the title track from his new EP. Hard hitting from the first beat, the track features Avelino, and Jamaican dance-hall legend Assassin. Cadenza makes everyone up their game and the result is this powerful and dark track.

Cambio Sun – Maiden Voyage

Cambio Sun return with new cut “Maiden Voyage”, a masterful fusion of the acoustic and electronic. The duo crafts a dark and moody soundscape which builds to a crushing crescendo. What began as a project between two friends has grown to make them one of the most exciting new production talents. They will release their debut album Animal Sense later this year.

Karma Kid – Man of the Year

Karma Kid, aka Sam Knowles, is a Manchester-based musician who is set to release his first full-length EP via the esteemed Greco-Roman. “Man Of The Year”, the EP’s title track, is bright and bombastic. It’s an off-kilterm beat-heavy take on pop and should get you very excited about his future.

Nite Jewel – Kiss The Screen

“Kiss The Screen” is the second single from Nite Jewel’s forthcoming Liquid Cool LP. It’s got that Moroder, futurism feel – a disco at the end of the world. Liquid Cool, which was produced and performed entirely by Nite Jewel, will be released on 10 June.

Ady Suleiman – Running Away (Winta James Mix)

Ady Suleiman has teased his forthcoming debut single with a remix courtesy of the legendary Winta James. “Ady has that edgy yet soulful vibe” says James, “as soon as I heard the tune I jumped at the opportunity to do the remix.” “Running Away” will be released on 10 June.

Stillwave – What Have You Done

Stillwave, consisting of Michaël van Putten, Marcel Jongejan and Joris Keijzer, create brooding and intense widescreen rock. There is a delicate interplay between layers of reverb, electronics and vocals which blend to create something really special. “What Have You Done” is the second single from The Heim EP.

Dan Austin

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