We’ve sifted through the week’s releases to bring you the ten freshest and finest.

 Mykki Blanco – High School Never Ends

 Mykki Blanco has dropped the video for the Woodkid-featuring “High School Never Ends”. The searing visual was directed by Matt Lambert and was filmed in Germany. It’s a story of love and death told in a style that only Mykki Blanco seems able to. Blanco is able to amplify emotions in a way that doesn’t come across as grandiose. Through his songwriting and presentation you’re able to feel every emotion – the violence, the lust and love. “High School Never Ends” is a breathtaking artistic statement.

 Bright Light Bright Light feat. Elton John – All In The Name

Bright Light Bright Light, so good they named him twice etc., has announced his third album Choreography and shared lead track “All In The Name”. It’s an epically uplifting, Technicolor taste of the new material.

The Monkees – Me & Magdalena

The Monkees, the first and inarguably greatest manufactured pop act, are back with new album — their first in 20 years and the first since the death of founding member Davy Jones. The beautifully wistful “Me & Magdalena” was written by Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard. Good Times! is released on 27 May.

Delorean – Contra

“Contra” is your second taste of Delorean’s forthcoming album Muzik. It’s a track that slowly unfurls before exploding into a final minute-long crescendo. Describing the track, the band said: “Contra is one of the most special songs on Muzik. With a classic pop structure, it begins without a beat but progresses and ends much more upbeat, maintaining an ethereal feel throughout.” Muzik will be released via PHLEX on 22 June.

Anne-Marie – Alarm

Anne-Marie, who appeared on almost every list of ones-to-watch-in-2016, makes really great pop music and continues her impressive run of singles with “Alarm”. A monster of a track, it’s the ultimate middle finger to that waste-of-space boyfriend.

NIMMO – My Only Friend

Why stop when you’re onto a good thing? “My Only Friend” picks up where previous singles “Dilute This” and “UnYoung” left off – the dance floor. NIMMO has perfected a glorious formula – pulsating rhythms and the band’s arch vocals from Sarah Nimmo and Reva Gauntlett. It’s the kind of pop record that forces you to shrug off your inhibitions and start dancing.

Cliff Martinez – Neon Demon

Cliff Martinez has once again lent his brooding synths to a film by director Nicolas Winding Refn. Taken from the soundtrack to The Neon Demon, the track is dark and brooding. Disco-at-the-end-of-the-world vibes. His soundtracks are sparse and stark, never distracting from the visuals of the film, only adding his trademark sense of foreboding.

ADIAM – Dead Girl Walking

Eritrean-Swedish singer songwriter ADIAM has shared the visuals for new single “Dead Girl Walking”. Taken from her forthcoming album Black Wedding, the track is a heavy and thumping piece of R&B/electronica. ADIAM’s music is enrapturing, a beguiling mix of the gritty and the otherworldly. Black Wedding drops in August via Polydor.

Tommy Genesis – They Cum They Go

Pop agitator Tommy Genesis has shared her new single, ‘They Cum They Go'(produced by Nguzunguzu’s NA), the follow-up to “Art”. The single is lifted from her forthcoming album World Vision 2

Liss – Miles Apart

“Miles Apart” was one of the first tracks recorded by Lies and has been a part of their setlist since their first gig. It’s a track about emotional distance with an absolutely solid hook. “Miles Apart” features on the bands new EP First which is out now via XL Recordings.

Dan Austin

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