And the award for the most extra music video goes to… No drumroll needed. It’s Migos. Inspired by Netflix’s Pablo Escabar screen-hit Narcos, the track – taken from their third album Culture II – samples the widely-recognised Haitian song “Espoir” by Les Difficiles de Pétion-Ville. Migos’ signature flow soundtracks speedboats, verdant mansions and a dramatic af shoot-out at the end. Obviously.
Our favourite songs doing the rounds right now.
Migos – “Narcos”
Jvck James – “Fear”
Hailing from East London, 19-year-old newcomer Jvck James has been making waves with his soaring soulful vocals (there’s definite hints of Frank Ocean), and his second track “Fears” gets yet another thumbs up. A hypnotic, hazy track with 90s-inspired rhythms, it’s a smooth ride with subtle London grit.
HMLTD – “Proxy Love”
With their usual offering of pretty bonkers music videos, it was probably only a matter of time before we were privy to some sort of wedding, HMLTD-style. And the London-based six-piece collective – formerly Happy Meal LTD – don’t disappoint with their latest offering for “Proxy Love”. Dubbed by the zany artpop-meets-indie-meets-who-really-knows sextet as “an anthem for self-love”, on their Twitter account, fans are encouraged to “look up past the ceiling tiles, into the infinite sky and scream: ‘I love myself! I do!’. Pulsing synth stabs, a split-second take of the band in jockstraps and a mashed-up wedding cake . All in a days work.
Charli XCX – “5 In the Morning”
We’ve only just managed to get the chorus and sticky-sweet video for “Boys” out of our heads (JK, it’s still very much there). But now, once again cementing her status as a banger-churner, the pop babe is back with yet another solid one with “5 in the Morning”. Slower and more sultry than her previous stuff, the trap-infused track brags either about her party prowess or her dedicated work ethic. Or both.
Tyler, The Creator – “Gelato”
“What’s the dealio? Ain’t ‘gon lie, I’m feelin’ you
You got me on tippy toe, so who’s Oliv, who’s Elio?”
Call Me By Your Name refs. A certified way to instantly get the internet’s attention. And this slinky summer jam from the long-time provocateur wins, seeing him freestyle over Cash Money singer Jacquees’s track “No Validation”. The result? Pure naughty, noughties R&B vibes.
Lizzo – “Boys”
Minneapolis-based singer Lizzo is probably already your favourite new artist, you just might not know it yet. Thumping, infectious tracks already make up the majority of her work, and move-your-body summer banger “Boys” is no different. Loud, retro-funky and with groovy guitar elements, the song is essentially an unapologetic, raunchy anthem about her all-inclusive dating preferences.