“DDD” (which stands for dawn, day and dusk) is the three-song EP from up-and-comer, Ama Lou. The North Londoner’s caramel vocals and nineties R&B vibe infiltrates the EP, which was released alongside a cinematic short film, shot by her sister Mahalia John. Drake’s a fan (he’s worn her merch and posted her lyrics on his Insta) and she’s toured with Jorja Smith, so we can only expect this to be the start of big things.
Our favourite songs doing the rounds right now.
Ama Lou – “DDD”
Christine and the Queens – “Doesn’t Matter”
And she’s back. After the success of her critically-acclaimed debut “Chaleur Humaine”, we’ve been awaiting the return of the French synth-pop babe. And she’s come back at us with another bop from her follow-up second album “Chris”. In “Doesn’t Matter”, we get the same stuttering beats, that euphoric pop base, plus the ever-danceable 80s vibe.
Drake – “Emotionless”
“I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world/
I was hiding the world from my kid”
And just like that, in perfect unison, drinks shock-sprayed out of the mouths of the entire world. Off “Scorpion”, Drake’s fifth album, the track “Emotionless” is the first time the rapper has acknowledged that he has a son he’s never spoken about – and the internet naturally went ape-shit. The song samples Mariah Carey’s 1991 slammer “Emotions”, and also calls out Instagram models, social media fatigue and the downfalls of meeting your heroes – all via sad Drake’s (yep, Drake has versions) matter-of-fact flow.
The Parrots – “Girl”
If there was ever a song that embodies exactly what you’d want your summer to feel like, this would be it. Jaunty guitar solos, grin-provoking whistling, and the carefree hazy drawl of the Madrid-based rockers. Plus, the retro music video suits it down to a tee. Seventies looks (we’re talking patent knee-highs), rollerblading, plus the gargantuan bull sign straight from 1992 Penelope Cruz classic, Jamón Jamón. Just. Good. Vibes.
RAYE – “Friends”
In a thumping ode to fighting against females being pitted against each other, British babe RAYE protests “what’s up with all the girl hate girl shit” and “what’s up with all the beef and the bad vibes.” We feel you. Packed with attitude, the Croydon-born singer’s high-tempo “Friends” is a dance-pop anthem with slick R&B leanings. Play on repeat.
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – “Cornflake”
Not sure what you were expecting from a band with a name like this? Hailing from Perth, the four-piece rockers are big on psychedelic head-bangers, and their latest release, “Cornflake” alternates wall-shaking percussion with fuzzed-out guitar solos and hypnotically hazy vocals. But for the true PPC experience? Watch the accompanying music video if you dare. Warning: it’s very, very weird.