Surprised you can even hear the track over the deafening wails of teen girls? Us too. It can only be the 1975 with their latest single from the new album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. The standard ingredients are there: Matt Healy’s howl, jangly rhythms and synth tones. But this time, the provocative lyrics are turned up to one hunnid. “Poison me daddy” and “a beach of drowning three year olds” populate a song that refs everything from Kanye and Trump, to the recent death of rapper Lil Peep.
Our favourite songs doing the rounds right now.
The 1975 – “Love It If We Made It”
A$AP Rocky – “Praise The Lord (Da Shine)” ft Skepta
Lord Flacko may have dropped this track a couple of months ago, and the music video shortly after, but we still can’t get it to exit the consciousness, which means it has officially traversed into certified summer bop territory. Now you always knew an A$AP-Skepta collaboration was always going to be pure, burning fire, but this song solidifies this fact, with the pair repping their respective home turfs over a super basic flute-style riff. Listen out for that beautiful transition in accents when North London grime king Skepta – who also produced the song – takes over.
Leyya – “Wannabe”
A song that you want to spin again and again, and one more time just for luck – purely for it’s dreamy mood-elevating abilities. Another solid one from the Austrian pop duo, Sophie Lindinger and Marco Kleebauer, the tune skips with upbeat electronic rhythms and Sophie’s controlled, but gentle vocals. And when it gets to the chorus, it gets so damn chipper, but in a uncontrollable head-nodding kind of way. Oh, and bonus points to the video, which if anything showcases the gorgeous simplicity and aesthetic brilliance of winking away in mustard eyeshadow. Fair play.
Ariana Grande – “God Is A Woman”
You’ve probably already had an earful (or eyeful) of Ariana Grande’s new music video. If you haven’t, we’re talking vagina references. Left, right and centre – and all part of her self-assured manifesto on female empowerment. The song itself? The usual infectious Ariana pop blend of sultry choruses and hypnotic R&B/trap rhythms. Obviously all made better by the pint-sized singer relaying it to us in a very interestingly shaped swirl of violet paint.
Phobophobes – “Child Star”
“Child Star is a pop song that addresses an obsession with fame and notoriety and how often it leads to the demise of a person, building them up until they’re ready to blow,” explains frontman Jamie Taylor. The South London five-piece are not here to play with their latest brooding tune (accompanied by some seriously trippy visuals). All growling vocals, clashing rhythms, and dark grooves, the track builds and builds to an explosive crescendo.