She’s back. And everything is right with the world again. Yes, after a staggering eight-year hiatus, Swedish singer Robyn has returned with more of the fizzing pop tracks we know and love. Exhibit A? “Missing U”. And if time has told us anything, it’s that her banger-churning equation still stands solid. Sad, wistful lyrics + upbeat dance beats. Once again, she confirms the best remedy to heartache: hands-in-the-air, eyes-closed, last-on-the-dancefloor commitment. We’re not crying, you’re crying.
All the songs we have on repeat right now.
Robyn – “Missing U”
Sports Team – “Margate”
Oh, we do love to be beside the seaside. Especially if it’s soundtracked by the anarchic indie-rock sound waves of Sports Team. The six-piece Cambridge-formed band are big on fun, and “Margate” sees them take to the coastal town with scorching guitar riffs and frontman Alex Rice’s scowling vocals. And the video is pretty much an 11/10 delight. Arcade banter, moves like Jagger, grandad-chic ensembles and a pleasant spot of mini-golf.
Brockhampton – “1997 Diana”
With 13 members, there’s always a risk that it could all get… a little shambolic. But that’s the fun of bolshy all-rapping LA collective, Brockhampton – self-coined as “the internet’s first boy band” (they partially formed on a Kanye West fan forum). And “1997 Diana” is a dizzying, climbing-up-the-walls track, featuring samples of screaming and even a little burp. You’ve got to give them props: it’s just shit loads of fun.
Rosalía – “Pienso en Tu Mirá”
Take equal parts classic flamenco and pulsing R&B/trap elements, and you’ve got the exciting hybrid that is Barcelona-born Rosalía. It’s a meet of tradition and modernity, but the singer can’t be solidly defined. For her latest release “Pienso en Tu Mirá”, her velvet vocals flow over looping clap rhythms for a heady R&B/indie feel. Gorgeous.
Laurel – “Same Mistakes”
While some voices cut straight through you, Laurel’s vocals smokily envelope you in haunting bluesiness. And the indie-pop singer brings more of it on “Same Mistakes”, with a gritty guitar base and pounding beat to accompany, building to a pleading crescendo, “don’t want to think anymore of her loving with you”. Taken from her upcoming debut album, “DOGVIOLET”, we’re obsessed.