Russ Millions, Krept & Konan and Summer Walker lead this week’s new-music round-up.

Russ Millions
Russ Millions

Dexter- “Play Pretend”

South-London singer-songwriter, dexter, is swiftly becoming one of our ultimate go-to artists for luscious, diaristic nuggets, like new track “Play Pretend”, taken from sophomore EP “Fortune Cookie”, also released today. Loosely blending indie-pop and R&B, plus an array of sonics from neighbouring genres, the artist who’s still only 19 years old, has once again proven with “Play Pretend” that her ascent to the music industry’s highest heights is merely inevitable, and what’s more, imminent.

Emotional Oranges & Unusual Demont – “Cardigan”

LA-based duo and purveyors of the juiciest slices of R&B about, Emotional Oranges, link up with label mate and eclectic performer, Unusual Demont, for indie-R&B hybrid “Cardigan”. “Demont sent us the initial demo idea before we went on tour in the US in Fall 2021,” Emotional Oranges explain. “It was equal parts cheeky and complex and pushed us to match his energy. We got inspired to drop it as a way to celebrate going back on tour together in Australia and Asia, over the next few months!” Slick, effortless, and fruity, we hope another collaboration is not too far on the horizon from this trio.

SPINALL, Summer Walker, DJ Snake & Äyanna – “Power (Remember Who You Are)”

If the phrase ‘squad goals’ was ever truly merited, this most high octane of collaborations from some of global music’s brightest stars of today would be an example. Mixed by none other than Dr. Dre and featuring production from the likes of Nigerian DJ, SPINALL and DJ Snake, the man behind ubiquitous party-starter “Taki Taki”, the track thrives on the molten R&B vocals of Summer Walker and the entrancing soulful tones of Äyanna. Made for upcoming short film The Flippers Skate Heist, the motion picture has a lot to live up to if it’s to match this star-studded musical effort.

Dapz On The Map – “Give Thanks”

Birmingham musician, Dapz On The Map, erupts back onto our playlists with another expertly crafted grime track, “Give Thanks”, soon to be a familiar sound to FIFA 23 players after it was announced as a feature on the video game behemoth’s soundtrack. The gratitude-centred cut samples Dua Lipa as well, so there’s literally something for everyone on offer. “‘Give Thanks’ stems from the gratitude I have for my position in the game” Dapz explains. “Over the years I’ve seen peers lose their position due to bad decisions and inconsistency.” If you ask us, a similar fate is unimaginable for this rapper on the rise if he keeps dropping tracks like this.

Farrah – “Room For 2”

Prepare to get pulled into another sphere entirely with the entrancing but kinetic cut “Room For Two”, from British-Iranian alt-pop star in the making, Farrah. Anchored in her Middle Eastern heritage and penned on the perils of finding yourself after a long-term relationship’s demise, “It’s important to be the love of your own life,” Farrah says of the track’s inspiration. “So you can flourish and take care of yourself properly before investing time and energy into others in a healthy way.” To that, we simply say, retweet sister!

Kwabs – “Hurt A Little”

Lauded singer-songwriter Kwabs returns with standalone masterpiece “Hurt A Little.” The stunning, grand pop from the rarely-rivalled vocalist was co-written by Sam Dixon (Adele, Sia, Christina Aguilera), and explores helping someone you care about to realise their pain. It’s special to Kwabs for a multitude of reasons, as he explains: “It’s one of the few [tracks] I recorded for my second album that I felt comfortable to listen to after pretty much completely disconnecting from music,” he says, “I didn’t really listen to much music for years.” Well, we’re delighted he opted to share it with the group and we’re just off to update our heartbreak playlists as we write.

Willow Kayne, General Levy & Toddla T – “Mr Universe”

Ivor Novello winner, Willow Kayne joins up with ragga DJ, General Levy and production maestro, Toddla T for inter-generational love letter to ‘90s jungle, “Mr Universe”. Just more evidence of Willow Kayne’s position as one of the most cutting-edge voices in British pop, the cut’s long been on the mind of the artist. “I’ve been wanting to make a track like ‘Mr Universe’ for a hot minute,” she explains. “Led by live instruments with a classic old-school bassline. I felt like we needed a feel-good tune. Something to dance to while the world is on fire.”

Channel Tres – “No Limit”

The suave sounds of Compton producer and singer Channel Tres return on “No Limit”, adding to a warmly-welcomed influx of tracks from the West Coast rap and Chicago house blender in recent weeks. Currently adding his contributions to Honey Dijon’s latest single “Show Me Some Love” and dropping omgkirby team-up “Henessy Cups” within the last seven days as well, it’s a Channel Tres take over, and we couldn’t be more satisfied.

Mayjor – “Blame Me”

Welcome Mayjor to, well, the world as the Londoner drops her deftly devised debut single “Blame Me”. Blending genres like hip hop and soul in a slick, stylish and endearing brand of pop, the unapologetic artist takes inspiration from the icons including, Joni Mitchell, ELIZA and Christine & The Queens in her work. What a glorious playlist she must have, and if this is the love-child such sounds produce then we can’t wait to hear what more Mayjor comes up with.

Russ Millions & Krept & Konan – “Pisces”

Multi-platinum selling rapper, Russ Millions is back, teaming up with illustrious UK rap duo Krept & Konan for the astrology-centric cut “Pisces”. As the first-ever drill artist to reach number one in the UK charts, with Tion Wayne collaboration “Body”, we’ve only come to expect stellar work from the London rapper and “Pisces” looks set to make a similar dent on the charts.


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