From classic R&B jams to poignant love songs and glitchy avant-garde rap, FLO, Rosalía, JPEGMAFIA and Danny Brown stun in this week’s entry.

Photography by Conor Cunningham

Photography by Conor Cunningham

FLO ft. Missy Elliot – “Fly Girl”

Reinventing the constructs of pop groups, FLO have had as swift a rise as any UK act over the past 12 months. The three-piece girl group have invigorated the pop hemisphere with their undeniable sound, from their astute use of styles and their powerhouse vocality. They have now retuned to bless us with their latest masterpiece, “Fly Girl”, enlisting American rapper Missy Elliot, who first co-signed the back in April of last year. Huge fans of Missy, the group sampled “Work It” for the new cut, and the rapper loved the track so much on first hearing it that she offered up an original featured verse. A further example of their star power, FLO look set to be pinnacle in the new wave movement of pop and R&B.

Rosalía & Rauw Alejandro – “BESO”

Two time Grammy award-winner ROSALIA is, at this point, nothing short of a global superstar. A nuanced musician and culture icon, her album’s consistently compel and her sound constantly progresses. Returning with her second release of the year, we have been blessed with three collaborative cuts, collectively entitled “RR”, with Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Rauw Alejandro, who – it just so happens – has just become the fiancé of Rosalia, which was announced in the music video for “BESO”. Each entry giving us a different tone, timbre and approach from the pair, with their chemistry plain to hear through the runtime. A collaboration we can’t get enough of!


JPEGMAFIA and Danny Brown are undoubtedly two of the most avant garde and significant names in US rap. Many fans of the game were elated and intrigued to hear of news of their collaborative album, SCARING THE HOES which has been increasingly anticipated in recent weeks. The album has now arrived, and it certainly hasn’t underwhelmed. Across the 14 tracks, the pair combine their incredibly unique approaches with effortless ease; thought provoking, challenging and above all entertaining, this is a project is a fantastic edition to both rappers individual discographies and the US rap canon in general.

The Japanese House – “BOYHOOD”

The Japanese House are back! The critically acclaimed project of Amber Bain, who has been recently under the pseudonym since 2015, TJH is one of the most emotionally evoking acts you will stumble across, epitomised by the daring and delicate ’19 debut album Good At Falling. Returning with an evolved sound and more thematic depth than ever, “BOYHOOD” sees the artist question the intricacies of gender, sexuality and trauma, drawing us in through enticing storytelling and atmospheric soundscapes.

yuné pinku – “Sports”

Producer, singer and songwriter yuné pinku is constantly redefining herself. There is impeccable vitality and nuance to the encompassing musical creations that she offers, borrowing from a motley array of sub-styles to envision a sound that can quite easily go from deeply emotive and personal to rave ready. Alongside news of her upcoming EP BABYLON IX dropping this spring, pinku shares “Sports”, a hypnotic and vibrant offering that is meticulously constructed, and – quite plainly – guaranteed to knock your socks off.

iann dior – “do it all”

Multi-platinum selling and chart-toping iann dior has earned his status as a global superstar. Following his world tour alongside Machine Gun Kelly, iann returns with new single “do it all”. In traditional iann-style, he bares full transparency acknowledging his flaws whilst trying to be the best version of himself. We see him re-unite with producer collective Internet Money who he has a formidable relationship with allowing him to revisit his Hip-Hop roots. “do it all” offers a more diverse sound to his recent project that once again prove there are no limits to his musical depth.

RIMON ft. RINI – “I Choose U”

Singer-songwriter RIMON enters a new era with “I Choose U”. Joined by LA-based singer RINI, we are given a fuse of R&B, Neo-Soul and Pop to mark a new phase of her creativity and enter a fictional love era by paining a romantic story about having eyes for one particular individual. Floaty vocals from RINI transport us to the beautiful seaside without care. As always, RIMON doesn’t miss a beat from her voice to her style, her music makes you laugh, cry, think, dance and everything in between.

Talia Goddess – “I WANT U”

Emerging as one of the hottest prospects across the landscape shines NYC via London artist and creative Talia Goddess. With sounds showered in eclectic vibrations, “I WANT U” sees Talia deliver an irresistible cadence that brightens when pleading her lust for a new-found love interest, transporting us through two minutes of immaculate club psychedelia. The accompanying music video perfectly embodies the intoxicating environment drifting between intimate party settings, searching for enlightenment in an endless chase for true love. An inspired new lightning rod for queer, black culture and beyond already resonating at the highest levels across the fashion and DJ world, mark Talia as a key breakout name for 2023.

Faye Meana – “No Need To Be Shy”

London-based singer-songwriter is yet another name to add to the quickly growing list of fantastic R&B artists. Combing luscious pop-infused tendencies with the groove-laden vitality of R&B, Meana is a provoking and powerful performer, illustrated in abundance of sultry new cut “No Need To Be Shy”. Caught between sentiment and love, the self produced single is textured and resonant, with vibrant instrumentation and captivating vocals at the forefront of the appealing number.

Nothing But Thieves – “Welcome to the DCC”

Southend five piece Nothing But Thieves have been at the forefront of the UK indie pop scene. They have just announced their new fourth studio album, Dead Club City, which is poised to be their most experimental and innovative body of work to date. Based around a members only club titled Dead Club City, the album will spin together different tales and character arcs that all revolve around this thematic centre point. The first glimpse into the conceptual project is “Welcome to the DCC”, a startlingly confidant and hard hitting rock cut that borrows influences from funk, with an arena ready hook and groove-laden, layered instrumentation.

Rosa Cecilia – “La Rosa”

Singer-songwriter and visual artist Rosa Cecilia is pushing the. Boundaries of jazz and soul. A sincere and evoking songwriter, Rosa’s searing vocality, thoughtful lyricism and dynamic musicality makes for an encompassing listen. She has now returned with visuals for November release “La Rosa”, a sultry and powerful cut that sprinkles in jazz tendencies and an infectious vocal performance to an efficacious number that talks on a woman’s power to love herself completely.

Alison Goldfrapp – “So Hard So Hot”

Synth-pop frontrunner Alison Goldfrapp is a master of immersion. She has just announced her long awaited solo album The Love Invention, which looks set to be another burgeoning chapter in the artist’s revolutionary and individualistic career. We have been graced with the intoxicating lead single of for the album, “So Hard So Hot”, which embarks its listener on a trance-laden trip towards euphoria. Impossible not to be enticed by its dance-infused grooves, the track is a promising introduction into the fascinating evolution of one of electronica’s hottest acts.

modernlove. – NIGHTLIFE

The indie renaissance is well and truly underway, with Irish four-piece modernlove. right at the epicentre. Currently away on their debut North American tour, the band have released their long awaited debut new EP NIGHTLIFE. Brimming with back-to-back indie ragers, the EP is a snapshot of youth, the ups and downs, the romance and the debauchery. Perfectly capturing the vibrance and uncertainty that many can relate to, it’s an impressive body of work. You can hear the band taking the tracks up and down the UK on their upcoming tour.

Mace the Great – SplottWorld

Cardiff rapper Mace the Great combines the qualities of grime and hip hop, developing himself a lane of his own that continues to progression in uniqueness and depth. Having dropped an eclectic array of releases since the turn of the decade, we have now been treated to his long hyped album SplottWorld. With features from grime frontrunner and genre-bending talent Lelia McKenzie, the twelve-pronged tape is diverse in its style and tone, with Mace proving himself to be a refined wordsmith and expressive performer.

Femi Tahiru – “Jussai”

Mancunian singer-songwriter Femi Tahiru is improving with every passing release. An artist who combines the smooth, sultry sensibilities of soul with a rousing indie edge, Tahiru’s status is growing in stature, epitomised by this excellent new single, “Jussai”. There is an abundance of atmosphere in the quietly electrifying instrumental, with the singer offering a performance brimming with emotion and brevity. With scores of music to come, Femi looks to be a key player for the future of the UK alternative scene.

Emmeline – “The Dance”

Alongside news of her upcoming sophomore EP Small-Town Girls and Soft Summer Nights, rising creative Emmeline has shared a tender and mesmeric teaser single “The Dance”. Working once again with renowned producer Fraser T. Smith, whose label will release the forthcoming project, Emmeline settles into her role of storyteller, inspired by American culture and high school proms, approaching the topic from an intriguing angle, spraying her spoken-word delivery across the glitchy garage infused instrumental from Smith.

Luna Morgenstern – “Dance Dance (Don’t Go)”

Amsterdam-based, Cologne-born multifaceted creative Luna Morgenstern is the kind of talent that can captivate with a single syllable. Combining club-leaning production capabilities with serene, soaring pop performance and songwriting. Alongside news of an upcoming EP, Dance Dance (Don’t Go), the artist and producer has teased us with the title track. A riveting, robust but relaxed offering, it’s the perfect encapsulation of Morgenstern’s hybrid formulation of alternative pop, suitable for dance floors and road trips alike.

Victony ft. Don Toliver, Rema & Tempoe – “Soweto”

Embarking on a new creative chapter, Nigerian artist Victony is quickly developing into the continents most unavoidable stars. Blending styles with a nuance that few writers have the capacity to do, his ’22 EP Outlaw was a triumphant effort, capturing a melting pot of Afrobeats, amaipano, gospel and pop on the highly impressive body of work. The rapper, singer and songwriter has now returned with a reworked version of one of the EP’s standout cuts, “Soweto”, which boosts features from huge-hitters Don Toliver and Rema, as well as the terrific turn from Tempoe that was featured on the original.


Jamaican-born, Panama-raised and London-based singer-songwriter REGALJASON knows how to write an anthem. His latest rousing cut, “I AM” is an emotionally potent deep dive into the mind of the artist. Accompanied by silky pads and stirring rhythms, the rising star stuns with his signature vocal tone and inflections, putting emphasis on the lyricism of the track in a refreshing and subtle manner.

Illaman & Pitch 92 – “Sometimes Relax”

Two of the UK underground’s most underrated players, ILLAMAN and Pitch 92 are about to return for their long awaited collaborative album, Sometimes Relax on rising label Potent Funk. Ahead of the album, the pair have unleashed visuals for the title track; a trip-laden journey into the visual identity of the cut and the wider album, the track and video build hype for the album, set to unveiled this Sunday.

Nicola Høie – “Take My Number”

Singer-songwriter Nicola Høie has returned with her latest glistening single, “Take My Number”. The Norway-born, Denmark-based artist impresses with this masterful contemporary pop cut, that sees a brisk, lively instrumental matched by the translucent energy of Høie’s vocals and the poignancy of her lyricism. With talk of her debut album in the air, it looks set to be a big year for the songstress!