Each week we track down the best new music and curate it into our 'Hit List' playlist for all our readers to enjoy. Today, we've selected our top picks of the week to celebrate the songs that stood out in the crowd.
Virtuoso bassist/ singer and GRAMMY award winner Thundercat (Stephen Bruner) returns with his new collaborative single, No More Lies, alongside our very own Tame Impala. The new track is a sublime mix of the worlds of Thundercat and Tame Impala; classic Thundercat bass and the Tame Impala synth notes unite into an atmospheric slice of contemporary soul/funk. An instant classic, these two collaborators are a dream together, and we can’t believe it’s taken them this long to team up.
Certified icon Rico Nasty has just dropped her highly anticipated first official single of the year, Turn It Up. Produced by frequent collaborators, 100 Gecs, Rico delivers her classic spitfire flow in Turn It Up, showcasing why she is one of the hottest artists in the scene right now. Dirty bass, exciting bars, and Rico’s unique husk take this song to the next level. The release of Turn It Up is just further proof of Rico’s creative prowess, and with her unique blend of alt-rap and infectious energy, It’s clear she’ll be sticking around for a while.
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The National have today released their highly anticipated album, The First Two Pages Of Frankenstein, with a very special surprise guest in the form of Taylor Swift featuring on one of the album’s singles. The Alcott is a beautiful ballad that describes the story of two people with a long history returning to a place and trying to relive a certain moment in time in a last-ditch effort to connect. Simple but eloquent, the song speaks to the soul, and Swift's harmonies and additions to the song really hammer in this feeling of two people who are still in love reaching out after a long time of no contact.
Diplo has whipped up another banger in the form of Sad In The Summer with new collaborator Lily Rose. This release is one of the first from his new project, Thomas Wesley: Chapter 2 - Swamp Savant, where Diplo has gone back to his roots. Sad In The Summer is a true sadbop that mixes country and pop elements to make a truly addictive track. Up-and-coming country star Lily Rose also lends her silky smooth vocals to the song, which is the cherry on top. Country is cool again, and it seems that Diplo is prepared to ride that wave.
It’s clear that KYE is firmly in her pop stardom era with new single, Ribena. Danceable beats, funky bass, and KYE’s seductive vocals lure you in with this one, bringing the vibe that you’ll definitely wanna dance all night long. On the new release, Kye said, “I initially really poured over what I wanted the message of my sophomore EP to be before landing on the idea that I didn’t need to say anything particularly profound. What I wanted was for people to dance and to experience this chapter in my life with me where I am prioritising joy and pleasure.”
You can listen to the Hit List playlist featuring all the above songs and more on Apple Music or Spotify. We also have our Underground playlists that showcase the best of Australia's emerging artists. Find them here.