There have been some big returns this week. From Stormzy to Soulwax to MIA, we’ve been hearing a lot from artists that have been off the radar for minute and we couldn’t be happier. Hell, there’s even a new Mariah Carey track in the world, 2017 continues to be the weirdest year going but at least there’s some tunes to see us through.
Stormzy – ‘Big For Your Boots’
Gang Signs & Prayer is only two weeks away, and if ‘Big For Your Boots’ is anything to go by, it’s going to be a monster. Stormzy calls on ‘Bad & Boujee’ director Daps and some of the scene’s best ladies for a slick video that features everything from dancing on the counter at Morley’s to riding round central with the top down. Instant classic vibes.
Avelino – ‘Energy’ ft Skepta & Stormzy
Stormzy might have his own ting on the way, but that doesn’t mean he can’t shell on a feature as well. Avelino’s verse is a force to be reckoned with, but the real coup here is getting Skeppy and Stormz on the same track.
Lady Gaga – ‘John Wayne’
Fresh from trying to reunite the states at the super bowl on Sunday, Gaga has come through with a totally wild video for cowboy-tribute cut ‘John Wayne.’ Picture B-movie horror vibes but with more motorbikes and horses.
Vince Staples – ‘BagBak’
Vince goes for a slight departure in style on this once, building on those electronic RnB vibes that were creeping in on Prima Donna. This still bangs though, and as ever his bars are fire.
Father – ‘Hands’
Another slice of perfectly crafted ice-cream-van-trap from Awful Records’ main man Father. ‘Hands’ is exactly the kind of track you need when cruising round the suburbs pretending you live in ATL this weekend.
Katy Perry – ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ Ft. Skip Marley
Katy Perry jumps on the tropical house / dancehall trend with unexpected finesse in this Sia-written, Max Martin produced new track. At least she got a Marley on it, I guess.
Goldfrapp – ‘Anymore’
Goldfrapp enact some kind of strange desert-based cult ritual in the video for ‘Anymore’ but that shouldn’t distract from the fact that this is one of their best songs in years.
Grimes – ‘Venus Fly’ Ft Janelle Monae
Grimes and Janelle Monae have really outdone themselves with this one. ‘Venus Fly’ was always one of the best tracks from Art Angels and this video more than does justice to the track. If you’ve ever wanted what the future of pop music looks like, this is it.
Mariah Carey – ‘I Don’t’ ft. YG
I didn’t know how much I needed a Mariah X YG collaboration until this song dropped. Whoever came up with this idea deserves a promotion.
Chance the Rapper – ‘Same Drugs’
Chance the Rapper, ‘Same Drugs’ and an ensemble of puppets are all we need to make this week a’okay.
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