10Trax: Nicki Minaj sends back, The xx fall in love and yes, we know, Steps are making a comeback

Look, I wasn't expecting a Steps comeback and a Nicki Minaj diss track in the same playlist either but sometimes it happens.

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It’s been a pretty weird week in new releases. After the last few week’s onslaught of Wavves, Lorde, Thundercat and Stormzy all dropping new music things have started to quiet down a little, or they had until Steps took to Radio 2 yesterday to premiere their comeback single ‘Scared of the Dark’. It remains to be seen whether the track will survive the weekend but given pop music’s love of nostalgia chances are you’ll be hearing ‘Tragedy’ and ‘Five Six Seven Eight’ played out more than they ever should either way.

Steps – ‘Scared of the Dark’ 

Ok, let’s get this over with. As previously acknowledged Steps are back and determined to once again conquer the charts with their brand of 90s key change group pop. It’s overly dramatic, kind of badly sung and fuck me, it’s catchy. Is it good? At this point it doesn’t really matter; at least it’s not Ed Sheeran.

The Weeknd – ‘I Feel It Coming’ ft. Daft Punk 

The Weeknd’s new video takes place in an alien looking world populated exclusively by Abel and a model made out of sunlight. Turns out this whole time Abel just wanted to be Captain Kirk, who knew? Also, shouts out to that Daft Punk cameo at the end; nice capes boys.

The xx -‘Say Something Loving’ 

One of the best tracks on The xx’s excellent new album now has an equally brilliant video. A love letter to London, it’s full of broody black and white shots of buses and moody industrial estates mixed in with some gorgeously grainy shots of The xx themselves performing the track. Simplicity at it’s best.

Girlpool – ‘123’

Girlpool are at the forefront of a new generation of shouty-girl rock and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Get drunk and howl this with your friends this weekend.

Lorde – ‘Liability

Having come flying out the gate with ‘Green Light’ last week, Lorde has stripped it all back for her newest single ‘Liability.’ Already drawing comparisons to Joh Lennon, David Bowie and erm, My Chemical Romance, it’s a stirring ballad that has us even more confused about what this new album is gonna sound like.

Jorja Smith – ‘Beautiful Little Fools’

Jorja Smith goes all high-class lounge singer in the video for jazzy new cut ‘Beautiful Little Fools.’ If ever you needed proof that Jorja’s at her best when her voice is centre stage, this it.

Ray BLK – ‘Patience (Freestyle)’

Ray BLK’s celebratory freestyle finally has a video to match. Recorded off the back of her Sound of 2017 win earlier this t=year ‘Patience’ showcases both Ray’s pipes and gift with the bars, talk about a double threat.

P.O.S – ‘Faded’

P.O.S enlists Justin Vernon for his latest cut, a broody borderline back pack number that’ll be familiar to anyone whose been following the Doom Tree MC over the years. Your alternative hip hop cut of the week.

Jacob Banks – ‘Unholy War’ 

Political pop music is always a hard one to pull off, but Jacob Banks is doing a pretty good job on this one. The first track from his equally woke titled EP The Boy Who Cried Freedom, this is one of the most realised projects we’ve seen in a while.

Nicki Minaj – ‘No Frauds’ ft. Drake & Lil Wayne

Last but not least, Nicki’s clap-back. A few week’s on from Remy Ma’s diss tracks, Nicki has finally responded, enlisting her Young Money comrades to dismiss this beef once and for all. Th-Th-That’s all, folks!

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