1) DNCE – Cake By the Ocean
Disco-influenced Pop track by DNCE – the project of Joe Jonas, Jack Lawless, Cole Whittle, and JinJoo Lee. Abundant with driving bass lines, funky guitar riffs and fierce percussion, it’s a huge Pop smash with tight production by in-demand Swedish producers Mattman and Robin.
2) All Saints – One Strike
Fiery and powerful R&B track which marks the return of one of the UK’s best girlbands. Written by member Shaznay Lewis with Pete Hutchings (who also produced the track), it’s inspired by the breakdown of group member Nicole Appleton’s marriage to Liam Gallagher. It’s success is its minimalistic production, featuring various rattling percussion, steering synths and infectious chant-like melodies.
3) Birdy – Wild Horses
Birdy strips back her sound again after the up-tempo indie pop of ‘Keeping Your Head Up’. Written with Snow Patrol’s John McDaid, it’s a powerful ballad with thunderous percussion, gospel piano chords and Birdy’s exquisite vocals.
4) Zayn – tRuTh
Zayn delivers a lazy summer neo-soul track with soulful retro guitar chords, giggling synthesisers, low-key brass instruments and Malik’s soaring falsetto vocals. Lyrically, it seemingly addresses Zayn’s dissatisfaction of his time in One Direction and exemplifies Zayn’s evolving maturity. It’s one of the best tracks from Zayn’s début album ‘Mind of Mine’ and a compelling listen.
5) Zayn – fLoWer
Haunting interlude from Zayn’s debut album. Singing in Urdu in reference to his cultural heritage, Zayn shows a side to him never seen before, warbling over gentle guitar strums and eerie synthesisers.
6) Zayn – dRuNk
Moody, brooding and sultry alternative R&B track and another of the best tracks from Zayn’s début album. Crooning over precarious percussion and wailing guitars, it mirrors Chris Brown circa the ‘Graffiti’ album as he boasts of being ‘drunk all summer’.
7) Eliza and the Bear – Friends
Uplifting and euphoric alternative rock track from London-based band Eliza and the Bear. Despite its slightly repetitive nature, its elevating tone compensates for it.
8) DJ Snake & Bipolar Sunshine – Middle
French producer DJ Snake (best known for 2015 smash dance hit ‘Lean On’) teams up with English singer Bipolar Sunshine on this Trap and EDM fusion. It’s a great track with an infectious hook.
9) The Beach – Home
Gentle acoustic based track with subtle electro elements.
10) Sam Sure – Catching Feelings
Euphoric electro-track from up and coming singer-songwriter Sam Sure. The London-based singer signed to a record label last year and has since received airplay on Radio 1, being championed by Annie Mac various times.