John Preston selects his Top 5 essential songs from the last 7 days.
Moto Boy feat. Nina Persson – Dead for Seconds
To hear Nina Persson return to her strengths as the vulnerable, glistening human heart marooned in a restrained and exquisite electro-pop world is an unexpected treat indeed. This surprising duet is something we’d like to see more of, please Nina – maybe even bring The Cardigans along with you?
Brooke Candy feat. Sia – Living Out Loud
The Freaky Princess makes her boldest bid for mainstream success yet with the appropriately titled ‘Living Out Loud’, a soaring, pounding pop-banger which pairs her with her biggest fan and career navigator, Sia. It would be wild to see Brooke Candy on a bigger platform; let’s hope this is the song to do it.
Dirty Projectors feat. DAWN – Cool Your Heart
Big, warm rhythms and rattling, scattershot percussion conjure up the best of Grace Jones Island Life on a song that is dub-wise, and woozy with longing, sadness and seductive plays for attention. The still-underrated Dawn Richard features on a song written by Solange and now more of the world will get to hear her essential and undeniable skills.
Katy Perry feat. Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm
Katy Perry returns with an out-of-character subversiveness on the minor-key – ‘ let’s party whilst we ignore the world going to hell – and we might just be to blame!’ – party anthem ‘Chained To The Rhythm’. The Sia-penned and Max Martin produced first taste of Perry’s new material since Prism is the first true pop juggernaut of 2017
Their forthcoming album, Pollinator, promises to be one of the band’s most diverse and forward thinking for a while. Songs by Charlie XCX, Dev Hynes and Sia feature along with established artists Laura Anderson, Joan Jett and Johnny Marr and production by John Congleton. ‘Fun’ is just that; a flashy, thumping sample of what’s to follow.