John Preston’s Essential Tracks

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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.

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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

Blondie -Fun

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.