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It never gets easier picking out our favourites from the sea of monthly drops, especially when we're seeing names like Alicia Keys together with Miguel, and H.E.R alongside YG. But apart from these crazy collaborations, remakes are also having a moment. Chicken noodle soup dance challenge, anyone?
1. 噓(SHH) - Jasmine Sokko
Our enigmatic October cover star never performs without a mask (find out why in this video). That shrouds her in an air of mystery, but the good kind. In this bilingual track co-produced with Felix Snow (who has worked with the likes of Kiiara and Selena Gomez), Jasmine Sokko shows off her Mandarin chops.
2. Finally Feel Good - James Arthur
When I found me, I was smiling / And through the crying, I finally feel good
English singer and songwriter James Arthur rose to fame when he won the ninth season of The X Factor in 2012, and debuted as a solo artist with a cover of Shontelle’s “Impossible”. Since then, Arthur has been rolling out chart-toppers like “Say You Won’t Let Go” and “Falling Like the Stars”. His newest single “Finally Feel Good” is another one that will tug at your heartstrings.
3. Purple Hat - Sofi Tukker
I've got purple hat, cheetah print / Dancing on the people / Rolled up at the after joint
Despite starting off with chill lounge vibes, Purple Hat quickly tumbles into an ominous and monotonous reading of cheetah prints and people activities, and then deftly transitions into a whole western mood. Trust us, you have to give this eclectic banger a listen.
American music duo Sofi Tukker is made up of Tucker Halpern and Sophie Hawley-Weld — two starry-eyed musicians who joined forces after meeting at Brown University. And if they’re sounds seems at all familiar, it might be because you’ve heard their track, “Drinkee”, in an Apple Watch advertisement. It was a breakthrough moment for them, as they went on to receive a Grammy nomination for that same song.
4. Me Quedaro Contigo - Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Lenier, El Micha
We never say no to a track from Mr Worldwide, especially when Grammy-winning artiste Ne-Yo has also jumped in on it. Despite the general lukewarm response towards Pitbull’s latest album, Libertad 548, this summery tune still hits all the right spots for a day of sun tanning and sangria.
5. Holy Terrain - FKA twigs, Future
Will you still be there for me / Once I'm yours to obtain? / Once my fruits are for taking / And you flow through my veins?
There’s something about FKA twigs’ airy vocals and Future’s fatalistic rap that creates this air of melancholy and mystery.
This year, FKA twigs has broken her three-year hiatus with “Cellophane” and now, “Holy Terrain”. The English singer-songwriter (real name Tahliah Debrett Barnett) is known for her genre-bending style and her fluid dance moves which she owes to her backup dancer experience.
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