Four excellent new entries on this week’s A List, including a third number one in three weeks. This week also features the final appearance from four strong tracks, as they’ve reached the three week limit. 2019 has blessed us with plenty of excellent new music so far, but you should really be prioritising these tracks…
1. James Blake, ROSALIA – Barefoot In The Park [New Entry]
There’s something magical about the track. It feels so enticing, but never quite real. You don’t want to move in case the spell is broken. Emotionally it first feels joyous, but there’s a lurking edge of darkness that creeps into the corner of your eye.
2. Lana Del Rey – hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but I have it [Final week]
A profoundly moving five minutes; from self-doubt to abuse to isolation, any song that has Sylvia Plath at its core will undoubtedly veer from weirdness to unimaginable suffering.
3. Me & My Toothbrush – Just Release Me [New Entry]
A supremely catchy dance track that builds and dips, the guitars keep it bopping along and the vocals sound properly old school.
4. Billie Eilish – WHEN I WAS OLDER [Final week]
Full of eery distorted vocals and minimalistic electronic production that combine to create a haunting tone that is really hard to shake off.
5. Lucy Rose – Conversation
Conversation is full of atmosphere with some beautiful strings. Simple and yet hard-hitting, there’s an air of strength and finality surrounding the delicate vocals.
6. Goldie, James Davidson, Subjective – Rift Valley [Final week]
A track that is best played in the dark. It’s like you’re dreaming after smoking pot. Everything feels captivating yet entirely elusive. The album also became available on streaming platforms this week.
7. Fat White Family – Feet [New Entry]
Fat White Family have returned with their first single since 2016. Feet is dark, danceable and downright impressive. With it’s haunting melody, orchestral flourishes and driving percussion, it brings to mind a marriage of Woodkid and the True Detective theme song.
8. Sam Smith, Normani – Dancing With A Stranger [Final week]
A devastatingly simple pop track full of regrets. Sam Smith does heartbreaks better than almost anyone, and the simple production on Dancing with a Stranger leaves the listener to drown in the guilt and misplaced anger of a rebound one night stand.
9. Mindchatter – Trippy [New Entry]
Trippy is probably the most apt song title of the year so far. This track has some wonderful production throughout, taking modern hip hop and r’n’b production, inverting it and giving it a low key vibe.
10. Hot Flash Heat Wave – Sky So Blue
Sky So Blue is a lazy summer afternoon in a park, drifting off into reverie through the sheer fatigue of doing nothing at all. It’s a cocktail of synths, psychedelia and sunshine. Lots of sunshine.