Last month we launched the first of an ongoing series at the Guardian where we round up 50 of the month’s best tracks, across all genres – and tell you a bit more about 10 of the most exciting ones below. You can subscribe to the playlists via various streaming services in this widget, and let us know what you think in the comments. Google Play Music users can access the playlist here.
Coming off the back of almost no mainstream radio play, this track broke Apple Music’s single-week streaming record, and is now in the top three in the UK – the latter a rare occurrence for such a bleak, straightforward rap track. You can hear why though: the melody, as with so many rap hooks in 2017, repeats until it’s burrowed into your frontal lobe and shacked up with your short-term memory.
More proof that this Italian producer is in the form of his life, creating work that takes the most instantly pleasurable elements of dance music – peaking trance synths, looping melodies, sad chords – and ties their laces together so they stumble around. It’s done with tremendous affection rather than irony. Senni is one of Warp Records’ exciting additions to its roster, alongside Yves Tumor and Gaika, keeping the storied British electronic label as progressive as ever.
The first single from Björk’s self-described “Tinder album” is about the rediscovery of love: “My healed chest-wound / transformed into a gate / where I receive love from / where I give love from.” The three-note melody that accompanies her is incredibly beautiful: a damp, half-arpeggio that is both desperately sad and utterly content. The Gate is co-produced by Arca, who crops up elsewhere on this month’s playlist with a similarly emotional remix of Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Fusing heavily synthetic tropical house with affected indie-rap, Cherryade channel in-yer-face artists like Charli XCX and Girli on the amusingly brash song Blah…