Must Listen 2018: The best new music this February

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As another month rolls by, it’s time once again to wrap your ears around the freshest, and biggest, tracks that the world of music has to offer. Featuring new cuts from Kendrick, CHVRCHES and Kylie, we’ve got the perfect tuneage to bolster any playlist.

Kendrick Lamar & The Weeknd - Pray For Me

Following a seismic opening performance at this year’s Grammys, Kendrick Lamar sent hip-hop fandom into overdrive with the announcement of a titanic collaboration alongside fellow superstar, The Weeknd. Pray For Me, the final cut on the Kendrick-curated soundtrack for Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther movie, showcases the epic coming together of two world-beaters at the peak of their powers.  

From the get-go, the track’s minimalist, punchy backing track is the perfect vessel for The Weeknd’s silky falsetto. Like the beefier big brother of the singer’s chart-conquering hit, Starboy, the song is given added snarl thanks to Lamar’s bristling, quick-fire verse. The perfect theme tune for getting pumped.

Likely to hear on: Capital XTRA, Radio 1Xtra

CHVRCHES - Get Out

Glaswegian electro outfit, CHVRCHES, have developed quite the reputation for crafting the sort of infectious bangers that feel just at home on a festival stage as they do sitting proudly in the pop charts.  

Get Out continues this trend, charting the band’s progression into future headliner status as they meld pop sensibilities with daring soundscapes. Lauren Mayberry’s confident vocal soars over the chorus’ simple, yet catchy, refrain, which sees the band at their most euphoric. If this taster is anything to go by, all signs point to a huge LP number three for CHVRCHES.  

Likely to hear on: Radio X, Absolute, Radio 1

The Black Eyed Peas - STREET LIVIN’

Reverting to their original line-up following the departure of Fergie, Will.i.am and co are back – and they’re ready shake off a few misconceptions. Although famed for a catalogue of chart-topping party anthems, STREET LIVIN’ is a back-to-basics affair for a group who initially found their feet as a rap trio.

Sinking their teeth into sobering issues like racism, immigration and police brutality, the troupe spit hard-hitting rhymes with true conviction. Harking back to an old-school generation of rap, the song’s basic looped sample, drum track and lyrical savviness is an exciting teaser for The Black Eyed Peas’ first album in eight years.

Likely to hear on: Radio 1Xtra

Kylie Minogue - Dancing

No one quite masters the guilty pleasure like Kylie. Whether it’s fresh-faced Neighbours Kylie or hot-pant-donning disco Kylie, the Aussie pop goddess has always had a knack of producing hits that you can’t help but shake a leg to.

Back with her first single in what seems like yonks, this statement rings truer than ever. Dancing is a feel-good dosage of pop, with the added tinge of jangly country guitars. “When I go out, I wanna go out dancing,” coos Kylie on the track’s singalong chorus. If that’s an invitation, we’ll gladly accept.  

Likely to hear on: Heart, Magic

Rae Morris - Lower the Tone

Back in 2015, Rae Morris’ first LP gave us a promising glimpse of a fledgling pop superstar just beginning to flex her muscles. With Someone Out There, the follow-up album already being touted by critics as a best of 2018 contender, we see the British singer-songwriter truly come of age.

Pick of the record, Lower the Tone, is an emotionally charged love song that bubbles away with pulsating synths – showcasing Morris’ distinctive vocals in arresting fashion. Before the track even reaches its epic conclusion, you’ll be ready to smash the repeat button.

Likely to hear on: Radio 1

 

If you want to listen to these huge new tunes any time and any place, then we’ve got you sorted with the #PureMustListen Spotify playlist. Enjoy from any device through Bluetooth and Spotify Connect on loads of our digital radios, or take your favourite playlists on the road with a Highway in-car adapter.

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