Must Listen 2019: The best new music this May


As another month rolls by, it’s time to get yourself up to speed with the biggest new tracks from the very best artists around. Whether it’s the return of a pop princess, to the second coming of UK grime royalty, there’s something here for everyone. Plus, with a 30-song Spotify playlist to take with you anywhere, your May listening is sorted.

Stormzy - Vossi Bop

After a truly explosive breakthrough onto the scene with his gospel-inspired 2017 debut album, Gang Signs & Prayers, London rapper Stormzy is eager to pick things up where he left off. So, before a historic Glastonbury headline performance next month, he returns with a huge new single, Vossi Bop.

Anchored by an ominous, yet simplistic, beat, the rapper is in a determined mood – confidently reeling off lyrics like an artist that knows he’s at the top of his game. Harking back to some of the freestyles that pre-dated his album, the track is a powerful return to the Londoner’s grime roots. Having already bagged a top spot in the UK charts with this single, it’s not hard to see Stormzy reaching dizzying new heights in 2019.

Hear it on: Kiss, Capital XTRA

Taylor Swift ft. Brendan Urie - ME!

For the first single since her divisive last album, Reputation, Taylor Swift has joined forces with the exuberant Brendan Urie for a deliciously sweet serving of singalong pop.

“I'm the only one of me, baby that's the fun of me,” the pair exclaim, delivering an empowering message about self-confidence. While it may not hit the heights of Swift’s biggest tunes, the track succeeds in putting a big smile on the listener’s face. And at a time where doom and gloom seems to be just about everywhere, it’s the perfect ray of musical sunshine to lift your day.

Hear it on: Capital, Heart, Radio 1

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Black Star Dancing

On his last solo album, Noel Gallagher revealed his most experimental material yet – exploring aspects of psychedelia and glam rock in an impressive body of work. But despite this, the formula still felt all too familiar from the former Oasis icon.

With Black Star Dancing, Noel completely rips up the rule book. Dare we say it, he’s gone full disco. With hardly a guitar in sight, he takes us on a shimmering journey of synth – crafting an alluring sound reminiscent to that of early Chicago house. While the sound may be a complete surprise, it’s no shock that Gallagher still has the power to write a killer hook, no matter the backdrop. We can’t wait to hear what he serves up next.

Hear it on: Virgin, Radio X

Lewis Capaldi - Hold Me While You Wait

2019 has been a phenomenal year so far for Lewis Capaldi. With a number one UK single already in the bag, the Scottish singer-songwriter has just lined up a mammoth arena tour for next year – cementing his status as one of the world’s most exciting breakthrough acts.

Following suit from his previous singles, Hold Me While You Wait is an emotionally charged ballad that flaunts Capaldi’s immense vocal talent. Led by a brooding piano track, the singer showcases exactly why he’s man of the moment – revealing a genuine sense of tenderness that tugs at the heartstrings. With a debut album set to arrive this month, it’s an exciting taste of things to come.   

Hear it on: Radio 1

Four Tet - Teenage Birdsong

While he may not be a household name, Kieran Hebden (AKA Four Tet) is regarded as one of Britain’s most respected DJs. Not only famed for immersive live sets, he’s responsible for consistently producing some of the most avant-garde sounds that electronic music has to offer.

Crafting an unnerving, lo-fi sound, Teenage Birdsong constantly shifts from one place to the next. From serene chant-like flutes, to ethereal synth riffs, it’s a symphonic creation that has the potency to mesmerise the listener, but also capture their imagination.   

Hear it on: Radio 6 Music


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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