We may be reaching the final stages of 2018, but there’s no let up with the swarm of new music releases coming your way. Whether it’s R&B divas, experimental indie bands or high-octane pop hits, there’s plenty here to satisfy everyone’s musical cravings. We’ve even wrapped up all of November’s must-listen hits into a 30-track playlist for you to enjoy again and again. Get listening!
Ariana Grande - Thank U, Next
It’s been a crazy couple of years for Ariana Grande. But she’s not letting anything bring her down, proven by the surprise drop of single, Thank U, Next.
On a smooth R&B track, Grande is at her most candid – opening up about her complicated love life; one that’s been well documented under the unrelenting glare of the media. “One taught me love, one taught me patience, and one taught me pain,” coos the pop superstar on the viral break-up song that’s broken streaming records left, right and centre.
Likely to hear on: Capital, Radio 1
Loyle Carner ft. Jordan Rakei - Ottolenghi
Loyle Carner isn’t your conventional rapper. No, the Brit-nominated rapper has a real flair for all things culinary – spending his spare teaching kids suffering from ADHD (like himself) how to cook. He’s even named his latest single after popular Israeli-born TV chef, Ottolenghi.
While this jazz-infused hip-hop single isn’t going to teach you the secret to a perfect carbonara, it’s equally as enriching – as Carner flexes his lyrical prowess over a blissed-out beat alongside the warming vocals of Jordan Rakei. The best bit, though? The video features an excellent cameo from the chef himself!
Likely to hear: Radio 6 Music
Ellie Goulding with Diplo ft. Swae Lee - Close To Me
British pop superstar, Ellie Goulding, is back with an all-star collaboration as she primes up for the release of her upcoming fourth album. Giving her sound a stateside twist, she’s joined by hit producer Diplo on the infectious Close To Me.
The track sees the singer reflect on a wild, whirlwind romance, as prolific US rapper, Swae Lee interjects with an assured verse – adding a new R&B dimension to Goulding’s sound. Although this may signal a change in direction for the popstar, you can be sure she’ll continue to dominate radio playlists with this gem.
Likely to hear on: Radio 1, Kiss
Sundara Karma - One Last Night On This Earth
Heralded as one of the most promising breakthrough indie acts in recent times, Sundara Karma are back with a first taste from what’s notoriously known as the ‘difficult second album’. If One Last Night On This Earth is anything to go by, the dazzling four-piece are about to take this next step of a burgeoning career in their stride.
Centred around a dramatic 80s synth track, the song follows the unique narrative of an alien that’s sent to earth to learn about love before returning to its home planet. “Can you teach me how the heart works?” cries the band’s commanding frontman, as the track grows into a killer glam rock-inspired anthem.
Likely to hear on: Radio X, Virgin
Rudimental ft. Tom Walker - Walk Alone
If you’re even feeling down in the dumps, you can always count on Rudimental to boost spirits with their uplifting, genre-bending sound. This latest release is no different, as they’re joined by troubadour, Tom Walker, on the triumphant Walk Alone.
“If you're in trouble I got you, baby,” promises the Scottish vocalist in endearing fashion, with the track growing to an uplifting fanfare on its fist-pump-worthy chorus; one that’s ready-made for thousands singing back in unison at next year’s summer festivals. While it may be easy to lament this dreary time of the year, Rudimental are on hand to sprinkle a little sunshine into our winter.
Likely to hear on: Radio 1Xtra
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