1. Contaminated – BANKS
Beautiful, haunting and expertly crafted. Contaminated by Banks is one of several brilliant pieces from her LP III. Banks’ tender voice delivers a heart-wrenching story of infidelity and being the other woman, the simplicity of the instrumental puts the vocal in the spotlight and pulls us into a very personal and tender situation.
2. Fluids – Michael Medrano
A playful, future-pop bisexual anthem from Michael Medrano which boasts a Pharell-like production and provocative lyrics about sexual fluidity, a point of view not often explored in pop music. Potentially the catchiest song released in 2019.
3. So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings – Caroline Polacheck
Straightforward dreamy pop bliss from Caroline Polacheck who explores physical frustration in long-distance relationships. From the catchy hook to the vocal freestyle over the guitar solo, Polachek takes us on a fantastic wild ride.
4. God Control – Madonna
Lawsuits and controversy aside, this is a transformative piece of disco-pop. The best track on Madame X, Madonna’s 14th studio album. Each section of the song elevates and transforms itself from the one before, culminating in a beautiful celebration of LGBT+ culture and a bitter tribute to those affected by gun violence.
5. Shake It – Charli XCX
A tag-team effort from a group of pop music pioneers resulting in a unique and visceral track. Featuring verses from Big Freeda, Cupcakke, Brooke Candy and Pablo Vittar. Every verse has a unique vibe, glued together with an iconic chorus from Charli XCX, this is PC Music at its finest.
6. Traces – Tom Aspaul
Taken from their upcoming album Black Country Disco, Traces by Tom Aspaul is a stunning, dreamy disco anthem that sounds both retro and modern at the same time. The track truly highlights Aspaul’s prowess as a songwriter and is a very strong showcase for this rising star.
7. Every Boy – Miss Benny
Unapologetic in their mission to “kiss every boy in the world”, Miss Benny takes a trap-style beat and applies their fresh perspective and vocal style to a genre that was over saturated in 2019. It’s hard to make a popular genre fresh, but Miss Benny did that!
8. Pity Party – Sakima
Another song borrowing from Trap music, but the production is stripped back to highlight the vocals from Sakima that are so sublime you can’t help but sing along. A great track surrounded by strong contenders on their EP Project Peach.
9. Down With the Clique – Solange
From the first second this track is smooth and funky. Solange’s voice spreads warmly over the production and oozes in cool. A highlight from her magnificent album When I Get Home and a moving journey from start to finish.
10. The Styx – ZLUTZ
ZLUTZ has released a haunting, emotional and beautiful track that feels very reminiscent of The XX. The production is thick and powerful yet never detracts from the vocal that is soft and dripping with anguish.