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Listen, when Nicki isn’t making mega-hits for 7 year olds, she’s a beast on the mic who, left to her own devices, normally out shines and out-raps the majority of her male counterparts. Her verse on ‘Monster’ (and pretty much every other song she’s ever featured on) can still prove that. And well, that’s exactly what she manages to do here on her new single ‘Only’ featuring label boss Lil’ Wayne, musical-bae Drake and recent collaborator Chris Brown. Listen to Minaj go in… The others are on top form too of course.

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‘How About Now’ was initially leaked on soundcloud, but theres no word on how it found its way online or where/when it’s from. But it’s clearly authentic, so take a listen to Drizzy’s very lyrical, Jodeci-sampled slow burner below. If this is lifted from Views From the 6 – I’m not mad.

Having mesmerised with their fantastic self-titled EP back in April, Silverdale duo Aquilo return with ‘I Gave It All’ another upstanding ballad. Filling the soundscape with soft piano chords which swell and grow throughout the track, the boys’ perfectly layered vocals come together to create an absolutely heart-rendering experience.

London via New York newcomer Oyinda follows up the bass heavy ‘What Still Remains‘, with her latest single, ‘The Devil’s Gonna Keep Me’. This new one continues to showcase the singer’s gorgeous tones as percussive clanks and sharp keys give the track its dark and moody aesthetic. Listen to the song below; it’s brilliant!

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As Rochelle Jordan prepares the release of her debut album  1 0 2 1, she unloads yet another killer single titled ‘Playa 4 Life’ featuring Bay area rapper/producer IamSu! The track solid insight into Jordan’s mind state and again confirms to us that she remains the most exciting figure in underground R&B. It’s only a matter of time until the wider consciousness catches on. And while there has been a couple notable debuts this year, most notably Tinashe’s new Aquarius LP, there’s only one I’m genuinely waiting on and thats this lady’s.

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Acquaint yourself with Marian Hill, a duo from Philadelphia who’s about to blow your mind with new single ‘Got It’. If you’re not impressed by the near-Neptunian electronics and production, that honeyed falsetto fluttering across the soundscape sure will catch your ear. “Got It” vocalsist Samantha Gongol intones in the chorus, courting and seducing you as the sparse beats cushion that absolutely magical voice of hers. Take a listen below, you won’t be disappointed.

If you’re down and out with this miserable autumn gloom, get loose to Shan Vincent de Paul’s debut single ‘Some Girls’. The Canadian artist/rapper/producer intertwines his provoking rap verses into shimmering electronics that give off a dance-y vibe. ‘Some Girls’ finds the perfect balance between Hip Hop and Pop as SVDP keeps things spicy with those fiery lines.

R&B crooner JMR returns with ‘Shivers’, the follow up ‘Doesn’t Feel Human‘. Unlike its predecessor, this new one sees the singer take a more traditional route, stripping back the electronics to let the simple piano lines and guitar-laden melodies to shine. As the listener, this really allows you to appreciate that exquisite falsetto of his; so so smooth!

Having already lent her vocals to SBTRKT‘s Wonder Where We Land cut ‘The Light‘, rising songstress Denai Moore preps the release of her brand new, I Swore EP by sharing its emotional title-track. Produced by XL’s Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, King Krule, Sampha), the song allows the singer’s chilling voice to rise above the echoing piano lines and grand instrumentation. Listen to the record below and look out for the four-track EP (which sees a feature with James Vincent McMorrow) when it drops November 24th.

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Our Toronto girl Rochelle Jordan dropped a little mixtape earlier this week stacked with some loose tracks she’s recorded while prepping her debut album 1021. Featuring production from long-time collaborator KLSH, as well as Machinedrum, the short mix features her JMSN remix of ‘Lowkey’, as well as new covers of tracks by Drake, Aaliyah, and Mary J. Blige.

Take a 22-minute break and vibe to this…

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