Notes on this week's new releases:

  • Let's Eat Grandma hinted at something slightly amazing a few weeks ago with Hot Pink, but they've really pulled it out of the bag with Falling Into Me, an intense and brilliant elec­tronic belter whose sprawling, almost girlsaloud­ian structure is one of this year's most beautiful pop things.
  • Sia's latest David Guetta col­lab­or­a­tion, Flames, is the best thing she's done in ages.
  • Please take a moment this weekend to invest­ig­ate Maja Francis' new EP Cry Baby (Pt 1), which includes new track Stressed plus various other excellent moments (including last year's 9/10 I'm Not A Disco).
  • Kacey Musgraves has gone a bit Daft Punk. The result is 100% BREEZY.
  • E^ST's Blowjob is an extraordin­ary song with one hard-to-ignore lyric (there's a clue in the song's title!!) that we had trouble getting our heads around (STOP IT) before even­tu­ally arriving, late yesterday afternoon, at the decision that yes, the entire song really is under­mined by the line "you just need a blowjob", which unfairly makes it feel a bit like a gimmick single. We sort of get why it's in there and what it's trying to do, but there you go. Funny how two syllables can make such a dif­fer­ence, but we live in an age where saying "wig" briefly revived Katy Perry's career so maybe pop's more about detail than ever before.
  • Alan Walker, who you'll remember annoyed your dad in 2003 by osten­ta­tiously taking his entire family on a skiing holiday, has remixed (or 'relifted') This Is Me off the Greatest Showman soundtrack. Readers, it is deep regret that we must report that the resulting three and a half minutes of audio are not ideal.

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