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Song of the week:
Julia Michaels — 'Issues'
You already know Julia's music because she's written half the amazing songs of the last three years, but the story goes that it was only when she wrote 'Issues' that she thought about reviving her career as a solo artist. 'Issues' is produced by Stargate and Benny Blanco, which explains part of its tre­mend­ous­ness, but the spotlight's totally on Julia here. (There's an EP coming in a couple of months.)

Wrong of the week:
Ralph Felix and SDJM — 'The Heat (I Wanna Dance With Somebody)'
If you thought 2017 was looking like it might be better than 2016, here's your first solid evidence that it might actually be worse. It takes something pretty special to out-shit a tropical cover of Roxette's 'Listen To Your Heart' — this week's second most terrible song — but 'Ralph' has really pulled it out of the bag with this pathetic Whitney Houston rework.

Additional notes:

  • Remember when Grace Mitchell released that totally extraordin­ary futurepop song 'Jitter' in 2014? Well it's all gone a bit wrong. We get what she's doing with 'Kids (Ain't All Right)', but that doesn't mean it's a good idea.
  • Bright Sparks, the duo who guest on and wrote the new Tiesto single, are worth keeping your eye on in 2017 — there's an EP on the way.
  • That Vérité single's a corker, right?

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