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Five on it: slowthai, Megan Thee Stallion and Tyler did not come to play

17 May 2019

Photography via press // Megan Thee Stallion

It is indecent how much good music is out this week, let’s not waste time with introductions.

Megan Thee Stallion – Fever

The hype has been building for everyone’s new favourite southern rapper the past few months, and with good reason – the Houston MC’s ‘Big Ole Freak’ was one of the songs of 2018. Now Megan’s new project is here, and when she announces herself as “a real rap bitch” you believe her: billowing beats and fiery flow – this record is huge. [Listen to Fever on Spotify]

Tyler, The Creator – IGOR

It took a lot of self-control to not just write a love letter to Tyler Okonma, but we will spare you (for now). Pushing himself into more ambitious compositional territory than ever, on first listen Igor is all we hoped for and more – a logical next step from Flower Boy, he’s loved up and lonely and cinematic and strange. [Listen to IGOR on Spotify]

Nadia Nair ft. Mwuana – ‘See Things’

A gleaming slice of R&B-tinged pop from our favourite Swedish-Indian artist, talking a broken relationship, replete with a feature from heavyweight Swedish rapper Mwuana.

slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain

The delivery that flits between languid and searing; the skittering, metallic production: Ty Frampton’s been called the prince of Northampton, but let’s upgrade him at this point. slowthai’s debut album is vital, hilarious and thrillingly political: given the anti-monarchy sentiment, it might not be a title he wants, but at this point he’s UK royalty. [Listen to Nothing Great About Britain on Spotify]

Charli XCX ft. Lizzo – ‘Blame It On Your Love’

Not necessarily what we were expecting from this collab, but still – Lizzo! Two of pop’s greats bringing forth this sugary sweet banger is no bad thing. A euphoric take on Charli’s exquisite ‘Track 10’, it sounds like a fuller pop reconstruction.

Our Five On It playlist is available on Spotify.