From a talent show winner’s surprise foray into opera to Australia’s newest dance supergroup, here’s a look at five of the best tracks to have been unveiled over the past seven days.
Beyoncé – “God Made You Beautiful”
There’s still no sign of Beyoncé’s long-awaited fifth solo album yet. But recorded for the DVD release of her Life Is But A Dream documentary, this “Halo”-esque ode to the natural good looks daughter Blue Ivy Carter must obviously have inherited from her mother’s side will do for now.
Dornik – “Rebound”
Signed to the PMR Records label that’s home to the likes of Disclosure, Jessie Ware and Julio Bashmore, Londoner Dornik follows up the glorious chillfunk of debut single “Something About You” with another lush sun-kissed production which could be mistaken for a remix of a long-lost Michael Jackson classic.
Ariana Grande – “Love Is Everything”
Following on from her Daydream-inspired debut album, the latest tween star-turned-pop idol continues to walk in the footsteps of Mariah Carey by embracing the holiday spirit on this uplifting gospel-tinged second taster from her Christmas Kisses E.P.
Leona Lewis – “Ave Maria”
Also getting into a festive mood is X-Factor winner Leona Lewis, who is virtually unrecognisable as an operatic diva on an emotive cover of “Ave Maria” which makes full use of her classically-trained background.
What So Not – “Jaguar”
Capping off an incredible twelve months which saw his debut album deny One Direction the top spot in his native Australia, producer Flume once again teams up with DJ Emoh instead under the guise of What So Not for a thrilling blend of flickering synths, trap basslines and pitch-shifted samples.