Singles of the Week is back, and whether you're bogged down in exam season or relaxing in this wonderful weather, we've got an eclectic selection of songs, ready for any occasion. This week we're bringing you a shift in gear by Anderson .Paak, a signature James Bay song, and a calming tune by Alice Boman.

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Sidrah Zubair, ‘Bubblin’ by Anderson .Paak

If you haven’t already listened to the chilled, soulful vibes of Anderson .Paak then you need to fix that ASAP. His previous work has been rooted in the lush sounds of funk and soul, but this new single is somewhat different for .Paak. The beat, borrowed from producers Jahlil Beats and Antman Wonder, is fast-paced and the constant loop of violins adds a sense of urgency to the song. Moreover, we get to experience .Paak spit delightfully uncharacteristic bars such as ‘Imma take your Mama to the Marriot and wear it out’ instead of his usual smooth croons. Let’s not also forget the music video, which features an endless ATM machine shooting out money, long fur coats, and a zebra. It’s definitely a promising new single and .Paak’s energetic delivery leaves me excited for his upcoming solo record.

Brooklyn Jones, ‘Wanderlust’ by James Bay

I know I wrote about James Bay’s magical transformation a couple of weeks ago, however this new single as part of his new album ‘Electric Light’ is awesome. With a little more oomph than his previous single ‘Wild Love’, ‘Wanderlust’ harks back to classic acoustic Bay with his catchy electric guitar riffs, with just a bit more rhythm to it. The rest of the album is definitely worth checking out as well if you love indie/acoustic music with gospel interludes and breakdowns. I’m definitely a fan. You could even say he’s a number one Bay. Geddit?

Freddie Metherell, ‘Heartbeat’ by Alice Boman

During these summer months, with exams and deadlines looming, we all yearn for a moment of calm. I have found no better remedy to my stress than this lovely tune. This song is the musical embodiment of serenity. Spectral vocals and gentle piano are eased along by a purposeful deep drum beat. This leads the listener into its natural crescendo. Each time I stop and listen, I’m overcome with weightlessness. Boman, hailing from Mälmo, has recorded a beauty of a song that wonderfully encapsulates the cosy and content reputation that Scandinavian lifestyle is so frequently imagined as.

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