45s of the week: Beabadoobee, Remi Wolf, Raveena and more!

The tracks you need to hear this week, reviewed by Rhian Daly


Beabadoobee – ‘Take A Bite’

On her upcoming third album, ‘This Is How Tomorrow Moves’, Beabadoobee is reckoning with herself. Lead single ‘Take A Bite’ starts off the story, dissecting her habit of “finding comfort in chaos” and the impact that has on her relationships and experiences. “Indulging in situations that are fabricated imaginations / Moments that cease to exist,” she sings, layers of sound building a cushion of crushed distortion beneath her. 

Remi Wolf – ‘Toro’

Remi Wolf’s ‘Toro’ might be one of the most fun and playful songs about sex to be released so far this year. In her hotel bedroom scenario, the artist becomes a “toreador” or bullfighter, and her partner the animal she’s going to duel with. “When they buzz me for the lobby call / I don’t show, ‘cause I’m too busy saying, ‘Toro, toro’,” she sings over a bouncy, elastic bassline that ramps up the song’s exuberant spirit to magnificent heights. 

Raveena – ‘Pluto’

On ‘Pluto’, her first single in two years, Raveena deals with loss in the most uplifting way. She doesn’t slap rose-tinted glasses on her perspective and deny the sadness that comes with someone leaving before their time, but instead accepts it and all the feelings that accompany it and sets it all to a glistening piece of warm R&B-infused pop. It’s gorgeous, full of joy and a very welcome return for the star. 


Ayra Starr – ‘Bad Vibes’ ft Seyi Vibez

Achieving your goals is great for the most part, but there’s also a downside – the pressure that comes with success, whether that’s to keep maintaining it or, in the case of those in the public eye, the increased attention and life changes that come with it. On ‘Bad Vibes’, the latest single from her upcoming debut album ‘The Year I Turned 21’, Ayra Starr contemplates that conundrum in the simple but powerful line: “Gave me the world but it’s heavy on my palms.” 

Megan Thee Stallion – ‘BOA’

For her second album, Megan Thee Stallion is embracing the snake. So far, she’s shared the singles ‘Cobra’ and ‘Hiss’, and now adds ‘BOA’ to that serpent-themed list. Her choice of apparent muse for this record is fitting. The new track is yet another piece of sharp-tongued, coiling rap that packs plenty of bite – and all set to a slithering sample of Gwen Stefani’s ‘What You Waiting For?’.