45s of the week: Julia Jacklin, Kid Cudi, Caroline Polachek and more

The tracks you need to hear this week, reviewed by Nadia Younes.

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Julia Jacklin – ‘baby jesus is nobody’s baby now’

There have been some truly wild Christmas songs released this week, from Mariah Carey’s extremely high-octane collaboration with Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson, ‘Oh Santa!’, to Liam Payne yet again making us all sick in our mouths with his expectedly horrific ‘Naughty List’. Fortunately, though, Julia Jacklin has managed to save Christmas with this gorgeous track.

박혜진 Park Hye Jin and Nosaj Thing – ‘CLOUDS’

South Korean producer 박혜진 Park Hye Jin made her Ninja Tune debut earlier this year with her second EP, ‘How can I’, and has since collaborated with Blood Orange, who provided vocals on a new version of her 2018 track, ‘CALL ME’. On latest single ‘CLOUDS’, her first new music since the release of ‘How can I’, she teams up with LA-based producer Nosaj Thing for an ambient, ASMR-esque crossover.

Caroline Polachek – ‘Hey Big Eyes (George Clanton Remix)’

Remix albums are so hot right now; so hot, in fact, they’re hurting my feelings. Following the release of an extended mix of ‘The Gate’ and an A.G. Cook remix of ‘So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings’, Caroline Polachek has released another four ‘Pang’ remixes, including this shoegaze-y remix of ‘Hey Big Eyes’ by George Clanton. The tracks will be included on a deluxe remix album, ‘Standing At The Gate : Remix Collection’, due for release next year.

Troye Sivan, Kacey Musgraves and Mark Ronson – ‘Easy’

How do you make a really great pop song even greater? Add loads of 80s synths of course! Luckily, pop music producer extraordinaire Mark Ronson is well aware of that fact and applied it to this reworking of Troye Sivan’s track ‘Easy’, taken from his recent ‘In A Dream’ EP. And to level it up even more, there’s also a guest verse from America’s sweetheart Kacey Musgraves.

Kid Cudi, Skepta and Pop Smoke – ‘Show Out’

Having spent more time focusing on his acting career in recent years – with a recent stand-out performance in Luca Gaudagnino’s HBO series ‘We Are Who We Are’ – Kid Cudi is back with a new album, the rather boldly-titled, ‘Man on the Moon III: The Chosen’. In a bizarre turn of events, one track on the album sees his team up with none other than Phoebe Bridgers, but this somewhat more fitting collaboration features Skepta and the late Pop Smoke.

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