45s of the week: Stefflon Don, Softcult, Rina Sawayama and more!

The tracks you need to hear this week, reviewed by Tyler Kelly


Stefflon Don – ‘Deadly’

The brand new sultry Afro-R&B love song weaves Stefflon Don‘s dynamic patois-infused flow with Victony’s unmistakable vocal to create an insatiable love story, which paints another picture of her forthcoming debut album. The track is rooted in the carnal desires you feel when you find somebody attractive and your mind starts racing, thinking of all the things you’ll sacrifice in order to be closer to them.

Softcult – ‘Heaven’

Wrapped up in the band’s signature shoegaze-meets-grunge soundscape, the Canadian twin duo Mercedes and Phoenix Arn-Horn explore overcoming dysmorphia and beginning to feel more at home in your own skin. “But god doesn’t love me like you do / I was given a body that doesn’t fit on me / can’t stand the mirror’s point of you”, they sing as they try to find acceptance within themselves and attempt at a reckoning with their warped view of self.

Rina Sawayama – ‘Imagining (featuring Amaarae)’

If there was ever an anthem for the seasonal blues and the existential crises that comes as the year is coming to an end, ‘Imagining’ would be the one. “So tell me what the fuck is up? / What’s happening? / Right now my sanity is gone, it’s vanishing,” she sings, almost as a perfect summary of when the winter months take hold and your productivity slips away. The brand new version of the song features Amaarae who adds her own frenetic verse, adding to the surreal existentialism of the track.


Fletcher – ‘Eras Of Us’

Reflecting on the one that got away, Fletcher captures the magic of a love song, even if it doesn’t have a happy ending. It’s a queer anthem for the heady rush of Gen-Z discovering the turbulence of love for the first time, and navigating the messy, confusing feelings that come afterwards. Fletcher proves that you don’t need fancy production in order to make a hit. All it takes is relatable lyrics and a Taylor Swift reference.

WILDES – ‘heartbreak is silent’

Deadpan and matter-of-fact, relaying the motions she went through whilst experiencing her most painful heartbreak, WILDES’ vocal harmonies dance around synthesisers which build just enough to make you crave a drop, before they eventually fade out and re-emerge into a lo-fi symphonic choir. The song takes an unexpected turn, but begins to both make sense and satisfy your cravings for something more.

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