Listen Up

Rowdy rap, haunting electro-pop and more new tunes this week

Jessie Ware: Adore You

Mellow and a little haunting, Jessie Ware‘s new song “Adore You” (co-written and produced by Metronomy’s Joseph Mount) is a sublime return to the London-based singer/songwriter’s electronic roots. The house-pop track is airy and delicate, and Ware’s vocals are perfectly pared back to match. Part ballad, part disco tune, this is a one-off release at the moment, with no LP announced from Ware since her 2017 record Glasshouse.

Lolo Zouaï: Lose Myself

On her new hip-hop-inflected tune “Lose Myself,” Lolo Zouaï details how she got to where she is—referencing her first car, stories of adolescence and the music that inspired her. But the singer also explores a deep fear of losing the people and things that made her who she is. “I don’t want to lose myself to this,” she sings. On the self-produced track, Zouaï showcases her talent and her ingenuity. The singer is touring the US and Canada starting 25 April.

Czarface + Ghostface Killah: Mongolian Beef

Back in 2013, Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck joined forces with 7L and Esoteric to form Czarface, a supergroup of undeniable ferociousness. Czarface has just dropped “Mongolian Beef,” from their forthcoming album Czarface Meets Ghostface—the trio’s collaboration with Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah. With those details out of the way, listeners are left with a rowdy track that puts everyone’s talents to rapid-fire use. Paired with Shawn Johnson’s collage-like video, it’s a force to be reckoned with.

Listen Up is published every Sunday and rounds up the new music we found throughout the week. Hear the year so far on our Spotify channel.