"I heard this guy going around talking about how he was this big rap producer, and he was just going around and boasting and bragging. And in one of those bragging sessions, I heard him just tell somebody, 'Hey, hey -- why don't you try making four beats a day for two summers?' What a dangerously specific challenge that is." - Aziz Ansari.


5. Carly Rae Jepsen - 'I Really Like You'

In a press release, she said “Peter Svensson wrote one of my all-time favorite songs, ‘Lovefool,’ and working with him made me rediscover the joy of writing something that’s just pure pop". Continuing on, she added that “Lyrically, it’s about that time in a relationship when it’s too soon to say ‘I love you,’ but you’re well past, ‘I like you’ and you’re at the ‘I really, really like you’ stage.”



4. Cashmere Cat and Ariana Grande - 'Adore'

The perfect team.



3. Rainbow Chan - 'Sanguine'

The track is called 'Sanguine' and it's a slice of breezy electronica that ripples gelatinously on a bed of delicious thumping trap-flavoured beats, decorated with pinging percussive blips and blops, vocals both chopped and pitch-shifted and fluttering in their original forms, whistling sounds and soft muffled synth, all of which builds to a light crescendo towards the end.

It's a pop-leaning beat track that's as subtly sultry as it is playful and carefree: the perfect track for a fresh spring day like today. (And you can download it for free, too!) Check out Rainbow Chan's SoundCloud for more of her innovative, beat-based offerings.



2. Kotomi - 'Sober For The Weekend'

"Justin [Burrow] and I wrote 'Sober for the Weekend' during a period where he was grappling with self-medication and I had to quit drinking for medical reasons, and we were both talking about the pros and cons of what can happen when you dry out for a while," says Hillman says of the track's inspiration. "The alienation, clear-headedness, boredom, and all the polarizing elements on both sides of the line. The song was written and recorded over the course of two short days - we both had enough material on the subject to where the song basically wrote itself."



1. Kelela - 'A Message'

"'A Message' is one of the demos that came from those sessions and it speaks to the despair that I was experiencing at the time," says Kelela. "The initial version of the song spilled out of us in about 25 minutes. Since then, it's been like a sculpture that I've come to and refined over time, adding a lyric here, refining a melody there, adding a bridge, etc. It's a process that is now finally complete with its release and I'm so happy that I finally get to share it with all of you."