Have you ever watched that TV show about obese animals losing weight? It's on one of the channels you'll find sandwiched between QVC and all the "sexy webcam, call me for a date" type deals. Found it? Right, here's a fun game: put it on mute and press play on these instead.

WHAT A DELIGHTFUL COMBINATION.


5. Future Brown and Tink - 'Room 302'

With a minimalist, industrial beat, beset with glassy synths – an explosion of brash wintriness – Future Brown provide the huge, jagged soundscape through which rapper Tink tangles her elastic, acrobatic flow. It's called 'Room 302' which is a direct reference to Room 302, an infamous location from Silent Hill 4, a weird, hostile, haunted room, explaining the odd, otherworldly sound of the track. - Russell Thomas



4. Robyn Sherwell - 'Pale Lung'

Robyn Sherwell's new song 'Pale Lung' is a beautiful and laid back R&B song that's incredibly emotional while remaining accessible. She said "Its about falling for someone you're not supposed to fall for" which is something I think we've all experienced. She added onto that statement saying "I had this experience a few years back and wrote Pale Lung. It summarises that specific mix of guilt and desire at that moment you first realise and admit to yourself there is a powerful spark with someone you can't or probably shouldn't pursue. The song still feels like telling a secret, same as it did when I wrote it" and it's nothing short of entrancing. - Tarynn Law



3. Ricky Eat Acid - 'Context'

This is the new single from Ricky Eat Acid called 'Context', a song – says Sam Ray (the guy behind the moniker) – that "represents someone or something reaching their hands up to try and touch God and falling short, over and over again." The bustling and industrious bounce of the track, with bubbling synth, as it builds up and up, are juxtaposed with calmer parts, laden with vocodered vocals and solemn, muffled piano chords, cyclical synth looped around as the beat once again builds up, this time with rap vocals chattering above the slow stamp of a beat, littered with crashing cymbal sounds: it certainly sounds as Mr. Ray says. Talking about the constant, and essentially pointless, uphill struggle that music faces, he cites Sisyphus, the King of Ephyra who in Greek mythology was condemned to Hades (Hell), divinely compelled to roll a stone up a hill only for it to roll back down when it gets to the top. - Russell Thomas



2. Oliver Palfreyman - 'Blown Out'

This is cool as cucumber. Old epithet, I know, but I think it fits. It really does. Oliver Palfreyman is a beatmaker from London and this is a track called 'Blown Out'. Filled with cold vibes, it bristles with resonating cymbal arrays and shivering hi-hats, clap-snare combination keeping time with the warm boom of a subby-kick. Stand-up bass rattles in and out, wordless vocal samples angelic and chopped in a rippling sea of marimba dedications. It's real nice, basically, takes the organic and mixes with the totally synthetic and bypasses the slumping-sideways of boombap hip hop for something more modern, more in tune with something like footwork, a versatile piece that would explode into a room full of people as much as it can creep like sonic mist in the background: a real atmosphere-setter. Listen up. - Russell Thomas



1. 若い蒸気 yng vapor - 'Beyond'

The music of this particular track 'Beyond' is a mélange of unplaceable, organo-synthetic vaporwave flavours and hard trap beats, therefore: vaportrap. Deal with it if you can. If you can't, ignore this. Swathes of slightly jazz-chords soar like softly floating mist, changed up with these chords becoming choppy and more legible later on when the beat rattles through it like a sonic juggernaut, booming beats and uzi hi-hats carving up the ambience with cleaver effectiveness. But then! A dynamic cut, silence, and we tumble into a pool of lo-fi synth phasing all around us, a second movement to the song, a slow motion mirror of the first part, fading out as it gallops away from us into the distance, an intangible dream. - Russell Thomas