The 12 Best Tunes of The Week | 2023 Week 3

The 12 Best Tunes of The Week | 2023 Week 3

Some heavy hitters this week with new singles from Kelela, J. Cole, Overmono, 30/70, A$AP Rocky, boygenius and more

Image - Left: Kelela, Middle: 30/70, Right: Overmono

Over at Pilerats, we listen to a stack of new music each and everyday... Here are our favourites from the week that was (in alphabetical, not favourite order!). Checkout some of our other picks of the week in our Music Videos wrap-up, including Arlo Parks, Sleaford Mods, Yaeji and more.


Naarm/Melbourne's neo-soul, funk, r&b and jazz-fusing collective give us the third single from their forthcoming ART MAKE LOVE album, an ode to "learning to ride the turbulent nature of life with flexibility, compassion and joy".

A$AP Rocky - Same Problems

Rocky dropped the sombre, synth-led, chilled out first taste of his forthcoming Don't Be Dumb album on the anniversary of A$AP Mob co-founder A$AP Yams' death, with the single serving as a tribute to "everybody we've lost and anybody who ever lost somebody".

B. Cool-Aid - Cnt Go Back (Tell Me) feat. Liv.e, Butcher Brown, Jimetta Rose, V.C.R & Maurice II

MC Pink Siifu and producer Ahwlee are back as B.Cool-Aid on this feature stacked cut of jazzy hip-hop, featuring jazz quintet Butcher Brown adding a live dynamic to the dusty boom bap production.

boygenius - $20

The indie-pop supergroup of Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker announced their debut album this week (The Record is set for a March release) with not one but THREE new singles, with the upbeat $20 our pick of the bunch.

Braids - Evolution

The fact that Canadian electro-pop trio Braid's forthcoming album is titled Euphoric Recall starts to make a bit of sense listening to new single Evolution, with its blissful, jubilant and downright euphoric synth flourishes and vocal melodies over a skipping four to the floor beat.

Heartworms - Retributions of An Awful Life

Fresh from signing to iconic label Speedy Wunderground, London's Jojo Orme AKA Heartworms new single is a relentless take on industrial influenced angular post-punk, making us very excited to check out their debut EP A Comforting Notion in March.

J. Cole - Procrastination (broke)

The surprise new smooth-as-silk single from Cole came about in an unusual way (peep the text screenshots in the video image above), as he states he searched "J. Cole type beat" one day for inspiration, stumbled across producer Bvtman's beat, resulting in new single Procrastination (broke) (and a healthy bump for Bvtman's listenership!).

Kelela - Contact

Further raising the hype for her Raven LP (set for a February 10 release), Kelela's new single features chopped breaks over a jersey club style beat while still maintaining her inimitable alternative r&b vibes, with Contact produced by Asmara, Bambii, Brandon Peralta and personal faves LSDXOXO.

Overmono - Is U

One of the most exciting duos in modern dance music, Overmono have had a huge week, announcing their Australian tour, debut album Good Lies (out May 12 via XL), as well as dropping new single Is U. Sampling (in our opinion) one of the best records of the 2010s, Is U features a flipped Tirzah vocal sample over a garage and techno influenced dancefloor destroyer, like only they can craft.

Sam Gendel - Anywhere (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)

L.A. saxophone and production wizard Gendel announced new album Cookup, an album of reimagined 90s and 200s R&B hits from the likes of Aaliyah, Beyonce, Erykah Badu, Ginuwine and more by dropping first single, a very jazzy take on 112's 1999 hit Anywhere, featuring vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello.

Softcult - Dress

With a bandcamp bio simply stating "music for mall goths.", Canadian twins Mercedes and Phoenix Arn-Horn more than deliver on this promise as Softcult and their moreish new single of soaring grungey, shoegaze-influenced indie pop-punk, ahead of new EP see you in the dark, out March.

Tanukichan - Thin Air (feat. Enumclaw)

Ahead of their second album GIZMO, the project of singer-songwriter Hannah van Loon and producer Chaz Bear (AKA Toro Y Moi) drop their fuzzed out new single of golden-era style alt-rock Thin Air.

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