Best Beats: Five Songs You Should Have Heard This Week


Michelle Williams’ gospel banger, Nick Price’s soulful second single and another groovy hit from JUNGLE were some of the best from this week’s crop of new tracks. BANKS also dropped a pining ballad from her upcoming debut solo project, and UK sirens JUCE returned with a great deal of sass for their first release since signing with Universal/Island Records.

Nick Price followed up the release of his debut song, “Naked Souls,” with the equally charming “Cabin Built For Two.” Singing of his adoration for his special someone, the track eases along with the help of its fussless production. Moonchild’s Max Bryk commands the keys while Price flexes his voice over dreamy harmonies. Oh, and the horn solo is perfection. Price’s EP will be released as a free download this summer.

Michelle Williams is finally readying the release of her long-awaited fourth studio album “Journey to Freedom.” And the project received an increase in hype this week thanks largely to the premiere of the Destiny’s Child-assisted “Say Yes.” Featuring Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Solange Knowles, Williams’ high energy take on the Nigerian gospel song bounces along to a lively beat. It’s definitely nice to have DC3 together again, following their appearance last year on the Kelly Rowland track “You Changed.” But I would have enjoyed hearing just a few more of those iconic harmonies the group is known for.

If you’re in need of another summer jam, look no further than JUNGLE’s funk infused “Time.” The London group’s latest single is taken from their upcoming self-titled debut album.

BANKS new single ‘Drowning’ also made its first appearance this week. The haunting ballad finds the singer longing for a lover who is no longer devoted to her. The song is from the Los Angeles artist’s upcoming debut album.

London lovelies JUCE released the soulful “(H)ours,” overflowing with attitude and their gorgeous harmonies. The song is quite the gem.


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