Ryan Tedder and co. have moved away from the gospel tinge of their last album and headed in a darker direction, haunted by a past lover. It's as solid and infectious as anything the band have recorded, but the syncopated, stomping chord changes of the chorus really make this a winner. Wherever he goes, Tedder always delivers.
Melancholic, yearning lyrics laden with melodic hooks; a rich, powerful vocal; slowly simmering synth production. And then the beat kicks in.
Chvrches - Warning Call
Written for the forthcoming Mirror's Edge game (notorious for its evocative synth sounds), it's not the first time the Scottish trio have written for a soundtrack, following their appearance on Mockingjay Part 1 (as curated by Lorde). Even when they write one-offs, they write bangers. This is pure Chvrches brilliance and perfectly suited to the clean, futuristic style of the game.
David Guetta feat Zara Larsson - This One's For You
Is this the best Guetta could do? This is the UEFA EURO 2016 official song and features a million voices of footy fans chanting. Mainly though it features Zara Larsson being amazing over generic EDM rubbish.
MØ - Final Song
MØ does tropical pop. And obviously she does it better than everyone else (even if she received some help from MNEK). But it's still tropical pop. Make of that what you will.
Metronomy - Old Skool
After the 70s disco of 'Love Letters', Metronomy look to the 80s in the ominous sound of Old Skool: pulsing synths, menacing harmonies and an almost whispered vocal from Joseph Mount that sounds vaguely threatening. The video, meanwhile, remains pure 70s and features Sharon Horgan being amazing. Also Robyn is on new album 'Summer 08', released 1st July.
Allie X - Too Much To Dream
"Anyone can see that I've had too much to dream," sings Allie X in the chorus of this latest track. Besides a whirring, string-based middle eight, Too Much To Dream is typical pop stuff for her - but that's still better than 93% of chart music. And if the introduction is anything to go by, this forthcoming 'COLLXTION II' thing should be intriguing...
Paperwhite - Storm
Reggie N Bollie - New Girl
"I've got the Netflix, do you wanna chill?" might just be the best lyric you'll hear all year.
Stone Roses - All For One