gal-dem are publishing some of the most challenging and, more importantly, enlightening articles you can find online. Written by a collective of women of colour, it’s a platform amplifying the voices and experiences of people so often under-represented in other publications for all to digest and discover. Tackling all parts of life from politics to music and art, it’s a vibrant, energetic place and filled with purpose. This month they take over our stereo to draw our attention to some of their favourite new music.

1. MS BANKS – GET LOOSE
Rapping clearly comes as naturally to Ms Banks as breathing. She switches up the beat like no other and this song is impossible not to dance to. Turn this on at pre-drinks to get the whole squad ready to slay. Heather Barrett, Assistant Opinions Editor

2. J HUS – DID YOU SEE
As we await his highly-anticipated debut album, J Hus has imparted yet another melodic number to keep us sweet. Popping up on recent features with Dave, Nines and Stormzy, Hus has proved that he is never far from the ongoing uprising of UK music. The Afrobashment vibe we hear on ‘Did You See’ (produced by long-time collaborator Jae5) will no doubt be warmly welcomed in Summer ’17. Antonia Odunlami, Music Editor

3. FRANK OCEAN – CHANEL
After 2016’s surprising double-album release, Frank Ocean has dropped another bombshell. The move sparks disbelief for two main reasons: his previous five-year disappearance between records and his palpable shift in tone. While some of us are still incessantly ugly-crying along to the intimate Blonde, here we witness a different Frank entirely: self-assured with overwhelming ease. This contagious anthem is a celebration of his material success thus far – as far as designer label songs go, this is as good as it gets. Ntha Kasambala, Contributor

4. SLEIGH BELLS – RULE NUMBER ONE
‘Rule Number One’, from Jessica Rabbit, has all the majestic power and beauty of a thousand suns exploding within your ears or a sunflower awakening and bursting into flames. She exhales poetry through the lyrics, the guitar riffs are the definition of dissonance and the drums attack the erotic sensors of your brain. I hope Sleigh Bells continue to spoil us with their beautiful orchestra of noise. Georgia Bowen-Evans, Contributor

5. INTALEKT – PATIENCE
‘Patience’ is the latest track by south-east London producer-rapper Intalekt. The song pans out the process of looking for love, finding love and being content in a relationship. This is a classic love song formula but the slow R’n’B flow makes the patience of finding love resonate with you a little bit more. Intalekt has a bi-weekly radio show on Reprezent, where you can catch him selecting tracks from J Dilla to highlife artist Ebo Taylor and everything in between. Nana Dwimoh, Contributor

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