Kazak’s Picks: May 2021

Clockwise from top left: damn Right by AUDREY NUNA (A Liquid Breakfast album artwork), 10 Years by Daði Freyr (Welcome EP artwork), To Never Forget The Source by Sons of Kemet (Black to the Future album artwork by Mzwandile Buthelezi), and I Know I’m Funny haha by Faye Webster (album artwork)

May’s best tracks include a handful of highlights from one of the most genuinely impressive Eurovision Song Contests in living memory (I could have included about 10 more). Outside the dazzling spectacle in Rotterdam, meanwhile, incredible songs were released from all over the world. Here is a small collection of the very best of them.

Any track that was released as a single or as part of an album, EP, or any other kind of musical project in May was eligible for inclusion for this month’s playlist (which is why you might see some tracks that first emerged in previous months or in 2020).

WARNING: All tracks and their accompanying videos are completely uncensored. A number of them contain explicit language that is unsuitable for children, NSFW topics and images, discussions of potentially triggering subjects, and/or political commentary that may offend.

To skip straight to May’s Honourable Mentions please click here

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Tracks listed in order they appear in playlists above.

Måneskin – ZITTI E BUONI (Eurovision Version) (Rock)

Olivia Rodrigo – good 4 u (Pop)

AUDREY NUNA – damn Right (Rap)

Alfie Templeman – Wait, I Lied (Pop/Funk)

Faye Webster – I Know I’m Funny haha (Country/Indie)

CZARFACE & MF DOOM – Break in the Action (Hip-Hop)

BTS – Butter (Pop)

black midi – Slow (Rock/Experimental/Jazz)

Daði Freyr – 10 Years (Pop)

COBRAH – Dip N Drip (Drum & Bass)

Lil Nas X – SUN GOES DOWN (Pop/R&B)

Chai – END (Pop/Hip-Hop)

St. Vincent – Down (Indie Rock)

Laura Mvula – Got Me (Pop)

Balkan Taksim – Ușak Ekspresi (Dance/Electronic/Traditional Balkan Music)

India Jordan – Only Said Enough (Breakbeat/Dance)

Little Simz – Woman (feat. Cleo Sol) (Rap/Soul)

TORRES – Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head (Rock)

Rocket Punch – Ring Ring (K-Pop)

Oneohtrix Point Never & ROSALÍA – Nothing’s Special (Ambient)

McKinley Dixon – Bless the Child (Rap/Jazz)

dodie – Hate Myself (Pop/Singer-Songwriter)

Squid – G.S.K (Rock)

Sons Of Kemet – To Never Forget The Source (Jazz)

Slayyyter – Over This! (Pop)

Go_A – SHUM (Trance/Ukrainian folk/Electro-Folk)

Mustafa – Air Forces (Folk/Neo-Soul)

Zella Day – Dance For Love (Pop)

Albina – Tick-Tock (Pop/Dance)

Spellling – Boys at School (Art-Pop)

Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen – Like I Used To (Indie Rock)

Elkka – Euphoric Melodies (Dance/Ambient)

A. G. Cook & Charli XCX – Xcxoplex (Pop/Electronic)

Robert Finley – Country Boy (Blues/Soul)

Sigird – Mirror (Pop)

Lucy Dacus – VBS (Singer-Songwriter)

Mereba – Rider (R&B/Neo-Soul)


Sam Gellaitry – Assumptions (Dance)

John Grant – Billy (Singer-Songwriter)

Honourable Mentions


Tracks appear in alphabetical order, so try putting the playlist on shuffle!

Alkaline Pink – SELF IMMOLATION (feat. Kaiju Soup & eltimesfour) (Drum and Bass/Industrial)

Ave Alcaparra – Perspectiva Es Conflicto (Punk/Rock)

Biig Piig – Tarzan (Indie Pop)

Billie Marten – Human Replacement (Rock)

Dayglow – Balcony (Indie Pop)

Dizzy Fae – Body Move (Indie Pop/Dance)

Donatachi – B2B Heartbaeat (feat. Cowgirl Clue) (Dance/Drum n Bass)

Durand Jones & The Indications – Witchoo (feat. Aaron Frazer) (Soul/Disco)

Erika de Casier – Busy (Pop/R&B)

Flight Facilities – Lights Up (feat. Channel Tres) (Dance)

fromis_9 – WE GO (K-Pop)

HARU NEMURI – Seventh Heaven (J-Rock)

Hildegard – Jour 3 (Electronic)

Holiday Ghosts – Mr. Herandi (Indie Rock)

Holly Humberstone – The Walls Are Way Too Thin (Pop)

ionnalee & iamamiwhoami – sommaren är min och jag kommer tillbaka (Electronic)

Iosonoucane – ashes (Experimental/Electronic)

Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall – Waxahachie (Country)

Japanese Breakfast – Savage Good Boy (Indie Rock)

Kilig – Halfcab Heelflip (House/IDM)

L’Orange & Namir Blade – Nihilism (Rap)

Liz Lawrence – Down for Fun (Indie Pop/Rock)

LUMP – Animal (Indie Pop/Rock)

Mannequin Pussy – To Lose You (Indie Rock)

Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu – Renegade Breakdown (Jessy Lanza Remix) (IDM)

Mdou Moctar – Taliat (Rock)

Modest Mouse – We Are Between (Indie Rock)

Montaigne – Technicolour (Pop)

Mysie – Keep Up With Your Heart (R&B/Singer-Songwriter)

Nine8 – Gotta Get (Grime)

Overcoats – Blame It On Me (feat. Lawrence Rothman) (Singer-Songwriter)

Overmono – If U Ever (Dance)

Penelope Trappes – Nervous (Electronic/Experimental)

Poppy – Fear of Dying (Pop-Punk)

Roman Flügel – Wow (Electronic/Dance)

Sam Evian – Easy To Love (Funk/Pop)

Sophia Kennedy – Cat on My Tongue (Alt-Pop)

Tom VR – Soared Straight Through Me (Ambient)

Tony Allen – Stumbling Down (feat. Sampa the Great) (Rap)

tricot – Bakuro (Rock)

VOLA – Inside Your Fur (Metal/Djent)

Voronoi – Interstellar Something (Rock/Jazz/Experimental)

Wolf Alice – No Hard Feelings (Rock)

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