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Does Disclosure and Sam Smith's 'Omen' Match 'Latch'? Plus More of the Week's Best and Worst Singles

Single art for "Omen" by Disclosure featuring Sam Smith.
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Single art for "Omen" by Disclosure featuring Sam Smith.

Seinabo Sey
"Pretend"
Virgin

There's an urgency to alt-R&B singer Sey's "Pretend," and it brings out a new power in the Swede's alto vocals, which were much tamer on this year's excellent Madeleine EP. A hefty punch for a normally subdued artist, "Pretend" makes Sey's eventual breakout look even more inevitable. -- Steven J. Horowitz

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Disclosure ft. Sam Smith
"Omen"
Capitol

In 2012, London unknowns Disclosure and Smith released "Latch," one of the best songs of the decade and an intro to the most impressive male pop voice in years. Reunion "Omen" can't quite match that out-of-nowhere excitement, but it's both subtle and sticky, erupting into another ecstatic hook. Can these guys do an album together please? -- Alex Gale

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J Balvin
"Ginza"
Universal Music Latino

Although Colombia's man of the ­moment J Balvin is known for his melody-infused reggaeton, "Ginza" is all about the rhythm, ­boasting a ­minimalist electro-inspired ­arrangement with unexpected calypso flourishes and muted bass tones. It doesn't boast the irresistible chorus of runaway hit "6 a.m.," but this ode to clubs, women and dancing will still get you up and moving. -- Leila Cobo

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This story originally appeared in the Aug. 8 issue of Billboard.