1. BTS – Butter (feat. Megan Thee Stallion)
The world’s biggest boy band is back with a remix of their much-loved song “Butter” featuring vocals by American rap queen Megan Thee Stallion. The “Butter” remix is preppy and flirty, and if released in June, it could have been a smashing summer single. We get a fresh turn from Megan who tries different flows, and she shares a bubbly sweet chemistry with BTS. Like a life-changing summer, we desperately wished it lasted longer!
2. Rina Sawayama – Enter Sandman
The Japanese-British superstar is back with a cover of the legendary Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”. It is part of the upcoming tribute album, ‘The Metallica Blacklist’, which sees artists recreate songs from the iconic ‘Black Album’. Rina does what she does best: channelling her lioness energy previously heard in “STFU” and “Who’s Gonna Save You Now”. But at the end of the day, the original remains untouched in its greatness with its intense atmosphere. All proceeds from the “Enter Sandman” cover go to Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation and Positive East.
3. Joy Crookes – When You Were Mine
“When You Were Mine” is vibrant, with instrumentation that creates a feeling of cultural celebrations and parades. Joy Crookes & team have an endearing ability to pen mellow lyrics that mixes delight and wonder with nostalgic wistfulness.
4. Courtney Barnett – I’ll Be Your Mirror
The rock singer is back with her signature style: distrait vocals, poignant lyrics and interesting folk-type percussion. The Melbourne artist charmingly recreates The Velvet Underground classic, “I’ll Be Your Mirror” for the band’s upcoming tribute album ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to The Velvet Underground & Nico’. Barnett’s distinctive singing is her biggest strength, enriching every classic she tackles.
5. Ivorian Doll – Bow Down
Dollz (fans of Ivorian Doll) no longer have to wait for the London rapper’s solo music after months of her doing only collabs. There’s a clear Nicki Minaj influence in “Bow Down” from the delivery and flow to referencing Barbie and pink wigs, which isn’t a surprise as Ivorian has always openly admired Minaj. If the rapper works on her voice control and diversifies her voice like Doja Cat does, she could snatch the UK female rapper’s crown in just a few years.
6. Amber Mark – Foreign Things
“Foreign Things” commands attention immediately in a way that most songs only wish. The funky beat is accompanied by choir-like singing which makes us feel euphoric and empowering, like gospel music in churches do. Mark continues the lyrical themes from her last single “Competition“, preaching about staying true to one’s art and not selling out for money.
7. Japanese Breakfast – Glider
Michelle Zauner is back with a magical, feel-good track from ‘Sable (Original Video Game Soundtrack)‘ called “Glider”. It was officially released two months ago and is now seeing a Spotify rebirth. “Glider” is so good that it’s stronger than some tracks in her previous critically acclaimed album, ‘Jubilee’.
8. Griff – One Night
Sarah Faith Griffiths delivers a Swiftian vocal style in “One Nights” as usual. The lyrics are descriptive as Griff sings of anxious thoughts, sleepless nights and guilt. However, the chord progressions ring familiar for Griff fans, and the Hertfordshire native will have to strive for more sonic originality in the coming days in order to not sound repetitive.
9. Marta Del Grandi – Amethyst
The Italian singer is delicate and meditative in this beautiful retelling of the Greek legend of the beautiful maiden Amethyst and the god of wine, Bacchus.
10. Poppy – So Mean
The robotic, poker-faced starlet continues to dominate metal, injecting the genre with angst, youthfulness and petty (even satirical) femininity.
11. BANKS – Skinnydipped
The American indie artist makes a seductive breakup song. Problem is it sounds like all of BANKS’ greatest hits mashed together. At this point, BANKS is parodying herself.
12. Sigrid – Burning Bridges
The Norwegian artist visits 90s disco pop to good effect. The lyrics decrying toxic relationships are strong as the 24-year old sings, “You gotta let them go before you go down with them. Can’t love somebody who loves burning bridges.” The track’s bridge is hauntingly relatable as she goes, “You cry, they don’t. That’s how you know. ”
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