1. Jimmy Fallon, Ariana Grande, and Megan Thee Stallion – It Was A… (Masked Christmas)
Late-night show host Jimmy Fallon collabs with bigwigs Ariana Grande and Megan The Stallion for a parody Christmas song. Fallon sounds surprisingly good here. Ariana is reliably melodious and sultry and Megan brings the energy to empower the track. The lyrics can be quite ridiculous. But perhaps that’s the point of a parody song.
2. Shawn Mendes – It’ll Be Okay
“It’ll Be Okay” is a piano-backed ballad with a beautifully soothing voice by Shawn Mendes. The lyrics are comforting while simultaneously heartbreaking. It’s an emotionally poignant piece.
3. SZA – I Hate U
The R&B songstress has finally officially released “I Hate U” which was getting big on TikTok. SZA does not disappoint. “I Hate U” is a superbly melodious and vibey song.
4. Mary J. Blige – Good Morning Gorgeous
The American singer and actress gives us a classic-sounding R&B track with “Good Morning Gorgeous”. It will boost your confidence with its empowering lyrics while also pleasing the fans of Mariah Carey.
5. Mitski – Heat Lightning
The New Yorker has followed up “The Only Heartbreaker” with her latest single, “Heat Lightning”. This song has a Lana Del Rey-like vibe with an Americana atmosphere that makes you think of cowboys, Frontier romance and all that comes with it. Keep an eye out for Mitski’s album ‘Laurel Hell’ which comes out early next year.
6. AURORA – Heathens
Norwegian vocalist AURORA’s new song, “Heathens”, is characteristically soulful, sweet and rousing. The lyrics evoke country life and forests alike, of living close to nature with the memory of tragedies and war, and of rebelling against dogma.
7. Tierra Whack – Body of Water
After releasing her EP ‘Rap?’ last week, the Philadelphian rapper has surprised us by dropping yet another EP, this time titled ‘Pop?’. The opening track here, called “Body of Water”, is a classic Outkast-sounding rap track with a powerpack performance from Tierra. It has an unforgettably hilarious bridge that has Tierra repeating “love” over and over again with a dolphin-like high-pitched voice before swearing repeatedly. We can’t wait for ‘Rock?’, ‘House?’ and ‘Country?’.
8. Teamarrr – Pipe Up
Haitian-American singer Teamarrr gives us a sexy, seductive song in the form of “Pipe Up” from the soundtrack of HBO show ‘Insecure – Season 5’. It’s a signature Teamarrr song with the sweetness and spice all wrapped in one.
9. Jaz Karis – Home
English singer-songwriter Jaz Karis gives a powerful pop-R&B track with a very mid-2000s vibe. It’s a heart-touching and emotional tune to throwback and relax to on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
10.Br3nya – Foolish
English rapper Br3nya gives us a two-sided single with “Foolish” and “Game Over” which features KiDi. “Foolish” sees Br3nya get back on her game with her bars and catchy beat.
11.Stefflon Don – Beg Mi Ah Link (geat. BEAM)
Stefflon is so active these days. The British-Jamaican rapper-singer has now released the song “Beg Mi Ah Link” which is a catchy and emotional dance track. It features American producer BEAM.
12.Moses Sumney – In Bloom (in the woods)
Ghanaian-American artist Moses Sumney gives us deeply haunting, meditative and almost spiritual music with “In Bloom (in the woods)”.
13.Alice Glass – FAIR GAME
“FAIR GAME” is a dark and angry industrial noise-pop track that will please the fans of Zheani, Alice Longyu Gao, Jazmin Bean and even techno-era Grimes.
14.Charli XCX – Good Ones (Perfume Genius remix)
Musician Perfume Genius, a.k.a Michael Alden Hadreas, remixes Charli XCX’s pop hit “Good Ones”. The remix sounds like angsty 90s synth-pop music that you hear in horror soundtracks. But in the best way possible. If there is something that needs getting used to, it would be Charli’s slowed down vocals.
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