We have some exciting new album drops (FKA twigs) as well as album announcements (Fontaines D.C.). And we have mostly single drops by artists. We also see artists like Katy Perry and Leikeli47 return after a period of absence to re-energize the industry.
1. Katy Perry, Alesso – When I’m Gone
“When I’m Gone” was actually released last month but we must talk about its infectiously irresistible beat. The dance-EDM track produced by DJ Alesso, combined with the powerful vocals of Katy Perry, promise us adrenaline-pumping thrills but also sounds like your generic 2010s EDM/trance hits which isn’t always a bad thing. The lyrics are interesting though.
2. FKA twigs – ride the dragon
FKA twigs has released her euphoric dance-themed mixtape titled ‘Caprisongs’ which sees her collaborate with some big names like Jorja Smith, Rema, The Weekend and Shygirl. But her solo tracks are no less captivating with “ride the dragon” being a great highlight to check out.
3. Jack White – Love Is Selfish
American rocker Jack White goes back to his roots with a string-plucking, acoustic ballad about the rough side of relationships. The lyrics feel almost cynical but the mood is softened up by the sweet and uplifting-sounding music.
4. Mitski – Love Me More
Mitski releases the fourth single from her heavily awaited upcoming album ‘Laurel Hell’. “Love Me More” is a fast-tempoed rock song with disco touches which will remind Mitski fans of her old hit “Nobody” as well as pop songs by Japanese Breakfast. The lyrics here are just as desperate and passionate as her best, saddest songs. Fetch some tissues and proceed with caution.
5. Raveena – Rush
The Indian-American songbird returns with a delicate neo-soul production. With her sweet, raspy voice, the romantically light vibe and some Indian-inspired instrumentation, “Rush” is a welcome single from Raveena who has announced an upcoming album.
6. Fontaines D.C. – Jackie Down The Line
The Dublin-based post-punk-influenced band give us another electrifying performance with the ragy, energetic “Jackie Down The Line” which is along the lines of their hit “Boys In The Better Land”. They have revealed their upcoming album title to be ‘Skinty Fia’.
7. Josephine Foster – Nun of the Above
The English musician gives us an intricately woven melody and ravishingly beautiful lyrical imagery with a gentle, folk-sy ballad.
8. Yeule – Too Dead Inside
The Singaporean-British artist brings cyberpunk aesthetic and electronica-fuelled sounds to the bittersweet avant-garde pop track “Too Dead Inside”.
9. Leikeli47 – Chitty Bang
The enigmatic rapper known for hiding her face behind a monkey mask is back after a long year of absence with perhaps the most exciting and cool track with “Chitty Bang”. The beat goes crazy and the lyrics are deliciously lethal.
10. Sean Paul – Dynamite (feat. Sia, Miss LaFamilia and Banx & Ranx)
Reggae and dancehall legend Sean Paul makes it clear he still has gems up his sleeves with this catchy dance track. Remixed by Banx & Ranx, a musical duo from Montréal, the track fares excellently across the board with Paul, Sia and Miss Lafamilia all bringing their charisma to the table.
11. Henry Jamison – Make It Out (feat. Maisie Peters)
Maisie Peters and Vermont’s folk performer Henry Jamison get together for an emotionally satisfying and cinematic pop song with their flawless voices synchronizing perfectly.
12. Ella Henderson – Brave
Ella Henderson is a singer from Lincolnshire who finished in sixth place on the Season 9 of X Factor UK. We hear her immaculately strong and durable voice on this empowering pop anthem.
13. JID – Surround Sound (feat. Baby Tate and 21 Savage)
“Surround Sound” is a vibey hip-hop track that starts off really well with JID’s first verse. It has its good share, and balance, of style and humour. But why is Baby Tate’s part so minimal and almost absent? The track ultimately wraps up too quickly.
14. Amber Mark – Softly remix (feat. Popcaan)
This author is personally not a big fan of remixes but this new “Softly remix” with guest vocals by Jamaican music icon Popcaan feels natural to the original song and atmosphere.
15. PJ Harvey – The Wheel (Demo)
The English rockstar makes a mostly gentle and subdued, but haunting, demo version of her song ‘The Wheel’. We can safely say that we are now ready to receive the Demo version of the entire ‘Let England Shake’ album.
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