This week’s series sees new track drops which were paired with an album release (Josephine Foster, Tirzah), as well as two dance remixes. And then there’s the pop legend and maverick Regina Spektor, who returns from a three-year musical slumber by announcing her new album. Her last album was released in 2016 and named ‘Remember Us to Life’.
1. Regina Spektor – Becoming All Alone
Regina Spektor, the legend herself, returns after three years to announce her upcoming album ‘Home, before and after’, which is slated for release on June 24th. “Becoming All Alone” has some heartbreaking lyrics as if Spektor is going through her own period of trials. With the large symphony of instruments backing the artist’s vocals, something can be said about that raw quality that’s missing here which older songs of hers used to have.
2. Flo Milli – PBC
While not quite as hard-hitting and memorizable as “Ice Baby“, “PBC” is still flamboyant, confident, fun and cute. There’s a switch up at the outro which is unexpected and delightful.
3. Kilo Kish – NO APOLOGY!
“NO APOLOGY” is a stylish pop tune with some strong and interesting lyrics that clearly portray Kilo’s mindscape. The harmonies shine bright here.
4. Florence + The Machine – King
The band led by siren Florence Welch give us a jaw-droppingly grand song with vibrant lyricism. Welch’s performance is like wine, aging in the best way possible. Just when we think the song is wrapping up, there is a switch up: the song only unfolds further like an unpredictable, elaborate scroll or a 10-yard long ornamented fabric.
5. Victoria Monét – Nothing Feels Better
Singer Victoria Monét dedicates this slowly weaving, emotionally touching song to her newly born baby and it will leave many listeners teary-eyed.
6. Dee MC – Where We Are
Indian rapper Dee MC makes an empowering and delicately beautiful track about battling mental illness while tracing the journey to healing.
7. Shaun Ross, Amber Mark – UNISEX
This dance track by Dhaun Ross has an almost 90s-style electro/house vibe to it. It certainly belongs in the same category as last week’s song by Hatchie titled “Giving The World Away” with their similar nostalgic
90s/early 2000s sound. It’s hallucinatory and seductive, like a mysterious retro-futuristic world hungry to suck you in.
8. Mura Masa – bbycakes (feat. PinkPantheress, Shygirl, Lil Uzi Vert)
A post-SOPHIE, post-hyperpop Charli XCX world can be happy with this new breed of hyperpop music. From the golden and unexpected collaboration of producer Mura Masa, singer PinkPantheress, and rappers Shygirl and Lil Uxi Vert, we get a colourful, sweet and almost childlike and dreamy song. Shygirl’s voice can be heard in the chorus as she sings in an unexpectedly higher pitch than usual.
9. Darkoo – Always (feat. Black Sherif)
The pairing of London rapper Darkoo and Ghanaian icon Black Sherif results in an angsty and strongly memorable drill-based track. Those who liked Black Sherif here can check him out in the track “Holy F4k”.
10.Hannah Diamond – Staring At The Ceiling
Right from the first five seconds, we know we are in for a sweet treat. Like a tasty strawberry lollipop, singer Hannah Diamond is endearing and highly enjoyable. She’s back and we are looking forward eagerly for her new record to see where Diamond & co. take the hyperpop sound.
11. Cavetown – Fall In Love With a Girl (feat. Beabadoobee)
This author is personally not a big fan of beabadoobee, thinking her best track was back in 2019 with “Sorry”. But the British singer is unexpectedly wonderful in this Cavetown song which is dreamy pop perfection, suited for bedroom pop enthusiasts and fans of Clairo, Cuco, Rex Orange County et al.
12.Queen Millz – Body & Shape
As young and new as she might be, Queen Millz is a rapper to look out for judging by this drillbeat as well as her previous tracks. The pengame here is absolute fire and so is the delivery.
13. Deb Never – Crutches
The coming-of-age lyrics about identity and inner-strength are poignant. The pop tune has a soft punk/grunge sound which will appeal to many teens. Deb Never has always been an incredibly cool artist and performer and this song only strengthens this persona.
14. Tiana Major9 – 2 seater (feat. Smino)
A shimmeringly pleasurable and vibe-y pop-R&B track with outstanding chemistry between Tiana and Smino (who displays stellar vocals). Paired with an unexpectedly fire switch-up and rap by Tiana, let’s just say this is a perfect song for the month of Valentine’s.
15. Josephine Foster – Dali Rama
Foster’s album ‘Godmother’ is out now. “Dali Rama” is a gentle little folksy tune. For those interested in this acoustic/folk sound, similar artists include Weyes Blood, Isobel Campbell and Laura Marling.
16. Tirzah – Recipe
A slow-burning, tense and almost ambient piece of electro grunge-like music from Essex-born singer Tirzah. The song never really resolves itself musically but perhaps that was the intention? Her album ‘Colourgrade‘ is out now.
17. Charli XCX – Beg For You (A.G. Cook & Vernon of Seventeen Remix) (feat. Rina Sawayama)
A euphoric little hyperpop remix by veteran A. G. Cook, with a strong and sexy feature from Vernon of the K-pop group Seventeen. Check out this magical track which shines far brighter than the older “Beg For You” remix by Pocket as the feeling of pure yearning and lust is expertly conveyed here by the beautiful and talented trio of XCX, Vernon and Sawayama.
18. Natalia Kills X SkiDropz – Mirrors 2k22
We get an unexpected remix of a 2011 track from Romanian DJ duo SkiDropz. The song gets a 2011 or 2015-style house sound à la The Chainsmokers which most listeners might be a bit tired of by now.
Check out the “New Songs Sunday” playlist on Spotify.
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