Some artists surprise us with a new musical direction that se haven’t heard from them in some time (Kilo Kish) while some artists up their game (Grimes). While some artists return after a while (Ella Mai, AWA and Lava La Rue). It might not be too long in Lava’s case but you know how quick time flies in this music industry.
We also check out some highly anticipated golden collaborations between widely loved arists such as Charli XCX and Rina, and Mae Muller and J Balvin.
1. Grimes – Shinigami Eyes
Grimes releases her second single off the upcoming “Book 1” album. With a cyber punk sound and playful lyrics referencing the famous anime and manga called ‘Death Note, “Shinigami Eyes” is miles ahead with its ambition and uniqueness compared to her previous musically-decent-but-lyrically-awkward song ‘Player of Games’.
2. Charli XCX – Beg For You (feat. Rina Sawayama)
The two pop queens are joining hands for a collaboration that will please Angels and Pixels both. Charli and Rina please us by giving us a 90s-style UK garage and two-step production with an EDM-flavoured chorus. With her latest singles, upcoming album art and a fashion shoot, Charli is steadily ushering in the return of retro 90s aesthetics and it’s absolutely delicious to witness.
3. Tove Lo – How Long (From “Euphoria”)
The Swedish singer joins the club involving Billie Eilish and Rosalía by making a song for the hit HBO show ‘Euphoria’. ” How Long” is right up Lo’s lane as it has a dark, edgy
and seductive vibe, perfectly suited for the notorious teen drama. In fact, the intro notes remind one of “are u gonna tell her” by Tove Lo.
4. Ella Mai – DFMU
The return of the R&B songbird is nigh. Ella Mai is sultry, calm, cool and assured in this return to form. Lyrically, it’s very much in Ella’s usual lane with the English singer belting about relationship troubles, mind games and the weariness surrounding possible breakups and betrayals.
5. Raveena – Secret (feat. Vince Staples)
After much teasing and speculation, Raveena has finally revealed the covert art, name and concept behind her upcoming album, ‘Asha’s Awakening’. Recounting the tale of a Sikh space princess and her interplanetary adventures, the second track on this exciting record is “Secret”. “Secret” is a shimmering dance track with a dancehall-inspired beat. Raveena truly glows in this romantic, sensual song and so does rapper Vince Staples in his memorable feature.
6. Kilo Kish – NEW TRICKS: ART, AESTHETICS AND MONEY (feat. Vince Staples)
“New Tricks” is possibly one of Kilo’s more abstract pieces. It’s a hyper-pop sound with a sharp and almost uncomfortable harshness and volume. Kilo raps softly to an aggressive beat about money, glamour and more. Her previous two singles were
musically more conventional and this unexpected sonic turn makes us even more intrigued for Kish’s upcoming body of music.
7. Lava La Rue – Vest & Boxers
The R&B singer and rapper gives us a 90s-styled pop-punk/rock sound. Here, La Rue is more mature with a defined character and confidence that seem beyond their years. La Rue knows musically which direction they are heading and we are happy to be a part of this artist’s journey.
8. AWA – Who’s Asking
The Swedish singer returns to give us this confident, seductive and groovy R&B track. Awa Santesson-Sey is hugely underrated and it’s high time that the world checks out the catchy music catalogue of this bold 24-year old.
9. Japanese Breakfast – Nobody Sees Me Like You Do
Michelle Zauner covers the classic Yoko Ono song as part of the upcoming Yoko Ono tribute album: ‘Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono’. Curated and executive produced by Ben Gibbard, the album is meant to flip upside down the warped negative perception of the infamous artist.
10. Miraa May, Stefflon Don – Big Woman
Miraa and Stefflon gang up for an empowering R&B song with trap beats about body positivity, self-assertion and self-care.
11. Anthony de la Torre – Trust Fall
Anthony has a splendid voice which he displays in this poignant and powerful pop song. The build up is super intriguing to listen to but this author is on the fence regarding the quotidian chorus.
12. Hater – Something
The four-piece indie band from Mälmo, Sweden deliver an organically cozy soft-rock tune to comfort the fans of indie music.
13. ATARASHII GAKKO! – Free Your Mind (Spanish Version)
Its interesting to see the Japanese girl group singing a Spanish version of their energetic rock track “Free Your Mind”. When it comes to Spanish pronunciation and accent, there’s much to improve but it’s endearing to see this pop/rock quartet make an effort towards cultural appreciation and inclusivity.
14. AUDREY NUNA – rebound
The American-Korean rapper from New Jersey follows up on her brilliant, smashing debut mixtape by dropping the deluxe version. Presenting you, ‘a liquid breakfast DELUXE’. The deluxe is a great follow through, musically completing Nuna’s artistic vision.
15. Sinéad Harnett – Let Go
The ‘Ready Is Always Too Late (Deluxe)’ is out now. Thai-Irish singer Sinéad Harnett absolutely shines in this standout, slow tempoed and subdued pop-R&B song.
16. Mae Muller X NEIKED X J Balvin – Better Days (feat. Polo G)
Mae Muller’s biggest hit till date gets a remake, this time including a feature from Latin star J Balvin who gives us a swooning verse in Spanish. But by including verses by Mae, Balvin and Polo each, “Better Days” feels a little too long. Perhaps we could do without Polo’s part in just this one song?
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