Our weekly roster brings us some colourful new tracks from this past week (and the week before) and span a diverse range of musical sounds: from rock and hip hop, to house, pop and R&B. Unfortunately, we couldn’t include many more tracks, such as Queen Millz’s “Blowing” and Felukah and Dounia’s “Say Hi To My Demons”, thanks to the over-packed list but we suggest you check those out too.
1. Rita Ora – Finish Line
The British singer-songwriter gives us an uplifting by-the-numbers pop song about grinding hard and not giving up.
2. Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 5
“The Heart Part 5” is a track stretching over five minutes and illustrates all the issues the rapper deals with on a personal level as well as interpersonally. Passionate, heartfelt and ambitious, this jazz-based hip hop track is a useful indicator of the mood which Lamar is going for in his new album. Titled Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, the LP marks the masterful rapper’s return to music after a 5 year break.
3. My Chemical Romance – The Foundations of Decay
The legendary rock band from New Jersey, US take the world by storm with their new single, “The Foundations of Decay”. Characteristically brooding, edgy and troubled, it’s the perfect return for a band that was, and still is, adored by millions of former “lost souls” who credit the band for saving them.
4. YUNGBLUD, WILLOW – Memories
This pop-punk track has been out for two weeks now and has garnered ridicule from all music circles apart from the Yungblud fandom. This author doesn’t get the hate though, because “Memories” feels like a fun throwback tune to the early 00s without trying too hard. And the two artists on the track have fairly good chemistry. So why the hate?
5. Shygirl – Firefly
With “Firefly”, the London artist has announced her debut album, Nymph. Out in September, we think the record will see Shygirl take a softer, romantic route judging by the lead single. It’s a stylistic departure for the artist who became known for her sweaty, dark house record which is of course the critically hit EP, ALIAS.
6. Remi Wolf – Michael
“Michael” is the new single from Remi’s upcoming deluxe version of what was her debut album, Juno. Upbeat yet somehow muted with grunge tones, the track is effervescent and unique just like Remi herself.
7. Raja Kumari – HBIC
“HBIC” is the title track of Indian-American rapper Raja Kumari’s new EP, also titled HBIC. Standing for “Head B***h In Charge”, the track solidifies the rapper’s never-say-die persona.
8. Noah Cyrus – Mr. Percocet
More famous in India for being Miley Cyrus’ sister, Noah Cyrus is a musician with unbridled talent which effortlessly shines in this subdued, and lyrically dazzling track about addiction and attachment.
9. felicita, Kero Kero Bonito – Cluck
The latest track released under PC Music is a collaboration between the London-based producer Felicita and Kero Kero Bonito. Scattered and featherlight, the track tries to go for a playful, eccentric tone, sounding like ATARASHII GAKKO!’s Snacktime music in the process.
10.Digital Farm Animals, Kelli Leigh – Streets of Gold
British house music hasn’t sounded this pure and free for some time. Singer Kelli Leigh’s voice is perfectly suited for this powered-up dancefloor track that will take you back to 90s and 00s-era London.
11. CHAI – SURPRISE
The J-pop group are at their sweetest best with this unabashedly happy summer-friendly song. Although the flowery track was released two weeks ago, one couldn’t help sharing this bundle of joy with the NSS readers.
12.Cosmo’s Midnight – Bang My Line (feat. Tkay Maidza)
The Australian musical duo collaborate with singer and rapper Tkay Maidza on a funky, groovy track that is a perfect addition for your summer playlist.
Check out the “New Songs Sunday” playlist on Spotify.
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