This week’s roundup sees steep drops for highly anticipated upcoming albums (Charli XCX, Jack White), a disappointing remix (Chris Lake, NPC and Sosa) and a surprisingly strong demo track (PJ Harvey). We also get enchanting tracks from indie artist Amaroun, R&B mainstay Kehlani and pop star Troye Sivan. And finally, our roundup includes stellar turns from Missy Elliott and Q-Tip, excellent reliable hip hop MCs.
1. Charli XCX – Baby
For their fourth single from the upcoming album ‘Crash’, XCX harnesses the styles of Janet Jackson, Britney Spears and old Bollywood-inspired dance music to create an interesting pop-dance song, even if it doesn’t quite fit the bill. -of the.
2. Kehlani – short story
A perfect little R&B-pop track with an emotionally punchy melody and songwriting that plays against bare instrumentation.
3. Belle and Sebastian – Unnecessary Drama
The much-loved pop group from Glasgow have announced their forthcoming album titled ‘A Bit of Previous’. This is their first full studio album after seven years and we are beyond thrilled. The first single is “Unnecessary Drama” which has a mix of both old B&S sounds and newer influences. The lyrics are more relevant and relevant than ever, especially with young listeners, as Stuart Murdoch sings about the feeling that our lives are passing right past us due to the pandemic. Add a few lines about how time flies, how the past was golden, and how now we’re just surrounded by
“douchebags”, and we have a classic B&S song. The chaotic song also benefits massively from Stevie Jackson’s fantastic harmonica playing.
4. Priya Ragu – Bright
London-based Swiss artist Priya Ragu celebrates her stratospheric rise last year with the release of her debut mixtape ‘damnshestamile‘ with an eclectic, energetic and daring dance track which is produced by his brother, producer Japhna Gold.
5. Ananya Birla – Inaam (with Salvage Audio Collective)
Ananya Birla sings Ajay Devgn star’s Hindi title track, “Rudra”. Cinematic and orchestrated like a James Bond theme song, “Inaam” sounds haunting, anguished and troubled thanks to Birla’s raspy voice.
6. Amaroun – Brown Skin Beauty
“Brown Skin Beauty” is a beautifully vibrant R&B track. As Amaroun gives his love to brunette girls and urges them to relax once in a while, the music invades your whole body and relaxation washes over you.
7. David Guetta – Trampoline (with Missy Elliott, Doechii, Afrojack and BIA)
The MC, DJs and two of the world’s most iconic rappers come together for a house track? What a party! “Trampoline” is not only incredibly fun and catchy, but also as a moment in the making, a cultural moment that will be remembered as a time when some of music’s greatest came together to create pure, heart-pounding music. Doechii’s pen game is
spectacular and breathtaking than ever and she switched her flow like an athlete. It’s like 2022’s answer to the collaborative juggernaut of a 2019 song, “shake it“. However, we wish it was longer.
8. Baby Tate – Sl*t Him Out Again (feat. Kali)
Baby Tate’s new track is a remake of the song she released a few weeks ago called “SHO (Sl*t Him Out)”. Referencing Kamasutra, toe fetish, housekeeping, this is perhaps Baby Tate’s most naughty song. Early on, we undoubtedly remember Megan Thee Stallion because of not just the cheeky lyrics, but a similar flow and beats produced by Hitkidd. The energy drops a bit when we get to Kali’s verse, but the track remains lyrically and ironically engaging.
9. Jack White – Hi-De-Ho (with Q-Tip)
The most surprisingly delicious – but also the most remarkable – track on Jack White’s forthcoming album, “Hi-De-Ho” almost evokes the spirit of Cab Calloway who was a pioneering jazz artist and performer in 20th-century America. century. Q-Tip, the hip hop artist and former A Tribe Called Quest MC/producer, is the featured artist here and he channels a vigorously entertaining personality into an inventive, rabid song.
10. Troye Sivan, Gordi – Wait
Pop idol Troye Sivan teams up with Gordi to craft a powerful and heartbreaking pop song for the coming-of-age comedy-drama film, “Three Months.”
11. Ella Henderson – Everything I Didn’t Say
Henderson makes a memorable piano song with powerful, crisp, clear and direct lyrics to teach us the lesson that sometimes less is more.
12. Pip Millett – Roll With Me
Pip Millet, the singer-songwriter from Manchester, has a Jorja Smith cadence that pairs well with the R&B sound of “Ride With Me,” and it’s beautiful to listen to.
13. Chris Lake, NPC – A Drug From God (SOSA Remix)
Producer Chris Lake and Grimes-led music group NPC released a song last year to mixed reactions called “A Drug From God.” Now we have a remix of it by producer SOSA. The remixed version sounds very different, and perhaps not for the better, as the original’s haunting edginess is absent from what is now a mostly ’empty’ – albeit long – track. It’s only better suited for listening to diehard fans of the EDM/trance/electronica genres.
14. PJ Harvey – The Department of Defense (demo)
This demo version is such a banger. The strumming guitar here plays like a thriller on the edge of the seat to build tension and anticipation.
Check out the “New Songs Sunday” playlist on Spotify.