We take a look at new tracks released in the past week, in genres spanning soul, rock, hip hop and pop music.
1. Chlöe – Treat Me
The ‘Have Mercy’ star gives us resplendent harmonies in her latest track ‘Treat Me’. Sometimes it feels like there are two songs in one, and the lyrics are super confident and self-assured. It’s still a fun trail.
Doechii – Crazy
Florida rapper Doechii gives us a wild ride with “Crazy.” His music has always been unbalanced, but it’s a new level of madness, with an energy that matches Azealia Banks and Nicki Minaj’s alter ego, Roman Zolanksi. “Crazy” will re-energize the party crowd, making them rise and rage. Doechii’s verses are also inventive.
Camila Cabello – psychofreak (feat. WILLOW)
The “Señorita” singer has released her new pop record, “Familia.” A highlight of this LP is “psychofreak”. With the highly memorable voice of the ever-reliable Willow Smith, Cabello explores her insecurities as she describes feeling like an outsider and having to struggle with fame, the media, and her emotions. At one point, the singer addresses her issues with her former Fifth Harmony singers (“I don’t blame the girls for how it went”). The song itself might not have much replay value.
BIA – London (with J Cole)
The rapper from Massachusetts jumps on the very British “Drill beat” to offer us a super fun hip hop title. With her creative verses alluding to London and British culture in general, you might even think the rapper is from the UK if you didn’t know BIA before. Fellow rapper J Cole matches the vibe with fire bars.
OSHUN – Unplugged
The dynamic hip hop/R&B duo is back. Known for their political messages, Afro-futuristic aesthetic and visuals, and enough swag to drown out New York City, many fans were excited about this duo’s sequel. Their new single, “Unplugged,” is a calmer, toned-down song in the acoustic soul genre. The lyrics, which encourage listeners to disconnect from social media and connect to real life instead, are an extremely relevant issue among Millennials and Gen Z. The voice is reminiscent of Greentea Peng. Lasting over 5 minutes, the relaxing, almost meditative song stretches too thinly.
Anthony De La Torre, Lana Condor – No One Can
Singer De La Torre and actress Lana Condor (“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”) announced their engagement to much fanfare. To commemorate this sweet moment, the much-loved couple have released a lovely romantic ballad that will be a big hit at wedding dances.
Yung Lean – Bliss (with FKA twigs)
Swedish rapper Yung Lean creates a fun hip hop track with FKA’s effervescent twigs. His new studio album, ‘Stardust’, is out now.
Tay Money – Fake Love
It may be one of rapper Tay Money’s weakest singles since “Self Made.” Usually reliable for its catchy beats and samples, “Fake Love” is a more trap rap song with a few cheesy verses, like the awful “He’s Gonna Give Me Head Like A Hairdryer.” Then I cook for him in my air fryer”. The track seems scattered and brainless; it will excite listeners in a club, but repel them outside when they are sane.
Will Joseph Cook – Kisses
The Kent artist puts his signature summer melodies and offbeat pop production to good use in this upbeat romantic song dedicated to his beloved.
Maya Jane Coles, CAYAM – Voicemail
Producer Maya Jane Coles, also using the stage name CAYAM, brings us a mesmerizing electronic dance piece that has some tantalizing vocal additions.
Anna Calvi – It’s not a grave
The artist Anna Calvi creates a rock track to accompany the soundtrack of the TV show “Peaky Blinders”. The rock song channels PJ Harvey, who also did a show.
Karen Elson – Green
The English singer looks elegant and gorgeous in this magical piece of lounge pop, with songwriting that sticks faithfully to color themes and their importance in Elson’s life.
Wet Leg – Ur Mum
English pop duo Wet Leg give a powerful performance with “Ur Mum”. If it doesn’t win you over in its first ten seconds, wait for the unexpected scream near the end that will penetrate your soul and make you seek out the talented young band.
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