From New Singles to Albums to Music Videos; Here’s Some of Our Favorites Of The Week All In One Place & Playlist
Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
Undisputed in anticipation, the latest single that was teased by powerhouse female rappers Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion earlier in the week is the club banger that will be sure to outlive quarantine. And with no end in sight, that’s a bold statement to make, but we’re standing by it. Between the track + incredible visuals with many surprise guests, the duo delivered a twerk-fueled, female empowering anthem for this generation that has everybody either talking or twerking.
Omar Apollo – Stayback
Along with the new single + visuals for “Stayback,” Omar Apollo has also announced that it is his first to be released from his forthcoming, and highly anticipated debut album. A rising star that has now arrived on the scene, the soulful indie, R&B crooner does not disappoint with this smooth, funk tinged ballad for longing for a forbidden love.
Lewis Del Mar – TV
The New York duo unveiled a new single + video today for “TV.” A folksier track for the rather experimental pop pair; the song carries the air of exploring the depths of chaos which is all too fitting for our current climate. From its thematic lyrics to its production, the song is a culmination of many moving and individualistic parts that can be found in one location, much like the channels found on a single television unit.
Kali Uchis & Rico Nasty – Aqui Yo Mando
Colombian songstress Kali Uchis has teamed up with Rapper Rico Nasty on this latest venture. Bringing us a bilingual banger, the song wraps itself around two women on calling the shots. With the takeover of their respective genres with their sudden rise to the top, we could all take a few notes from the leading ladies.
Icona Pop – Feels In My Body
Electro-pop dup Icona Pop have returned with their latest dance ready track, “Feels In My Body.” You’ll definitely be feeling your body once it starts as the song is full of energy and has you riding the high of the beat until the song is through. We’d recommend adding this to your workout playlist until you can enjoy this one at a rave or dance party with friends.
Blink 182 – Quarantine
With one of the most literal titles and themes for an in isolation produced track, Blink 182 has shared “Quarantine.” A fast paced and energetic pop punk song that sings about the trials and tribulations of being stuck in the house. An all too relatable track for those who want to move around a bit while shouting “f**k quarantine.”
Paloma Ford Feat. Rick Ross – All For Nothing
The R&B singer Paloma Ford shares “All For Nothing,” a ballad dedicated to the heartbreak experienced from the realization of over pouring in a relationship. Enlisting the help of Rick Ross on the track, the song provides some melodic reflection and downtime during these times.
Anderson .Paak Feat. JID, Noname, Jay Rock – Lockdown
Anderson .Paak calls upon a star studded roster list to remix his track “Lockdown,” having JID, NoName and Jay Rock feature verses over his smooth groove track. A track that initially honored the victims of police brutality, it seems its relevance since its June release has only grown stronger, this time around including a wider expansion of social justice issues permeating the world.
Kathleen – August
Multi-Instrumentalist Kathleen releases her latest single “August,” that serves as a reflection of the hopes the upcoming month holds for the singer. The song ruminates in the rest, reflection and catharsis that is needed in order to keep moving and keep growing into the new world and away from the rubble were currently under.
Mami Sandunga Feat. Chaboi – Batimami
Bursting onto the Reggaeton scene, Mami Sandunga has dropped her twerk worthy single “Batimami.” A play on the use of a bat signal, the song is an instant and dire call to the dancfloor. Mix in the instant-hit production by Chaboi and the result is a track that has us all wishing people would wear their masks already so we can get back to the clubs and request this already. Until then, play this in your favorite room in the house and get ready to be called to the duty of your own perreo party.
Tame Impala – Is It True
Famed alternative psych-rock Tame Impala, released a retro inspired music video for single “Is It True” off their latest record ‘The Slow Rush.’ An upbeat, disco heavy song for the outfit meets a colorful and VHS-esque aesthetic counterpart in its visuals. Only fitting for a band that has made its name for its elusive use of color experimentation both with their sound and aesthetics.
Manu Grace – Two Weeks
South African singer Manu Grace provides her latest single “Two Weeks,” an intimate and breezy track that is the musical manifestation of an unanticipated romance in Tuscany, encompassing the colors, sounds, smells and sensations of a fun-yet-fleeting summer. With physical travels limited in quarantine, this song provides a bit of refuge via daydreaming travels.
Jessie Reyez – BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US
Powerhouse songstress Jessie Reyez shares a new video for her single “BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US,” off her latest project by the same name and coming shortly after after her cameo in Beyonce‘s production Black Is King. The video journeys alongside the singer as she explores her hometown of Toronto, all the while exploring the downfall of a failing relationship alongside other tribulations like hope, second chances and the life/death dichotomy.
REYNA – Lonely Girl
The female electro-pop duo REYNA, have shared their latest single that dances with the isolating and paralyzing feeling of social anxiety and the all too common feeling of FOMO (fear of missing out). In a time where isolation is mandated, this song provides an introspective dance party to sort out the feelings of fighting loneliness; something we can all use until were out in the world once again.
Glass Animals – Dreamland
The dreamy psych-pop quartet Glass Animals have released their much anticipated album Dreamland. After a an incredible amount of hardship both personally with members recovering from near fatal accidents, and now artistically due to obstacles placed by COVID, the band has superseded hardship and delivered an incredibly intimate album worthy of its title. An album spiraling to the depths of dreams and back, it sets the perfect back drop for tuning in to ultimately find yourself tuning out of reality.
Washed Out – Paralyzed
Atmospheric singer and songwriter Washed Out has released his latest project ‘Purple Noon’ into the world. An absolute dive into other worldly electronic and synth rhythms, the visuals that accompany its singles, such as “Paralyzed“, take a closer look into the intricacies of touch and intimacy. Something that has become so much more visually powerful in a world that has become so devoid of it.
Loyal Lobos – Si Te Portas Mal (Be Bad)
Colombian songstress Andrea Silva, who goes by the moniker Loyal Lobos, released her latest project “Si Te Portas Mal (Be Bad)” today. The song and quarantined style video explore the complexities of womanhood and what it means to be bad. The song aims to find connection between the artist and her audience, in which she seeks to provide validation to her listeners as they contemplate their own questions that may be present within their existence.
Victoria Monet – Jaguar
R&B star, who up until now has been behind the scenes writing major breakthrough tracks for the likes of Ariana Grande and Fifth Harmony, Victoria Monet claims her rightful title with her debut album “Jaguar.” An R&B backbone, funk infused rhythm and catchy pop leaning lyricism makes not only the single, but the same named album to be infectiously feel good in all the best ways.
Nation of Language – On Division St
With their debut LP ‘Introduction, Presence’ noted as one of our favorite releases of the year, synth-pop trio Nation of Language have released stunning visuals that serve as an ode to the Brooklyn neighborhood for their single “On Division St.” Taking us on a journey through the everyday in NYC, the sonic and visual displays leave us with an 80s twist on modern day NYC.
Mei – Rudimental
“Rudimental” is the first track released by Mei, after his recent name change from prior moniker “Brandt Orange.” At the intersection of indie pop and ambient R&B, the song is a vulnerably open walk through a lovers pensive mind after a relationships end battling between understanding if it is romance or intimacy that is missed. The singer has also announced his upcoming debut album along with the single.
Enjoy our playlist of favorites to spin you into the weekend!