Best New Music of the Week: Sam Smith, Charli XCX, and Martin Garrix
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"How Do You Sleep?" by Sam Smith
Following "Dancing With A Stranger" with Normani earlier this year, Sam Smith's latest track "How Do You Sleep?" has arrived with an MV that features the singer-songwriter dancing for the very first time alongside a troupe of shirtless male dancers, voguing and rolling his hips effortlessly Elsewhere, a slick BMX bike ramp makes an unexpected appearance.
"These Are the Times" by Martin Garrix featuring JRM
Martin Garrix releases yet another feel-good dance track, "These Are The Times". Its heartfelt lyrics by JRM and sparkling beats come alive in an adorable MV that features a cute couple that connects over music.
"Gone" by Charli XCX featuring Christine and the Queens
Charli XCX is going from strength to strength. This year, her collabs with BTS ("Dream Glow") and Lizzo ("Blame It On Your Love") have amplified her fan base and musical cred. She kills it once again with "Gone" featuring Christine and the Queens. The accompanying MV is a wet, S&M dream. Get your wig snatched below.
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"Spirit" by Beyoncé (from the soundtrack of Disney's The Lion King)
The live-action remake of Disney's The Lion King will be hitting theatres in Singapore next week. Bey has not only voiced Simba's lover Nala in the film, but she has also produced its soundtrack. Released to coincide with its red carpet premiere (where she was dripping in bling), the first track, "Spirit", opens with a Swahili chant and is driven by Bey's powerful vocals. Long live the King Queen!
"No.6 Collaborations Project" album by Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeren has been on a roll recently. In the past couple of months, he has dropped chart-climbing teasers to this album: namely, "I Don't Care" with Justin Bieber and "Cross Me" featuring Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock. His other collaborators include Khalid, Camila Cabello, Stormzy, Travis Scott, Eminem, 50 Cent, Skrillex, and Bruno Mars. With this genre-defying album, the singer-songwriter has stepped out of his acoustic-pop sound, reinvented his staid image, and enthralled his fans with fresh flavour.
"Utopia" by Subhas featuring Migrants Band Singapore
Outspoken Singaporean rapper Subhas isn't afraid of spitting some truth bombs in his work. His latest track, "Utopia", pays homage to migrant workers who have left their motherland to build Singapore from the ground up. The song was composed as part of a National Day challenge by CNA titled "Roar!", which asked local artists to write new music for National Day in a manner that best represents them.
"Dark & Handsome" by Blood Orange featuring Toro y moi
Blood Orange aka Dev Hynes wrote "Dark & Handsome" to express the thoughts and emotions that were in his head and heart when he first moved to LA. The song revoles around grief, death and suicide as he had lost a couple of friends in 2018. This soft, slow-going track is decorated with Toro's signature synth riffs.
"Lights/Boy With Luv" by BTS
The pretty boys from Korea are back at it again! BTS' latest Japanese single, "Lights", topped Japan's Oricon chart on Thursday, and has since garnered close to 16 million hits on Youtube. BTS will be releasing a movie next month titled: Bring The Soul: The Movie. We expect the K-wave K-tsunami to get even bigger from here on.
"Time Won't Go Slowly" by Snow Patrol
Snow Patrol latest single, "Time Won't Go Slowly" has that stripped down beat and heart-stirring lyrics that have become synonmous with the band's output. Guitarist Jhonny McDaid is reportedly recovering from a "serious problem" with his neck that required surgery. We sure hope that he gets well soon, as the band is expected to perform in Singapore on 1 September this year. Until then, grab a glass of vino and chill out to their new ballad.
"Happy Days" by Blink 182
"I wanna feel happy days/Walls of isolation inside my pain/And I don't know if I'm ready to change". Blink 182's latest track takes us back to their heydays in the late 1990s, where all we wanted was to grow up. With Matt Skiba leading the trio this time around, it feels like we will never get over the pop-punk band's bittersweet music.
"I Wanna Thank Me" by Snoop Dogg
Back in November last year, after receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the rapper ended his speech by thanking himself for never giving up, and for being the successful rapper that he is today. This new song sums up the highs and lows of Snoop Dogg's career in an entertaining nutshell.
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