Best New Music of the Week: Alison Mosshart, THELIONCITYBOY, Jonas Brothers and Karol G, Alice Cooper, and Future
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Every week, Buro. selects the best new music of the week so you don't have to deal with the white noise.
"It Ain't Water" by Alison Mosshart
Frontwoman for rock duo The Kills, as well as blues-punk foursome The Dead Weather, Alison Mosshart has released her second solo single. Together with "Rise" that was released last month, the two songs will be available as a seven-inch vinyl release slated for 31 July. This is a great lockdown track with its broody vocals amidst a moody atmosphere. If you need a soundtrack for the current situation, this is it.
"Could Be Worse" by THELIONCITYBOY
It has been a year, but THELIONCITYBOY is back with a new release. Rapping effortlessly using Singlish and Malay words here and there and name-dropping local celebrities, Kevin Lester tries to uplift us by looking at the bright side during our circuit breaker. If you're feeling down, put this on to rap out loud at home and remember that we are lucky to be in Singapore.
"X" by Jonas Brothers featuring Karol G
The trio with wives almost, or more, famous than them have released a catchy pop single that will make you want to get up and dance. Colombian reggaeton singer Karol G joins in to give it an authentic sultry Latino flair. The brothers have also released "Five More Minutes" on the same day as "X", which showing their softer side on that track.
"Don't Give Up" by Alice Cooper
Rock god Alice Cooper has released a new track that could be the stirring anthem we need in this time for fans and anyone else who will listen. He switches between speaking wisely then rocking his signature vocals hard in this track. It makes you want to punch your fists in the air and rock along.
High Off Life by Future
Hip hop's prolific rapper, Future, has released his eighth studio album that features a slew of artists including Drake, Travis Scott, DaBaby, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Meek Mill, and more. The album has 21 songs that give a depiction of his current life and how he is moving to the next level of creativity, as he said in a magazine interview. Proving his talent, Future tweeted that the album went gold after 30 minutes of the release.
"Dance It All Out" by JESSMO
Local independent artiste-producer JESSMO has released her first single for the year with this electro-pop number. It is a fun track to dance to and if the nightclubs were still open, we imagine this would be a good clubbing staple. JESSMO hopes to have her album out sometime this year.
Give It Back" by Jon Chua JX
This Australia-born artiste has been keeping busy balancing being a solo artist and part of local quartet The Sam Willows, while manning music production house Zendyll, which he co-founded. His latest track mixes hip hop beats and pop melodies where he croons about getting his life back to regular scheduling after a bad romantic experience. It's a hopeful break up song that you could listen to on repeat without getting too emotional.
"Stuck with U" by Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber
The pop duo has come together to collaborate on a sweet song where the net proceeds will be donated to the First Responders Children's Foundation. The music for the video shows a whole bunch of people, including the singers and their partners, dancing, drinking or hanging out with their pets. And yes, we said the singers and their partners. Looks like Ariana is confirming she is in a new relationship.
It Was Good Until It Wasn't by Kehlani
This is the singer's much-awaited sophomore album since 2017, and fans showed they missed her when she was trending for a few hours on Twitter after her album dropped. Collaborating with the likes of Jhené Aiko, Masego, James Blake, and Lucky Daye, her songs are R&B in its purest form — full of sultry, brooding, soulful, sexy sounds. Play this for a romantic time whether with your partner or by yourself.
"Saving Grace" by Kodaline
The latest single off their fourth album, One Day At A Time, to be released on June 12, is another pandemic-related song about feelings and loving the people in your life. It's a lovely slow song that the band says is "an anthemic expression of optimism and vulnerability." If we could go to their concert, we'd imagine this is one where the phone lights come out and swayed side to side.
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The Singapore alternative electronic duo's highly anticipated album, Hail Nothing, treads a unique balance between trip-hop, post-punk and slow-driving techno with raw, dirty synthesisers, vigorous arpeggiation, and spellbinding vocal melodies. With collaborations with poets (on two tracks), this is the perfect soundtrack to a thunderstorm and when contemplating the meaning of 2020.
"Savage Remix" by Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé
We were already graced with this track and now we are blessed to have it again, remixed, and with new raps by — ahem — Queen Bey. Listening to Beyoncé rap makes you want to turn around and twerk. Proceeds from this track will benefit Bread of Life's Houston COVID-19 relief efforts. How's that for charity?
"Right Time" by Hayden James and Icona Pop
Australian producer Hayden James' first release of 2020 is an upbeat track created with Swedish duo Icona Pop. Get inspired by Icona Pop in the music video and turn your home (or room) into your very own nightclub while playing this summery pop banger. They said they want to share a little light and positivity and get everyone raving at home. Sounds like a "right time" to us.
Apparition by serpentwithfeet
The avant-garde baroque singer-songwriter and renowned collaborator (with the likes of Ty Dolla $ign and Perfume Genius) takes us on a journey in his three-track EP. The album was led by the question: "What ghosts am I welcoming into my house?" His lyrics hit a nerve such as in "A Comma" where he croons "Life's gotta get easier/Can't carry a heavy heart into another year." You'll be in for some deep thinking with this album.
"I Know Alone" by Haim
Originally slated to be released for 24 April then pushed back to late summer due to COVID-19, Haim decided to "f**k that" and instead release their new album, Women In Music Pt. III, on 26 June, in time for summer. Off their album is this synth-heavy track that will hit you in the feels because we all "know alone" especially in this pandemic time. Watch the video to pick up some social distancing dance moves that we're sure will be used on Tik Tok.
"Dopamine" by Fingerfunk
Considering the news we've had this week with the extension of circuit breaker, Fingerfunk has prescribed the dopamine we need (thank you)! The Singapore R&B and hip-hop quartet of smooth vocals and fun, flowy lyrics will have you put this track on repeat to keep that smile on your face.
'Stay Home" by Singapore hip hop artistes
14 of Singapore's most talented hip hop artistes have come together in a song to drive home the message of strength in unity, to support nationwide efforts to overcome Covid-19 and, well, to remind you to stay at home. The track tugs at the heartstrings and flows effortlessly and impressively between our island's four main languages. It features Charlie Lim, Yung Raja, Fariz Jabba, ShiGGa Shay, Alif, ABANGSAPAU, Tosh Rock, Iman, Aisyah Aziz, Shye, Zadon, YAØ, Hashy and Dee Kosh. The artists wrote, recorded, and filmed the single and music video from home, completing the project in just 11 days. It's a re-interpretation of Malaysia's version of #JanganKeluar (don't go out) that featured 17 of their own singers.
"Leh Loh" by Shigga Shay
Our locals got talent by not laying low in releasing their new music during this circuit breaker period. Shigga Shay is no exception. The first track off his upcoming mixtape, the title is a Singlish take on ‘lay low'. His gruff rapping and the background bell chimes will make you feel like royalty while you nod to this tune sitting regally in your armchair at home.
"Good Job" by Alicia Keys
Soulful queen Alicia Keys has released a tribute track for healthcare and frontline workers in this coronavirus pandemic. "Whether you're on the frontlines at the hospitals, balancing work, family and home school teaching, delivering mail, packages, or food, or facing other personal difficulties because of Covid-19, I feel you," she said. "You are seen, loved and deeply appreciated." Standby tissues.
"Wake Up Dead" by T-Pain featuring Chris Brown
Nappy boy and Pretty boy reunite for a collaboration we've been waiting for. They have been teasing the track on their socials for release today which makes staying home exciting, for once. T-Pain said this song is "super special" to him as his wife, Amber Najm, helped him write it. The track has an R&B melody reminiscent of their early 2000s hits together.
"Shot in the Dark" by JAIE
New York-based Malaysian nu-soul singer-songwriter JAIE has released an R&B track that gives off retro vibes with its lush electronic sounds. Her soulful vocals will make you want to get up and slow dance.
"Bali" by Rich Brian ft. Guapdad 4000
Meant to be at performing at the cancelled Coachella this year, the Indonesian rapper, who was the first Asian music artist to reach the top spot on iTunes' Hip Hop charts, has dropped his latest and first single for 2020. The 20-year-old's impressive lyrical flow together with San Francisco-native and Grammy-nominated rapper, Guapdad 4000, creates a bouncy summer beat (for a possible summer indoors) that will make you feel like you are in Bali (please take us back soon).
"Gimme Love" by Joji
Also meant to be performing at the cancelled Coachella, Joji's — the first Asian-born artist to top the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart — new single is split into two distinct parts. It starts with a drum-and-bass beat that evolves into a frenetic pop sound. Halfway through, the song takes a dramatic shift in tone with an orchestral background that completes in a euphoric end. "Gimme Love" is an introduction to Joji's sophomore album, Nectar, set to release on July 10.
"Leader of the Delinquents" by Kid Cudi
Welcome back! The Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist's first solo music since 2016, this track is heavy with topics like rebellion, drugs, and mental health. The Cleveland rapper's style is simple but reminiscent of old school battle that flows together with twinkling piano keys, synths, and scratches.
"I Dare You" by Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson brings the world together via video in this wonderful pop track sung with five artists, who also have their own native renditions in five languages – Zaz in French, Faouzia in Arabic, Blas Cantó in Spanish, Galsperlenspiel in German and Maya Buskila in Hebrew. Yas Kween!
"Lovers Forever" by Ben Kheng
This will warm even the coldest of hearts. A sugar-sweet love song by Singapore's very own heartthrob, "Lovers Forever" will get you singing along by the second listen. We're guessing this is what he'll be singing at his wedding?
"Born Like This" by Melo
The members of Chinese rap group, Higher Brothers, have been keeping busy releasing their solo singles and albums. Melo is the latest to do so with his first track that has a gritty Eminem style. It's off his upcoming album, Old Master, due to release on 21 April.
"Imagine U" by Omar Apollo
The rising Mexican-American artist from Indiana, US, has released this Daft Punk-inspired song as his first material of 2020. The easy-listening electronic-pop track is co-produced with Kenny Beats, a prolific hip hop and EDM producer. "Imagine U" is their third collaboration.
"Proud Of You" by Kojey Radical
The East London rapper's first track of the year is reflective of this crazy time, though the lyrics are uplifting and the tune is groovy. In his own words, "with all the chaos going on I felt like this song is a perfect way to help remind people to consider what makes you proud of you."
"Anyone But Me" by Joy Crookes
This South London crooner of Bangladeshi-Irish descent has dropped something new since being nominated for "Rising Star" at the 2020 Brit Awards. She's only 21, and sings-speaks about her personal journey with mental health with an irresistable, jazzy flow. "Learning to be more open, I had a conversation with my best friend who pointed out that when we are dealing with depression and anxiety — we almost become tired of constantly being with ourselves — you want to be with anyone BUT yourself," she says. "This is the position I took when I wrote 'Anyone But Me'. The lyrics speak for themselves. I hope we can all continue breaking down boundaries that stretch between generations and cultures and continue this conversation about how we really feel."
"Coffee" by Kris Wu and Luhan
These two singers released this single much to the surprise of their fans. You see, Kris Wu and Luhan are former boyband members from Chinese-Korean group EXO-M, who disbanded in 2016 (and not in a friendly manner, we might add). Bringing much-needed cheer to the world, the fun pop tune is cool-sounding, great to bop to and just like coffee, a good pick-me-up.
"Believe it" by PartyNextDoor and Rihanna
Queen Riri is back. Well, kind of. She has given her vocals to this track by Canadian R&B star PartyNextDoor (PND), as part of his latest album, Partymobile. It's an exciting combo as neither have released any new material since 2016, although PND has had some collaborations.
"Way Back" by Capo Lee and JME
The Brit grime MCs from North London come together for Capo Lee's second single of 2020. It gives off bouncy, retro vibes with anthem potential that will make you want to get up and move.
"Qadir" by Nick Hakim
This 7.32-minute release is a homage to the singer's late friend. A reminder us to check in on those we love, this song holds a message that is ever so pertinent in this current climate. The track is part of his soon-to-be-launched album, Will This Make Me Feel Good, on 15 May that keeps to the theme of friendship, recovery, and mental health awareness.
"Take Yourself Home" by Troye Sivan
In his own words, "the song is kind of a pep talk with yourself and the place you're from. Grappling with your place in the world. I write these songs as a diary entry, then as life and places change and relationships change, songs can take on a new meaning entirely. Clearly that has happened for this song, with what is going on in the world right now." Looks like this time of isolation is making some artistes turn inward to express themselves creatively about the current state of the world. We think we are better for it. Keep them coming!
"Lullaby" by mersie
Based in Seoul, Singapore singer-songwriter mersie has just released her new single on all digital platforms. Her soothing vocals accompanied by the strumming of a ukulele in this track creates a light atmosphere for a hopeful tomorrow.
"Vanishing Twin" by Blake Mills
Lie back, set up your speakers, and turn up your volume for this experimental rock number. This track is guitarist-songwriter-producer Blake Mills' first cut from his forthcoming LP Mutable Set. The hushed lyrics and airy sounds of strings and beats will take you away into a philosophical escape.
"Heavy" by Orchid
British-Iranian artist Orchid is expanding her electro-pop singing repertoire with this nostalgic UK Garage with this tune. Go back to the golden era of 2000s UKG in this bubbly cut with sugary melodies. This track is featured on her debut EP 'Gold Dust' that is out now.
"Coffin" by Jessie Reyez featuring Eminem
Canadian R&B singer-songwriter just dropped her debut album Before Love Came To Kill Us. The fourth track in the album, Coffin, features Eminem and the duet is lit. This isn't the first time the two have worked together, previously in 2018 on Eminem's Kamikaze'album.
"Her" by Anne-Marie
British pop star Anne-Marie recently released this heart-wrenching track on UK's Mothers' Day celebrating her mum. She pays a tribute to all mums in an Instagram post too. Listen with some tissues nearby.
"Who I Am" by Melanie C
Sporty Spice has released a new dance-pop track that will get your head bopping while you recline listening to it. The lyrics give an insight into the Spice Girl who has matured in her self-acceptance. Our favourite line: "When I look in the mirror, I finally like what I see."
"Odogwu" by Burna Boy
The Grammy-nominated artist drops a "champion" track where he beautifully blends Afrobeats with hip hop as his signature style. The Nigerian artist is meant to start his "Twice as Tall" world tour in May performing all over North America and Europe, but we'll have to see if that can happen considering the Covid-19 situation.
"Physical" by Dua Lipa featuring Hwa Sa
Dua Lipa joins forces with K-pop star Hwa Sa from girl group Mamamoo for this bilingual remixed track. The original comes from Dua's latest album, Future Nostalgia, that was released in January 2020. The ladies had met at the 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards.
A Written Testimony album by Jay Electronica
Absent from anything musically for about a decade, Jay Electronica comes back in full force with his latest album, released by record label Roc Nation. Although it was marketed as a solo project, owner of the label and mogul rapper Jay Z dominates most of the tracks. Reviews have been mixed but we're happy to see Jay (both Jays, actually) lyrically back.
"Running Red Lights" by The Avalanches featuring Rivers Cuomo and Pink Siifu
The Australian electronic music group released their new single featuring the vocals of Weezer's Rivers Cuomo and LA-based rapper Pink Siifu, who recites late singer David Berman's lyrics from his Purple Mountains song, "Darkness and Cold." This song is about love and loss. The last time the band released any music was their 2016 album, Wildflower. Welcome back, guys.
Eternal Atake by Lil Uzi Vert
After two years, rapper Lil Uzi Vert has dropped Eternal Atake to critical acclaim. Bonus: on Twitter, Lil Uzi said he is dropping a deluxe edition with 14 new songs on March 13. He calls it the sequel to his 2016 project Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World, putting two albums into one.
"Morocco" by Alina Baraz featuring 6lack
Include this in your romantic playlist. Dropping this new single to announce her upcoming debut album, It Was Divine, Alina Baraz's sultry new song, which she describes as gravitating around love and self, showcases her velvety vocals. The album is scheduled to be released on May 5.
"Gaslighter" by Dixie Chicks
This is their first album in — wait for it — 14 long years. Out on May 1, the title track is for all those people who have ever gaslighted you. They made you think you're crazy? Well, show 'em.
"24HRS" by Itzy
Get your pom poms out for this cheerleading track. Last month, the South Korean girl group broke the record for the most-watched K-pop debut music video (14 million times for "Dalla Dalla") in the first 24 hours on YouTube. How apt to have a catchy tune titled "24HRS" after that.
"Panamera" by Lastmonday
Seems to be that the usual fun-loving tracks of Latino hip-hop and reggaeton stars are getting a little more serious in their messages. Last week, J. Balvin's "Rojo" video showed the dangers of driving while using your phone. This week, Lastmonday's track is a cautionary tale about living a life of crime and keeping your enemies close. The Bronx-born Dominican artist who mixes hip-hop with traces of reggaeton will be releasing his upcoming Yo, Tigerito! project, in Spring.
"When To Say When" and "Chicago Freestyle" by Drake
Love him or hate him, the man can rap. The Canadian lyricist just released two new tracks for 2020, and both are featured in one video. He samples Jay-Z's "Song Cry" in the first track, and Eminem's "Superman" in the second, giving nods to the greats while singing about his own rap journey.
"Drown" by Martin Garrix featuring Clinton Kane
Martin Garrix teams up with 21-year-old rising star Clinton Kane for his first release of 2020 and Kane's EDM debut. Never heard of Kane? The Norwegian singer-songwriter is a widely popular YouTuber who started by singing covers before performing his own tracks about deep feelings. We expect this radio-friendly hit to be heard at clubs and festivals soon enough.
"Prince Charming" by Masiwei
Chinese rap group Higher Brothers' Masiwei has branched out to release his first solo album, Prince Charming, where he raps about love and his career. His title track, where he lyrically flows between English and Mandarin seamlessly, is a good mix of the two themes.
"The Man" by Taylor Swift
Tay Tay exposes the double standards women face for doing the same things as men in — wait for it — drag. She also shows who's boss in her closing credits of the video — directed by, written by, owned by, and starring her own damn self.
"Rojo" by J. Balvin
The Colombian singer's latest track "Rojo" is his third single and part of his upcoming Colores album, due to be out on March 20. Watch out for the public service announcement at the end of the video: "Distracted driving claims thousands of lives every year. Put away your phone and help us spread the message." Good one, Balvin.
"Stupid Love" by Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga returns with "Stupid Love", the lead single from her upcoming sixth full-length album. Shot on iPhone, the music video is reminiscent of the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max.
"On" by BTS
Fresh from dropping their album, Map of the Soul: 7, last week, BTS performed at New York City's iconic Grand Central Station. Watch their epic performance, which features their signature seamless dance choreography.
"The Other Side" by SZA and Justin Timberlake
Following his wildly successful song "Can't Stop This Feeling" for the animated movie, Justin Timberlake returns with a brand-new track for the upcoming Trolls World Tour movie. This time, he pairs up with SZA for a soulful dance mix.
"Find Me" by Benjamin Kheng
The former The Sam Willows member continues from his journey as a solo artist, following up last year's infectious debut "Wicked" with an equally impressive number.
"Say So" by Doja Cat
This week, Doja Cat proved that she is more than just a viral TikTok sensation. Dressing Jimmy Fallon's stage with dazzling disco balls, she demonstrated that she is truly a pop sensation to be reckoned with.
"ON" (featuring Sia) by BTS
The lead single from Korean boyband BTS's highly anticipated album, Map of the Soul: 7, features Australian vocal powerhouse, Sia. The song was previewed for 30 seconds on Thursday on their TikTok account, leaving fans much to desire from their epic 20-song album that's out now.
"No Time To Die" by Billie Eilish
Recently bagging a bucket full of Grammy awards, Billie Eilish has been on a roll for awhile now. Following in the footsteps of Adele's "Skyfall" and Sam Smith's "Writing's On The Wall", she headlines the upcoming Bond flick's theme song. Her rapturous live performance of "No Time To Die" at the Brit Awards included a full orchestra and her brother Finneas.
"Beamer (Bad Boys)" by Rema
Nigerian pop phenomenon Rema is best known for his 2019 single, "Dumebi". He returns in 2020 with a banger that's produced by Jamaican producer Rvssian.
"Adore You" by Lizzo (Harry Styles Cover)
It's the unlikely friendship that keeps on giving. It all started when Harry Styles covered Lizzo's "Juice" on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge. Lizzo then invited Harry to sing with her at a pre-Super Bowl Party. This week, Lizzo performed Harry's "Adore You" while she was at the BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.
"After Hours" by The Weeknd
The Weeknd drops his title song from his upcoming album, which is set for release on 20 March.
TikTok is arguably the fasting growing social media platform at the moment. Love it or hate it, there is no escaping TikTok videos. You might have probably caught a glimpse of a few on your IG stories. One thing's for sure, we can't deny that the music used in some of the videos are incredibly catchy. Besides chart-topping mainstream music, TikTok has become a playground for experimental remixes and niche genres. We've compiled some of the most popular songs being used on TikTok right now along with their viral dance challenges, which might just change the way you view the app.
"Don't start now" by Dua Lipa
"Say So" by Doja Cat
cute dance by yodelinghaley
“Sugar” by BROCKHAMPTON
“Lottery” by K Camp
I taught her this dance. charlidamelio #foryou♬ Lottery - K Camp
“Suicidal” by YNW Melly
TikTok is turning the whole family into dancers
“No idea” by Don Toliver
Wait for it!!
“Opaul” by Freddie Dredd
“Shake Dat” by Loui feat. Lil Jay
y’all knew this was coming
“Get busy (Shake that thing)” by Sean Paul
wasn’t going to let this sound die without doing it with mom #foryou♬ Get Busy (Shake That Thing) - laurieelle
“The Box” by Roddy Rich
“Toes” by DaBaby feat. Lil Baby & Moneybagg Yo
“Roxanne” by Arizona Zerves
roxanne by arizona.zervas goes crazy
"My Dough" by Vandetta
On "My Dough", Vandetta is joined by a trio of homegrown female rappers: AngelK, Kim Olsen, and MASIA ONE. ""I asked three dope female rappers from Singapore to be on the track, because that's never been done before, and I love it when strong females come together for art. Each of us talks about the concept of money, how we perceive it and interact with it, and how it affects us and those around us", she explained. The track is her fifth and final single of her 2019/2020 collection.
"Hummingbird" by Charlie Lim and Linying
Charlie Lim's latest collaborator is fellow singer-songwriter Linying. Their single release is accompanied by a beautiful lyric video featuring manipulated artwork from renowned Japanese printmaker-era artists.
"Know Your Worth" by Khalid and Disclosure
Following their Grammy-nominated track "Talk", Khalid and Disclosure have teamed up again for their second collab, "Know Your Worth". This single is his second release of the year ahead of his Asia 2020 tour, which will see him return to Singapore in March.
"React" by The Pussycat Dolls
News of a reunion first sparked when they performed at The X-Factor Celebrity UK finale last November. Their first release in twelve years, the release is ahead of their recently announced reunion tour.
"Calling On Me" by Sean Paul and Tove Lo
A dancehall legend in the early 2000s, Sean Paul's instantly recognizable voice was used on Sia's "Cheap Thrills", which has amassed 1.4 billion views thus far. He isn't slowing down in 2020. He has been announced to be performing at many music festivals such as One Love and Cali Roots. His latest single makes for an unlikely collaboration with Swedish singer, Tove Lo.
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