Best New Music of the Week: Ariana Grande, Nathan Hartono, CHUNG HA & more
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test drive by Ariana Grande
We know what you're thinking — yet another song about... driving? Well, it seems songs revolving around said theme is a recipe for success. The catchy tune is paired with Ariana's sultry vocals and swoon-worthy lyrics like "No I don't feel the need to test drive nothin', baby I'm sold on you". Though the vibes with this chart-topper are wholly different from that of Olivia Rodrigo's Driver's License, we love it all the same.
I'm Fine by Nathan Hartono
Homegrown musician Nathan Hartono might've made a name for himself on a Chinese singing competition, but did ya know that he's also a bilingual singer who does English singles? His latest track showcases his versatility as a dynamic artist who is able to experiment with different genres of music, as I'm Fine is a different take from his usual singer-songwriter style; a venture into the electronic sonic realm with a hint of '80s synth wave styling. And there's also a deep meaning behind the song that everyone will be able to relate to, as it dives into the internal complexity felt when we are faced with the loaded question, "How are you?'.
Bicycle by Chung Ha
After scaring fans worldwide when news of her contracting Covid-19 broke out, K-goddess Chung Ha has made the best comeback ever, with her new hit officially solidifying her status as a multi-talented all rounded artist. Just watch the MV and you'll get what we're talking about. Chung Ha serves looks, a catchy tune, sultry vocals, a sick dance routine... and for the first time ever, she even raps. At this point, what can she not do? And we're really stanning her confidence too, I mean who dare disagree when she sings, "I'm the baddest queen". We bet you won't be able to resist dancing along to this infectious electropop bop. Play it on repeat, stat.
Timeframe by Iman Fandi
Surely you would have heard of Iman Fandi as a model, but did you know she's also a songstress now? And what a way to make a debut — with her newest hit giving us major Queen Bey vibes. The track is captivatingly groovy, and comes with a cool slick, sci-fi music video to boot. And as Iman herself mentioned, the inspiration behind the track comes from the sadness she felt at having to part with loved ones after spending time together, hence the relatable yet heartwrenching lyrics.
Overdrive by Conan Gray
Yup we get it. Yet another song about cars. But we can't resist — it seems like all the best songs of 2021 are the songs about driving. And what an apt song title, as this sounds like the perfect song to vibe to as you drive through the city at night. After keeping fans waiting for months, the wait was definitely well worth it as Overdrive is a song that's somewhat a fantasy — as the singer himself puts it, he hopes the rhythmic ballad will be a source of comfort for those looking for escapism from their hectic lifestyles. With an upbeat tune, listening to this is sure to put you in a better mood.