Best new music of the week: Ed Sheeran, Bastille, Doja Cat and more
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Bad Habits by Ed Sheeran
All hail Ed Sheeran's new era of music. The (former) soft ginger boi now sports blonde tips, bruisy glitter eyeshadow, fangs and a hot pink suit — portraying a glamorous vampire alter-ego. He spends a wild night out with fellow ghouls, even soaring above a maelstrom of dancers in the street. Bad Habits is a music video about regretting one's vices. The party-themed song boasts a steady electronic beat — marking a departure from his soulful acoustic fare.
Distorted Light Beam by Bastille
The Pompeii stars have returned. Distorted Light Beam is co-written and co-produced with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder — and it's as abstract as it sounds. Bastille's surreal music video dreams up new possibilities, featuring a dystopian world of neon dreamscapes where people are immersed in what appears to be some sort of mind-control technology. It's beautiful, yet disconcerting at the same time. Packed with a retro sound, the tune, too is metallic and emanates futuristic vibes.
18 by Jeremy Zucker
It seems that fun teenage bops are having their moment this year. We've listened to Olivia Rodrigo's Sour, now Jeremy Zucker treats us to a song about adolescent thrills. 18 is easy on the ears and it tells the story of a 16-year-old crushing on a slightly older girl. In his lyrics, the singer takes us through the shy boy's fascination with his crush's bright personality. The music video is simple yet relatable, showing a pink-haired teen unabashedly rocking out to the song in a car while on headphones. Don't we all have those moments when our favourite songs start playing and we can't help but groove along (even if it makes us look foolish in public)?
You Right by Doja Cat & The Weeknd
Doja Cat is a (literal) goddess. In the hip-hop musician's brand-new single, she walks through a sky palace dressed like a queen and introduces us to a prismatic array of colours in the cosmos. The Weeknd joins her later on, standing on top of a misty globe. Dreamy and extraterrestrial, this aesthetic certainly fits the feel of the rest of her album Planet Her. And her calming vocals here makes it perfect for setting the mood on a lazy afternoon. Enough said — go ahead and stream it now!
Last Day In by Kodak Black
Rapper Kodak Black demonstrates how much he appreciates his freedom. Last Day In is bathed in a crisp, white aesthetic, featuring Kodak Black vibing in front of a helicopter and holding up cash under a glass chandelier. In this euphoric song, he celebrates getting out of prison and contemplates letting go of his old habits. Which explains the nondescript colour — after all, he is starting on a clean slate.