1. Bite My Tongue – Party Pupils, MAX
I’m feeling paper thin / You see right through my skin / If you could just be honest / Only for a moment / Give myself away, with every word / Won’t bite my tongue, I’ll spell it out for you
Electro-funk duo Party Pupils melds their buttery house beats with MAX’s smooth vocals in their latest collaboration, resulting in a danceable pop-infused track. If you can’t quite put your finger on where you’ve heard the name Party Pupils before, their cover of Outkast classic “Ms. Jackson” might ring a bell. With over 14 million listens on Spotify, that track is perhaps what really defined their electronic sound.
2. take a number – Marian Hill, Dounia
Boy, you look so crisp, you’re a salty little snack / I might call you over here and never call you back / And I know, know you want my number
Nothing screams Marian Hill like heart-thumping bass and clean, intricate percussion, which was exactly how this devilish track opened. Moroccon singer-songwriter Dounia slides in effortlessly in the second verse, matching Samantha Gongol’s dark confidence. Having waited a year for a new release since their last album Unusual, it’s safe to say Marian Hill fans won’t be disappointed with this one.
3. Queen Tings (Santi Remix) – Masego
I see Lupita / You know I got the jones for my own Rashida / Can you put me on with Danai Gurira? / She stay on my dome
It’s been a year since the release of Masego’s Lady Lady album but we all love a good follow-up, don’t we? The jazz-fusion artist enlisted Alte star Santi for a remix of Queen Tings – a beautiful track brimming with Masego’s excitement for milestones that black artists have made in the industry. Santi replaces parts of the song originally held by Tiffany Gouche, bringing a fresh new vibe.
4. Right Back – Khalid, Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
And I just don’t want you to waste my time / ‘Cause I’m tryna get with ya / I be feelin’ down but I’m fine when I’m with ya / You be thinkin’ I be lyin’ when I say I miss you
Something about Khalid makes you feel like everything will be okay. And the summery accompanying visuals for this remix only supports this. Orange-tinted and peppered with strategic slow-mo scenes, you can almost smell the smoke of the summer barbecue that Khalid and A Boogie wit da Hoodie is at. The original track first appeared in Khalid’s second studio album “Free Spirit”, of which chart-topping hit “Talk” is also part of.
5. Indigo – 88rising, NIKI
So let’s go downtown and get real high / It’d be psycho to psychoanalyze / Leave all of your inhibitions behind / Tonight let’s test all the borderlines like
Set to be released in 88rising’s Head in the Clouds II compilation album, Indigo is yet another creamy track from the 20-year-old Indonesian artist. But this time, her cheeky lyrics teases out themes of temptation and desire to the point where the track almost seems to swelter.
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6. I just need love – Mac Ayres
You said you want cover, yeah / But nothing grows in the shade, huh / Been seeing in colors / Tell me why’s it gotta fade
We’ve been watching the 22-year-old really closely since his 2017 album “Drive Slow”. Despite being a headliner of late night driving playlists, his new drop “Juicebox” reveals a groovy side to the artist we have not seen before. In the 16-track album, “I just need love” stood out as an essential feel-good track – the kind that’ll be put on repeat.
7. Ya Tu Sabes – CNCO
Apart from being a timely reminder that boy bands are not dead, this steaming release by CNCO, which translates to “You already know” is also a tribute to the Cuban queen of salsa Celia Cruz. The track samples heavily from Cruz’s 2003 classic “Rie Y Llora” and blends it with salsa and Latin trap. We’ve got our money on this one to climb the charts.
8. Magic – Wrabel
Like a shooting star in the sky / Swear to god, you open my eyes / You make me believe in love / Oh, you make me believe in magic
It’s hard to say no to a candy pop track on the pure joys of young love. “Magic” is the title track of the 30-year-old American musician’s 6-track EP, which Billboard has labelled as one due for a major breakthrough. And in case you didn’t know, Wrabel just recently wrapped up 25-date Europe tour with P!nk to perform their track “90 days”.
9. Tiny Love – MIKA
There’s no dramatic declarations in the rain / It’s not a love that finds its pleasure after pain / I couldn’t train a bunch of doves to spell your name / It’s a “don’t-know-what-the-messin'” kind of love / Our kind of love, it gets better every day / Crazy colors in the grey, our love / Tiny love, it’s a tiny love
Tiny Love is an ode to the mundane things about love. The English artist argues that grand actions do not constitute true love, and that it is the smallest things that matter, and fulfil us. It is a simple narrative, but one with complex implications, as matters of the heart are often difficult to illustrate. The zesty number is the second single off his fifth studio album that’s due to be released on October 4.
10. 100 Degrees – Rich Brian
Ayy, kick my feet up on the dash / Gee, golly, we just havin’ a blast / The future so bright, we ain’t lookin’ at the past / And we just all in the moment
Less politically charged or laden with weighty new school flavour, 100 Degrees is all about living carefree. The music video depicts the Indonesian rapper shuttling between multiple personalities, such as a lifeguard, a fashion show attendee, and a schoolkid. We’re liking this laidback sound from Rich Brian.
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