It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for awhile now – here’s our first-ever Spotify playlist.
And since our annual signature event Her World Woman Of The Year (WOTY) 2019 is just around the corner, we figured that there is no better time to curate a playlist to get you in the mood for “glamming up”, no matter the event.
Whether you’re heading to a club, a friend’s wedding, or a company function – here are 10 (almost) new drops to have blasting.
1) Burn – RRiley
After striking it out on her own, Sandra Riley Tang, also known as RRILEY, is on fire. Yes, all puns intended. About six months into its release now, “Burn” is still sounding mighty fresh. Peppered with snarky lines like, “Don’t cry when you see me on fire” and “Cause I don’t need permission on what to say / I’m dancing in my own lane” – this track is the triumphant anthem that’ll empower you to pack on that highlight and strap on the stilettos.
2) Summer girl – HAIM
The title inadvertently triggers a pang of nostalgia from LFO’s 1999 pop hit, but the multi-instrumentalist trio definitely aren’t writing about girls in Abercrombie and Fitch. Veering away from their usual guitar-led rock tracks, Summer Girl’s laid back bassline and gentle humming vocals somehow makes you want to sway your hips and watch life in slow-mo. The bridge brings a sense of melancholy: “The tears behind your dark sunglasses / The fears inside your heart as deep as gashes / Walk beside me, not behind me / Feel my unconditional love” – but that’s where waterproof mascara comes in handy.
3) Mami – Piso 21, The Black Eyed Peas
It is no lie that English-Spanish tracks perform exceptionally well on global music charts. So when one of the hottest Columbian Latin pop bands joins forces with a veteran hip-hop group, it’s basically a recipe for success. While fans might still ache at the departure of Llane from Piso 21 and Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas, the bands’ latest collaborative track about letting that special someone know she’s loved will warm just about anyone’s heart.
Directed by American British filmmaker Shadae Lamar Smith, who’s also the resident video director for will.i.am., the music video channels live performance feels that makes you want to rock together with them.
4) Small Talk – Katy Perry
Just once, we might actually be excited about small talk. Only because it’s coming from the queen of pop. Penning it together with Charlie Puth, Johan Carlsson, and Jacob Kasher, the lyrics navigates the awkward aftermath of interacting with an ex-lover turned stranger: “I just can’t believe / We went from strangers to lovers to strangers in a lifetime”. We think we’re going to have this relatable number on repeat.
5) Friends and Foes – Higher Brothers ft. Snoop Dogg
Everytime you think 88rising can’t surprise anymore, they do something like this. Teaming up with legendary American rapper Snoop Dogg, Chinese hip-hop group Higher Brothers, who is signed under the label, have released the full version of “Friends and Foes”. The track, which starts off with a verse from Snoop Dogg and continues in mostly mandarin by Higher Brothers, was first heard in the trailer and opening sequence of Netflix series Wu Assassins. Brimming with the group’s signature beats and fresh flow, this hit will have you strutting with all types of swagger.
Hit play, and follow us on Spotify:
6) Holding the Gun – Sabrina Claudio
22-year-old Cuban-Puerto Rican singer Sabrina Claudio adds yet another buttery neo-R&B track under her belt. After a quote from Nietzche: “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness,” viewers are taken on a wild cinema ride. Claudio goes from naked and bloodied to head-scarfed and in a convertible while crooning about deep, possibly misplaced, loyalty. It’s the kind of track that’ll have you in a scarlet lipstick and winged liner without you even realising.
7) Yesterday – CHANMINA
[News] New album “Never Grow Up” will be available worldwide on August 7!! 13 tracks + 1 bonus track is available for Physical CD(Special Edition – CD+DVD) and Download bundle. This is my 2nd album and it’s been a while!! Stay tuned for more info… You can pre-order physical CD now, please check the link in my bio.
As one of the new blood responsible for injecting rap into J-Pop, CHANMINA doesn’t seem like she’ll be done anytime soon with ruffling the feathers of her local music scene. The 20-year-old rapper’s latest album, “Never Grow Up”, is her first release under Warner Music and includes a combination of English, Japanese and Korean tracks. But what stands out for us is a Japanese one titled “Yesterday”. Bordering on bubblegum with the pop hooks, yet stepping surely in hip-hop waters with her cool vocals, CHANMINA is certainly one to watch. The holographic oil slick album cover is also giving us strange ethereal outfit inspirations.
8) Simple Pleasures – AUGUST 08, Goldlink
We have to admit we were drawn to Goldlink’s name first – the man has bars. But AUGUST 08 made us stay. Also signed under 88rising, the songwriter musician has penned tracks for the likes of Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper and is now building his career as a solo artist. The result of enlisting Goldlink to remix his pop neo-soul track is a collaboration we didn’t know we needed. While others pre-drink for a party, we’ll be right here getting pre-hyped with this track.
9) Tempo – PENOMECO, Sik-k
Trap beats, R&B tunes, strategic autotune – we’re getting Chris Brown feels from Penomeco and Sik-k’s collab track “Tempo”. If his name rings a bell, that’s because singer-songwriter Penomeco writes not just for himself but other high flyers like EXO too. He did in fact write Tempo for EXO, but performed it for the first time on Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook – a South Korean music program. There’s little to say about this smooth new school number. But if you weren’t a South Korean music fan before this, try again now.
10) Something About You – Elderbrook, Rudimental
This British collaboration is a force of nature – the lush synths and upbeat melody makes for a surface level summer track, but the music video will have you feeling otherwise. Starring Michael Socha from HBO’s series Chernobyl, the uplifting MV highlights the deeper meaning of the lyrics, that is the beauty of catharsis in the context of masculinity and mental health. If you’re in need of a mid-week pick-me-up, this is it.
Hit play, and follow us on Spotify: