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
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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.
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