Latin Music Week

Pop Shop Picks: Frankie Rose, Cash Cash, Sam Smith & More

Each Friday, Pop Shop will showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up its speakers over the past week. These can include a brand-new song or a track that's been simmering for a minute; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop!

"Sorrow" (4:50)
Producer: Frankie Rose
Fat Possum Records

"Don't ask me why/Why there is sorrow," Frankie Rose sighs on the opening line of "Sorrow." The singer/songwriter may not have any answers in the lyrics of her new single, but the former Vivian Girls member decisively doubles down on the dream-pop of 2012 album Interstellar and strays even further away from the garage-rock sound of her previous musical outfit. "Sorrow" is lighter than even the airiest Interstellar tracks, with the chorus yielding a descending "Why-y-y" refrain that's deceptively simple and wholly impossible to resist. The back half of the song also presents some unexpected sonic treats, including a string arrangement that bulks up the track's emotional impact and a roaring outro that rewards patience. Along with all of its positive qualities, the first single from Herein Wild mesmerizes due to Rose's feathery voice carefully dipping into each syllable. Even with lesser arrangements, the singer's delivery is irresistible. - JASON LIPSHUTZ

"Take Me Home" (3:25)
Producer: Cash Cash
Big Beat Records

Production trio Cash Cash follows Calvin Harris' and David Guetta's lead on "Take Me Home," showcasing powerhouse newbie Bebe Rexha much like those DJs utilized vocalists Florence Welch and Sia, respectively. A thumping bassline steers the track admirably, and "Take Me Home" solidifies the group's artistic status after successful production credits on Krewella and Megan & Liz songs. - NICK WILLIAMS

"Safe With Me" (3:04)
Producer: Two Inch Punch
PMR Records

On every song he's thus far appeared on, whether it's Disclosure's "Latch" or his own "Lay Me Down," Smith's vocal capability overpowers the ostentatiousness of the accompanying production. New solo single "Safe With Me" is no different: The U.K. singer declares his romantic devotion while altering the tone of his voice on the song's hook, playing along with-and eventually surpassing-the spacey soundscapes of Two Inch Punch. - ERIKA RAMIREZ

"Type of Way" (4:21)
Producer: Lionel Carter
Rich Homiez/Think It's a Game

Atlanta is producing a new crop of hip-hop studs, and Rich Homie Quan, who resembles Future in melodic might, is one of its most promising. "Type of Way," from his "Still Goin' In: Reloaded," is a Southern rap banger full of unabashed boasting like "That car I'm driving/Make you feel some type of way." - DAN HYMAN

"Miss Movin' On" (3:14)
Producer: The Suspex

The pop quintet and "X Factor" alum's debut single was helmed by production team the Suspex, which recently found top 10 success with Demi Lovato's "Heart Attack." The outfit duplicates that song's start-stop electronic pull here. "Miss Movin' On" doesn't afford each girl much time to exhibit her vocal personality, but when the group bands together to deliver the breakup track's chorus, Fifth Harmony flashes the power it exhibited on TV. - JASON LIPSHUTZ