Jawny, Christian Blue, “Super Bad Mantra”
Recent Interscope signee Jawny -- formerly Johnny Utah -- has recruited newbie Christian Blue for the ridiculously catchy “Super Bad Mantra,” which is bolstered by Latin instrumentation and an irresistible “pa, pa, pa” chorus.
Absofacto, "Someone Else's Dream"
"Dissolve" hitmaker Absofacto is back with another winner; "Someone Else's Dream" swirls with the producer’s trademark harmonic vocals and nostalgic vibes. "I’m not gonna stay here stuck in someone else’s dream," he promises on the lowkey track.
Georgia, Yung Baby Tate, "Feel It"
A 2020 rework of Georgia's 2017 bop "Feel It"? Yes, please. The UK electropop producer chose rising rapper Yung Baby Tate for the new version, and she was more than up for the task. It'll keep you dancing as the days grow chillier.
Claire Rosinkranz, "Backyard Boy"
Remi Wolf and Benee fans, take note of TikTok breakout Claire Rosinkranz, who will surely be your next favorite. Her new video for “Backyard Boy” is a jolly good time, as Rosinkranz has a poolside picnic and chills with friends in the backyard (where else?).
Max, “New Life”
This standout from Max's sophomore album Colour Vision is a masterclass in vocal control, and has an undeniable piano melody. Max says the empowering track is "about reclaiming life, realizing you have control over your own destiny when you commit to it." Good advice!
Baby Fuzz, LP, “Before Our Time”
“Before Our Time” starts harmlessly enough, with Baby Fuzz (better known as veteran pop songwriter Sterling Fox) shrugging off some wisdom above guitar strums -- but before the minute mark, the song suddenly bursts into one of the most life-affirming choruses of 2020, and glides along from there with the help of the great singer-songwriter LP.
Evie Irie, “Carry Your Heart”
On her new EP -- and particularly on its standout single, “Carry Your Heart”-- Sydney-born Evie Irie demonstrates her emotional range. Within the same minute on the gentle pop track, the singer-songwriter’s voice can sound like it’s about to shatter into pieces, and then summons a towering confidence.
Puma Blue, “Velvet Leaves”
One would hope that a song titled “Velvet Leaves,” released in the final days of summertime, would offer a smooth transition into sweater weather, and London’s Puma Blue does not disappoint. Although “Velvet Leaves” swims in a distinct type of sorrow -- it was written about his sister’s suicide attempt -- Puma Blue processes that pain with a hypnotic tenderness.
Savannah Sgro, “Talk S--t”
Savannah Sgro is described as “an independent singer-songwriter specializing in sad girl pop” on her website, and indeed, “Talk S--t” is a special type of sad girl pop, with carefully-rendered vulnerability and clean hooks. For anyone who hasn’t dealt with a breakup in the healthiest fashion, Sgro is here to help untangle those complicated feelings.
Phil Good, “Falling”
Elektra Records’ Phil Good takes you back to that enjoyable pocket of popular music in which heartbreak was typified with heavy Auto-Tune: Good’s voice echoes and contorts through the confusion, and “Falling” will get you warbling along by the final minute.
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