Philadelphia fave Tierra Whack has returned with a delightful burst of a song in "Dora," which opens with the relatable refrain: “I like nice things / Buy me nice things / Give me compliments / Please have common sense.” The imaginative visual, directed by Alex Da Corte, features an animated Whack alongside toy vegetables, colorful dollar bills and puzzles.
Tai Verdes, “Drugs”
Los Angeles' Tai Verdes -- who was working at a Verizon store until recently -- struck TikTok gold with "Stuck In The Middle," and now he’s followed up with the uber-catchy "Drugs." (For any concerned parents out there, the 24-year-old doesn't do hard ones, just "ones that change his mind up.")
Amy Allen, Pink Sweats, “What A Time To Be Alive”
Super-songwriter Amy Allen (Harry Styles, Halsey, Shawn Mendes) continues to carve a stellar solo lane for herself with "What A Time To Be Alive," featuring R&B singer Pink Sweats. Allen noted in a statement that the harmonious track is “a call to action and a cry for help. It’s a song about what we're leaving to future generations, asking what we’re doing to ensure a more beautiful, more safe and more sustainable planet.”
Virtual League of Legends girl group K/DA has unleashed their debut EP, and it’s bangers from start to finish, but “Villain” manages to be a highlight among highlights thanks to Kim Petras and Madison Beer’s impact.
Bree Runway, Missy Elliott, "ATM"
Singer-rapper-songwriter Bree Runway recruited her idol Missy Elliott for "ATM," a standout from the East Londoner’s new mixtape 2000and4eva. As one perceptive fan put it, "THEY ATE THIS AND LEFT NO CRUMBS YUPPP!!!"
Jade Bird, “Headstart”
Jade Bird’s 2019 self-titled debut album lived up to the years of slow-growing hype, and “Headstart,” the first hint of her second era, is even more exciting; the British artist sings about romantic infatuation with such self-assurance that the song tumbles forward with a momentous stomp.
Sam Dew, “NTWFL”
“Now That We Found Love” is sacred text to multiple generations of popular music fans, but rising singer-songwriter Sam Dew gives the eternal O’Jays/Third World/Heavy D classic an understated, modern update, cleverly working up to the iconic chorus to emphasize its yearning for resolution.
Mae Muller, “Dependent”
London pop singer Mae Muller is back after a short break following last year’s Chapter 1 to deliver No One Else, Not Even You, a beguiling eight-song EP with a sleek triumph in its leadoff slot. For anyone who’s resisted falling for someone because it puts their hard-earned self-sufficiency in jeopardy, “Dependent” hears you, and will entice you to hum along.
Missing the quirkiest pop tendencies of mid-‘90s alt-rock radio? Banji’s new one will have you harkening back to the days of Beck, Cake and early Weezer. You’ll spastically dance as the Dutch group crash guitar fuzz into a wall of synths and gleefully watch the chaos ensue.
Sara Kays, “Remember That Night?”
Sara Kays’ songs have started to pop on TikTok, but if anything, “Remember That Night?” demonstrates the full-bodied nature of her songwriting, which tells the story of post-breakup wistfulness while the vocals are layered during the most piercing stray thoughts. Gorgeous and delicate -- but with a hook that can go viral, too.