What do James Reid, BINI, and EXO’s Xiumin all have in common? They all released certified new tracks that helped end September on a high note.
Congratulations, you just made it to the end of September 2022. While the past thirty days were not so easy for some of us, what matters is that we persevered and went through all that. So, why not celebrate all that success with some new music? Luckily for you, we rounded up the best new tracks from the final week of the month that hopefully will get you jamming, dancing, and maybe even shedding a few tears. Get the aux cord and playlists ready for these fresh songs.
U & I – JAMES REID
James Reid’s new single, u & i, is an uber catchy funk R&B jam. And it’s accompanying music video is as steamy as it is good. It’s made even better by the fact that he used the photo of what was allegedly him and Kelsey Merritt hooking up as the single album art. If this is how the rest of James’s new era is going to go, October is going to be his month.
CELESTIAL – ED SHEERAN
Ed Sheeran, I chose you. The British superstar becomes the latest musician to partner with Pokémon with the release of his special track, Celestial. The upbeat song definitely captures the wonder, whimsy, and excitement the franchise often delivers.
STRINGS – BINI
BINI has entered their baddie era with their new track, Strings. It’s hard-edged pop meets marching band sound is definitely new for BINI but suits them well.
PASAHILI (PARA SA HINDI PINILI) – ARTHUR MIGUEL
Arthur Miguel is no stranger to serving bops, and his new track, Pasahili (para sa hindi pinili) is no exception. Pasahili is a satisfying earworm thanks to its strong production and hopeful message. It’s a chill listen that will leave you feeling satisfied.
BRAND NEW – XIUMIN
After 10 years since his debut with EXO, Xiumin has finally made his solo debut with Brand New, and it’s a bop. The fun and energetic R&B song helps bring out the youthful charms of EXO’s oldest member, who seemingly never ages.
THIS IS WHY – PARAMORE
Every week, it seems as if we see the comeback of another musical star. Not only did the final week of September saw Rihanna make her return, but so to did Paramore. The band’s new single, This Is Why, feels like classic Paramore but with an older, more mature vibe to it. It feels good to have one of our faves back, especially since they’re releasing their new album on February 10, 2023.
ANIMAL FARM – BIBI
Animal Farm is an atmospheric wonder. BIBI’s voice soars as the production and guitar rift near the end takes the song to new epic heights.
DALAWA – KAIA
Up until this point, KAIA has been known for their hard-hitting pop tunes. But this time, the girls switch things up with their latest comeback, Dalawa. The smooth R&B jam is brimming with 2000s-indebted R&B melodies and whimsical beats as they sing about the feeling of falling in love with someone close to you. This kind of mellow yet groovy sound is one KAIA should experiment more on in the future.
UH OH – TATE MCRAE
Tate McRae’s new song, uh oh, has a beat that’s a pure vibe and helps bring to life the track’s story of a sneaky night out, or make that multiple nights, with someone you probably shouldn’t be with.
FIRE – EXID
Even after all these years, EXID still got the magic as seen in their new track, FIRE. The song serves as the lead single for their new EP, X, which also marks their 10th anniversary in the business. It’s strong, bombastic, and powerful in the best ways possible.
SINAYANG MO – JEREMY G
Jeremy Glinoga has no time for a lying ex in his new track, Sinayang Mo. The retro groove has Jeremy chide an ex for wasting all his love when he realizes that she isn’t into him. It’s a catchy song with an all-too relatable message.
MAMA – LOIR
Rising OPM act LOIR slows things down with her stripped-down ballad, MAMA. In it, she asks big questions about life’s purpose and her conflicting sense of direction stemming from her past. Her lush and dreamy vocals guide the listener on a journey of self-discover, forgiveness, and moving forward.
DAY BY DAY – GRENTPEREZ
In moments of stress and when it feels like things are too much, take it from grentperez and take things day by day. That’s the message of his new breezy song that revolves around getting to know someone new slowly and without rushing things.
OUT OF YOU – OF MERCURY
A chill beat and a heartfelt message come together for of Mercury’s latest single, FAR FROM YOU AGAIN, an easy listen about being away from that special someone.
1NIGHTWITU – YSA YANEZA
Filipino-Singaporean singer Ysa Yaneza’s new song, 1Nightwitu, takes heavy inspiration from Y2K pop and R&B to tell a story of female empowerment and calls on women to embrace their sexuality and be reminded of their self-worth.
SUZUME – RADWIMPS AND TOAKA
Makoto Shinkai’s new movie, Suzume no Tojimari, is coming later this year. That also means we got a new collab with RADWIMPS. Suzume is the first of what is hopefully many new tracks from the upcoming movie and features a grand scale that’s guided by Japanese singer Toaka’s shining voice.
NAKALIMUTAN – NOAH RAQUEL
Noah Raquel’s Nakalimutan is an upbeat and feel-good track that embodies a mix of Noah’s chill yet powerful style of performance. It’s the kind of song you want to dance to all while feeling your feels.
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