SB19’s Pablo makes his solo debut with La Luna while Zack Tabudlo teams up with Billkin for a new remix in this round-up of the new music drops of the week.
As we close out January 2022, the first month of the new year decided to leave us with some surprising and exciting news on the music front. Belle Mariano dropped her music video for Rise and is set to have her first digital concert this January 29. SB19, meanwhile, made Billboard history as Bazinga charted a record breaking seven weeks atop the Hot Trending Songs Chart, the most out of any song so far. As for Taylor Swift, while she didn’t announce new music, she did clap back when someone said that she doesn’t write her own songs.
On the K-pop side of things, it was revealed that Taeyeon will be the host of Queendom season two. JYPE just dropped the intro trailer for their newest girl group, NMIXX. Finally, NCT’s Mark has been in many groups but he is know set to make his solo debut with the drop of his solo song Child on February 4. And before you head off into the long Chinese New Year weekend, the week was also filled with new song drops worthy of a listen.
LA LUNA – PABLO
SB19’s Pablo is the band’s resident writer/producer/composer, so really it was only a matter of time before he released his own solo music. And that time has come with La Luna, his solo debut and the next member to release solo music after Ken in 2021. The eclectic banger, which the 27-year-old artist composed and produced himself, is all about
freeing yourself from the need to meet society’s unrealistic expectations. La Luna rips through the speakers with punchy cadences over a hard-hitting bed of bass, strings, wind instruments, hip-hop-inspired drums, and choral harmonies.
GIVE ME YOUR FOREVER – ZACK TABUDLO AND BILLKIN
In the latest edition of collabs we weren’t expecting, but are happy it’s real, Zack Tabudlo shares a remix of his hit single, Give Me Your Forever. And for this outing, he joins forces with Thai star Billkin to help give new life to the pop and R&B ballad. While not a complete 180 from the original, it features subtle touches that discerning listeners of the original will enjoy to make for a more impactful experience.
26 – LAUV
Lauv is back with new music with the release of his brand new song, 26. On the track, Lauv leans on a sped-up guitar riff and hypnotic beat, creating a nuanced soundscape over which his confessional lyrics paint vivid pictures with cinematic and reflective lines. The song is based on Lauv’s own experiences with finding himself as he got older. The single is his first of the year and is taken from his awaited second full-length album due to arrive later in 2022.
BEG FOR YOU – CHARLI XCX AND RINA SAWAYAMA
Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. Charli XCX and Rina Sawayama decided to give the girls and the gays everything they wanted with their first collab, Beg For You. The upbeat pop/electronic banger is a love that’s perfect for getting you moving either in the club or in your bedroom.
REAL THING – PINK SWEAT$ AND TORI KELLY
For Pink Sweat$ first release of 2022, the soulful musician just dropped his latest EP, Pink Moon, a follow-up of sorts to his 2021 full length album, PINK PLANET. The eight-track EP is filled with more ethereal and moving songs you can expect from Pink Sweat$, such as his romantic duet with Tori Kelly on Real Thing. Their voices together is *chef’s kiss*.
BEAUTIFUL (PART.3) – WANNA ONE
For Wanna One fans, 2021 was a special year as it saw the group reunite for the first time since their disbandment to perform at MAMA 2021. During their set, they performed classics Energetic and Burn It Up, as well as a new song called Beautiful (Part 3). And the track has now been officially released for us to enjoy at our pleasure.
I LOST MYSELF IN LOVING YOU – JAMIE MILLER
For Jaime Miller’s first non-holiday, non-OST single in more than a year, the rising musician delves into a topic many people can relate to, loving someone so much you forget who you are. In his latest and personal single, Jamie belts out his signature vocals as he sings about being in a one-sided relationship and having a partner who wasn’t able to love him back in the same capacity.
HOW LONG – TOVE LO
Euphoria continues it’s streak of releasing A-tier original music and it’s courtesy of an artist many have wanted to see work on the show, Tove Lo. How Long is a pop song with an addicting house beat that fits like a glove into the world of Euphoria. Tove Lo never misses and her latest song is a pure bop.
KEEP IT UP – REX ORANGE COUNTY
After nearly three years of relative radio silence from Rex Orange County, the musician finally makes a return with the release of his new single Keep It Up. What’s more, the track serves as the lead single off his new album, WHO CARES?, set for release for March 11. For sure a happy week for many Rex Orange County Fans.
O BAKIT BA – GIGI DE LANA
Gigi de Lana went from going viral, to getting signed, and starring in her own TV is just a little over a year. And now, the breakthrough star just achieved her latest career milestone with the release of her debut studio album, Gigi de Lana. In this 10-track album, Gigi and her band rock out while she shows off her exceptional vocal skills.
SHINIGAMI EYES – GRIMES
A reference to the manga and anime Death Note, Shinigami Eyes is a wave of pop and electronica done in a way only Grimes can do. It’s music video, meanwhile, sees the eccentric star get transported to another dimension with its other worldly visuals. Oh, and it also features BLACKPINK’s Jennie wearing a stunning pink number.
DFMU – ELLA MAI
R&B star Ella Mai is ready to embark on her new era with the release of her new single, DFMU, her first in over two years. The R&B and trap song has Ella hope for a relationship that doesn’t let her down and meets her hopes and expectations. The track serves as the first single off her sophomore effort.
ANXIETY – COI LERAY
Breakout artist Coi Leray had a viral hit last year thanks to the success of the addicting TWINNEM, especially on TikTok where it has been used as a sound millions of times. The young artist is now back with a new single called Anixety. This smooth R&B/hip-hop song sees Coi lay down vocals and bars as she open up about her struggles with anxiety and how she gets over them.
SENTIMENTS – REON
Ormoc-based duo Noah Glynn Alejandre and Reanne Julia Borela, also known as reon, are out with their their first EP, Sentiments, an album brooding more about human connection and how it works. As compared to their past released, their new EP features a more introspective feel, but still retains their distinct bedroom pop sound.
SAYO – DANIEL PARINGIT
A time of uncertainty such as like what we are experiencing now can lead many people to go through anxiety, and that includes having late night thoughts and feeling restless. This is something that Daniel Paringit tackles head on with his new song, SAYO. With its steady tempo and uplifting chords, takes the mind on a journey to another place. Daniel’s voice and the lyrics act as somewhat our conscience during these moments, initially apprehensive and maybe even scared. But as the song progresses, we realize that looking back is not new to us at all and in fact, we do it a lot of times. With this comforting knowledge in hand, we are encouraged not to be afraid, but to simply be careful instead.
MELANCHOLIC WEEKENDS – DEON AND NYALI
Singapore based artist DEON teams up with NyaLi for their new song Melancholic Weekends. Substantially more upbeat as compared to his releases in the recent months, the tune is contrasted against its emotional lyrics. The song is based on DEON’s experience nursing his aging dog, Joy, who had to be let go due to organ failure. This paralleled similar experiences of loss during the pandemic and is a reflection of the songwriter’s mechanism in coping with emotions of anguish and grief when produced in 2021.
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