The Round-Up: New Music Releases To Help You Close Out Your Summer Days

A lot to get into this week.

Fire releases from SEVENTEEN, Belle Mariano, Maris Racal, Ylona Garcia, and more feature in this new music round-up.

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As we say goodbye to May, the final days of the month decided to drop on us new happenings in the industry. Among other things, we got confirmation of more artists holding concerts in the country with the newest being Ben&Ben, Justin Bieber, and LANY. BLACKPINK is one step closer to their comeback as they became the first K-pop girl group to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. James Reid premiered a new song called California Lovin, and the best part was that it was with the GRAMMYs. We finally got the first look of Chantal Videla in her K-pop group while JYP was spotted in Cebu. But he wasn’t there for a concert. He was in a country for a week as he hosted a Bible seminar.

And, of course, we have a whole treasure trove of new music releases to get to. Even though summer is about to end, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy good music to get you moving and feeling many types of ways. Here are just some of the new music drops that we have our listening to for endless summer days.    

POTION – CALVIN HARRIS, DUA LIPA, AND YOUNG THUG

Dua Lipa’s features are truly something else. And she doesn’t miss once more in Calvin Harris’ new song, Potion. Featuring the pop star and Young Thug, the track features a laidback but fun and groovy sound perfect for those chill dance parties. It’s funky enough to get you moving while making way for more intimate moments.

HOT – SEVENTEEN

The week was an eventful one for SEVENTEEN. First, they celebrated their 7th anniversary. And now, they dropped their highly anticipated comeback, their 4th full length album, Face the Sun, and title track, HOT. Written and composed by Woozi, the song features a hip-hop sound as the group faces their challenges head on, even in the scorching heat of the sun. We love the confidence.

NANANA – GOT7

Following over a year filled with solo activities, GOT7 has reunited once more to release their first music together post-JYP split. The result is the chill, fun, and catchy NANANA and equally good self-titled EP. The euphoric pop song is a dreamy love ode to spending time with a significant other. Despite all that has happened, GOT7 still got it and we couldn’t be happier.

GOTTA GET BACK – P1HARMONY AND PINK SWEAT$

K-pop boy group P1Harmony and Pink Sweat$ are coming at us with a wholesome collaboration and a generally great song with their new track Gotta Get Back. Giving us those lovey-dovey vibes, the love song sees the two artists sing about wanting to get back with a former flame who still holds a special place in their hearts. Everyone sounds good on the track, but Keeho really went there with the crisp vocals.

KAMUSTA – SHANTI DOPE AND FLOW G

Shanti Dope and Flow G combine their hip-hop and rap prowess in their epic new track, Kamusta. Featuring smooth verses and spit fire bars, the song is about getting close to a special someone.

KAHIT NA, KAHIT PA – BELLE MARIANO

Like us, you’ve probably been obsessed with the new season of He’s Into Her. One thing, among the many others, we like about the show is the music used. If that’s the case for you as well, then you’re in luck as they just dropped the OST for season two. It features a who’s who of collaborations from BGYO, Trisha Denise, Belle Mariano, Vivoree, and more. At over 17 songs and one hour long, there’s a lot to get into, such as Belle Mariano’s new song, Kahit Na, Kahit Pa. We first heard it during that scene in episode six and we now can get to enjoy it in its entirety.

PALAGI – ALEXA ILACAD AND KD ESTRADA

KD Estrada and Alexa Ilacad’s first show together, Run To Me, is currently airing. And just recently, they dropped the OST for the series. Given how intertwined music is to KD and Alexa, it’s no surprise that the whole EP is filled with tracks from the breakout love team. Both sound amazing, but we have a soft spot for Palagi, a guitar-driven track that tugs at the heartstrings.

LAMAN NG PANAGINIP – SPONGE COLA

Sponge Cola addresses the truth about regret and longing on their heartbreaking new single, Laman Ng Panaginip. Redefining the typical approach to a love song, the Filipino quartet expresses the complexity of impossible choices in a world that is grounded in the familiar and often neglected reality of prioritizing practicality first before anything else, including love. The track is about a love that never was told through the inspiration of the power ballad movement of the 80s and early 90s.

VIBIN – YLONA GARCIA

When Ylona Garcia named her latest single Vibin, she meant it. After the release of her addicting upbeat banger that was Entertain Me, she slows things down with Vibin. The smooth R&B slow jam is about that point where you are spending time with someone, but aren’t really set yet to call it a relationship. But that doesn’t mean it can’t go there. Ylona has served once more with a track that has got us feeling things.

UPSIDE DOWN – KANG DANIEL

Kang Daniel is out with a new full-length album called The Story. Featuring 10 songs co-written by the Korean pop superstar himself, the anticipated record chronicles stories from his own perspectives and experiences. One such experience is found in the title track, Upside Down. The midtempo tune brims with a clear Rhodes piano and a solid guitar foundation with mixed drums, whistles, and clapping sounds.

DI PAPAKAWALAN – MARIS RACAL

Maris Racal is set to drop her new album soon. And in the lead up to it, she is dropping a few singles to appease our appetite. Unlike the fast paced songs she’s released during this era, Di Papakawalan is slowed down and features a more dream pop sound. The track serves as an ode to her lover about how she won’t let him go. It’s a slow song that feels very comforting to listen to, almost like a lullaby to a loved one.

LOVESONG – BEABADOOBEE

We have a new song straight from Beabadoobee’s upcoming second studio album, and this time she wants us to feel good on the inside. Lovesong is just Bea and her voice accompanied by a beautiful production as she unleashes a torrent of fuzzy and warm feelings from the moving track. We haven’t heard the full album yet, but we already have a favorite.

IKAW ANG – SAM CONCEPCION, YENG CONSTANTINO, YURIDOPE, AND MOOPHS

Sam Concepcion and Yuridope put a modern spin on Yeng Constantino’s classic track, Ikaw, with their collab Ikaw Ang. Moving away from the ballad nature of the original, Ikaw Ang has a more upbeat band sound, complete with rap verses from Yuridope.

ONCE AGAIN – WINTER AND NINGNING

The budget for the OST of Our Blues must be real big because the next K-pop stars to lend their voice to the K-drama’s soundtrack is Aespa’s Winter and Ning Ning. Once Again is a midtempo love song about spending time with a significant other. Both their voices really suit the music and it’s a nice change of pace from the usual style we hear them in.

DON’T COME BACK – TATE MCRAE

After a flurry of successful singles, Tate McRae just took one of her biggest career steps yet with the release of her debut album, i used to think i could fly. Featuring an all-star list of writing collaborators and producers including Greg Kurstin, Finneas, and Charlie Puth, the album finds Tate at some of her best work to date.

SENSITIVE – ALEX PORAT

Malaysian-born, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Alex Porat has a new single called Sensitive, and it’s an iridescently heartfelt effort that sees Alex confronting her insecurities. Opening with a 90s inflected punchy kick drum, Alex reveals the most vulnerable parts of herself and her tendency to overthink any and every situation, a very relatable feeling.

THINKING BOUT YOU – REI BROWN AND JOJI

NYC-based Japanese producer and musician rei brown recently released his second single Thinking Bout You and it features fellow Japan-born musician Joji. In the cinematic track, the duo yearn to be closer to their loved ones such as when you are in a long distance relationship.

GOSH – JESSI

We all know Jessi as a fierce rapper and performer. But did you know that she can also sing too, and well at that? Her vocal chops are on full display in Gosh, a song featured on the OST for K-drama Woori The Virgin, Pt.3.

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