Time to get down to some new tunes courtesy of Jimin, iKON’s Bobby, Ed Sheeran, and more.
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The only thing that could rival the heat of the summer sun is the blazing pace of new songs that come our way. Every day there is always something worth bopping along to, whether it be from the hottest stars in the world or underground faves. So, as you look to take advantage of the summer season or hope to cool down from the heat, let these new tracks from the past week guide you on that journey.
LIKE CRAZY – JIMIN
Jimin’s solo debut, FACE, is finally here, and he really prepared for this one. With lead single Like Crazy, the BTS member goes synthpop with its fun sound contrasting with the relatively melancholic lyrics. It’s so good, you’ll be replaying it like crazy, just like the rest of his album.
EYES CLOSED – ED SHEERAN
The symbols era of Ed Sheeran continues with his new album, –, set to drop this May. And for the LP’s first single, the musician dropped Eyes Closed. Originally written a few years back, the track went from a heartbreak song to what it is now following Ed experiencing a heartbreaking loss. One of the most pop-leaning sonics on the album, Eyes Closed captures the essence of love and loss.
SUNKISSING – HAILEE STEINFELD
How appropriate that Hailee dropped this summer number given the times. If you’re looking to make that summer playlist, SunKissing is awaiting its inclusion thanks to its fun yet chill sunny vibes. It captures the essence of a summer love.
GABAY – SYD HARTHA
syd hartha has never been shy to speak her truth in her music. And that’s on full display with her EP, gabay. In touch with her own fragilities, syd hartha digs deeper into her experiences with trauma, heartbreak, pandemic stress, and healing on an EP that feels more than just a warm balm. The album is her way of reclaiming her identity as it helps her confront emotional truths in a way that is freeing and empowering. The body of work narrates a tale of a young woman who learned from her mistakes and is ready to move forward.
IF – MRLD
Life’s what-ifs take center stage with mrld’s new track, If. The somber and guitar-driven track sees the musician reflect on how life would be different if certain things went the other direction.
BY THE END OF THE NIGHT – ELLIE GOULDING
Ellie Goulding goes synthpop in this fun love song that talks about the power a single night has on forming a relationship. By the end of the night, you may just be addicted to this song.
MASAYA – I BELONG TO THE ZOO
Sawi hours are now a go with the OPM band’s attest tune about trying to stay happy in the face of a failing relationship. Even if you haven’t been in a relationship before, the song speaks to those who know the struggle of being happy when life is anything but.
DROWNING – BOBBY AND SOLE
Drowning is a serve. But are we that surprised by Bobby’s solo debut? He and SOLE came through with this bouncy pop love song and the more rock-focused Cherry Blossom. By the way, did you spot the cameos in the Drowning music video?
PANIC IN MY MIND – THE ITCHYWORMS
The Itchyworms has that ability to pen tracks that speak to us (see: Beer). And it’s a trait further realized in their new single, Panic In My Mind. The OPM band bring to life the relatable feeling of wondering if that former flame is happy with their new life, especially with their new relationship. It’s the kind of worry that can cause panic.
LOVE ME LIKE THIS – NMIXX
Sometimes, the best kind of songs are the ones that keep it simple. Serving as NMIXX’s lead single off their expergo EP, Love Me Like This breaks away from the group’s more experimental side for a satisfying pop number with hints of hip-hop. That chorus gave what was supposed to be given.
FLY GIRL – FLO AND MISSY ELLIOTT
It’s one thing for FLO to pay homage to Missy Elliott in the chorus of their latest baddie anthem. But the fact that they got the actual rap icon to feature in the song is impressive. Catch us listening to this track while we get ready for a night out.
CHICO MALO – MAMAMOO+
New sub-unit alert! Mamamoo’s Solar and Moonbyul combine their powers for Chico Malo, a pop track that blasts a former flame for doing them dirty. The break-up anthem is an exciting new sound and style for the Mamamoo members.
CANDY NECKLACE – LANA DEL REY AND JOHN BATISTE
Bestie, walk up. A new Lana Del Rey album just dropped. It’s going to be a brooding girl summers as Lana’s 16 new tracks will have you wondering, is there really a tunnel under Ocean Blvd?
HEART ATTACK – ROCK VERSION – DEMI LOVATO
If Demi Lovato ever released a rock version of Heart Attack, we’d be celebrating. So, you can imagine how we feel about this moment. Rockmi is the gift that keeps on giving.
US WITHOUT ME – GRENTPEREZ
A drama-rich ballad, grentperez’s Us Without Me is the most mature composition the Fil-Aus act has given us yet. He layers delectable chord changes and shivering strings over gutting lyrics and little reminders of lost love that hit like daggers.
BINI – JEREMY G
No, the song isn’t about the P-pop girl group. But Jeremy’s breezy single does see him serenade a girl he hopes will say yes to being his special someone. It’s a harana for the 21st century.
TAGAHANGA – MONA GONZALES
Taking inspiration from her own experiences as a fangirl, MONA’s new single, Tagahanga, tells the story of a passionate fan who rallies around her idol, hoping to connect with them in a meaningful way and get noticed.
EPITAPH – AYLEEN VALENTINE
Epitaph is a sorrowful glimpse into Ayleen Valentine’s struggle with loneliness. The song opens with the haunted strumming of an acoustic guitar that melds seamlessly with Valentine’s wistful vocals. Churning with stifled tension, the song builds to a breakthrough where Valentine’s unique production style is revealed through layered synths and eerily echoing background vocals.
LABOUR – PARIS PALOMA
labour is a wild, stirring yet self-contained anthem telling the story of a woman railing against the inequity of labour within heteronormative relationships. With her usual poetic lyricism and beautiful approach to melody, Paris Paloma manages to express a familiar, feminine rage through this folky, dark pop offering. The chorus is a goosebump-inducing protest chant, building to rousing vocals, which make you feel like taking to the streets.
5,6,7,8 – LØLØ AND GIRLFRIENDS
This anthemic, gritty duet finds girlfriends lead singer Travis Mills joining LØLØ on vocals as they mourn a doomed relationship on the powerhouse track. The track sizzles with irresistibly crunchy guitar hooks, powerfully raw vocals, and invigorating drums. It also captures the essence of the genre. Both rebellious and cathartic, the single is a satisfying middle finger to all the relationships that have fallen apart despite the best efforts of their participants.
BLOW! REMIX – KARENCITTA, ZAE, AND TIFFANY LHEI
What’s better than one baddie spitting bars? Three baddies spitting bars. And that’s what we get with the remix of Karencitta’s BLOW! where she is joined by Zae and Tiffany Lhei.
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