Olivia Rodrigo, Ben&Ben, XG and more releasing new music today? Here are the tracks you need to listen to rn.
And just like that, June is over. The past 30 days were definitely a wild ride of celebration, pride, and protest as we championed what makes us free in this day and age. But just because the month is coming to a close, doesn’t mean the party should be over. Looking at the past new music releases of the week, they clearly didn’t get the memo as we were treated to fire bops and bangers from the country and the rest of the world. So, doge the rainy season blues with our picks of some of the best new releases of the week.
VAMPIRE – OLIVIA RODRIGO
Just like the way vampires suck out the life from their victims, so too does Olivia’s ex in the Gen Z star’s highly-anticipated comeback single, Vampire. Marking a departure from the dreamy minimalism of past hits, vampire begins with a hushed intensity before bursting into a larger-than-life epic built on pulse-pounding drumbeats and magnificently frantic piano work. As the track takes on a wild velocity, Olivia reveals her newly heightened sophistication as a vocalist and lyricist, spinning a tale of the kind of toxic romance that drains your very life force. Needless to say, she didn’t miss with this one.
COULD BE SOMETHING – BEN&BEN
You probably know the feeling of what it means to take that leap of faith. But have you ever thought about what happens right before you take it? That’s the focus on Ben&Ben’s funky new single with its guitar-driven folk/pop-rock roots with city pop elements, tropicalia beats, and twinkling production touches. The electronic-leaning track delves into the often-overlooked phase before taking a leap of faith. It candidly addresses moments of overthinking and overprocessing, providing a relatable narrative for all.
WALA NANG IBA – DECEMBER AVENUE AND BELLE MARIANO
December Avenue and Belle Mariano just gave us an unexpected collab that’s going straight to our playlist thanks to its light vibe and wholesome lyrics. It’s a fresh love song we wouldn’t mind playing on repeat.
GRL GANG – XG
In the lead up to the release of their debut mini album, XG gives us this baddie anthem that exemplifies the boss energy that runs through this girl group.
SPEED DRIVE – CHARLI XCX
Charli XCX gives us this cute hyperpop jam that feels fit for the Barbie racecar driver theme song. We’ll be playing when were on our way to the cinema to watch the Barbie movie.
HARD – SHINEE
SHINee gives us a combination of their classic style with their new era as they go hard in this experimental yet attention-grabbing number.
IF WE EVER BROKE UP – MAE STEPHENS AND ZACK TABUDLO
Another week, another international remix featuring Zack Tabudlo. And this time, the young OPM star adds a nice touch to the TikTok hit that fits him well.
HATE RODRIGO – YENA AND YUQI
Before you get it twisted, Yena’s new single is not about hating the Gen Z pop star, but more of sharing her jealously for someone. And tbh, she and Yuqi pull it off quite well in this pop-rock tracks that suits them well.
TAKAS – LOIR AND GLOC 9
LOIR gets realer then real as she opens up old wounds and deliver an unsparing narration of her teenage life in her debut EP, Chapters. The 7-track EP, which exhibits a knack for confessional songwriting and tender, spacey production, reflects emotional maturity beyond her years. In moments when the soulful newcomer needed some rescuing, she wasn’t afraid to examine her decisions in life with both sides of the coin: never consumed by ego, but instead, looking for answers with a hopeful, open mind.
GET LOOSE – AGNEZ MO AND CIARA
While we would have preferred for the song to be a tad longer, this collab showcases just how powerful Agnez Mo and Ciara can be when on the same track.
SANDIG – JANINE TENOSO
Janine really decided to give us the feels with her new single, and we’re okay with that. The vocals, production, and instrumentals just come together so well.
DON’T THINK TWICE – RITA ORA
Inspired by Rita’s own experiences, Don’t Think Twice is an infectious, upbeat floor filler infusing carpe diem spirit with the beginning moments of a relationship.
TENNESSE – WARREN HUE
Warren steps back from the hard hip-hop beats for this introspective and vibey number.
ANT SONG – ALEKSIAH
Taking cues from modern-day, female-identifying indie rock heroines, aleksiah’s Ant Song arrives with a level of maturity and confidence that sounds like she’s already on equal pegging with those heavyweight names. The song celebrates the positive energy, unconditional tenderness, intimacy and joy that comes from being in love.
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