Tuesday Ten – 10 New Songs To Get You Through The Week (5/2 Edition)

What we’re listening to this week:

1. “Cool Kids” — KWAYE 

Born in Zimbabwe and raised in England, KWAYE was studying abroad at UCLA when discovered. He played some of his music for his Uber driver, who happened to be a former A&R executive. Soon after, KWAYE was signed with indie label Mind of a Genius. “Cool Kids” — a smooth, ’80s inspired track displaying his soulful falsetto — is his debut single.

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2. “J-Boy” — Phoenix

Iconic French indie-pop band Phoenix recently announced a world tour. Their new album, Ti Amo, will be dropping on June 9th. The group describes the upcoming LP as a return to their European roots, and that the album will depict a “fantasized version of Italy.” The sleek first single “J-Boy” sees its TV debut Tuesday evening on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

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3. “Whippin” — Kiiara (Feat. Felix Snow)

Alongside regular collaborator (and Los Angeles producer) Felix Snow, glitch-pop artist Kiiara is back with a new single entitled “Whippin.” The song is true to Kiiara’s distinctive sugary — yet edgy style. It is rumored to be included on a forthcoming second EP.

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4. “Horizon” –Tycho

Bay Area producer Scott Hansen initially began Tycho as a bedroom project. Since then, the endeavor has now developed into a touring, full band. Hansen’s music is ambient chillwave, and it often draws inspiration from nature. “Horizon” is a prime example of this. Though there are no lyrics, the subtly layered track somehow evokes euphoric visions of the natural world.

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5. “Finders Keepers” — Mabel (Feat. Kojo Funds) 

The daughter of vocalist Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, Mabel was born into a life of music. With Sierra Leonean, English, and Swedish heritage, the singer says she is exploring her “mixed roots musically.” “Finders Keepers,” her duet with Kojo Funds, is cutting-edge R&B with undercurrents of dancehall influences.

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6. “Cheerleader” — Luna Shadows

Los Angeles musician Luna Shadows describes her single “Cheerleader” as a softer approach to feminist power; a song “for every queen who ever whispered in the ear of a king.” The sensuous, downtempo electro-pop track is the first release since Luna’s acclaimed first EP, Summertime.

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7. “Hard” — So Below

So Below (also known as New Zealand musician Maddie North) describes her music as “gothpop.” “Hard” begins with a haunting, gritty bass line that is soon accompanied by North’s otherworldly vocals. Now based in Los Angeles, North has joined forces on musical production with Luna Shadows (see above), and members of The Naked and Famous.

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8. “White Roses” — Charli XCX 

Charli XCX — known as a prolific songwriter — is often sought out to pen hits for other musicians (including Gwen Stefani). It comes as no surprise; The British singer has an innate ability to write catchy hooks and sensual, often empowering lyrics. Her recent mixtape, Number 1 Angel, features a languid trap song, “White Roses,” that’s nearly impossible not to listen to repeatedly.

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9. “Long Time” – Blondie

Keep Friday, May 5th on your radar this week. On this day, legendary band Blondie releases their eleventh album, Pollinator. “Long Time,” an energetic, but wistful single from the LP, was co-written by Dev Hynes of Blood Orange. In the song, lead singer Debbie Harry questions the true state of a partner’s happiness, while also referencing areas of New York City. The music video pays tribute to the metropolis, with Harry pulling a stint as a taxi driver.

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10. “Postcard” — Balance and Composure 

Though Balance and Composure didn’t initially reveal this fact when releasing their latest album, Light We Made, the Pennsylvania post-hardcore band had undergone a series of terrifying car accidents while on tour in 2013. The group wrapped up the remaining concerts, despite being eager to come home. “Postcard” was written the day they arrived back, perhaps as a way to heal from the harrowing events. After a hiatus, Light We Made both marks the band’s return to music, and their coming-of-age as artists.
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