What we’re listening to this week:
1. “Cool Kids” — KWAYE
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2. “J-Boy” — Phoenix
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3. “Whippin” — Kiiara (Feat. Felix Snow)
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4. “Horizon” –Tycho
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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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