Check out my line up of Top Songs This Week!
“Every Other Freckle” by alt-J
Made famous by their debut single “Fitzpleasure,” [emuze]alt-J[/emuze] is back with this bass-heavy single off of their sophomore album, “This Is All Ours.” “Freckle” is devastatingly moody and desperate, crooning over and over again, “devour me.” Sophomore albums are sometimes tricky, but alt-J proves they have staying power with a release just as quirky and intricate as their first album, “An Awesome Wave.”
Standout Lyrics: “I want to share your mouthful / I want to do all the things your lungs do so well”
“Sober” by Childish Gambino
Quickly after the surprise release of a free mix tape called STN MTN, [emuze]Childish Gambino[/emuze] dropped his new EP “Kauai” on October 3. The lead track, “Sober,” shows Gambino smoother and more swoon- worthy than ever before, drawing comparisons to [emuze]Frank Ocean[/emuze]. Although this track is decidedly more pop than his usual sound, the bridge retains the bass droning shock of his last album “because the internet.”
Standout Lyrics: “Oh honey now girl / give it one night / If you just give it a chance / loving you is not my plan”
“Real Love (feat. Jess Glynne)” by Clean Bandit
Clean Bandit swept Europe this past summer with their infectious single, “Rather Be.” Now they’re back with “Real Love,” teaming up with Jess Glynne again for a sure-to-be chart topper. Although it features a similar upbeat pop/dance sound, “Real Love” is arguably even catchier than “Rather Be.” This song is an instant mood booster even on the grayest of days.
Standout Lyrics: “Oh, before you I was searching for a rarity / Oh, you showed me things I’d never thought that I would see.”
“Get Paid” by Joey Bada$$
Although [emuze username=’joeybadass’ broken]Joey Bada$$[/emuze] isn’t quite as well known as some other similar artists like [emuze]Kendrick Lamar [/emuze] or [emuze]Schoolboy Q[/emuze], it’s only a matter of time before he blows up. At only 19 years old, Bada$$ is young to be getting such success, however he’s been around the Brooklyn rap scene for some time. “Get Paid” is the gritty new single reminiscent of 90s rap off of his highly anticipated debut album, “B4DA$$.” Between the upcoming album and tour, the #B4DMONEYTOUR, you’re going to want to get familiar with Joey Bada$$.
Standout Lyrics: “Now you could be the prophet / or you could be the scholar / But what’s power / is knowing that your knowledge makes you richer than the dollar.”
“Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon
You’re going to do just what the title says when you listen to this first single off of Walk the Moon’s upcoming third album. This power-pop/rock band first hit it big with their single “Anna Sun” in 2012 and have been on the up and up ever since. Nylon Magazine named them one of their “Band Crushes,” in the same year because of their “swirly pop beats, infectious guitar riffs, and loud, sing-a-long choruses.” “Shut Up and Dance” is definitely their most invigoratingly romantic song yet, sure to make you want to belt out all of the lyrics while jumping non-stop to the beat.
Standout Lyrics: “My discothèque, Juliet teenage dream”
“i” by Kendrick Lamar
It’s safe to say that the hype for [emuze username=’kendricklamar’ broken]Lamar[/emuze]’s next album is at an all time high after the release of the first single, “i,” which debuts a different sound than his past album, “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” and features sampling from the Isley Brothers’ 1973 hit song “That Lady.” This time around, Lamar appears soulful and consumed with happiness, proclaiming, “I love myself.” This funky, uplifting single is perfect for when the world is getting you down.
Standout Lyrics: “Dreams of reality’s peace / Blow steam in the face of the beast / The sky could fall down, the wind could cry now / The strong in me, I still smile.”
“Two Weeks” by FKA Twigs
Like [emuze username=’joeybadass’ broken]Joey Bada$$[/emuze], [emuze]FKA Twigs[/emuze] is about to blow up in a big way. “Two Weeks,” her sensual, churning R&B single will have you feeling hot and bothered from the beginning. FKA’s voice is perfectly breathy and sultry and her performance as a golden goddess in the song’s Nabil-directed video is just as magnetic. But don’t be fooled; as delicious as her music sounds, her lyrics are shockingly blunt and brash. “Two Weeks” will have you feeling like you’ve entered a drug-induced state on another planet—one that FKA is ruling.
Standout Lyrics: “My thighs are apart for when you’re ready to breathe in / Suck me up / I’m healing with all the shit you’re dealing / Motherf***er / get your mouth open, you know you’re mine.”
“Multiply (feat. Juicy J)” by A$AP Rocky
If “Multiply” is a good representation of [emuze username=’asaprocky’ broken]A$AP Rocky[/emuze]’s upcoming sophomore album, fans should expect a grittier and cockier sound the second time around. “Multiply” is an ode to realness as Rocky proclaims himself the “motherf***ing lord of this fashion shit” while simultaneously comparing himself to Tupac and paying tribute to deceased rapper Pimp C with the line “Even in my will, keep it trill to the day I peel,” which is repeated frequently throughout the song. He also references his rough upbringing—such as the violent crime in his hometown, Harlem, and the fact that he sold cocaine at a young age— in the lyrics, which might explain the hungry, darker sound of “Multiply.”
Standout Lyrics: “Doo rag, keep a red or blue flag in the denim / One you be with be the one to shoot at ya in a minute / Come to Harlem if you never seen Baghdad.”
“Froot” by Marina & the Diamonds
Marina has a cult-like following in the pop realm, and her near-perfect last album, “Electra Heart,” has set pretty high standards for her upcoming LP. However, “Froot,” a pulsating disco-pop anthem, shouldn’t disappoint fans looking for a taste of what’s to come. Marina is always cheeky and campy, going so far as to create a whole alter ego for her last album, and the outlandish metaphors she croons deeply over 8-bit dance pulses in “Froot” seem to suggest that this pop diva hasn’t lost her touch. To be certain, Marina doesn’t want to be taken too seriously, and “Froot” makes sure of that.
Standout Lyrics: “It’s summer time and I hang on a vine / They’re gonna make me into sweet red wine / Hanging around like a fruit on a tree / Waiting to be picked, come on cut me free.”
“All About You” by Hilary Duff
Personally, I’ve been waiting for Hillary Duff’s musical comeback ever since her last album “Dignity,” released in 2007. Hilary was the adorable It Girl of every millenial’s childhood; first as the awkward fashionista, Lizzie McGuire, on the Disney Channel, and then as a bubblegum pop star in her own right. Now, post-marriage, baby, and separation from her hockey-playing husband, Hilary is gunning for a comeback with “All About You,” a country-pop jam that’s every bit the flirtatious burst of sunshine that Hilary is herself. Admittedly, this single hasn’t gotten that much air time on radio stations, however if you like [emuze]Taylor Swift[/emuze]’s belting girl power anthems, you’ll like “All About You.” Hilary’s pop princess status seems like it’s here to stay.
Standout Lyrics: “You could be my dirty secret / (I could be yours) / We could only be a rumor / (Never for sure).”