Bop Refresh: 6/29

Bop Refresh: 6/29

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Bop Refresh: 6/29

Every New Music Friday, V re-jiggers your playlists with the must-listen new songs from the week.

Every New Music Friday, V re-jiggers your playlists with the must-listen new songs from the week.

Text: Jake Viswanath

Charli XCX, “Focus”

Charli continues to prove why she’s the future of pop with “Focus”, yet another banger with gorgeous sparkly synths, an irresistible hook, and a dazzling build-up into raver territory. It demands 100% of your attention.

Drake, “Don’t Matter To Me (feat. Michael Jackson)”

There’s a lot to take in over Scorpion’s vast 25 tracks (Drake’s a father!), but as always, the King of Pop can center it all. The rapper re-interpolated an unreleased Michael Jackson song for "Don't Matter To Me" and the results are surprisingly natural, Drizzy's vocals meshing well with MJ's classic and reassuring nature. It's good to hear him again.

Years & Years, “All For You”

Another track arrives from the world of Palo Santo before it’s fully unveiled next week, and this one is a pseudo-apocalyptic bop. Olly transforms a break-up tune with disco shimmers and a melodic chorus into the soundtrack you want to dance to during your last day on Earth.

Teyana Taylor and Mykki Blanco, “WTP”

It’s been nearly a week since K.T.S.E. dropped and I still can’t stop listening to “WTP”, the surge of turbulent camp and glamour that emerges on the scene in stilettos and latex after a wave of hazy R&B that made you contemplate and chill. It’s going down in history as yet another amazing song revolving around the word “work”, joining Rihanna, Missy Elliott, and Britney (bitch).

Queen Naija, “Karma”

The rising R&B siren waxes on about one of the more reliable things in our world, karma, atop a soulful blend of trap beats and jazzy melodies. "Be confident, but not prideful,” she said about the song's motto. “We all fall, and if you are too high up, chances are you may never recover from the fall.”

Russo, “Ghost”

Cailin Russo's new band delivers a funky groove-rock jam not entirely unlike what we'd hear from No Doubt (I miss them) back in 2001. They describe it as “an emotional banger that deals with the complexities of being in a relationship with someone who has become a shell of themselves, a ghost." If "Ghost" proves anything, it's that Russo is anything but.

Tiffany Young, "Over My Skin"

The former Girls' Generation member proves that she's a pop force to be reckoned with on her first solo single. "Over My Skin" meshes the effortless bubblegum and big melodies of early '00s pop with sensual minimalist production that slowly bursts with hoedown strings and horns galore. Frankly, it speaks all too well to the pop nerd in me.

Florence + the Machine, “The End of Love”

The British songstress’ new album High As Hope is simply sublime, and perhaps her most intimate and haunting effort yet, two vibes she’s already an expert at creating. Of all the tracks on offer, “The End of Love” was the one that (literally) stopped me in my tracks. It sounds like true catharsis and letting go, from the gorgeous string intro to the line about jumping off the balcony just like her grandmother. When the heavenly harmonies come in and she lets all the memories wash away, it feels like all of our problems have been wiped out in one brief moment of solitude.

Demi Lovato, “Sober”

Since there was no Bop Refresh last week (vacation probs), I didn’t have a chance to delve into this song—and frankly, it deserves the time. Rarely have we ever seen such searingly painful emotion laid bare across a song like this. Lovato’s always worn her heart on her sleeve, but on “Sober,” we hear it bleeding more with every lyric, as if we’re peeking at a diary entry we’re not supposed to be reading. The fact that she wants us to hear this only makes it even more brave, surreal, and all around stunning.

Charli XCX, “No Angel”

We’ve been living off live performance recordings of this track for almost two years, and the real deal is finally here.

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