Bop Refresh: 6/8

Bop Refresh: 6/8

Every Friday, V re-jiggers your playlists with the best new songs from the week.

Every Friday, V re-jiggers your playlists with the best new songs from the week.

Text: Jake Viswanath

Say Lou Lou, “Ana”

The first taste of the duo’s sophomore album Immortelle is a cinematic epic, transforming a James Bond theme song contender into a spooky trip-hop masterpiece. Luckily, even with a refreshed production backing, their voices shine as sparkly as ever. “We see ‘Ana’ as an introduction,” the duo said to V about the single. “It’s the first song we wrote for the record, and was in many ways the door opener to the world of *Immortelle*, so we felt it’s only right that it’s the first taste to the new music. It’s an inner monologue between two sides of one woman; a joyride through the madonna / whore complex—an ode to the multidimensional female, if you will.”

Lykke Li, "sex money feelings die"

so sad so sexy (all lower-case for emphasis) is possibly one of the best album titles of all time, and it's hard to find a better songstress to pull it off than queen of icy Scandinavian sadness Lykke Li. "sex money feelings die" is one of those beautiful cases where hard-as-hell hip-hop bravado is carried by both defeat and a sense of support and re-assurance. This is the perfect music to play in an IDGAF mood, especially when you actually do care.

Kim Petras, “Can’t Do Better”

The future trans queen of pop delivers yet another gorgeous bop with “Can’t Do Better”, meshing bubbly synths with her most anthemic chants and build-ups yet, a perfect recipe for pop domination.

Lily Allen, “My One"

The British songstress’ new album No Shame is brilliant; a brutally honest tale of destruction and rehabilitation soundtracked by bright and intricate production. The first peek of sunlight at the end of the record, “My One”, is a personal standout, combining all of the things I love about Lily: cheeky retorts, bouncy synths, a slightly bitter sweetness, and an attention-grabbing opening lyric that sells it all from the start.

Jorja Smith, “Wandering Romance”

The British R&B sensation’s debut album has been a long time coming, and “Wandering Romance” is an early standout that proves the wait to be worth it. It’s both sensually haunting and hopelessly romantic, the beautiful desperation in Smith’s voice beautifully intertwining within the subtle yet intense synths and strings in the background.

Tove Lo, “Bitches (feat. Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant, and ALMA)”

Not content with acting solo, the Swedish gem gathered some of her favorite fellow bitches for a girl power update on her already excellent Blue Lips track, “Bitches”. Each girl fits the harsh electro baselines like a glove, with Elliphant and ALMA trading bars at the end and Charli fitting her trademark introduction into the mix.

Khalid and H.E.R., “This Way”

Soundtrack songs tend to go one of two ways: career-defining moment or forgettable little ditty. But "This Way" is yet another example of the subtle power of film and what it can bring. "This Way", from the upcoming Future-produced film Superbly, brings together two of today's rising R&B voices for a simple yet stunning duet.

Shakira and Maluma, “Clandestino”

The Latin superstars are becoming just as ubiquitous of a pair as peanut butter and jelly, or Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. “Clandestino,” their third hot and hypnotic collaboration, just proves they should keep going—and possibly start a Sonny & Cher-esque Vegas residency?

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