Bop Refresh: 8/17

Bop Refresh: 8/17

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

Janet Jackson, “Made For Now (feat. Daddy Yankee)”

The icon is back and she’s looking, feeling, and sounding damn good. “Made For Now” is the perfect jam to end summer with, an unashamedly tropical party anthem with a relentless island rhythm, tribal drumline, and sheer joy shining through Janet’s voice. Think of it as “Escapade” updated for 2018—and a vacation in Ibiza. 

The 1975, “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME”

The 1975 is revealing themselves to be one of the most dynamic bands out there, following “Love It If We Made It”, a rage-fueled anthem taking aim at politics and injustice, with its polar opposite. “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME” is a springy electro-pop jam with an endless amount of catchy hooks and Matty Healy serving Auto-Tune realness without losing any of his grit. It’s tailor-made to get stuck in your head until you drive yourself insane. 

Christine and the Queens, “5 dollars”

Another standout from her upcoming sophomore album Chris, "5 dollars" is an emotional exploration of love and dedication to the tune of an pensive '80s synth ballad. But the video is the real star here as Christine takes us through her morning routine, emulating Richard Gere's iconic character Julian Kaye in American Gigolo but with a little more hidden bondage. She shows us how to defy gender roles with the simple act of getting ready, a normal day in the life of Chris. 

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith, “Promises”

Finally, Sam Smith realizes the majesty of his voice over dance beats once again, teaming up with Calvin Harris for his first song of this kind since his breakout hit with Disclosure, “Latch”. The DJ's production expertly suits the singer's pristine rasp, with a stirring house piano and bouncy synths guiding him through, with co-writing and background vocal assistance from Jessie Reyez. 

Rina Sawayama, “Cherry”

The Y2K-inspired artist is taking her lyrics to new dimensions on “Cherry”, a massive R&B-bubblegum tune where she opens up about her pansexuality for the first time. The chorus is effortlessly huge, her melodies coming out as natural as the best ’00s-pop songs, and her emotions expertly woven through it all. 

SG Lewis, “Hurting (feat. AlunaGeorge)”

Dynamic duo AlunaGeorge return at the behest of rising electronic musician SG Lewis, teaming up for one of the most refreshing dance bops of the summer. Their styles seamlessly mesh together to create a slinky and utterly hypnotic banger, Aluna's vocals and the swirling synths sending us into a trance that we never want to leave.

MNEK, “Crazy World”

The rising singer-songwriter just announced his debut album Language, and with that comes a full embrace of the crazy world he’s about to enter. "Crazy World" is just as vibrant and wild as you'd expect, MNEK making people come together and comfort each other over a rapid jumble of wobbly synths and jungle drums, just as a crazy party should be soundtracked. 

Say Lou Lou, “Golden Child”

The duo has unveiled the second track from their upcoming masterpiece Immortelle, delving further into a cinematic trip-hop fantasy. "Golden Child" is absolutely majestic, a sweeping composition of Western guitar licks, cinematic strings, and their voices wrapped up in a dramatic daze, desperately waiting to be set free.

Ariana Grande, “goodnight n go”

In what is the absolute standout from her new album Sweetener, and one of the best tracks of her career, Ariana takes a classic from one of her idols, Imogen Heap, and transforms it into a heartwarming ode for the romantics. She’s all-consumed in love, and it’s absolutely gorgeous at every turn. 

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