Bop Refresh: 8/31

Bop Refresh: 8/31

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

The Struts and Kesha, “Body Talks”

Kesha always excels when she dabbles in glittery glam rock. This time around, she’s helping rising rock band The Struts give a new take on their rousing and snazzy hit single, her valley girl rasp complimenting lead singer Luke Spiller’s old-school British rock accent and giving the jam a welcome flirty touch. 

Troye Sivan, “Seventeen”

On the opener of his sophomore album Bloom, which arrives today after a century of waiting, Troye Sivan tells the brave and provocative story of diving into a relationship with a much older man at the ripe age of seventeen. Over layers of heavenly harmonies, gorgeous electric guitar, and whooshing synths, he tackles a controversial stereotype in the gay community with gusto, poetic honesty, and an ounce of aching regret hidden within the melodies.

Shungudzo, “Paper”

On her debut single, Zimbabwean singer and poet Shungudzo is proving that she can turn words of urgency into an irresistible dance jam. “Paper” is an exploration about the true importance of money over bouncy rhythms and an utterly catchy hook that won’t leave your head. “It is inspired by my family’s immigration to ‘the promised land,’ and the realization that the promised land is more notorious for breaking promises than it is for keeping them,” she said about the song, adding an unexpected yet highly significant layer to something created for the clubs. 

Emily Vaughn, “Say the Word (feat. Lostboycrow)”

The rising singer continues her carnival of sassy pop bops “Say the Word,” a sultry and dazed flurry of enchanting vocals and  vibrant electronics that just might shoot her to superstardom. The only word you’ll be saying is “bop”. 

Nao, “Make It Out Alive (feat. SiR)”

The soulful British songstress lends her highly unique and soothing voice to a stirring but distant duet with fellow R&B talent SiR. Between the horrific political climate and our own messy mishaps (we all have them), it’s hard to see a way to get through it all unscathed, a feeling they capture perfectly over a wavy soundscape of downbeat synths and relaxing instrumentation.

Mabel, “One Shot” 

The star of Jax Jones’ immensely catchy hit “Ring Ring” takes another shot at solo pop stardom with a trop-pop ditty of her own. If this one is anything to go by, she’ll get more than one shot.

MNEK, “Correct”

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