Bop Refresh: 9/7

Bop Refresh: 9/7

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

Dua Lipa, “Want To”

Prior to releasing her self-titled debut album, Dua Lipa had been performing “Want To” at her live shows before cutting it from the record, much to some of her fans’ disappointment. But now, it’s here in its full glory. Miss Lipa takes no prisoners on this one, keeping command of her body and destroying those who try to control it over deep, hypnotic grinds and stealthy electro breakdowns. To be quite honest, “Want To” seemed poised to be her signature female empowerment anthem before “New Rules” came along. Good thing we have both gems now.

DAWN, “Jealousy”

The eclectic R&B sensation is back with her first solo single since 2016, sans the triangle in her name. “Jealousy” sees her directly go after someone who’s after her man, no holds barred, over a soft R&B groove and sharp synths. It represents the beginning of a new era for the artist that focuses on rawness and vulnerability without being disguised by any metaphor.

Clairo, “Heaven”

The fast-emerging artist continues to expand her bedroom pop into more vivid territories with “Heaven”, from the indie Sundance hit Skate Kitchen, but without losing any of her ultra-chill vibes. The production is perhaps her most lush and expansive, snapping along gently amid waves of calming synths and xylophone keys as her voice reaches new levels of richness before reaching a quick but fading conclusion. It’s easy to imagine this soundtracking a hazy dream sequence.

Amber Mark, “Put You On (feat. DRAM)”

The rising R&B siren is continuing her string of infectious jams with new single “Put You On”. The track sounds straight out of the early 2000s, with an irresistible Latin-infused groove, that massive chorus, and some catchy bars from rapper DRAM, just how they did it in 2002. Add in some more modern glistening synths, and you have a recipe for one of the most addictive pop jams of the entire year.

Noah Cyrus and Gallant, “Mad at You”

Timing is everything. Just days after a very sad public breakup, Noah Cyrus has released the first offering from her upcoming EP Good Cry, teaming up with R&B singer Gallant for a heartfelt, albeit heartbreaking, love ballad. Noah’s voice soars as she puts her devotion on the table in what may be her most vulnerable offering since her debut single, “Make Me (Cry)”. And given recent events, we’re unsure if this song couldn’t have come at a better or worse time, but it hits hard nevertheless.

Nile Rodgers & Chic, “Sober (feat. Craig David & Stefflon Don)”

The first peek at Nile Rodgers and Chic’s long-awaited comeback album is just as joyously funky as you would hope. The legendary group dabbles in New Jack Swing, crossing it over with David’s soulful vocals, a island-inflected verse from the fiery Stefflon Don, and Rodgers’ comforting basslines, and creating a familiar yet innovative classic.

AlunaGeorge, “Superior Emotion (feat. Cautious Clay)”

Aluna Francis and George Reid are back, and they've mellowed out a little bit. "Superior Emotion", the lead track to their upcoming EP Champagne Eyes, is much more intimate and serene than their more vibrant fare of years past. Her soulful yet delicate vocals are fully on display here, contrasting well with Cautious Clay's smooth rasp, and the little touches of disparate synths and guitar strums hidden across the track keep the duo's signature quirk intact.

Tommy Genesis, “100 Bad (feat. Charli XCX)”

The only thing that could have made “100 Bad” hit harder than it already does was adding pop maestro Charli XCX to the proceedings, so that’s exactly what Tommy Genesis did. And boy, does Charli body her verse. Together, the girls make a kick-ass duo that can seemingly conquer whatever the world throws at them with nothing but effortless flow and celebratory lines.

Ariana Grande, “Them Changes”

Is it time to accept the fact that Ariana Grande can effortlessly conquer any song, impression, or otherwise that you throw at her? I think the answer is yes. On BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, the superstar tackled Thundercat’s near-classic “Them Changes” as her cover of choice, adding another dimension to the tune with her airy vocals and funky touches. At this point, she can probably do polka music justice.

Jessie Reyez, “Fuck Being Friends”

I mean, the title really says it all, doesn’t it?

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