V's New Music Round-Up

V's New Music Round-Up

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V's New Music Round-Up

Here are some of the biggest and best music releases of the week.

Here are some of the biggest and best music releases of the week.

Text: Matthew Velasco

Last week's bigshot music releases—Jack Harlow, Maggie Rogers, and more—are surely a tough act to follow, though this week surely did not dissapoint. As we transition into the Summer months, artists are staking their claim with catchy, honey-like vocals and lyrics that are set to be hummed all throughout the warmer months. This week's biggest release was none other than Lizzo, who is set to drop her second studio album in mid-July. Coupled with dynamic, rising artists and singers debuting new sounds, this week surely did not disappoint.

Below, see this week's top picks:

"About Damn Time" by Lizzo 

"It's bad bitch o'clock, yeah, it's thick-thirty," are the instantly iconic lyrics that open Lizzo's new disco-infused single "About Damn Time." Back with a vengeance, the release marks the Cuz I Love You singer's first drop in almost a year. Packed full of catchy melodies, colorful rhymes, and a beat that captivates, expect to hear the single everywhere. The singer also released a dynamic music video, which sees Lizzo emphasize and reclaim her self-worth—of course, while surrounded by groovy disco floors and synchronized swimmers. And with July 15 as a confirmed release date for her second studio album Special, Lizzo's power anthems are destined to be dominating our Summer playlists.

"Doritos & Fritos" by 100 Gecs

Hyperpop duo 100 Gecs are back with "Doritos & Fritos," the pair's newest quirky, one-of-a-kind track and latest release since its 2021 single "mememe." "Doritos & Fritos"opens with a punchy guitar that dominates throughout and is accented by cheeky lyrics like "I went to France to get some new pants, I went to Greece to get something to eat." Though the single is a slight sonic departure from the duo's striking ultra-pop sound, its instantly grabbing lyrics and thumping beat are sure to get stuck in your head after a few listens. The track is the second single off of the 100 Gecs' soon to be announced album 10000 Gecs.

Booty Call by bülow

German-Candian pop singer bülow first captured audiences with her instantly catchy TikTok viral hit "You & Jennifer." Now, bülow is back with the anthemic, pop-infused EP Booty Call—which features production by Finneas. Opening with the slow churning "Don't Break My Heart," the EP sees the singer navigate a relationship in turmoil. Though much of the five track release is decidedly less synth-filled than the singer's previous releases, Bülow's lyrical knack and top-notch production are on full display in songs like "Playin' Me Back" and "My Mercedes."

Versions of Me by Anitta

If you aren't familiar with the funk-infused pop perfection of Brazilian singer Anitta, her latest studio album Versions of Me is the ideal introduction. The 15 track album is a journey of self exploration and sees the artist embrace several iterations of herself. Flaweslly flowing between her native Portuguese, Spanish, and English, Versions of Me has something for everyone. EDM synths and punching beats dominate the album and are made special by Anitta's honey-tinged vocals and entrancing melodies. Too, the album features a host of collaborations, most notably "Ur Baby" feat. Khalid, "Faking Love" feat. Saweetie, and "Me Gusta" feat. Myke Towers & Cardi B.

"Memories" by Conan Gray 

Documenting a post-relationship reality, Conan Gray's new single "Memories" has us in our feels. Backed by dreamy, guitar-filled instrumentals, Gray's airy voicals shine as he navigates moving on from a relationship while wanting to hold onto the memories that made it so special. Heartfelt, personal, and snappy "Memories" is the fifth single off of the singer's upcoming sophomore studio album Superache. If the previous quartet and "Memories" are any indicator of the forthcoming record, expect a delightful mix of upbeat bangers and bedroom pop ballads.

"Another" by Muni Long  

Having written hit songs for the likes of Rihanna, Kesha, and Ariana Grande, Muni Long is ready to shine on her own, evident from her latest single "Another": a sultry, destined-to-be R&B hit. Following the success of "Hrs And Hrs"—which surpassed 150 million streams—Long is certainly finding her niche. The song sees Long be upfront with her significant other, proclaiming "I'm gonna break it down for you, I hope you listening." The artist also released a music video to accompany the release, a precursor to her yet-to-be-announced upcoming album.

"Sidelines" by Phoebe Bridgers 

Much to the delight of sad girls everywhere, Phoebe Bridgers has returned with coming-of-age track "Sidelines." Following the whirlwind success of her 2020 sophomore album Punisher, Bridgers is returning to the core of what makes her so good: breathy vocals, sleepy production, and lyrics that tug at the heart strings. The single will be featured on Hulu's forthcoming series Conversations With Friends, an adaptation of Sally Rooney's novel of the same name. Though Bridgers stated in a statement this will be her only original release this year, we will certainly take what we can get from the Grammy nominated artist.

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