ZEDD, KATY PERRY / 365
“I think about you all the time. 24/7. 365”
Katy Perry has rightfully established herself as somewhat of a pop tour de force, with each of her returning singles resembling an inescapable wrecking ball of hooks and polished visuals. ‘365’ doesn’t seem to be connected to any project of hers, yet, but it certainly comes with that typical Katy Perry first single gusto.
Directed by Warren Fu, the video helps instil the banger with plenty of heart. The song toys with the same idea: where does love and obsession meet? Its clever complexity adds layers to an otherwise simple pop song, one that is easily a Katy Perry best – and hopefully a sign of things to come.
SLAYYYTER / MINE
“Oh me oh my, I wanna make you mine.”
Depending on your Twitter social circles, Slayyyter is either completely unknown or about to break through to an underground mainstream. With only a year of releases under her belt, it’s already iconic how she has successfully managed to capture her own zeitgeist.
‘Mine’ follows ‘Alone’ in refining her somewhat sharp production style into an attractive retro fantasy, building on influences from classic house to Britney Spears. Never does it pretend to be anything other than an inspired love bop blaring out on the club floor at 11PM, and it’s all the more special for embracing that.
DUSK, CALL ME LOOP / NEW HABIT
Call Me Loop is one of the most reliable upcoming pop stars of the past few years, constantly supplying Rita Ora-esque bops that showcase a delicate lyrical style and unrivalled pop sensibility. Basically, she knows her way around a bloody good pop song. ‘New Habit’ is relatively simple, yet positively shines because of an addictive vocal.
Take Rita Ora’s ‘Anywhere’, rewind a few years and sprinkle a little bit of Alphabeat’s infectious positivity… and you get this!
SIR BABYGIRL / CHEERLEADER
“Everybody loves to watch the cheerleader fall”
In this essay I will explain how queer talent continues to push musical boundaries into exceptional, emotional territories that heterosexual members of society could only dream up.
‘Cheerleader’ is our shout out of the week from the new album ‘Crush On Me’ by Sir Babygirl. As with all of Babygirl’s songs so far, it’s hard not to envision the indie movie masterpiece that would accompany this song in the fantasy world we deserve. Above all it’s lyrically brilliant, her trademark shout-y vocals perfectly conveying every line with angst and emotion.
In fact, it’s so good that I can’t decide whether it’s better than her debut ‘Heels’… which is one of the best songs of all time.
YUNGBLUD, HALSEY, TRAVIS BARKER / 11 MINUTES
“I’m eleven minutes away and I miss you all day”
Halsey has been quietly settling herself in for an imperial era since ‘Closer’ hit the top spot around the world in 2016. Ironically ‘Closer’ would most likely be the outlier in her discography today, as its a perfect understanding of her brand and sound that has since set her up to be one of the next big things.
’11 Minutes’ may be a YUNGBLUD song, but it may as well be Ashley’s herself. From the minute her vocals drift in alongside the guitar riff, she absolutely dominates with a perfectly curated vocal. The song itself is Seether and Amy Lee’s ‘Broken’ dragged into 2019, but it’s just so impossible to deny how perfect a move this is for Halsey.
YONAKA / BAD COMPANY
“This big black cloud came down to smother me”
Another pop-rock fantasy moment, YONAKA continue their unstoppable momentum with one of their best efforts yet. Picking up inspiration from classic Paramore, ‘Bad Company’ is for every RIOT! fan that wants to feel thirteen again. It’s effortless pop rock with soaring vocals, who can argue with that?
EDEN XO / HAVE IT ALL
‘Have It All’ starts out as a Gwen Stefani song before swelling into a huge built-for-Eurovision chorus. What it lacks in character it more than makes up with the sheer size of the chorus, basically Kylie-esque Aaaaaah’s buried within warm synths. For now, it’s an exciting amalgamation of sounds that leaves us wondering exactly what Eden XO might deliver next.
Other highlights from the week:
ARMIN VAN BUUREN, BONNIE MCKEE / LONELY FOR YOU
SARA BAREILLES / FIRE
CXLOE / I CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS
BEBE REXHA / LAST HURRAH
FELIX CARTAL, LIGHTS / LOVE ME
EMILY VAUGHT / DEAD TO ME
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