November 13th, NMF!

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BILLIE EILISH / THEREFORE I AM

Spooktastic heavyweight Eilish rockets back with what is arguably one of her most instant and charismatic releases so far. Taking clear cues from the debut, ‘Therefore…’ presents again the bravado and charisma that’s proven so successful already. Of course, it helps when the song is actually good and… it’s really good. Silky smooth haunting vocals over a sliding synth and pulsating bass, it’s addictive.

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PALE WAVES / CHANGE

All you need to know is this is the best Avril Lavigne song that’s been made in years, so reminiscent of ‘Complicated’ that it’s hard to imagine the song was not an influence. Similarly to how PVRIS tapped those Paramore vibes at the start, taking cues from such an established sound might actually help Pale Waves find that mainstream lane. As Lavigne as it sounds, unescapable as it is, it’s still good enough to make you need more Pale Waves just like this.

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GRACEY / 99%

‘99%’ is the latest big push from GRACEY, we’ll soon see whether that big push is going to pay off but for now the music can do all the talking. Lucky for us, it’s pretty easy to get sucked in to this Charli XCX-esque smooth banger. With that bassline doing all the work, Gracey fades in and out of the shadows like Krampus dancing around and watching you fall into the beat.

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GEORGE MAPLE / FADE

When Maple hits it right, she hits it really right. Unfortunately her releases have been so few and far between that it’s been a bit of a worry where she would go next. Worry no more! ‘Fade’, taken from her new saga MYTH which drops in December, is Dido on steroids – a fine line between dance remix and that heavenly dark dreamland that Maple’s pop tendencies tend to sit within. Ever so subtle, ‘Fade’ takes it time to come really crashing but when it does, it HITS.

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LAUREN AQUILINA / LATEST GHOST

Aquilina’s latest (and greatest so far!) is the emotionally powerful Swiftian-esque ‘Latest Ghost’. Something pretty close to MUNA, the greatest band in the world, it’s a really god damn good song wrapped in some pretty gorgeous production.

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March 29th, NMF!

P!NK / HUSTLE

“Don’t hussle me, don’t fuck with me.”

Beautiful Trauma showed a more focused, mature P!nk that catered perfectly to her well developed adult contemporary fan base, and it already appears like Hurts 2B Human is making steps to coalesce that with her usual RAH! shtick. In our culturally ageist and sexist landscape, it’s difficult to fault an artist that recognises a commercial peak and decides to follow it with music that caters to the wave, as opposed to breaks with the formula.

‘Hustle’ is a fiesty piece of the same old pie for P!nk, her vocal returning to its characteristic and sharp I’m Not Dead days, with some new doo-whop and Imagine Dragons-esque influences thrown in to keep it fresh. It’s interesting and endearing to see P!nk continue on establishing this punkish attitude as she continues to age, instead of turning to the smaltzy AC half of Beautiful Trauma would suggest.

BILLIE EILISH / BAD GUY

“I’m that bad type / Make your mama sad type
Make your girlfriend mad type / Might seduce your dad type”

You’re either going to get Billie Eilish’s appeal or you’re not, her ASMR mumble-core vocal is going to either force you to throw your phone or it’s going to send shivers through your spine. ‘Bad Guy’ takes Eilish’s spook-tastic appeal and puts a quivering spin on it, contorting a relatively simple hook into an energetic and fun three minutes. Without watering down her appeal at all, it perfectly packages every quirk so far into what is simply… a brilliant song. The way she purrs and coos, her vocal mastered to within an inch of its life, as if she’s right there behind your speaker. It’s spellbinding.

ZARA LARSSON / DON’T WORRY BOUT ME

“Now I been sleeping okay.”

Music labels are often the bane of every pop fans existence, as they stand in the way of common sense single releases and hold their stars to ransom if they do not conform to a particular sense of style. ‘Don’t Worry Bout Me’ was one of those, almost a victim to label boss expectation. Stepping far away from the Euro-pop stylings of ‘Ruin My Life’, ‘Don’t…’ is a far more contemporary Rihanna inspired pop-bop that positively bounces. In fact, it sounds increasingly similar to Mabel, and I wonder whether the label only let it go after seeing the success she has received with this sound…

GABRIELLE APLIN / NOTHING REALLY MATTERS

“I don’t know why I’m scared of forever, but it’s now or it’s never.”

Gabrielle Aplin has been producing world class music for years, and since her incredible sophomore album has moved into producing world class pop music. ‘Nothing Really Matters’ is a showcase of fantastic British pop music, showcasing Aplin’s razor sharp talent at songwriting. A swelling build up of a bridge? Check. A short and sweet chorus that builds and builds before cutting away? Check. A euphoric breakdown following? Check.

FOLLY RAE / FULL STOP

“No subtle meaning between the line.”

Folly Rae up and stole my heart with ‘You Don’t Love Me’ just last year, showing a unique pop mastery and a voice that stands out from the crowd. ‘Full Stop’ recalls Sigrid and Tove Styrke with its jagged production and witty lyricism, but above all there’s a popstar here that is damn well exciting. Full of character from beginning to the end, it’s the exact kind of song you need to blare out from the car all through the summer.

EMILY VAUGHN / PIECES

“Everybody wants a piece of me, and I’m running out of pieces.”

‘Pieces’ might just be my favourite song of the week, but it took a few listens to get me there. Most notably because the song really steps into its own at the last 3 quarters, introducing a pounding kick that elevates the hook to an entirely new level. It’s an interesting addition, and makes you question why the entire song doesn’t maintain that relentless drive, but the slow evolution of vocoder-heavy ballad into Tove Lo-esque banger gives this such a unique bite. Filled with melancholy and a delectable hook, it really would feel at home on a Tove Lo album, which is always a compliment.