Check out the best hits of New Music Friday, and our hot takes on each of the picks below.
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HOT TAKES ON EACH OF OUR PICKS:
Hot Take: Favorite song of the year so far. I love how Khalid sounds when he takes it down-tempo and virtually strips the song down to its bones. This sounds like an alternate/rougher version of his song Silence with Marshmello. Lastly, Khalid was made for duets.
Hot Take: When the hell is Chelsea Cutler going to release her full length album?! Chelsea has carved her own lane in what I’ll dub “Febreze Pop” – Fresh and lightweight beats that compliment her airy vocals . This reminds me of the work she’s done with Kidswaste. I’m really excited for her show with Quinn XCII on 2/25.
Hot Take: ROZES has such a unique voice, fit for pop. Normally you’d expect Nicky Romero to turn up the BPM on any song he touches, but he scales it back like many EDM artists as of late. The progressive beat builds up to a big drop that’s still contained, keeping the song “pop” rather than an EDM headbanger.
Hot Take: Win and Woo are so versatile. I love what they did with the backbeat, turning a weird chord into a seamless rhythm. Combine that with the contemporary singer (WHO IS SHE?) airy vocals, and you’ve got a recipe for an Early Bird favorite. I want this song to be blasted out everywhere, and I want Win and Woo to come to New York ASAP. I will drop everything for that show.
Hot Take: The Chainsmokers continue to distance themselves from their EDM-Banger identity with the second song release of 2018. Drew Taggart is the glue to The Chainsmokers success – and it wouldn’t surprise me if he broke off into his own project soon.
Hot Take: It was awesome to watch Alison Wonderland give a preview of the song earlier this week. I love the composition of this song, with lots of reverb and Alison’s vocals isolated. It feels like a song that was written for Halsey and Alison Wonderland stole it and applied her signature ability to produce big choruses. I love the message, too: “Treat me like church” – value yourself and how others treat you.
Hot Take: TECHNICALLY this song came out last week, but I hadn’t heard it yet until today. I didn’t know what to expect when I found this song, but after about a minute in, the chorus drops and the entire song gets an airy uplift to accompany the ukelele and Wilson & Beggins’ duet, and it becomes an instant fave.
Hot Take: You hear the tropical strings and “RIGHT ABOUT NOW” and you know it’s going to be a happy banger. R. City’s endlessly joyous voice could perk up even the grumpiest Grumpy Cat. This is immediately going on my Stop Trop & Roll playlist.
Hot Take: Initially I was hesitant to listen because of DeRulo, but he really does add to the pop clout of this song. I love the mix of spanish and english together in the song.
Hot Take: 80’s driving beat combined with modern EDM sensibilities = absolute jam. Nevve’s voice is underrated. 3LAU’s show on Saturday is going to be insane. I’m also sincerely looking forward to SNBRN and Throttle, who open the show.
Hot Take: Kim Petras is the new Black. She’s going to be a pop superstar. Her voice is smooth, and she’s got the personality and pipes for “BIG” pop anthems.
Hot Take: It’s a new direction for SteLouse, and I like it for him. This song is very R3HAB-esque, but less “wubby” and more alt-pop. SteLouse performs 2/22 at Rough Trade NYC. Look out for our interview with him, coming in March!
Hot Take: Kasbo continues to define this airy-and-upbeat style of electronic music. The chorus is super catchy. Kasbo will be in New York playing in Brooklyn at Baby’s All Right in April, and we’re hoping he’s got a new album out by that time.
Hot Take: Mothica is like a soulful mix of Adele and Halsey. Read our full feature review of Lovetalk here.
Hot Take: Leave it to Frank Ocean to completely flip a pop classic like Moon River. It’s a thoughtfully relaxing and soulful piece of art. Check out the rest of our thoughts here.
Hot Take: Melvv’s first solo single in over a year is finally out. The beat is catchy and it’s a song that gets better the more you listen to it.
Can’t believe I missed this poppy electronic jam by Lookas. Keep an eye on Lookas, who is poised to have a big 2018 – Rolling Stone & Billboard included him in their annual Top 10 to Watch lists.