New Music We Love: A double-dose of Ariana and a shot of great pop songs, please?
We take you on a guided tour of the best, the good, and the quite good's of the week
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The Kings and Queens that rule New Music Friday have truly blessed us this week with a double dosing of Ariana Grande - one in the form of a truly “bop” worthy Troye Sivan collaboration and another equally pleasing Nicki Minaj feature. What have we done to deserve this?!
Featured Song: Troye Sivan – Dance To This (feat. Ariana Grande)
When TS revealed that his album was called ‘Bloom’ we assumed that his single of the same name would be a highlight of the album… but this collab has got us wondering what other surprises may be up his sleeve? ‘Dance To This’ sits somewhere between ‘My My My!’ and ‘The Good Side’ in terms of vibe that sentence alone shows how obsessed we are.
It’s a fully formed, truly fantastic, worthwhile pop song which we really are not deserving of. But, in the meantime, we’re just going to dance to this.
Other Good Ones
Nicki Minaj – Bed (feat. Ariana Grande): More Ariana! This one is slightly more conventional, with Ariana (playing the role of “pop star”) providing the bridge and chorus and Nicki (playing the role of “female rap star trying to make her return worthwhile”) rapping in the verses. But, you know, at the same time there’s something entirely unconventional about this but that might just be because this is a collaboration which makes perfect sense and actually has resulted in a very very good song.
Four of Diamonds – Name On It (feat. Burna Boy): The new girl group we’re all about to get obsessed with have landed with a debut single which, whilst we know it’s about men not wanting to commit, could also be also be about a Starbucks barista writing your name incorrectly on a double chocolate Frappuccino. More importantly though, it’s actually a good single from a good, well-put-together, thought-through girl group making their own space in the market. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT WAS POSSIBLE?!
5 Seconds of Summer – Valentine: The new 5SOS album is out and if one thing is for sure it’s that the boys (yep, we know them THAT well) have forged their own, new sound. ‘Valentine’ has been a fan favourite at the band’s pre-release sets and we can see why. It’s a bit quirky (consider it for a ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ remake?) but has smart lyrics and sees the boys owning their make-over. Whether it’s with this song or any of the other 16 tracks on their new album, this Summer is going to be a big one.
Loote – IDK Single: The opening lines of this cut from Loote’s first EP is: “I don’t know how to be single”. To be honest, the opposite is true for us so no relatability points but here’s a few points the band do earn off of their ‘Single’ EP: There’s progression and development on their sound (it’s more than just making songs that fit well on streaming!!), there’s SS (smart songwriting), it’s personal and (mostly) relatable and it’s full of hits. Almost every song would be single-worthy for any other artist – which makes us even more surprised that this pair haven’t blown up big time yet.
Also Good, But Maybe Not Quite Good Enough For So Many Words
Alessia Cara – Growing Pains: We love Alessia Cara and are very happy to see her return, but ‘Growing Paints’ isn’t a touch on any of the songs from ‘Know-It-All’, her debut album. We have fingers crossed that this isn’t a Lorde scenario but we can’t wait for Single 2 is all we’re going to say!!
The Vamps – Just My Type: Fun Fact: Or favourite part of this song is actually the bridge. We like this song – it seems like a return to a Vamps sound of the ‘Meet The Vamps’ era but with the ambition of a ‘Night & Day’ era single.
Martin Garrix – Ocean (feat. Khalid): We thought that Khalid and Martin Garrix had done a song together before but they haven’t, which really says all you need to know (it’s good, but just that).
Bebe Rexha – I’m A Mess: Actually, YES. This is going to end up being very under-rated but it’s actually a very good song indeed.
To listen to all of our favourite new releases, check out the New Music We Love playlist on Spotify, below.