New Music We Love: Khalid is back and Better, top comebacks from Ella Poletti, Lennon Stella
We take you on a guided tour of the best, the good, and the quite good's of the week
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This Summer hasn’t exactly been without it’s mega releases – new Ariana Grande, Troye Sivan and Travis Scott alone have pretty much dominated the charts… and that’s not even including the singles. This week, Summer is definitely over, but we’re still blessed with a series of long-awaited singles.
Featured Song: Khalid – Better
Arguably one of the biggest break out stories of the past couple of years is El Paso, Texas’ Khalid - after smashing it with singles ‘Young Dumb & Broke’ and ‘8TEEN’ he has been on a chart tirade with Martin Garrix-collab ‘Ocean’, Marshmello-collab ‘Silence’ among collabs with Benny Blanco, Billie Eilish and Normani.
Now we have a new Khalid single in ‘Better’ – a shout out to his home town. It’s a developed sound from his “American Teen” era… but dang it’s still good! He’s leaned more in the direction of R&B than pop on this one, but that doesn’t restrict it’s repeat value (which is very high).
Other Good Ones
Ella Poletti – Bones: Following her collab with L.A-based producer Out There from earlier this Summer, the gal is back with solo single ‘Bones’. Singing about an unfulfilled love she’s basically hit ALL of the marks when it comes to releasing a massive pop track that is as good first thing in the morning as it is late at night.
Lennon Stella – Bad: When Lennon (formerly of the TV show ‘Nashville’) released a snippet of this track on her Instagram before the Summer the internet went wild. People were literally releasing cover videos of three lyrics. Now the full song (and music video) are available on streaming services and it’s better than we could have ever imagined. Also, listen to the lyrics… it’s a shocking story!
Lana Del Rey – Mariners Apartment Complex: Finally some new Lana which we can get behind! Her first new music since 2017’s ‘Lust For Life’ – she’s still chilled out and down tempo, but there’s just something about this song which has us playing it on repeat. Produced by Jack Antonoff (look up: every good pop song), this is the perfect end of summer vibe.
LANY – Thick And Thin: To say we’re excited for their new album (‘Malibu Nights’ coming out October 5th) is an understatement. Truthfully, they haven’t released a bad single in 4 years but this new drop from the album (following ‘I Don’t Wanna Love You Anymore’ and our Summer fave ‘Thru These Tears’) is already proving a fan favourite. Heartbreak has never sounded so good!
6LACK – Seasons (feat. Khalid): His new album ‘East Atlanta Love Letter’ marks a new era for 6LACK, who is destined for mainstream success, but this collaboration is a particular favourite. The album itself is prime weekend listening material.
Also Good, But Maybe Not Quite Good Enough For So Many Words
The 1975 – Sincerity Is Scary: Latest single ‘TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME’ is better than this, clearly, album track. But, it doesn’t reduce our excitement for the November release of ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’.
Honors – Feel Better: Dark and moody pop is definitely the vibe of the week and Honors have a track record of hitting the mark. With the first taste of their new album they have us very excited!
David Guetta – Say My Name (feat. Bebe Rexha & J Balvin): DJ albums are always a bit awkward – and this is basically only on our list because it has Bebe’s voice on it – but, you know what, for a certain time and a certain place, this holds a place.
Martin Garrix & Justin Mylo – Burn Out (feat. Dewain Whitmore): Absolutely not a bad song, but can Martin please go back to his era of collaborating with Dua Lipa & Khalid?
To listen to all of our favourite new releases, check out the New Music We Love playlist on Spotify, below.