This week, Dua Lipa introduces us to her new period and the primary launch off her sophomore album with the disco-dance tune “Don’t Begin Now.” Ariana Grande groups up with Chaka Khan on the Charlie’s Angels soundtrack, with enjoyable outcomes. Labrinth exhibits off the spectrum of his abilities within the lead-up to his new album. Maluma and his fellow Colombians Feid and Sky make a suave reggaeton slow-burner. And blink-182 pops up on a brand new monitor from Goody Grace.
“Don’t Begin Now,” Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa got here out the gate swinging in 2016 along with her debut album and hit “New Guidelines.” Since then, she’s constructed a powerful model of honey-voiced disco-pop. “Don’t Begin Now,” the primary single off her upcoming sophomore album, doubles down on what she does finest and likewise pushes her ahead: bouncy and dance-ready, the twists of her voice maintain it intimate, whereas the juicy synths and bubbly percussion are layers of enjoyable ending touches. Dua attracts from totally different traditions like soul, digital, disco for a consequence that’s contemporary but traditional. Plus, Dua is at all times good for some breezy, unbothered empowerment pop: “Although it took a while to outlive you,” she sings with cheeky pleasure, “I’m higher on the opposite facet.” Sounds good to us.
“No one,” Ariana Grande feat. Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan beforehand described this music as “cute,” however that undersells it: it’s a enjoyable, jazzy collaboration between two top-of-the-game voices, and it’s arduous to not get a kick out of their supply and the foot-stomping beat. (There’s even a component within the bridge that options laughter.) Grande continues her successful streak, co-executive-producing the soundtrack for the upcoming Charlie’s Angels film which is out in mid-November; attending to work with artists like Khan is only a cherry on high.
“The place the Wild Issues,” Labrinth
British producer, singer and songwriter Labrinth has been behind the scenes with among the world’s largest artists, from Beyoncé to Sia, and simply this yr led the music on HBO’s Euphoria. So it’s good timing that he’s following issues up with a brand new album of his personal, Creativeness & the Misfit Child, out Nov. 22. “The place the Wild Issues Are” exhibits off the breadth of his sonic type: there’s piano balladry, melodic gospel and beat-heavy digital all blended into one advanced, uplifting monitor — with an electrical guitar outro in addition. It’s arduous to pin a style dabbler like Labrinth down, however with music this constantly compelling, we don’t really want to.
“Recent Kerias,” Feid, Maluma, Sky
Typically you simply need a pleasantly lilting reggaeton jam to vibe out to, and that’s what Feid, Maluma and Sky have supplied up with “Recent Kerias.” Unhurried and smooth-like in rhythm and elegance, it sees the three artists — all stars hailing initially from Medellín, Colombia — comfortably layering their kinds, with Feid and Maluma buying and selling verses with straightforward camaraderie. Lyrically, it doesn’t get that deep; it’s a music about ardour attained. However satisfying reggaeton songs rely extra on temper than content material, and on that entrance, “Recent Kerias” delivers.
“Scumbag,” Goody Grace feat. blink-182
For a little bit pop-punk this week, flip to Canada’s Goody Grace and his new collaboration with blink-182, “Scumbag.” Goody Grace, who grew up as a fan of the band, was considered one of Blink-182’s openers for a handful of latest exhibits; the result’s a pure collaboration that blends his extra pop-leaning vocals with Blink’s acquainted rock sound. Don’t look to this one for a lift; “She says I’m a scumbag / Needs to take her love again / Story of my life” are usually not precisely uplifting lyrics. However with regards to upset love, “Scumbag” hits the nail on the top with a perspective that’s dour however sincere, and a sound that falls on the correct facet of nostalgic.