Queen B’s new album, The Lion King: The Gift, includes immediate anthems like “Brown Skin Girl” – featuring an adorable Blue Ivy – but because it’s nearly the weekend, the Jay-Z and Childish Gambino collab “MOOD 4EVA” seems appropriate. Jay references that jet-ski meme in his rap, while Bey chuckles and reminds us “I’m so unbothered” and “I am a whole mood”. All hail the Queen.
From Beyoncé to Lil Nas X to WILLOW, here’s all the songs we can’t get enough of this week.
Beyoncé – “MOOD 4EVA” (feat. Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Oumou Sangaré)
WILLOW – “Overthinking IT”
While Willow’s first album experimented with an electronic feel, her third, self-titled album strips it back to her impressive vocals and a more chilled, acoustic vibe. Alongside a collaboration with bro Jaden and a follow-up to her ambient bop “Female Energy”, the laid-back “Overthinking IT” allows the 18-year-old to ruminate on her own state of mind with lyrics like “I’m crippled by my mind”.
Emotional Oranges – “Don’t Be Lazy”
Mysterious R&B collective Emotional Oranges have revealed the new song from their next project, The Juice Vol.2, just months after dropping their debut album (you might also recognise their jazzy “Motion” as the theme song for Ru Paul’s Drag Race last year). Their latest track, “Don’t Be Lazy”, blends smooth, sultry vocals with upbeat guitars for a refreshing, futuristic feel.
Greentea Peng – “Downers”
South London’s Greentea Peng arrived on the scene with her first EPs just last year, but she has already toured with 80s queen Neneh Cherry, played at the same festival as Migos and A$AP Rocky and, according to her Instagram, hinted at a collab with The Streets frontman Mike Skinner. The honest, soulful “Downers”, first featured on the buzzy YouTube channel Colors, is now on Spotify to download and play on repeat. And trust us, you’re going to want to – the singer’s raspy vocals and authentic sound are highly addictive.
Freya Ridings – “Unconditional”
Most people will have heard Ridings’ “Lost Without You” at some point since its first release in 2017 – its lyrics of heartbreak played over many of the emotional moments in last year’s Love Island. The more uplifting “You Mean the World to Me” also featured Maisie Williams taking solace in Ridings’ arms in the moving music video. “Unconditional”, from her self-titled debut album, sees the redhead seemingly finding happiness again, her hauntingly beautiful vocals this time telling a story of unconditional love.
Lil Nas X – “Old Seoul Road” (feat. RM)
Billy Ray Cyrus. Diplo. Young Thug and that yodelling kid from the memes. Just when you thought the remixes of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” were slowing down, the 20-year-old has released one more, this time with South Korean rapper RM, from K-pop band BTS. Lil Nas X still raps about horses, while RM raps about corn. Will the song break the record for the longest time spent at Number 1 in the charts? Probably. Do we hope that the remixes – with a Dolly Parton version rumoured – keep on coming? Secretly, yes.