From Brockhampton to Ariana Grande: here are all the tracks we’ve had on repeat this week.
Ariana Grande & Social House – “Boyfriend”
Following two monumental albums in the past year, Ariana Grande’s back again this week with “boyfriend”, a smooth pop-R&B blend about a chilled situationship featuring Pittsburgh duo Social House, who’ve previously opened for a handful of her shows.
“well, i feel like this song captures a common theme in the lives of so many people i know !” she explained on Twitter: “people want to feel love but don’t want to define their relationship & have trouble fully committing or trusting or allowing themselves to fully love someone. even tho they want to”…
Set at a lavish cocktail party, the Hannah Lux Davis-directed video (the director also responsible for her iconic “thank u, next” and “7 Rings” visuals), sees Ari tackle a rival to the ground and fire off electric love hearts from her bra. Don’t try this at home.
Lolo Zouaï – “Summers in Vegas”
Born in Paris, raised in San Francisco and now living in NYC, Lolo Zouaï’s distinctive sound is informed by her unique blend of cultural influences. Her latest track, “Summers in Vegas” (lifted from her debut album High Highs to Low Lows), draws on her childhood days spent in Vegas, where her father ran a pizza restaurant.
The sentimental track feels seeped in nostalgia – a hazy mood reflected in her new, self-directed video. Portraying Lolo driving back to the bright lights of the city, the visuals flit between intimate details of her memories there, also packing in a range of lewks making up best wardrobe we’ve seen in a while (sorry, Ari…)
Catch Lolo perform in London at XOYO on 5th November, or grab tickets for her Highs and Lows tour here.
Snoh Aalegra – “Situationship”
Back in 2017, Swedish-Iranian singer Snoh Aalegra casually dropped her debut, 13-track album FEELS – and lifted us all into a love-fuelled daydream soundtracked by her bluesy melodies and honeyed vocals.
While a lot has changed for Snoh since then, her forthcoming record is titled Ugh, Those Feels Again… because when you write incisively about the most universal, overpowering emotions, what else?
This week she dropped “Situationship”, a glittery R&B track about the complications of a casual relationship, drawing on the album’s wider themes of self-love and self-growth, alienation and anxiety. Stay tuned for the full record on August 16th.
Brockhampton – “I Been Born Again”
Sound the alarm: Brockhampton are back.
Following their 2018’s IRIDESCENCE, the hip-hop collective returned this week with the highly-anticipated first track from their forthcoming album Ginger and – if it wasn’t crystal clear before – they just confirmed their self-proclaimed status as the best boy band in the world.
Arriving with a trippy black-and-white, Spencer Ford-directed video shot in Berlin, the track features verses by members Kevin Abstract, Joba and Merlyn Wood.
Kojey Radical – “2020”
Following “Can’t Go Back“, musician and multidisciplinary artist Kojey Radical just dropped the second single from his upcoming new record: Swindle, KZ, and Kyu Steed-produced “2020”.
With textured production and razor-sharp lyrics, the reflective, self-bolstering track showcases yet another side of Kojey’s artistry, underscoring his ability to move confidently between different sounds and themes – and making the release of the new project in September an increasingly exciting prospect. Look out for more drops before then.