If you haven’t heard yet, disco is back, and with a vengeance. Dua, Kylie and now Miley have all had a crack at the floor-filling genre this year, and we couldn’t be more here for it. This synthy number is the next evolution of the singers’ experimental “SHE IS COMING” series, telling the tale of a tumultuous past year for Cyrus. The track comes with a beyond captivating video that was self-directed by the singer herself, chock-full of metallic disco balls, a technicoloured safari and enough neon to singlehandedly bring back the eighties. Contender for best (and most glam) track of the year? We think so.
Miley does disco, Dua Lipa does techno and Drake does Drizzy in a Friday jam-packed with new tunes.
Miley Cyrus – “Midnight Sky”
Drake – “Laugh Now Cry Later ft. Lil Durk”
From taking over TikTok, drilling with Headie One and tackling afrobeats with PARTYNEXTDOOR and Popcaan, Drizzy continues pushing the musical boat out by bringing us this bassy little number with Lil Durk. Turbocharged with feel-good energy, “Laugh Now Cry Later” is built on a catchy beat and peppered with triumphant trumpets and breezy flows aplenty. It would seem Canada’s hottest export is taking us straight to bop city. And no, we won’t be stopping off on the way.
Rico Nasty – “IPHONE”
Hot off the heels of her feature with Kali Uchis, rap genius Rico Nasty has FINALLY dropped “IPHONE”. Teased via Instagram stories over the last few months, Nasty teamed up with hyper pop pioneer Dylan Brady (of 100 gecs) for a whirringly industrial trap hit. With lyrics slicker than a well-gelled scalp (“Nails razor sharp, called you off my iPhone/Let me hold my hair for you while you put my ice on”), this one is gonna stay on repeat for the rest of the day.
Kaya Stewart – “California feat. Childish Major”
Kaya Stewart is another artist who’s back with a bang. Since the success of breakthrough hit “In Love With A Boy”, Stewart’s career went into overdrive. Not only did she welcome her first album into the world, she even became the youngest female artist to perform on the infamous Warped Tour. Now things have settled down slightly, Stewart’s energy has culminated in “California”. Employing punchy synths and unrivalled vocal flare, she croons about the utopic city over a tune absolutely dripping with alt-pop magic.
Saint Clair – “violet hour”
Another bop on our radars is Saint Clair’s eruptive new track “violet hour”. Exploring themes of grief, resentment and anger, “violet hour” is the second part of a fascinating visual project by the artist, where Saint Clair’s bereft deity is left shattered and alone as she comes to terms with the death of a loved one, who in this case is the artist’s own father. The captivating song follows Clair’s strong vocals over a hill of slow-burning rhythms and deeply haunting choruses that take dark-pop to the nth degree.
Flynn – “B-Side”
“She’s always got a lover on the B-Side/So she don’t mind if I walk away/She’s got another someone on the East Side..” This is the punchy and damning intro to Flynn’s latest track “B-Side”. The catchy tune tells the story of a failed relationship, with the protagonist learning it’s better to let go than stay and hurt more. Blending catchy pop vocals with soulful rhythms, the Irish singer bares all of love’s troubles for the greater good, and for that we commend him.
Dua Lipa – “Levitating (feat. Madonna and Missy Elliott) [The Blessed Madonna Remix]”
Kicking off her clubby re-up of the timeless classic that is Future Nostalgia, Ms. Lipa is putting the untz untz into 2020 with the help of a few heavyweights. Remixed by the Blessed Madonna, “Levitating” reunites Madonna and Missy Elliott for the first time since that Gap advert and the VMA’s back in 2003, bringing us right back to the good old Y2K . Fans have been rejoicing at the remixed tunes striking video, which is Lipa’s first non-animated visual offering since we went into lockdown. It’s as if she hadn’t done enough for us already – thank you Dua!
¿Téo? – “Hope4”
Get a load of this dreamy cut from Bilingual singer ¿Téo?. “Hope4” is an ode to a carefree (and corona-free) world, with the singer seeking to uplift and inspire his fans with layers of lush, strung-out arrangements. Reverberating with an undercurrent of shoegaze aloofness, ¿Téo? beats the far-out tune into submission with a vibrant chorus and his own soothing vocal delivery. Tame Impala should be taking copious notes on this star on the rise.
Dava – “Right Time”
Arriving straight off the back of recent single “ASOS”, newcomer DAVA wanted to a convey a totally different vibe with this one, and what a job well done that was. The American artist came up through coffee-shop open mics, entertaining the world with her soft voice and woozy beats, enter “Right Time”. Between funky guitars and transcendent harmonies, this song was practically made for a cool summer. What’s not to love?