In true British style, we have a weekend filled with grey skies and rainy showers ahead of us. So, in a bid to inject the days ahead with some summery energy, we are back with another Wonderlist. From Dua Lipa and Pop Smoke‘s pop-meets-rap track getting a Bridgerton makeover to Unknown T’s newest release, head below to see the tunes you are sure to be grooving to all weekend – albeit inside…
Dua Lipa, Unknown T and Vibbar bring the heat to this week’s music playlist.
Pop Smoke feat. Dua Lipa – “Demeanor”
With Pop Smoke’s acclaimed album Faith having dropped a few weeks ago, attention has turned to the late star and the star-studded list of features that grace his newest project. And, one name on the list that caused quite the stir was Dua Lipa. While the pair are not the most likely of collaborators, the funky pop sensibilities brought in by the megastar and Pop’s gruff vocals that feature on track “Demeanor” were enough to put any doubt to rest. Now, in a bid to make the collaboration all the more exciting, the song’s official music video has landed. Stepping into a Bridgerton-esque realm, fans can watch Dua Lipa dance around a hedonistic ball whilst dressed in an opulent period dress as Pop Smoke is immortalised in the form of an animated painting. And, as Dua reminds us throughout the track, “you can’t say Pop without the Smoke.”
Unknown T – Adolescence
To the delight of drill fans everywhere, rapper Unknown T dropped his highly-anticipated mixtape Adolescence this week. Featuring fan favourite “Goodums” along with new cuts such as “EAST” and “Sweet Lies”, listeners can expect 14 tracks boasting the true sound of British drill as Unknown T’s distinct tone, gripping lyrics and masterful ad-libs ring throughout. And, with the likes of M Huncho and M1llionz lending their lyrical flows to the project, it is made all the more special.
NEDA – “Good Intentions”
Newcomer NEDA is bursting onto the scene with her self-love anthem, “Good Intentions”. Featuring the juxtaposing sounds of the track’s grand production and the artist’s soft tone, listeners will become captivated upon the first note. With this shimmering debut release set to put NEDA firmly on the map, it is evident that she will be rising rapidly through the musical ranks.
MIYA MIYA – “Rules”
Band MIYA MIYA is offering the sounds of a pop-infused symphony on track “Rules”. Boasting romantic lyrics and explosive production, the collective’s vocals work together effortlessly and result in a complementary sound. Set to further carve out a space for themselves in the UK music scene with their latest drop, they are most definitely one to watch
Unusual Demont – “Vanta”
Giving the likes of Frank Ocean a run for his money this week is the viral artist Unusual Demont with his latest cut, “Vanta”. Claiming that he wrote the song from the perspective of his ex, listeners can expect experimental production with a “angry, punk, almost grungy, energy” and uniquely crafted lyrics as they are invited into the artist’s wonderful world. And, with the track coming accompanied by trippy neon-infused visuals, the artist further proves that his creativity knows no bounds.
Lois Levin – “Burden”
Harking on old-school jazz and soul, Lois Levin unveils “Burden”. With the artist’s old soul radiating through in her bluesy vocals, Lois invites her fans on an intimate and heartbreaking journey through her childhood spent with an absent mother. With a blended soundscape filled with modern production and era-transcending references, the artist is leaving her mark firmly on the jazz genre with her debut release.
CNCO – “Toa La Noche”
Prepare to get lost in the rhymic sounds of CNCO’s dance-worthy tune, “Toa La Noche”. After taking to Puerto Rico and stumbling upon inspiration, the 4-piece band penned their summery track with the help of reggaeton star, Wisin. Guaranteed to have you moving your hips and dreaming of warm summer nights, the track’s infectious beat and sexy vibe culminate in a sound fit to accompany your weekend plans. And, if you are a fan of the sensual sounds served up by the band, you can catch them on their 16-date U.S. club tour, which commences in August.
Ghosts Of Our Former Selves – “Now We’re Talking”
Musical collective Ghosts Of Our Former Selves want you to rock out to their newest single, “Now We’re Talking”. Offering the narrative of the intense conversations that ensue during couples therapy, a song drenched in torment and tribulations is formed. And, with Ghosts Of Our Former Selves looking to 80s legends such as Don Henley and The Police for inspiration, their angsty cut becomes a masterful ode to old-school rock. If you are going through a relationship crisis, this is what you should be blasting through your speakers.
Beren Olivia – “Red Ripped Sweater”
Ahead of the release of her debut EP “Early Hours of the AM, rising alt-pop sensation Beren Olivia get candid on heartbreak with track, “Red Ripped Sweater”. A tale known all too well by those who have endured heartbreak, the song’s premise focuses on those beloved items that are impossible to part with post-breakup. A smash hit in the making, the track’s sickly-sweet tone comes courtesy of a collaboration with Halsey’s producer, Dylan Bauld. Having amassed 5 million streams with her previous releases and her new track set to reach the same levels of success, Beren Olivia’s name is one you are going to be hearing a lot.
Vibbar – “Come My Way”
Last up in this week’s Wonderlist is the infectiously vibrant collective Vibbar with track, “Come My Way”. Encapsulating the sounds of summer with playful bars that glide over shimmering production, the rap collective offer up the sensual confessions synonymous with a weekend spent at the clubs. With the collective’s backgrounds deriving from every corner of the creative industry, including fashion, art and music, their combined knowledge and experiences ensure that their work is rich in appeal and tone.