It would appear Eunice isn’t the only one cooking up a storm today, as Twinnie enters a brand new chapter with her explosive single “Welcome to the Club”. Written for the people who don’t feel like they fit into the world, the country-pop star’s vibrant lyrics and twinkling melodies walk you straight into her club — where fitting in is absolutely overrated. Packed with the self-love and confidence that defines the real-world travellers charm, “Welcome to the Club” is exactly the tune we needed to plug into to forget all our external worries.
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Twinnie – “Welcome to the Club”
Marie Noreger – “Slooowly”
Since releasing her EP “Gravity” in Spring last year, we have been mesmerised by Marie Noreger’s intricate tune-crafting and poetic tendencies. Today, the Norwegian Grammy nominated artist releases “Slooowly” which – true to its name – gradually nudges you under her spell. The track is a cocktail of sharp beats, honeyed vocals and creamy melodies which narrate the terrifying feeling of letting down your barriers to let love in. The accompanying visual brings the hypnotic hit to new heights as a group of contemporary dancers mirror the rhythmic fluidity of the track with their movements. As for the artist herself, Marie explains the track is all about, “Accepting differences and seeing them as an opportunity instead.” Having had “Slooowly” on loop for the day, we are more thirsty than ever for the drop of her forthcoming EP “DDVS”.
Congee – “Be Alright”
When it comes to releasing a debut single, it is no easy feat to establish a distinctive style right off the bat. Yet this does not prove much of an issue for Congee, who gets up close and personal with his listeners in “Be Alright”. With mannerisms similar to the likes of Lauv and The Kid Laroi, Congee is not afraid to experiment with alt-pop sounds as he delves into the complicated emotions shared between a mother and son. On the track, Congee says, “This song touches on the relationship between me and mum. She was born in China and moved here when she was a teenager not knowing a word of English. I was born in the UK and my Chinese is pretty much non-existent. Even though there is a language barrier between me and my mum, sometimes all I need is for her to tell me that everything is going to be okay.” As the self-directed music video demonstrates, Congee has turned his music into an entire art-form — and it is as imaginative as it is aesthetically pleasing.
Vince Staples – “Magic”
If you’ve been feeling a little blue this week, it’s time to introduce you to the cosmic vibrations of Vince Staples in the infectious single “Magic”. Leaning into his head-bopping hip hop beats, the artist celebrates his victory over the inner city blues which drew him away from the things he really wanted. Hacked from his highly anticipated forthcoming album Ramona Park Broke My Heart, the track is an introspective reflection of the hometown in which Vincent grew up. An uptempo melody masks the underlying tropes of prejudice which the artist has experienced — seamlessly depicting societies habit of glossing over the truth. As the wait for the album officially begins, Staples tells us, “It’s symbolic of home. And everyone has a home. Even though it’s very personal to me, everyone can relate to it. That’s why Thought it would work for this chapter.”
Mimi Webb – “House on Fire”
Switching up the tone, Mimi Webb is a whole mood in the take-no-prisoners anthem “House On Fire”. Taking the phrase “liar, liar, pants on fire” to a whole new extreme, Mimi Webb sets her cheating exes house ablaze with a triumphant melody and tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Along with a cinematic music video, “House on Fire” is a funny, clever and charming production — a true ode to Webb’s ability to bring concepts to fruition with finesse. While the artist is currently mesmerising audiences on her UK sold-out tour, we will be playing the track on loop in the hopes of usurping some of her unapologetic (and slightly psycho) energy.
Eddie Benjamin – “Weatherman”
Next up, Eddie Benjamin delivers a track that will make English students go wild as he uses pathetic fallacy to depict his emotions in “Weatherman”. Employing old-school soul and irresistible pop hooks, the Australian singer-songwriter calls for optimism in a sunny single. Beginning as an energetic piano ballad, the music video shows Eddie stuck under his very own thunderous cloud. Maintaining a joyous melody and buttery-smooth vocals, Eddie embraces the natural course of mother nature, and remains hopeful for a better day tomorrow — whatever the weather.
Kanda – “I Have Got You Now”
Amid the fast-paced nature of the world right now, there is nothing we need more than a little slice of meditation. Enter, Kanda. Pairing ear-worming synthesisers with painfully relatable bars, Kanda rocks us into a state of much-needed introspection. Teaming up with the suicide prevention charity CALM, Kanda releases “I Have Got You Now” to highlight mental health in young males, and the importance of being there for each other. On the cause, Kanda believes, “People should not have to suffer in silence and there is always support around them, even through the darkest of times”. Hacked from his upcoming debut EP which is due to drop this summer, the 17-year-old rapper dedicates his work to a greater cause, and explains, “It is not easy to spot when someone is struggling from personal issues or battling their inner demons, but this song was created with the intent of metaphorically holding the hands of those who are struggling, saying that you are not alone.”
Bad Boy Chiller Crew – Disrespectful
Giving us no time to prepare, Bad Boy Chiller Crew drop a sixteen-track weight on us with the release of their album Disrespectful — a made ready playlist for your next pre-drinks session. From hair-raising anthems to suspense-filled beat drops and bouncy baselines, there isn’t a single track which does not carry the trio’s irresistible flow. But like all good album releases, there has to be a star, and “Always Be My Baby Boy” throws its hat in the ring with a high-energy music video. Featuring a montage of friendship groups living their best life, the mischievous band members unleash their fast-paced wit onto their listeners, and get us on our feet along with them.
Black Sherif – “Second Sermon”
Finally, we decided to close our Wonderlist with Black Sherif, who released the official music video today for his viral hit “Second Sermon” featuring Burna Boy. Having released the single last summer, Black Sherif has since garnered a well-deserved hype for his innate ability to portray heartfelt stories within quick-paced rap. Directed by none other than Director K, the vibrant visual mirrors the energy of the artist, fusing body cam footage and drone footage to shoot local neighbourhoods and eccentric backdrops. The point of releasing the video so much later, you may wonder? We’re glad you asked, as the release of the video comes hand-in-hand with the announcement that Black Sherif will be joining Burna Boy on his upcoming world tour. How’s that for entertainment?