The holy trinity of the future, the supergroup that is Omar Apollo, Dominik Fike, and producer Kenny Beats joined forces to showcase their superstar capabilities. On the single, Hit Me Up, the two artists on the rise cruise off their sensual abilities on yet another genre-defying song. Blending specific sounding melodies by both vocalists, while Kenny evades the scene with a drum-clapping beat.
Omar Apollo - Frío
Playing double-duty this week, Omar Apollo and Kenny Beats teamed up yet again, this time for Omar’s first spanglish song, Frio. Demonstrating as to why he can tackle any sound, Omar displays his versatility to make a song completely in a different language work for casual listeners. Interpreting his own lane in a mainstream era that is dominated by Latin pop, Apollo outlines a form of expression that is atmospheric, making his departure from his normal sound, a much more easy listen.
Col3trane (featuring Mirra May) - Rendezvous
Yet another artist on the rise, Col3trane has been making his own waves with his electric-r&b sound. Crooning with his smooth vocal techniques, the heartthrob in the making links up with a fellow UK based artist on the rise, Miraa May for the new single, Rendezvous. Trading verses, the collaboration by the two artists combines the elements of any, and every, classic R&B collaboration of the past. The genre-bending sounds of Col3trane showcases exactly why he’s the one to watch.
Miguel - Funeral
Straight to the point, and absolutely wild in all the right ways, Miguel is no holds barred in his return to the scene on Funeral. Blending the themes of sex and death, Miguel raises pulses with a baseline and distorted vocals to provide fans with yet again, something fresh and original. Proclaiming he’s been exploring darker themes, the song is the imagination for what’s to come. An instant banger, sets the pace for whatever the R&B rockstar has in store.
Dua Lipa - Don't Start Now
Returning to the dance floor, Dua Lipa revives disco, on a nostalgic disco leaning number. Don’t Start Now is one of the most refreshing pop tunes to be released for the dying genre. With an absolute brilliant chorus, the funk-disco infused song sounds unlike anything out right now. As the 2020 decade is shaping up for a Electro-House/Disco revival with the likes of Frank Ocean and Tame Impala leading the scene, Dua Lipa is kick-starting the comeback the right way.
Young Thug (featuring Gunna & Travis Scott) - Hot
Elaborating on a lucrative lifestyle that isn’t as easy as it seems to achieve, Young Thug enlists Travis Scott and Gunna on the official remix to So Much Fun standout track, Hot. Lyrically focused on designers including Cartier, and luxury vehicles such as Maybach, Bentley, and Porsche, the song is straight to the point, and doesn’t try to be anything that it isn’t. Fresh off the airwaves with Billboard’s biggest rap song of the decade, Sicko Mode, and his recent #1 debut single, Highest In The Room, Travis Scott was the perfect addition to a song that was already a hip-hop delight.
FKA Twigs - Sad Day
On Magdalene, the long awaited, highly anticipated sophomore album, FKA Twigs returns as creatively ambitious as before, but revamped and even better. Twigs coming face to face with reality, invites listeners to her journey of heartache and heartbreak, a heart-wrenching journey that unravels all of her insecurities and discomfort. Redefining the norms of how to approach such emotions, FKA Twigs explores the stages to her newfound displeasure with love in a provocative art form that strips the songstress to her core. On Sad Day, Twigs overwhelmingly weighs herself upon the pressure of satisfaction, before dismaying into a reality of frustration. Magdalene is FKA Twigs social experiment with heartbreak, and its results provide a beautiful art piece that paints the emotions in all of its glory.
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