Charli XCX ft. MØ - "Porsche"
Charli XCX is out with her new mixtape Pop 2 today and even though I've only been awake for a couple of hours, I've already spun it maybe twenty times. It's really different and exciting for Charli. It has a bit of a Kelela/ANOHNI-esque vibe to it thanks to its production done by Charli's frequent collaborator SOPHIE. I love this song in particular because it's a little bit more somber but still melodic and weird, and I'm a sucker for anything MØ touches.
Carly Rae Jepsen - "Gimmie Love"
I know this album is two years old, but I'm still listening. It's just that good and fresh. I can't get sick of it. It always sounds good, but it's an especially good album to listen to when you're in a good mood -- it just amplifies the ~positive vibes, man~.
LANY - "Super Far"
If we're being honest, I think I'm just listening to LANY right now because the lead singer is dating Dua Lipa and I've been stalking the shit out of their cute couple photos on Instagram. I also like this song.
Charli XCX - "I Got It" ft. Brooke Candy, CupcakKe + Pabllo Vittar
Charli XCX is known for her iconic electro pop-tinged sound, but in "I Got It," she drops the pop and goes trap. It goes so hard, and with the help of Brooke Candy, CupcakKe and Pabllo Vittar, the disorienting track becomes unstoppable.
Black Books - "The Big Idea"
This track is very sentimental to me. I remember when my boyfriend and I had one of the lines stuck in our heads for a full day and we had NO idea what song the line was from. When we finally figured it out, we played the song on repeat. ‘Till this day, I still can't get enough of this stunning track.
Tove Styrke - "Ego"
Tove Styrke is one of those "on the rise" pop stars that you will be destined to listen to sooner or later because trust me, she's going to be YUGE. "Ego," to put it simply, is a fun pop song that I can listen to on repeat, and not even realize it.
unhappybirthday - "Himitsu"
This is what Wes Anderson dreams of. Upbeat, fuzzy synth pop combined with moody German vocals. I have no idea what they're saying, but that just adds to the ambiance.
Oh Land - "Sun Of A Gun"
I feel like I hear the progenitor to Tove Lo in Oh Land, who has the same Nordic-pop style. I'd recommend starting with her original work, but definitely check out the Yuksek remix of this track if you dig it.
Angel Olsen - "Shut Up Kiss Me"
While I completely love everything Angel Olsen has done, I particularly like the aggression and direction she takes in this track. It's got jangly rock n' roll, dance-hall country crooning and one of the best hooks in music.