We hit midweek with a blast of new music, starting with Kim Petras ‘ new lyric video , one more track between Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj , and a drive-through with Pusha T. We also come with the latest from Fever Ray, The Holydrug Couple, Hayley Kiyoko and Alessia Cara , and we close with something from Paul McCartney and Skepta along with Wizkid. Let’s get started!
1. Kim Petras, Can’t Do Better
A few days ago, German pop artist Kim Petras shared her latest single, called Can’t Do Better, a charming synthpop track produced by Dr. Luke (yes, the same as Kesha ‘s case), and which today receives the treatment of lyric video with an aesthetic of a teenage girl from the past decade, with posters everywhere.
2. Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj, The Light is Coming
After sharing their joint track Bed last week, Ariana and Nicki team up once again for The Light is Coming, which will be part of Sweetener , Grande’s first album since 2016’s Dangerous Woman , and will be officially released. next August 17 . Will the album or the wedding with Pete Davidson come first ?
3. Pusha T, If You Know You Know
A few days ago, Pusha T shared a vertical video for her single If You Know You Know from her new album Daytona via Spotify. Now the official visual is here in all the horizontal glory of it. The Shomi Patwary- directed clip follows Push on a joyride through California’s Joshua Tree National Park that turns downright menacing when a group of police officers begin questioning him.
4. The Holydrug Couple, I’ll Only Say This
The Chilean duo The Holydrug Couple this morning shared their new single I’ll Only Say This, which will be part of their most recent album, Hyper Super Mega, to be released on September 14 .
5. Hayley Kiyoko, He’ll Never Love You
Hayley Kiyoko was the musical guest of the show Late Night with Seth Meters this Tuesday, for whose audience she performed her song He’ll Never Love You (HNLY).
6. Skepta + Wizkid, Bad Energy (Stay Far Away)
Skepta and Wizkid have teamed up for a new collaboration called Bad Energy (Stay Away), marking the first time the two have officially worked together. The North London grime star and Nigerian Afrobeats singer have known each other for a while, as Skepta appeared on a remix of Wizkid ‘s Ojuelegba alongside Drake.
7. Alessia Cara, Growing Pains
Alessia Cara made the television debut of her single Growing Pains on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show : the singer-songwriter performed the track that speaks of the loss of innocence and youth, with R&B hooks and three backing vocalists, a drummer live and two more musicians on synthesizers.
8. Paul McCartney, I Don’t Know + Come On To Me
Paul McCartney has just released a double A single with two new songs: I Don’t Know and Come On To Me , which will apparently be part of the legendary musician’s next album, his 17th production, which is expected to arrive in the coming months.
9. Kamasi Washington, Street Fighter Mas
The renowned jazz saxophonist who has been conquering the musical mainstream in recent years, Kamasi Washington, today released the video for his single Street Fighter Mas , directed by AG Rojas , and which takes us to the world of video games.
10. Fever Ray, Wanna Sip (Olof Dreijer remix)
Olof Dreijer of The Knife remixed a song by his sister and former bandmate Karin Dreijer , from the solo project Fever Ray . Olof gave a thick Afrobeat overhaul to the track Wanna Sip from Fever Ray’s second album, Plunge, released last year, and on which flutes are a big part of the sound.
11. Flasher, Who’s Got Time?
Washington, DC trio Flasher released their debut album, Constant Image , a couple of weeks ago via the Domino label. They previously shared videos for Pressure and Skim Milk , as well as the audio for Who’s Got Time?, which today receives the audiovisual treatment and sees the band in hazmat suits wandering through a forest under the direction of Adinah Dancyger.
12. The Messthetics, Tiny Desk Concert
The latest installment of NPR ‘s Tiny Desk Concert features The Messthetics , an instrumental trio from Washington DC made up of Brendan Canty (drums), Joe Lally (bass), and Anthony Pirog (guitar), who combine jazz with improvisation and some punk in the three songs we heard in the session: Radiation Fog/Crowds and Power, The Inner Ocean and The Weaver .
13. Ha$lopablito, The Whores Took Us
Someone who was not very happy with the results of the Colombian elections last weekend was the rapper Ha$lopablito , who for some time now has been spouting anti-uribista protest rhymes with his Changua Boyz Crew, along with whom he released today a song dedicated to the new president Iván Duque called Nos Led El Putas, and whose lyrics are more than explicit in terms of his feelings.
14. Lexie Liu, Like A Mercedes
Combining cyberpunk with exuberant hip hop comes Chinese artist Lexie Liu ‘s new music video for her single Like a Mercedes, Liu’s first release since her signing with Asian hip hop collective 88rising .
15. Tom Odell, If You Wanna Love Somebody
Briton Tom Odell has shared his new single If You Wanna Love Somebody, proving that love is a recurring theme in the work of the songwriter, who is currently working on the follow-up to his debut album Wrong Crowd. The new song takes you to sounds with more of a soul and R&B element, as we can hear above.
16. Kojey Radical, Water
London artist Kojey Radical premiered this morning his incredible video for the single Water, which in addition to being quite ambitious visually speaking, lasts eight minutes and is an exploration of being black, identity and how art mixes between the two characteristics.