Best of #NewMusicFriday: Miley Cyrus, Moxiie, Janine + More
It’s Friday once more, PopCrush readers, which means we’re (web) surfing a big ol’ wave of brand new tunes! If you feel like you’re drowning in a sea of songs, desperate to know which tracks and videos deserve your attention, consider this your life preserver: Below, discover the best songs #NewMusicFriday has to offer.
With "Sober," Lorde delivers another highly promising look at her sophomore album, Melodrama. A slick ode to the youthful fever dreams of weekends spent at house parties, dancing and drinking and making love 'til dawn, the song rushes forward thanks to a galloping beat and jazzy horns that punctuate the chorus. "Ain't no pill that could touch our rush," she sings. Will you sway with her? Go astray with her?
New Zealand pop breakout Janine tends to her heartache on "Unstable," a swirling midtempo pop-R&B jam that tells the story of a rocky relationship. "Take me on the table / I know sometimes that we're unstable," Janine sings, her voice shimmering with both hope and pain. It's relatable pop at its most intimate and raw.
"Inspired," Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus continues her streak of stripped-back pop on "Inspired," a lilting, organic country ballad that gives another certain "Purposeful Pop" star a run for her money. The twinkling tune is earnest and uplifting, with Miley's charming, twangy croon touching on the importance of change and hope: "I'm writing down my dreams, all I'd like to see / Starting with the bees or else they're gonna die / There won't be no trees or air for us to breathe."
"Don't See You," Moxiie
If you've been sleeping on the genius of Moxiie, you're a fool. The New York City-based indie artist returns with the sleek, stylish video for "Don't See You," the singer-songwriter's thoughtful ode to intimacy, trust and betrayal, delivering a hypnotic fusion of slick R&B, moody alt-pop and electronica. Meanwhile, Moxiie's smokey vocals are as captivating as the song itself.
"Improvise (feat. Tom Aspaul)," Viceroy
London-based pop penner Tom Aspaul, who has written for the likes of Kylie Minogue and AlunaGeorge and serves as a pop star in his own right, makes a welcome return after supplying vocals on cuts like XYconstant's "Do It Well" and Aeble's "Better By Your Side," this time alongside San Francisco's Viceroy. The end result is bouncy, beach-ready brilliance — essential for any summer playlist.
"Just Like Me," Xie & V!RTU
Rising Los Angeles artist Xie makes a dazzling debut on her collaboration with V!RTU, who has crafted remixes for artists like Daya and Børns. The track's enthralling mixture of R&B, exotic pop and nods to 8-bit/chiptune features hazy electronic production and saccharine, somewhat sinister vocals. Overall, the shadowy synth-pop tune wouldn't sound out of place on Terror Jr's Bop City, and yet it's very much its own concoction.
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