MARINA – Orange Trees
After her rejection of modern pop production on Froot, it’s so refreshing to hear MARINA in this new light. Teaming up with Erik Hassle, Jakob Jerlström and my current fave Oscar Gorres (
Greyson Chance – yours & black on black
Greyson Chance’s album portraits
If you’ve not been keeping up with the modern Greyson Chance, it’s time to start. yours is Greyson by way of LANY and black on black is one of my favourite pop songs of the year so far.
Daya – Insomnia
We’ve been stanning Daya since day one and it’s really time for everyone else to get on board.
Insomnia is her new single, it comes with Oscar Gorres production and a chorus that reminds me of Kylie’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head. It’s a perfect pop song.
Alex Aiono – Her
Pia Mia – Bitter Love
Honestly, I hadn’t even thought about Pia Mia since 2016 but this song is a fantastic reminder. The chorus is excellent and it’s a side of her I haven’t heard before.
Joel Adams – A Big World
It’s nice to have Joel Adams releasing music with consistency and A Big World is a big reason why. It’s lovely, it’s emotional and it’s fantastically produced to give it a real sense of size and scale.
Ben Platt – Temporary Love
Ben Platt. I have seen three of the movies he’s allegedly been in and I do not recall a single frame. Beyond that, I’m aware of his starring role in Dear Evan Hansen, which I understand is a musical with a lot of crying in it. With that minimal information, I pressed play on the musical offerings of Ben Platt.
The album he’s put out is a masterclass in oversinging that even Jessie J would find Too Much, but Temporary Love is a standout. While Sam Smith is running around dancing with strangers, Ben Platt should make for an apt replacement for those who enjoy some occasional gay balladeering.
Nathan Smart – Future
Melbourne’s Nathan Smart has dropped his latest single, Future. The chorus on this thing is HUGE and the production is killer.
Sigrid – Never Mine
Sigrid’s album came out to minimal fanfare, but there were a couple of tracks worth hearing on it (that we hadn’t already). One of those is Never Mine.
Alexander Stewart – Backwards
Canadian YouTube cover guy Alexander Stewart has been venturing out into
Glowie – Cruel
Iceland’s Glowie is extremely exciting. This track and video is so good. She is a popstar to watch.
DAVID44 – I feel better on my own
Staying in Iceland, DAVID44 put his album out this month. One of the standouts is I feel better on my own. It’s got clean production, his great vocal and a good video.
Spencer Sutherland – Freaking Out
froy – Fix Me
Actor and artist Froy Gutierrez has put out Fix Me. It’s a song about mental health I think will connect with a lot of people.
Jared Gelman – Return to Sender
Jared Gelman is a back with a new bop, Return to Sender. The vocal production on this is really cool, and the song is my favourite of Jared’s so far.
Kevin McHale – Help Me Now
Kevin McHale, who you should remember as Artie from Glee, has finally joined the rest of the former cast in releasing original music.
It’s a fun song about insecurity and despite its cheap snare, it slaps.