Best of #NewMusicFriday: Sabrina Carpenter, AlunaGeorge, LEON + 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 five best songs #NewMusicFriday has to offer.
"Turn Up the Love," AlunaGeorge
British electronic duo AlunaGeorge return to brighten summer up with "Turn Up the Love," a playful dance bop that features mild, non-grating tropical hues, a sugary hook and just a pinch of dancehall flavor. "I swear it's simple, just turn up the love," vocalist Aluna promises in her vibrant rasp. Listen to the lady and turn it up.
"Surround Me," LÉON
Swedish singer-songwriter LÉON captivates on the comforting "Surround Me," her latest empowerment anthem. A gospel-like atmosphere and slow-driving beat creates a larger-than-life feeling, especially when the artist's soulful vocals begin to swell on the pre-chorus. Let this one surround you and envelop you in its warm.
"Why," Sabrina Carpenter
Opposites attract on Sabrina Carpenter's latest, her first single since releasing her excellent sophomore record, EVOLution, in 2016. "Tell me how we're not alike when we work so well and we don't even know why / Funny how the stars crossed right, 'cause we work so well and we don't even know why," the pop princes sings before the shimmery track's skittering chorus, Sabrina's voice skipping as hard and fast as her heart. It's hella relatable and totally contagious.
"Glory Days," Sweater Beats and Hayley Kiyoko
DJ/producer Sweater Beats and rising pop star Hayley Kiyoko team up on "Glory Days," an upbeat ode to striving for greatness. "It's okay to get a little irresponsible 'cause we're making up the blueprint as we go / Yeah we're on our way to the glory days," Hayley sings amid a flurry of synths and walloping beats. It's an anthem that's sure to get you pumped to get s--- done.
"First Time With You," KOLAJ
EDM duo KOLAJ explore a smoother R&B-infused electro-pop beat on "First Time With You," a deliriously romantic ode to finally finding the one. Fuzzy synths and swirling electronics explode on chorus, as vocalist Teesa's ethereal voice gets chopped into tiny, sticky-sweet hard candy pieces.
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