6 songs you should be listening to right now
Let Allie X, Yuna, and Tiffany soundtrack the weekend
Beyoncé, Drake, and Rihanna may be ruling the charts, but here are six songs from breakout artists we can’t stop spinning..
Allie X – “Too Much To Dream”
Her aesthetic has been compared to Lady Gaga, but 30-year old singer/songwriter Allie X has yet to achieve a fraction of Mother Monster’s success on the international charts. That deserves to change based on the release of the Canadian’s newest single, the infectious “Too Much To Dream,” from her upcoming sophomore album CollXtion II.
Combining choruses that scream ’90s bubblegum with darkly layered electronic beats, Allie X’s sonic vibe, most prominently displayed on her first LP, 2015’s CollXtion I, wouldn’t feel out of place echoing through a crowded arena or pumping through the speakers in the brooding corners of an underground vampire bar.
She recently co-wrote five tracks from South African pop singer Troye Sivan’s Blue Neighbourhood, including the hit single “Youth,” but “Too Much To Dream” proves Allie X is ready to emerge from the shadows and into a stadium-sized pop spotlight of her own.
Yuna – “Crush” (feat. Usher)
Whether she’s crooning over a guitar or pepping it up on the pop cuts from her 2013 album Nocturnal, Malaysian musician Yuna has spent the last decade perfecting her cross-genre sound. Her silky-smooth vocals have recorded tunes in multiple languages, though her English tracks haven’t properly broken into the American market yet. Still, she’s worked with some of the industry’s most prominent hitmakers; Pharrell Williams produced funky music for her eponymous 2012 LP, and her latest single, “Crush”, features R&B superstar Usher. Her new album, Chapters (out May 20), also includes a chilled-out collaboration with Jhene Aiko among a collection of songs that’s perfect for a lazy summer afternoon.
Tiffany – “I Just Wanna Dance”
No, this is not “I Think We’re Alone Now” Tiffany — this is a Tiffany for a new generation — a Girls’ Generation, actually. As part of the wildly successful, all-girl K-POP group, 26-year old Tiffany notched nearly a dozen No. 1 singles atop the South Korean charts, and her debut extended play as a solo artist, I Just Wanna Dance, continues her tradition of lighting up the dance floor with bubbly electronic dance tunes that recall works by Mariah Carey, Robyn, and Gwen Stefani while sounding entirely fresh on their own.
I Just Wanna Dance also includes includes a collaboration with British pop star Nicola Roberts (also famous for being in a girl group, the U.K.’s Girls Aloud, from 2002 – 2013), who produced another standout track from the set, “Talk.”
Dua Lipa – “Hotter Than Hell”
After everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Justin Bieber tried their hand at tropically-infused pop, the sonic style might be on its way out, but 20-year old London-born artist Dua Lipa has found a way to make the aging musical trend sound fresher than ever with her new track “Hotter Than Hell.” Her first proper entry on the charts in her native U.K., “Hotter Than Hell” gently builds to a breezy yet thumpingly infectious conclusion, with her raspy voice gently beckoning all who listen to lose themselves on a sun-kissed club somewhere along the palm tree-lined shores of pop music Heaven.
Fabrikate – “Philly”
EDM producer duos are a dime a dozen, but Fabrikate is pushing dance music in unique directions with their first full-length album, Bodies, released May 13. It’s a rarity for every track on an album to be as good as the ones on Bodies are, and even more difficult to pick a standout cut, but “Philly,” which features lofty female-driven vocals atop a pounding electronic beat and icy, 80s-inspired jabs, deserves a listen (or several).
Annabel Jones – “Not Today”
Fairy-voiced Annabel Jones sounds like the lovechild of a sweet, sweet musical three-way between the sonic goodness of Imogen Heap, Kate Havnevik, and Enya. Floating over SOPHIE-esque beeps and boops, the singer’s sprightly vocals find an addictive celestial groove on songs from her new release, Libelle EP — especially “Not Today” and its sky-high chorus. Things aren’t all glossy and sweet with Jones, however, as tracks like “IOU” offer a slightly urban, stompy edge (plus a music video where the singer dances with shirtless men wearing kitten masks) that contrast perfectly with the airy fare on the rest of the EP.