TOP ALTERNATIVE POP - WEEK 28
Everybody’s favorite day of the week has finally arrived. Not only is it hump day, today is also national eat your JELLO day (said in the voice of Cill Brosby), but most importantly today we pick up where we left off last week in New Indie Pop music. We sat, we heard, and now it’s time to serve up the best songs from ten artists whose grooves we are totally digging. Get yourselves comfy, grab you some of that vodka flavored JELLO, your precious fidget spinner, and keep it dialed in as we cover material from Zedd, VÉRITÉ, and the return of Kesha!
KESHA - PRAYING
Ermergerd bb’s, Kesha has returned, and she freaking slayed her grand entrance. It’s been four freaking long years since she last dropped new music, but the wait was well worth it. The powerful song and visuals really help paint the picture of the hell she’s been through these past years. They say that if manage to survive the ringer you come out a new person, so note this as the rebirth of a stronger Kesha, nothing is holding her back.
VÉRITÉ - SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN
“Somewhere in Between” is ones of those tracks that you must listen to before reading any sort of review about it. It’s definitely a hit songs, but not the kind that makes you get crazy on the dance floor, but make your own decision on this one. And if you were to asks us we obviously can’t resist a minimalistic pop song that carries a seductive laid back vibe. Loud doesn’t always equal a banger.
DUA LIPA - NEW RULES
Dua Lipa, a model, a singer, a prophet. The woman has obvious talent, no need for me to talk about what is evident. She’s taking over the charts, your ears, and soon she’ll have people saying, “Beyonce who?” Well, perhaps not to the extent of knocking Queen B off her pedestal, but Dua Lipa e sings about things that us common people can totally relate to. If it weren’t for “New Rules,” who knows how many ex boyfriends I would let come in through my front door tonight. Her debut self titled album is available now.
CALVIN HARRIS - SLIDE FT FRANK OCEAN, MIGOS
Calvin Harris is hooking up with everyone. Just the other day I heard a new collab of his with Snoop Dogg and was impressed it was from him. I’ll admit that I’ve never really paid much attention to Harris, mostly because he has one of those faces that I love you hate, but after spending some time digging through his collection I found many things I loved about him including the collaboration of Migos and Frank Ocean.
DUKE DUMONT x GORGON CITY - REAL LIFE FT. NAATIONS
If the video were to have no sound, kids these day would know exactly what the videos are about because of the emoji world we live in. But don’t put the volume down on this one, this one is meant to be enjoyed loud. This is one track we are taking to the dance floor. Listen to it above and remember to just let your body move to the beat.
SIGRID - PLOT TWIST
Aww schnapps, Sigrid lets her hair down in “Plot Twist.” The Norwegian singer manages to surprise us, we knew she was good, but daaaang, her impact give us chills. She’ll be sweeping up people off their feet when they hear her. That raspy voice compliments her no f**ks given attitude in the single above, and if I did not know any better I’d say that everyone will soon be screaming her lyrics soon enough. Oh whoa oh, shots fired / You're just a hype, no /Better work on that hype, bro / Oh whoa oh, shots fired / Better work on that hype, bro
SG LEWIS - TIMES WE HAD FT. TOULOUSE
Sexy tones that bring life back into your strut, that is what SG Lewis offers listeners in his collaborative piece, “Times We Had.” As much as the beat is one that makes you feel oh so nice, if you pay close attention it’s somewhat of a downer because love hurts and there’s nothing good about thinking of the times we had, trust me, I gained ten pounds trying to down my feelings with pints of ice cream everyday.
ARIEL PINK - TIME TO LIVE
Ariel Pink is stupid cool. Yeah, stupid cool is beyond cool, it’s cooler than cool. The man is creating music beyond what you, or I, or other artists could possibly ever think of. Tell me this doesn’t put a smile on your face!?! “Time To Live” takes inspiration from the beginnings of new wave, it’s nothing but good vibes and good times with Ariel Pink. Be sure to be on the lookout for the new album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, out this September via Mexican Summer.
BIEN - SPINNING ON BLUE
For those looking for the perfect track to really put a pause on life we suggest you play Bien’s chilled out pop track “Spinning on Blue.” I promise you this is way better than popping Xanax. The dreamy melodic single will instantly put you in a better mood, we promise. If it doesn’t then you can just skip ahead to the next track below.
ZEDD - GET LOW FT LIAM PAYNE
“Get Low” is no “Despacito” but it sure does have the right rhythm to heat things up on the dance floor, in the bedroom, or in the ( insert steamy sexy place here ). Yes, Zedd’s single is mucho caliente or as he so eloquently puts it, “"Get Low" is a complement to decidedly summery shit.” Keep the tunage coming Zedd because there’s so much crap music out there to last us a lifetime of filtering. HELP!
Ok bb’s, that’s all we have for you this week. Keep it locked in here at We Are: The Guard for daily new indie music releases. See you guys next week.
“Untitled” by Allef Vinicius is licensed under CC0.
About Beca Arredondo
Beca Arredondo is easily unamused with all things not related to her interests. On her good days you can catch her avoiding the California sun and glued to her Mac plotting the next big thing. If you happen to run into her on the street and notice her wearing headphones do NOT disturb her. She is not responsible for any possible damage. Aside from the above she's very sweet and perky and responds well to good music and food.