BY DANICA BRYANT

Beyonce – Break My Soul

Beyoncé’s epic new song Break My Soul is a pumping house number expressing frustration with the constant work cycle, and pushing through the hard times. It relies heavily on a sample from Show Me Love by Robin. S, using a familiar beat many pop songs have borrowed in recent years, but of course, Beyoncé pulls it off in a unique, exciting new way, with explosive added vocals from producer Big Freedia. Break My Soul is a fresh direction for Beyoncé that will surely provide some unbelievable new material from her upcoming Renaissance project.

Conan Gray – Superache

Conan Gray’s sophomore album Superache drops today, featuring beautiful pre-released tracks like People Watching and Memories alongside a host of brand-new material that will probably have you crying, dancing, or both at once. Described as “the almost hysterical existence of being young and emotional”, anybody who loves a good pop moment, or a heartfelt ballad, will undoubtedly find something to love in Conan Gray.

Arahi – There’s Nothing Like It

Aotearoa singer-songwriter Arahi’s new release There’s Nothing Like It is a moving ballad driven by heavy piano and Arahi’s smooth, dark vocals. Reminiscent of early Coldplay, or the sweeping end to your favourite sad movie. A stunning string arrangement adds a level of cinematic detail that makes this an absolute must-listen when you’re in your feelings.

Who Shot Scott – Loner’s Anthem

If you’re in need of a total dance banger this week, Who Shot Scott have got your back. Loner’s Anthem is relentlessly fun, packed to the brim with biting lyrics, groovy electric guitars and a scream-worthy chorus buried under distortion. To top it all off, the simple music video offers an entertaining and bright visual matching the off-the-wall energy of this awesome new track.

Muna – Muna

You’ve definitely heard Muna’s romantic summertime anthem Silk Chiffon with Phoebe Bridgers over the past couple of months. That song’s bright, unabashed joy, tinged with the slightest feeling of anxiety or fear, is the perfect introduction to Muna, and their self-titled third album. Their music celebrates the band’s LGBT+ identities through bursting synth-pop and expressive lyricism. Muna are on the cusp of superstardom, and you’ll only have to give this album a listen today to find out why.

 

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