Weekly Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/12itB2pL3xgVQbLD7EhXNv
- Fragile body – “Froid New Home”
- Carcass – “Torn arteries”
- Kanye West – “No Child Left Behind”
Rockford’s Midwestern screamo band, Frail Body hits a vulnerable melancholy chord on their track “Cold New Home”. The guitar riffs, guitar tone and voice of Lowell Shaffer are all extremely moving. Whatever may be going on in your life, “Cold New Home” makes all of these feelings valid.
The legendary death metal band Carcass is back. Their new album “Torn Arteries” was released on September 17th and the title track proves that the band still has bullets in the room. Vocalist Jeff Walker still produces these quality vocals and the European style of extreme metal is still a mainstay. âTorn Arteriesâ may stay in the same wheelhouse from their last album, but that quality hasn’t diminished on this mind-boggling title track.
American rapper and singer-songwriter Vory is a key contributor to Kanye West’s âDonda,â and for good reason. “No Child Left Behind” sounds like pure ascension; Vory’s voice is heavenly and the lyrics are incredibly powerful on the organs at the base of the song. While West isn’t the track’s sole focus, his performance on the chorus is one of the album’s most powerful moments.
- Gather – “Touchable”
- Drake, Future, Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy”
- Coldplay, BTS – “My Universe”
Remble stands out much like a black sheep in the industry. His lyrical flow definitely goes at a different pace than most rappers, which took me a while to get used to. A strong point of her song “Touchable”, however, is that it has a strong emphasis on pun and rhythm, which only adds to the novelty.
âWay 2 Sexyâ is too catchy not to make this list. Crochet can only be described as addicting. The background music, while fairly straightforward compared to its counterparts, definitely does its job and keeps you going. It’s just a fun trail to thrill on.
Coldplay has always had a different style, but I think “My Universe” is probably one of the best examples of that. One thing that’s completely new is that they featured BTS on the song, and it surprisingly adds even more to the alien disco vibe of the song.
- Kai September – “What You See”
- YoungBoy Never Broke Again – “White Teeth”
- DJ Khaled, Lil Baby, Lil Durk – “EVERY CHANCE I GET”
Kai September exposes his heart in “What You See”, opening up to the insecurities brought on by past grief and abandonment. She paints a perfect picture that will resonate with many listeners. Although this is a short song and the artist sings in a soft, calming tone, the message is still loud and clear.
“White Teeth” is the 20th track from YoungBoy’s latest album Never Broke Again, “Sincerely, Kentrell”. The trail exudes confidence and celebration of the ascent to glory while recognizing the dangers that come with the lifestyle it lives.
Rap stars Lil Baby and Lil Durk team up again, this time with DJ Khaled, on an upbeat song to prove enemies and those who wish them negative energy wrong. âEVERY CHANCE I GETâ highlights their hard work and capitalizes on the spoils of their work.
- Inner Wave – “Mystery”
- Her – “She needs him”
- Husbands – “Loved partying”
“Mystery” is a song by rock band Inner Wave. This song features electronic elements with a rhythmic jazzy piano opening. The song is reminiscent of psychedelic rock band Tame Impala, and it has funk while the vocals are distant and resonant. The rhythm changes at the bridge of the song, and it slows down to a slower pace with a guitar solo.
Indie rock band Her’s brings back the 80s vibe with their song “She Needs Him”. The song features low vocals and heavy electronic synth indie pop from the 80s. The band sounds like a modern take on the Smiths on this track.
Husbands are an independent alternative band formed in 2002. “Liked to Party”, which comes from the last EP of the group of the same name, features dreamy harmonies and dreamy pop beats.
- Lloyd – “Get It Shawty”
- Monsune – “OUTTA MY SPIRIT”
- Nicki Minaj, Skillibeng – “Crocodile Teeth”
“Get It Shawty” is an early 2000s R&B throwback that takes you back to a time when music had a beat to dance to, where “footworkin” was one thing. Lloyd had millennials and the first generation of Gen Z listening to his track from the album. A forever classic in the R&B world, the beat is nostalgic in the way it carries the chorus of the song.
The electric guitar as the basis of “OUTTA MY MIND” is captivating. This is a modern alternative anthem to listen to when you think of someone, maybe crush. The lyrics also have a way of speaking to the listener: Monsune’s voice is different, as if he is talking about you. The lyrics and guitar set the song’s retro tone.
Nicki’s classic anthem from her old album has finally made its way to Apple Music. “Crocodile Teeth” features a rhythm that can stand on its own, while the lyrics showcase energy, drive and confidence; this is basically how Nicki Minaj’s music has all the “Barbz” feeling.