Joji, The Aces, FKA Twigs, Dylan Fraser, Alessia Cara – Billboard


Looking for some motivation to get you through the start of another work week? We feel you, and with stellar new pop tracks, we’ve got you covered.

These 10 tracks from artists like Joji, Eddie Benjamin and Alessia Cara, the Aces and more will give you energy to take on the week. Add any of these gems to your personal playlists – or scroll to the end of the post for a personalized playlist of all 10.

Corey Harper, “Pink Razor”

Consider Corey Harper’s new single “Pink Razor” a sort of reverse of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” as the singer-songwriter’s observations of an ex come back to himself all the way back. ‘ to which he sullenly admits, “I know I talk like every other artist / Doing that shit on me. Harper, fresh off a new deal with Range Music, seems ready to dive into her grief, making “Pink Razor” an immediately touching listen. Jason Lipshütz

Phoebe Axa, “I was supposed to be fine”

Rising London pop artist Phoebe Axa makes the most of a simple pop-rock arrangement on “I Was Supposed To Be Fine”: the drums are steady, the guitar line is understated, but Axa makes both sounds downright vital while spitting vitriol. wasted time and jealousy. Writer and self-taught producer, Axa makes a strong impression here on unfamiliar listeners. – J. Lipshutz

Dylan Fraser, “It took a lot to get here”

Dylan Fraser’s latest track takes a huge left turn – after starting out in an indie-folk lane, with the Scottish singer-songwriter dreading a return to old ways in his hometown, the song turns into an arrangement throbbing, claustrophobic dance floor, with Fraser repeating the titular phrase like a hard-earned mantra. The style swap works thematically and sonically, and Fraser now has his most complete single yet. – J. Lipshutz

Gavn!, “I’d Hate Myself Too”

Gavin! walks on a vocal tightrope in the second half of the “I’d Hate Me Too” chorus, showing off his falsetto as he speaks out on how his past relationship changed his character. The Southern California artist has a sing-rap cadence that fits modern pop trends, but that upper register sets him apart, and “I’d Hate Me Too” hints at what his artistry could become in time. – J. Lipshutz

Blondshell, “Olympus”

The New York-born, Los Angeles-based artist’s debut single, Blondshell, is a slow-burning rock jam with a shimmering pre-chorus (and an even punchier, less polished bridge) – perfect for those busy days. been sly and solemn, and a promising omen of what is to come from the artist. – Lyndsey Havens

Les As, “Girls make me want to die”

After making their live debut with “Girls Make Me Wanna Die” at LA Pride this month, pop-rockers The Aces said Live Billboard they look forward to performing the race anthem on tour for the outing it provides to queer fans. The song tells the story of meeting a girl on the internet and falling apart, but from the perspective of the anxiety that accompanies an uncertain new crush best summed up by these painful lyrics: “She’s killing me with the someone else’s desire.”– L. Havens

Joji, “Overview of Us”

‘Glimpse of Us’ is Joji’s first release since her acclaimed sophomore album in 2020 Nectar – and it was worth the wait. The single is a stripped-down, tantalizing ballad about hoping to find a “glimpse of us” in a new relationship, only to realize he’s looking for something that isn’t there anymore. – L. Havens

Eva B, “Rozi”

Disney+ Ms. Marvel is the first MCU show to feature a Muslim superhero (Iman Vellani, 19, plays Pakistani teenager Kamala Khan), so it’s only fitting that the first episode features Eva B, who boasts of being the first Pakistani rapper, on the soundtrack. Her track “Rozi” blends cinematic strings, haunting flute and nimble sitar fingering as she raps in Urdu with flair and confidence. –Joe Lynch

Eddie Benjamin and Alessia Cara, “Only You”

Australian singer-songwriter Eddie Benjamin teams up with Grammy-winning Alessia Cara for “Only You,” a soulful track with a laid-back, summery beat and loud, booming piano chords. Cara and Benjamin’s voices blend beautifully as they sing a flawed romance, before things take a sudden detour and we listen to a young child pondering the nature of extraterrestrial life over a playful baroque pop outro. – J. Lynch

FKA twigs, “killer”

Fresh out of her CAPRISONS mixtape earlier in the year, FKA Twigs gave fans the first official performance of his new track “Killer” while delivering a stunning three-song performance as part of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. The devastating track sees the singer struggle to figure out how her lover will end up killing her, even though she wishes things were different. Twigs’ voice rises to the heights of the ornate church in which she and her all-female band perform. It’s beautiful and beautiful but pained as she awaits the sequel. – Starr Bowenbank


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