Another week has gone by, and we're kicking off a new on with a seriously impressive #MusicMonday collection! Last week was filled with awe-inspiring releases from industry heavy hitters and up and comers. JoJo served big vocals alongside Skizzy Mars, while Jason Derulo takes things straight to the dance floor (or the bedroom, it's open for debate), and Broods take on their poppiest production to date! Check it all out with our eclectic #MusicMonday playlist below!
"If It Ain't Love" - Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo kicks off this week's #MusicMonday with an explosive and clarion call to the dance floor on new single "If It Ain't Love." The R&B hitmaker lays his irresistible vocals over a joyful production in a seductive ode to a lover. "Your body is a blessing, don't know if I deserve it" Derulo sings before proclaiming that their relationship must be love, because it "feels so good." It's a sexy and playful track that is bound to rocket to the top of the charts. Looks like Jason Derulo will be adding another summer smasher to his discography this year.
"Inside Out" - The Chainsmokers feat. Charlee
Alex and Drew of The Chainsmokers have found a muse in rising Swede pop songstress Charlee, and the trio are already making an impression with their first joint project "Inside Out." The track features a dreamy but desperate call for transparency in a relationship, as Charlee strives to better understand her lover. Tender phrasing and stunning lyricism ("bend your chest open so I can read your heart?!" STUNNING) on Charlee's part are perfectly complimented by Alex and Drew's studio magic, which adds a sense of lightness to the mix. The track builds to an expansive and glorious break, and with every release it is becoming more evident that The Chainsmokers are some of the most talented producers on the scene currently. "Inside Out" is another lush release with a thoughtful and tender production, and we fall more in love with every listen.
"Free" - Broods
Brother-sister pair Broods, comprised of Georgia and Caleb Nott, make a bold bid for freedom on their latest release "Free." Moving forward from the relaxed productions on their debut album, the pair are embracing a decidedly more pop oriented production complete with siren-like synth and a driving bassline. Georgia's vocals are particularly evocative on the track, as she growls across the production with confidence in her decision. "I'd lose everything so I can sing Hallelujah, I'm free" she declares on the chorus. She also has a message for any of her doubters, proclaiming "it's clear that you think I'm inferior, whatever helps you sleep at night." One listen to this, and it's going to be tough to deny the pair's incredible talent...
"Happiness" - NEEDTOBREATHE
NEEDTOBREATHE achieve indie-pop perfection on their latest release "Happiness," and we cannot get enough on this glorious #MusicMonday. In the pursuit of happiness and sweet release, the quartet is going back and asking for forgiveness for past transgressions. With the support of a full choir on the chorus the track vibrates with life and energy and takes a decidedly upbeat look on life. It's all about the journey, and the group refuses to forget where they came from while working towards their major dreams.
"Recognize" - Skizzy Mars feat. JoJo
Skizzy Mars proves that his love is true by writing a love song on his JoJo-assisted "Recognize." On the track JoJo implores Skizzy to realize that she is the real deal, and that her emotions are true. She's a keeper, and Skizzy vows not to let her get away. The track is a solid effort at the singer/rapper collaboration, and the twosome create some strong chemistry with their vocal interplay over the striding production. It's not the most innovative release, but we'll never grow tired of hearing new music from JoJo!
"Dreamland" - Wild Belle
Another sibling-duo is storming this week's #MusicMonday; going by the moniker Wild Belle, Chicago-natives Natalie and Elliot Bergman create a psychedelic-tinged retreat on their latest release "Dreamland." Vocalist Natalie Bergman's voice is a gentle caress over the instrumentation, as she sweetly offers herself up as a lover's respite from reality. "I can be your dreamland baby / your sunshine / your paradise" she coos across the track, and who could deny such a generous offer?
"Moving Mountains" - Skylar Grey
Skylar Grey pays tribute to the roots that she has laid down in Utah on her folksy "Moving Mountains." Taking a step back from the endless pressure to prove herself after her massive success writing for the likes of Eminem and Rihanna in recent years, "Moving Mountains" is a heartfelt effort to allow nature to drive her passions. Grey's vocals resonate with warmth over the simple instrumentation, and you can almost feel the pressure of reality fading away as the winds drive her to new heights.
"Paradise" - Benny Benassi feat. Chris Brown
In a brilliant move after his seriously misguided comments about Kehlani last week, Chris Brown has turned the discussion back to music with the release of his Benny Benassi collaboration "Paradise." On the shimmering release Brown compares time with his lady to a heavenly retreat over Benassi's glimmering production efforts. It's a solid release and a joyful listen, though we're not quite ready to let him off the hook for his ass-hat comments yet.
"Silhouette" - Aquilo
UK duo Aquilo struggle to recognize a loved one and are faced with a two-dimensional stranger on their heart wrenching "Silhouette." The track is a beautifully restrained release about letting go of the glory days of a relationship and facing a markedly colder reality. Ben Fletcher and Tom Higham approach the performance with a sense of desolation, as they realize that their loved one is entirely unrecognizable. The track builds to one final crescendo in the final extended chorus, on which the twosome lament all that has been lost over soaring strings and dulcet keys. The ballad is a literal showstopper from Aquilo, and we predict that we'll be playing it nonstop in the months to come.
"Sleep On It" - Zealyn
After finishing in the top 3 of American Idol's 12th season, Angie Miller has adapted a new stage name and is ready to take the world by a storm. Going by the name of Zealyn, Miller is preparing for an album by teasing fans with new music. Her latest effort is the delectably electro-tinged "Sleep On It." Her voice coos across a soundscape complete with reverberating bass and ethereal synths, and the resulting track is an aural masterpiece perfect to close out out #MusicMonday with.
What songs have made it onto your #MusicMonday playlist this week? Let us know who you're listening to in the comments below!