This week's #MusicMonday features the latest hits from the likes of Major Lazer, Kehlani, Cher Lloyd, and more!
Another week has gone by, and we're back on the scene to count down the hottest new releases for you! This week has seen a handful of massive releases (including Justin Bieber, Major Lazer, and MO's tropical bop "Cold Water") as well as some hot efforts from rising talents (like Manuel Rivas and Eneli's slow burning "Mhm Mhm.") Whether you're looking for a new club anthem, a patriotic country love song, a folksy inspirational slow burner, or pure pop seduction we've got something for you here! Dive on in and see what we're listening to this week!
Major Lazer, Justin Bieber, MO - "Cold Water"
After owning the charts last year with "Lean On," Diplo and his Major Lazer team are attempting to recreate the magic with their late summer entry "Cold Water." The laid back anthem recruits frequent collaborators Justin Bieber and MO and showcases the tropical house production du-jour with absolute ease. Bieber's vocals are at their most earnest, as he makes a vow of solidarity and friendship on the track. "I hope you know I won't let go / I'll be your lifeline tonight" he sings over the joyful synths on the chorus. MO's voice comes in at the bridge and delivers some gorgeous harmonies against Bieber's vocals through the final moments. As the driving voice behind the success of last year's "Lean On," our one complaint is that the songstress should have had a larger role in the production. As it stands though, "Cold Water" is clearly a contender for this year's coveted Song of the Summer title. Hell, the late entry may even become one of the top songs of the year! Clearly we're kicking off this week's #MusicMonday with a bang!
Enrique Iglesias feat. Tinashe and Javada - "Duele El Corazon"
Enrique Iglesias recruited R&B heavy-hitter Tinashe for a Splanglish rendition of current single "Duele el Corazon." The track sees the dreamy "Hero" crooner making one final attempt to woo a lover before letting go. On the newly released track Tinashe plays the role of Iglesias' star-crossed former lover, delivering her verses with the utmost of passion and tension. The artist's effortlessly sing in both English and Spanish, and their passion and confusion is evident in both dialects.
Kehlani - "Distraction"
R&B siren Kehlani is looking for a little romantic fling on her brazen new anthem "Distraction." On the seductive track the "CRZY" songstress asks a potential fling if they'd be down for some casual loving without a title. "Are you down to be a distraction baby" she asks on the earworm of a chorus. It's a sexy and empowering effort from Kehlani that proves that all romantic interludes don't need to be forged in candlelight with whispered promises of forever. Sometimes you're just down for some casual fun, and Kehlani has officially provided the new anthem for those low key lovers.
Cher Lloyd - "Activated"
Former X-Factor darling Cher Lloyd is amped up and ready to kick off a new era of musical excellence with new single "Activated." After taking two years off the scenes the "Want You Back" rapper is making her return to #MusicMonday with a playful declaration of intent on the single. "I'm charged up, I'm getting activated" she coos across the moody production. It's a stripped back but confident effort from that proves that Cher Lloyd is ready to do the damn thing with her upcoming release. Two years out of the game means nothing when compared to the fierce comeback she just made!
Zach Matari - "Tossin' Turnin'"
New Jersey rising talent Zach Matari delivers something to dance to on his disco-influenced "Tossin' Turnin'." The singer songwriter bares his heart on the track, begging a lover to explain what went wrong in their relationship over a bop-along production. His vocals are crystal clear and pleading as his love song transforms into one final attempt to make things right. "Spent last night tossin' turnin', you got me wondering how it all went wrong" he croons, breaking hearts and leaving listeners hoping that he and his lover can work things out. Matari's latest effort is a pure pop confection delivered with passion and gusto, and we're thoroughly hooked on the release!
Manuel Riva feat. Eneli - "Mhm Mhm"
Romanian producer Manuel Riva teamed up with rising songstress Eneli for this week's #MusicMonday club ready slow burner "Mhm Mhm." The songstress delivers a moody and whispered vocal take over Riva's compelling production. Sirens and vibey horns blare in the background and create an intimate mood. The track is custom tailored to pulse across dance floors and welcome club-goers to lose themselves in the clarion call of music.
Skylar Grey - "Off Road"
After moving mountains on her last #MusicMonday entrance, the Skylar Grey is back with her latest effort "Off Road." This time around she's delivering her feathery light vocals over a sparsely sexy production. "Don't care where you're taking me / as long as your taking me off road" she coos across the grinding synths. Proclaiming herself ready for an adventure, either a physical or spiritual one, Skylar Grey delivers a compelling vocal performance that leaves us hungry for more to come
Colbie Caillat - "Goldmine"
Bubbly singer songwriter Colbie Caillat delivers a sunny feel-good anthem with new single "Goldmine." The songstress delves into her folksy pop roots on the heartfelt love song, on which she proclaims her unending love to a partner. "In a billion years it'll still be here cause our love is a goldmine" she vows over a whistling choir who chime in on the chorus. It's a simply joyful effort from Caillat that exudes positive energy and proves the timeless nature of love.
Jake Owen - "American Love"
Country crooner Jake Owen gets lost in a patriotic romance on his red, white, and blue new single "American Love." The country-pop crossover is lush with guitar strings and Owen and his lady love get lost in some old time romancing. They make a pitstop at a football game, wear red, white, and blue, and make their way to a parking lot party before sparklers go off and they go in for a kiss. "American Love" is a fun and patriotic offering from the country heavy hitter, and it's a welcome addition to this week's #MusicMonday. We predict that it'll get quite a bit of airplay and that it'll find itself at home on our summer playlists!
Regina Spektor - "Bleeding Heart"
Regina Spektor is at her most inspirational on her new single "Bleeding Heart." The track tells the story of three individuals struggling with their identities and coming to terms with themselves. The folksy production gives way to a delectably poppy production on the chorus, as Spektor loses herself in the delightfully playful lyrics. It's an intriguing effort that successfully kicks off a new era of music from the songstress.
LOLO - "The Devil's Gone To Dinner"
Memphis, Tennessee songstress LOLO makes a striking #MusicMonday debut with her stark new single "The Devil's Gone To Dinner." Her vocals are at their most vulnerable as she asks for forgiveness for prior wrongs over a moody production. Everything about the production is compelling, and it is almost as if LOLO is making one final attempt to make things right. There is so much compassion in her voice that the chorus itself is a heart stopping moment from the rising talent. You don't want to miss out.
PARTYNEXTDOOR - "Not Nice"
PARTYNEXTDOOR give us a new dancehall infused single to dance along to as Rihanna's "Work" slows down on the charts. The rising artist's "Not Nice" is a moodier effort than Rihanna' joyful "Work." On the track he calls out a rude and not nice lover for her shitty ways. It's not the most uplifting lyricism, but at least PARTYNEXTDOOR has delivered something we can dance along to.
Dominique - "Love You Better"
Rising talent Dominique closes out our #MusicMonday festivities with her latest effort, the stripped back and moody "Love You Better." Boasting an atmospheric and pulsating production, the track sees the songstress promise to provide more love and passion to a potential flame than his current lover. Her delivery is absolutely enthralling, and there is no denying the power of her cooed promising over the eerily sensual production. It's a strong offering from the artist and promises big things in the coming months from her! Until then we will absolutely be happy listening to "Love You Better" on repeat!
What songs are burning up your playlist this #MusicMonday? Let us know what you're listening to in the comments below!