With releases from the likes of Justin Timberlake, Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, and Fifth Harmony this week's #MusicMonday is lush with potential new hits! Check them all out below!
"Can't Stop The Feeling!" - Justin Timberlake
After a short hiatus from the scene Justin Timberlake victoriously returns on the disco-tinged beats of "Can't Stop The Feeling." The track exudes energy and Timberlake's characteristically sweet falsetto over the Max Martin produced extravaganza. While it lacks some of the bravado that we've come to associate with the "SexyBack" crooner's catalogue, there is no doubt that the single will be at home on the soundtrack of his latest film project Trolls. It's a solid opportunity to ease his way back into the swing of things, and the track has the potential to become a massive summer hit if Timberlake plays things right. Regardless, it's a solid effort to kick off the Trolls promo tour!
"Into You" - Ariana Grande
This Dangerous Woman just won't stop dominating #MusicMonday! Ariana Grande is moving forward with the second single from her upcoming album, and the pop princess is pulling out all the stops on her atmospheric anthem "Into You." After exploring a new sonic direction on the project's title track, "Into You" signifies a return to the sensual R&B production of previous releases. On the track the songstress proclaims her interest in a potential lover and his seductive ways. Ari's vocals are light and sensual as they rise over the production lush with finger snaps and grimy bass. It's pure Ariana Grande, but it still manages to present a more mature version of the hitmaker.
"In Common" - Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys is preparing for a new album and exploring new territory on her new single "In Common." The usually anthemic belter strips things back on the track in favor of a breezy and open performance. Exploring her relationship with a lover, Keys realizes that she and her lover have some problematic commonalities between themselves. Her breathy vocal performance is somewhat reminiscent of Rihanna's R&B stylings, but it presents something new from the "If I Ain't Got You" siren that is bewitching in it's lyricism and production.
"Write On Me" - Fifth Harmony
The ladies of Fifth Harmony return to #MusicMonday with their latest 7/27 promotional single "Write On Me." The inspirational track welcomes a loved one to leave a mark on the girls' lives. "Write on me / color outside the lines" they insist on the track's tropical-inspired chorus. The track's lyrics seem hopeful and youthful after the slew of brazen empowerment anthems like "Worth It" and "Work From Home." Over the acoustic strings the songstresses reaffirm their vulnerability and give voice to their hopes for a future lover.
"Hurts So Good" - Astrid S
After lending support to Troye Sivan during a slew of performance across Europe, Norwegian siren Astrid S is prepping for the impending release of a self-titled EP with her new single "Hurts So Good." The slinky track finds the songstress questioning her passionate but heartbreaking relationship with a lover. "I tell you that I want you, but it's complicated" the siren croons over the synth-laden production. The difficult love story is as enchanting as it is heartbreaking, and you find yourself cheering for the songstress to find a happy ending with her loved one.
"Explode" - Charli XCX
Charli XCX bounds onto our #MusicMonday collection with this week's second soundtrack contribution. The plucky UK songstress has joined the likes of Demi Lovato, Blake Shelton, and Matoma to contribute a track to The Angry Birds Movie, and her effort would be right at home on her 2014 Sucker. Brassy and playful the "Boom Clap" songstress embraces a vibrant pop rock aesthetic and explodes across a joyful production. It's playful, danceable, and a fun effort from Charli XCX. With the addition of some electronic elements the track still feels somewhat in cohesion with the work on her Vroom Vroom EP; however, we have a feeling that this is a bit of a one-off return to a previous sound. By the time more new music comes around, this supersonic hitmaker will have reinvented herself once again...
"Hotter Than Hell" - Dua Lipa
Looks like Ariana Grande isn't the only Dangerous Woman on this week's #MusicMonday. London based rising talent Dua Lipa is prepared to provide some feisty competition on her latest effort "Hotter Than Hell." Embracing a bad-gal mentality that would make Rihanna proud, the songstress offers to serve up something hotter than Hades for a lover. Lipa's distinctive vocals are at their most powerful as she growls across the anthemic chorus, and it is undeniable that she's hotter than hell and on her way to the top of the charts in the near future!
"You & Me" - Marc E. Bassy feat. G-Eazy
Marc E. Bassy has teamed up with former tour-mate G-Eazy for Bassy's latest release "You & Me." The former member of 2AM Club is at his breeziest on the island-tinged track, on which he flirts with a perspective lady love. G-Eazy delivers a predictably hot verse, and the twosome have some good chemistry on the track. With it's bright sound Bassy's "You & Me" has potential to become a playful summer anthem.
"Riptide" - Chloe Temtchine
New York based songstress Chloe Temtchine serves up some tender romance on her latest single "Riptide." On the track Temptchine finds herself swept up in the sweet passion of her relationship, and she compares the sweet emotions to the force of the ocean. Chloe's vocals are sweet and warm as she loses herself in her lover's embrace. The gentle instrumentation effortlessly compliments the amorous lyricism, and the passion exuded in the performance is commendable. It's a softer track for this week's #MusicMonday, an opportunity to calmly take a breath before returning to the workday.
"Cool" - DAWNS
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New York City based trio DAWNS make their official debut on the music scene with the racing, rock-edged production on "Cool." The threesome draw influence from a wide range of musical inspirations, and they showcase their unique aesthetic effortlessly with their premiere. The track comments on society's "endless pursuit of relevance," and their hunger to attain "cool" status according to lead vocalist Joshua Perna, who went on to cite the group's varied inspirations as responsible for the track's "frenetic energy." Lush with social commentary and power, the track is a powerful introduction to a bright new talent on the scene. With plans to drop an EP later this summer, we'd predict that this is not the last time that DAWNS will make a #MusicMonday appearance!
What tracks are getting the most love on your #MusicMonday playlist? Let us know your favorite new releases in the comments below!