PopWrapped is back with our first #MusicMonday of the new year, and there have been quite a few releases in the last week that are worth noting. This week we have been treated with new music from established hitmakers and rising talents, and you can check out our top ten tracks of the week below!
"White Privilege II" - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Jamila Woods
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis descend into controversial territory, as they address topics including racism and cultural appropriation on their new social justice anthem "White Privilege II." The nearly nine minute song calls out fellow musicians Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea, and Elvis Presley for appropriating black culture in their image while delving into Macklemore's personal struggle with making a place for himself in the genre. Already the track is being met with controversy; Iggy Azalea has slammed Macklemore for the alleged diss, and Azealia Banks has rejected the need for him to add his voice to the cause. Although Macklemore may not be the best voice for the cause and his voice on the track may be a little too self-important, "White Privilege II" still creates dialogue about a very important issue. Love it or hate it, Macklemore is going to get people talking again, and he has earned a spot on this week's #MusicMonday.
"EVERY LITTLE THING" - Eriel Indigo
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Los Angeles based electro-pop princess in the making Eriel Indigo delicately touches down for the release of her ethereal "EVERY LITTLE THING." An aural production complete with twinkling synth and a driving beat sets the scene for Eriel's dance friendly cut, on which she takes a loved one on a euphoric trip through the clouds. "Every little thing is gonna be a'right" the rising talent sweetly croons across a delightfully joyful production. The resulting track is uplifting, gorgeous, and should set the rising talent on the map!
"So Bad" Brandon Skeie
Rising talent Brandon Skeie transforms an emotional piano ballad into a bonafide pop hit on his debut single "So Bad." On the track Skeie professes his inescapable love for a dangerous lover over a somber piano and aural strings; however, the production picks up moving into the chorus. It's becoming increasingly evident that Skeie knows how to craft a pop hit. His soulful vocals resonate with pain and longing as he falls further into his relationship, and we're equally hooked with one listen to his incredible voice!
"Unstoppable" - Sia
As we loom ever closer to the release of Sia's This Is Acting, the "Chandelier" songstress continues sharing new teasers from the album. She has become a staple on our #MusicMonday playlists, and the newest cut to surface is the soaring "Unstoppable," which sees Sia rise above any obstacles in her path over a rousing production. It is unclear who this track was originally intended for; however, it is definitively refreshing to hear the Aussie born musician take such a strong and inspirational stance. After years of swinging from the chandelier it seems that Sia has finally found herself on even ground again, and we can't get enough of her positive outlook!
"Not A Little Bit" - K. Michelle
R&B siren K. Michelle has moved on and is loving her newly discovered independence on her newest release "Not A Little Bit." Over a striding, piano led production the songstress lays her heart on the line and realizes that she is content without her ex-lover. She's moving on, and we're loving the musical soundscape of this sexy independent vocalist!
"Amazing Grace" - Kesha
Although Kesha is unable to release new music due to contractual issues revolving around a nasty lawsuit with producer Dr. Luke, nothing can stop "Tik Tock" hitmaker from performing existing music. That is exactly what Kesha did in the days leading up to her Tuesday hearing. Choosing to tackle the gospel classic "Amazing Grace," Kesha's voice resonated with raw power as she works her way through the iconic first verse. The performance only highlights the differences between the Ke$ha of old and the newer $-less performer that we have met in recent months. We're loving the folksier approach that Kesha takes on the track, and we're hoping to see more of our girl in the coming months!
"Help Me Run Away" - St. Lucia
St. Lucia hopped in a time machine and headed back to the 80's for his synth-infused "Help Me Run Away," released in advance of his Matter LP. The resulting track is lush and rousing as it explodes across the soundscape! A standout moment occurs when St. Lucia is joined by a choir for some call and response before moving into an extended instrumental break towards the end of the track. We'll most definitely be running to this track in the coming weeks!
"Grease (Is The Word)" - Jessie J
In advance of the January 31 running of Grease: Live powerhouse vocalist Jessie J has tackled the musical's electrifying opening number "Grease (Is The Word)." Her take on the track is refreshing with her snappy delivery, yet it still evokes the soul and energy epitomized by the musical's 1978 film rendition.
"I'm In Control" - AlunaGeorge feat. PopCann
Electro-duo AlunaGeorge are making a dramatic comeback with their dance hall infused "I'm In Control" after a short break between releases. Vocalist Aluna Francis's voice coos across a tropical inspired production, as she declares that she is in control and calling all the shots. The resulting sound offers up everything that fans of dynamic duo have been hungering for, and it sets them up for a glorious return to the scene in 2016!
"Don't Need Much" - Travis Mills
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Rising rapper Travis Mills is kicking off 2016 by paying tribute to the minimal things (namely a girl, smokes, and a drink or two) he needs to live life to the fullest. Set to a sparse yet driving production Mills verses flow and effortlessly display his DGAF attitude. Everything comes together to build up to a dramatic high, before dropping out in an unexpected beat drop. Although we're unsure if the track is intended as a single from an upcoming release or a buzz track, it has successfully gotten us talking about the brazen rapper this #MusicMonday!
What's new on your #MusicMonday playlist? Let us know in the comments below!