With major releases from the likes of Nick Jonas, Zayn Malik, Fifth Harmony, and rising acts like Ryder, this week is absolutely resounding with hot new releases! Check out what songs we are listening to this #MusicMonday below!
"Close" - Nick Jonas feat. Tove Lo
One song in, and we're already off to a steamy start this #MusicMonday. Nick Jonas has teamed up with the Queen of the Clouds, Tove Lo, to create an airy ode to physical contact on his latest single "Close." Serving sweet falsetto over an aural production with sparse steel drum and synths, Nick Jonas is all sorts of compelling. The addition of Tove Lo's pop sensibilities grounds the otherwise featherlight track, and her sweet harmonies fill out the soundscape. Overall, "Close" is a phenomenal reintroduction to Nick Jonas ahead of his Last Year Was Complicated release and his joint Future Now Tour with Demi Lovato this summer.
"The Life" - Fifth Harmony
The ladies of Fifth Harmony give it up for the kids eating good and getting lit (or laid, it's open for conversation) on their latest 7/27 release "The Life." The bouncy ode to the best years of life resounds with energy and begins to see the girls own their status as hugely successful pop hitmakers. "We the best in the biz, breaking up ain't a chance" Camila Cabello proclaims on the chorus, effectively squashing any rumors that the "I Know What You Did Last Summer" songstress had any plans to leave the other ladies behind. As Fifth Harmony recently netted their second top 20 hit on the Billboard charts it is becoming increasingly evident that they aren't going anywhere soon, and we could not be more ecstatic with the news!
"Watch Me Do" - Meghan Trainor
M-Train continues reviving the music of the aughts and reverberates with a sense of self-empowerment on "Watch Me Do." The "All About That Bass" songstress is clearly not plagued by any self-doubt as she moves forward from her "All About That Bass" debut, proudly proclaiming that she is "the shhh" in the first few moments of her energetic track. Her confidence is commendable, and Meghan Trainor is ringing in a new era of pop music as she moves resolutely forward with her Thank You release. We may not have the full album yet, but "Watch Me Do" is yet another promising addition to a #MusicMonday playlist.
"Famous" - Kanye West feat. Rihanna
Taylor Swift beware; Kanye West has revisited his iconic interruption of your VMAs acceptance speech on his Rihanna-assisted "Famous," and the track will officially be receiving the single treatment. With incendiary lyrics claiming that he made Taylor Swift famous (making him deserving of thank you sex) the track instantly drew equal contempt and acclaim from the first listen, and it is sure to draw even more attention as it becomes available to the masses on radio. Regardless of the drama attached to the release, Kanye and Rihanna are in their element as they perform atop the hard-hitting, dancehall infused release. It's clear that, as infuriating as West's larger than life persona is, he is a true musical talent nonetheless.
"Broken Things" - Clairity
Los Angeles' rising talent Clairity finds beauty in broken things on her latest atmospheric ballad. "Some things aren't meant to be replaced" she intones over the driving production, but the track takes on an inspirational message as she promises that "you are more than all these broken things." The gentle ballad reminds listeners that we are broken by nature, but that we are still beautiful nonetheless. "Broken Things" is a stunning listen and a gorgeous addition to this week's #MusicMonday.
"TiO" - Zayn
It's finally happened. One year to the date after Zayn Malik said goodbye to his boybander roots, the UK crooner released his official solo album Mind of Mine. The album resounds with a moodier and sexier R&B sound a la The Weeknd than his pop-rock 1D roots, and one track that perfectly encapsulates the grittier aesthetic is "TiO." With a title that is short for "Take It Off," the more adult content is evident immediately, and a sense of drama only builds as Zayn makes his plea to a lover over the seductive production.
"Who's With Me" - Flo Rida
Flo Rida is back on the scene with yet another earworm of a release. The Florida native lays his flow over some bluesy/country inspired strings, inciting a following to join him to help save his soul. The track epitomizes Flo Rida's abilities to crossover various genres while still creating an absolute bop, and it's bound to be a #MusicMonday staple this week!
"Fade Away" - Ryder
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Rising talent Ryder is hoping to fade away into the depths of passion with a lover on her trance-like "Fade Away." The Los Angeles siren's vocals float across an aural production, as she begs her lover to "leave his conscience at the door" for some physicality. There's a raw sense of sexuality and desire to the production, and Ryder's vocal performance perfectly encapsulates the dramatic mood.
"Aftergold" - Big Wild feat. Tove Stryke
Incorporating some global elements, Massachusetts-born producer Big Wild creates a lush and joyful wonderland on his Tove Stryke- assisted "Aftergold" for this week's #MusicMonday. Originally released as in instrumental track in 2015, the producer teamed up with the rising Swede pop princess to infuse the release with new life for a re-release. The joyful production disguises the serious message in Stryke's lyricism, as she discusses the ball and chain that comes with wealth. "You wand a 20-carot ball and chain" she brightly questions listeners, and suddenly you're left contemplating the worth of national acclaim.
"Handclap" - Fitz and The Tantrums
Fitz and The Tantrums take things straight to the dance floor on their latest release "HandClap," a delectable ode to performing. Incorporating live instrumentation and an earworm of a chorus the group decidedly has a hit on their hands, and it's an enjoyable listen to amp up the energy during a dreaded Monday!
What songs are on your #MusicMonday playlist? Let us know in the comments below!