With releases from the likes of Shawn Mendes, Rihanna, Jon Bellion, and Allie X this week’s #MusicMonday is lush with potential new hits and some surprise releases! Whether you’re looking for your newest indie-pop anthem, a dance ready jam, a hard rocking cut, or a soulful ballad we’ve got something for you on this lush list of hot new tunes! Check them all out below!
Shawn Mendes - "Treat You Better"
Shawn Mendes kicks off this week's #MusicMonday festivities and a new era of music with his latest release "Treat You Better." On the track the soulful crooner vows to treat a lover with more respect than her current flame. Playing the role of the consummate sweetheart, Mendes is truly developing a character for himself. Sonically the sound is reminiscent of his 2015 breakout effort on "Stitches," which is both a blessing and a curse. While it basically guarantees another summer smash, we're hoping that the success doesn't come at the risk of shoehorning the artist into a very specific type of musicality. We're hoping to see continued growth in his sound as new music arrives over the course of the year, because Shawn Mendes is solidifying his status as one of the most promising young talents on the scene.
Jon Bellion - "Maybe IDK"
Jon Bellion embraces the unknown on the latest track to emerge from The Human Condition, "Maybe IDK." On the track, the young powerhouse's voice rises over a striding production. Lyrically, the track deals with facing a host of unknowns and embracing the mystery of life. Bellion's witty lyricism once again manages to convey an impressively deep message, and his forward thinking production feels incredibly current. His skills as a creator have set him aside as one to watch, and the impending release of The Human Condition will hopefully propel him further into the public eye.
Nick Jonas feat. Ty Dolla $ign - "Bacon"
Kill the fatted calf and let's make some bacon to celebrate this week's #MusicMonday Jonas-fix! This week Nick Jonas has unleashed one of the most highly anticipated tracks off his impending Last Year Was Complicated, the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted "Bacon," unto the world. Nick has lauded the release and explained to fans that the mysterious title alludes to appreciating the small things in life... Y'know, if your love life is looking dreary, throw some bacon on it. Bacon makes everything better.
The track is one of the more restrained to come from the album in terms of production; but it's subject matter is by and far the most playful. On the track the youngest (and most successful) Jonas Brother quite literally tosses some bacon on the pan and steps away from his broken hearted memories. Ty's guest verse offers a slightly harder edge to the meaty (I had to...) but playful track. While it may not be as immediate as "Close," "Champagne Problems," or even "Chainsaw," the track will undoubtedly become one of the lightest to emerge from the album.
Betty Who - "I Love You Always Forever"
Betty Who throws it back to breathe new life into a pop classic for this week's #MusicMonday. The Aussie songstress injects her dreamy vocal stylings onto Donna Lewis's 1996 breakout single "I Love You Always Forever." The sweet and intimate love song gets a fresh update with some aural synth and atmospheric production that retain some of the track's original sound. Betty passionately coos the track's iconic chorus, and her voice has never sounded better than it does as it floats above the delicate soundscape. It may be a cover, but the track was decidedly made for Betty Who!
Allie X - "Purge"
Synth pop goddess Allie X peels back several layers of production on her latest temporary release "Purge." The piano-driven ballad is the first demo to be put up to a fan vote for inclusion on the songstress's upcoming EP COLLXTION II. It's raw production makes it an instant standout in her discography. Emoting over the somber keys of the piano, the Canadian siren struggles to purge the memory of a lover from her life to no avail. "I will never be washed and clean again / I will never know the innocence" the "Catch" singer intones in the track's pre-chorus. Allie's vocals have never sounded more alluring than they do in this unfinished take, and the song definitely has our vote for inclusion on the EP! With every release we are all the more captivated by the rising talent's impressive abilities. This performance further solidifies our faith in her.
Mike WiLL Made-It feat. Rihanna - "Nothing Is Promised"
Rihanna teams up with producer Mike WiLL Made-It to serve vocals on the lead single off his upcoming release Ransom 2. After establishing their chemistry on the adorably ratchet stripper anthem "Pour It Up," it should come as no surprise that the twosome have descended into a darkly urban territory for their trap-infused second collab on "Nothing Is Promised." The brag heavy track gives Rihanna, pop's baddest bitch, the opportunity to serve lyrics boasting about her work ethic and the fruits of her labor. Those fruits include a turbo Porsche and a $10 million stash of cash under her bed. Ri Ri delivers the lyrics with an overabundance of playful confidence, and it is refreshing to hear something that feels more playful than most of what made it's way onto this year's ANTi. We're feeling the return of badass Rihanna and are happy to welcome her back to #MusicMonday.
Morgxn - "love you with the lights on"
Musical newcomer Morgxn delivers a memorable #MusicMonday debut with his R&B infused "love you with the lights on." The rising talent takes things straight to the bedroom on the steamy track, while he makes a plea for openness in a passionate moment with a lover. Morgxn delivers the chorus with a sweetly intoxicating falsetto, and it is hard to imagine anyone refusing his request. We don't know too much about the up and comer just yet, but we are sure that we want to hear even more from him in the coming months!
Aaron Pfeiffer - "Real"
Pittsburgh based hitmaker Aaron Pfeiffer serves an atmospheric and dreamy love song with his #MusicMonday contribution, new single "Real." The emotional track combines live instrumentation with electronica to create a lush soundscape, over which the budding vocalist sings about the purity of his relationship. "Is this something real, am I making it up / you drive me to maybe believing in love" Pfeiffer sings on the endearing and anthemic chorus.
DJ Snake feat. George Maple - "Talk"
DJ Snake has teamed up with George Maple to craft a contender for the title of Song of the Summer with single "Talk." The track features a clarion call for forward motion in a relationship, as Maple delivers a beautiful vocal over electronic production. The somber tinkling of a piano adds a further level of depth, making it one of the most alluring to appear on a #MusicMonday playlist in recent memory. Time will tell if the track is capable of recreating the staggering success of last year's "Lean On," but regardless the track has already earned a reputation as one to watch.
Shane Guerrette - "Illusory"
New York based singer songwriter Shane Guerrette gives fans a taste of his current sound with a new demo titled "Illusory," which he recently shared on his YouTube channel. Set over an acoustic production, Guerrette's voice is enchanting and open as he soars over the instrumentation. The track showcases the unique timbre of his voice as well as the sonic direction in which he is traveling. It has left us excited and ready to hear even more from the rising talent. Reminiscent of the inviting tones explored by Dave Matthews Band and John Mayer, Shane Guerrette tells a story with his music that draws you ever closer into his circle.
Blacktop Queen - "Blackout"
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Blacktop Queen is a new alternative group to rise from the music scene of Los Angeles, and they're ready to sweep the realm of rock with their larger than life sound. Incorporating elements of garage and arena rock, the threesome have created a sound that is distinctly their own. The trio have unveiled their sound with the release of current single "Blackout," a hard hitting ode to leaving the past in the past. Opening with a strong guitar riff, the track rapidly builds in power before exploding into the hard-rocking chorus, on which the band expresses a desire to "blackout" and forget some things that have happened. The track serves as a memorable introduction to the group and adds a rocking edge to this week's #MusicMonday
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