It's Monday all over again - brand-new week, back to work/school, it can't be too good. PopWrapped knows it's not your favorite day in the world, so here's another #MusicMonday piece with everything worth-hearing this week to keep you entertained.
"Party Favors" - Tinashe feat. Young Thug
The most promising newcomer in the urban scene, Tinashe, has her sophomore record Joyride in the works and she graced us with an early sample. The Boi-1da-crafted Young Thug-featuring "Party Favors" is a slow-burning kind of urban banger, synth-’n’bass-heavy and totally sensual with an autotuned rap verse adding to its flow. If anything, it definitely builds the right kind of hype for the songstress’ next effort.https://soundcloud.com/tinashenow/tinashe-party-favors-ft-young-thug
"Whole Lot Of Love" - Duffy
Everyone and their mother were in love with Duffy back in the day, but it’s been half a decade since we last heard of her. Thankfully, she now stars in Tom Hardy’s crime thriller Legend and has contributed to the soundtrack! "Whole Lot Of Love" finds the songstress rocking a soulful, jazz-inspired midtempo with post break-up lyrics, but it’s her voice that truly matters - that significant tone of hers that’s made to sing tunes like this one.https://open.spotify.com/track/4GZ2SLosOPBf4PWN3pPWE0
"Fell In The Sun" - Big Grams
It turns out Big Boi knew what he was doing when he joined forces with Phantogram, because the very first sample "Fell In The Sun" definitely deserves attention. The track features an urban-esque and orchestral production, with a big band kind of melody accompanied by the beat. The Atlanta MC throws his raps like fire on the verses, before the heavenly-soft vocals arrive on the chorus. It’s just so good!
"4Love" - Kristian Nairn feat. Salt Ashes
Since Kristian Nairn’s character on Game Of Thrones has nothing but "HODOR" to say, it’s only normal that the producer and DJ enlisted Salt Ashes to sing on his new single, "4Love". The track serves as a 90′s-influenced house offering, based on a slick combination of melodic keys and heavy synths. The songstress does a wonderful job with her vocals here, further claiming her spot on lists like this one.https://soundcloud.com/kristiannairn/4love-feat-salt-ashes
"If I Can’t Have You" - Kylie Minogue & Garibay feat. Sam Sparro
While everyone with her back catalog desparately tries to stay relevant, Kylie Minogue thrives effortlessly. Her joint EP with Fernando Garibay has arrived and even though she’s pushing another track, it’s her collaboration with house veteran Sam Sparro that matters the most. The duo’s slightly digified vocals sound right on place on the laid-back, house-pop production of "If I Can’t Have You", an ethereal contribution to the dance scene.https://open.spotify.com/track/7yiEnnMg8UAa6bPE661MhI
"Otherwise" - MOKS feat. James Arthur
Dutch duo MOKS are going major by teaming up with one of the most talented X Factor winners ever, James Arthur. "Otherwise" serves as one of those dancified ballads that go with a big voice, and this one even has a whistle-filled post-chorus. From the very first moment the crooner starts singing the kiss-off-to-an-ex-related lyrics, his deep vocals melt like sweet butter on top of the strings-’n’-beats kind of deep house production.https://open.spotify.com/track/37PtW9bccg3KULj4nWAjEY
"Never Forget You" - MNEK & Zara Larsson
No one saw this team-up coming, but everyone knew it would be amazing ever since it was announced. "Never Forget You" serves as an indie kind of house-pop track with a major beat drop and pulsing throbs throughout. Boy wonder MNEK once again works his magic with the production and Swedish newcomer Zara Larsson lays her vocals on top, with the two joining their forces beautifully on the chorus and making this a great duet.
"Slow" - HURTS
With their upcoming, third studio album Surrender on the way, Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson have once again taken their significant sound and twisted the hell out of it to craft "Slow". The production of the synth-pop ballad is pulsing and space-y throughout, with minor vocal elements perfectly blended in. Theo truly shines once again as he sings the melancholically romantic lyrics, with his exquisite falsetto greatly on point.
"I Could Be" - Shane Filan & Nadine Coyle
A few years back, a duet between Westlife’s Shane Filan and Girls Aloud’s Nadine Coyle would’ve taken the world by storm. In 2015 though, their collaboration is something totally different. The production of "I Could Be" kicks off with some simplistic piano keys, before the slight drum beat and addictive riffs come int. The two Irish singers roots are obvious on the melodic folk-pop number and as they sing the romantic lyrics, their vocals blend perfectly together.https://open.spotify.com/track/5ZswHYPPKEsCMgnYz7UXUv
"Demons" - James Morrison
After a few years of absence, James Morrison is making his return to the scene this year with a brand-new single "Demons". The track finds him softly singing about trying to resist the call of those negative inner voices, on top of a simplistic production of heavy drums and soft yet melodic piano keys. The crooner’s significant vocals are the ones that truly sign though, alongside those kids-like backing ones that appear here and there.
That's all for now, folks! Make sure to leave a comment below and let us know which ones you enjoyed the most or any other tracks that made it on your #MusicMonday playlist.