Throughout the week, we update our Best New Songs playlist with the new releases that caught our attention the most, be it a single leading up to the release of an album or a newly unveiled deep cut. And each Monday, we round up the best new songs released over the past week (the eligibility period begins on Monday and ends Sunday night) in this segment.
This week brought us a couple of great dance pop tunes, but they didn’t necessarily come from artists one might have expected: The xx’s Romy made her debut as a solo artist with the colourful, exuberant ‘Lifetime’, while Sigur Rós’ Jónsi teamed up with Swedish pop icon Robyn for a slightly more abrasive but equally rapturous listening experience. Going further down the experimental pop rabbit hole, Jimmy Edgar’s new collaborative single with SOPHIE is a short but hard-hitting instrumental banger. For something a bit more heartfelt and introspective, we turn to Gorillaz, who enlisted Elton John and 6LACK for another great addition to the Song Machine catalogue. In the world of indie, beabadoobee’s latest is a nostalgic lo-fi acoustic ballad that recalls her earlier work, while Kynsy served up a dark, dizzying slice of alt-rock with her second single.
Best New Songs: October 5th, 2020
beabadoobee, ‘How Was Your Day?’
Song of the Week: Romy, ‘Lifetime’
Jónsi feat. Robyn, ‘Salt Licorice’
Jimmy Edgar feat. SOPHIE, ‘METAL’
Gorillaz feat. Elton John and 6LACK, ‘The Pink Phantom’