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 past week, Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak came through with their first collaborative single as Silk Sonic, the undeniably retro-leaning yet irresistible ‘Leave the Door Open’, which oozes as much charisma as you’d expect from these two artists combined. What perhaps would have been harder for anyone to predict was Japanese Breakfast’s pop pivot on the lead single off her third album, ‘Be Sweet’, a vibrant synthpop tune that bursts with colour and boasts the catchiest hook I’ve heard so far this year. Meanwhile, New York singer and producer Candace Camacho deals in more subdued, reflective tones on her new song as duendita for Mexican Summer’s ongoing Looking Glass series, the fluid and lush ‘Open Eyes’; No Rome, the 1975, and Charli XCX joined forces for a song that recreates the whirlwind sensation suggested by its title (‘Spinning’) without sounding grating; Pom Pom Squad subvert the male gaze of The Virgin Suicides on a track named after one of the characters in Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel, stirring up a storm of pent-up emotion; and finally, Jordana teamed with Ryan Woods for ‘Doubt of Revival’, a collaboration that’s propelled by a crunchy bassline but whose beating heart lies in Jordana’s vulnerable lyrics and cathartic harmonies.
Best New Songs: March 8, 2021
Song of the Week: Japanese Breakfast, ‘Be Sweet’
duendita, ‘Open Eyes’
Pom Pom Squad, ‘Lux’
Silk Sonic, ‘Leave the Door Open’
Jordana feat. Ryan Woods, ‘Doubt of Revival’
No Rome feat. Charli XCX and the 1975, ‘Spinning’