Category: new E.P

There You Are – ZAYN

“I close my eyes, I see a crowd of a thousand tears/I pray to God I didn’t waste all my good years.” Zayn Malik’s second solo album, Icarus Falls, finds him in a contemplative mood and, yes, One Direction fans, dissecting his boy-band past. Subjects covered also include infidelity (“Rainberry”) and drug use (“Back to […]

Gnarly (feat. Lil Pump) – Kodak Black

Ahead of Dying to Live’s release, Kodak Black shared a behind-the-scenes clip from the “Calling My Spirit” video shoot. In it, the Pompano Beach, Florida MC talks about his decision to avoid being photographed in the set’s jail cell for fear of glorifying incarceration. This plays out as something of a milestone for Kodak, someone […]

Scared of the Dark (feat. XXXTENTACION) – Lil Wayne & Ty Dolla $ign

There was nothing necessarily wrong with the soundtrack to 2002’s Tobey Maguire-starring Spider-Man. But surveying it 16 years later, there was something awfully homogenous about its lineup: Sum 41, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, Theory of a Deadman, Aerosmith, Pete Yorn. So it makes sense that the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse—which features multiple cross-racial, cross-gender, cross-generational, […]

imagine – Ariana Grande

Sure, it’s tempting to speculate about the subject of this wistful, waltzing ballad—a starry-eyed lullaby about a love that just couldn’t be. But does it really matter? A closer look reveals a pretty universal theme: the shadow of loss. In a message to fans on Instagram, Ariana said that many of her songs mourn “failed […]

MIA (feat. Drake) – Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny is a Puerto Rican singer, rapper, and producer based out of San Juan. Emerging in 2016, he quickly rose to national success on the strength of his early singles and soon signed with Hear This Music, an agency owned by fellow Puerto Ricans DJ Luian and Mambo Kingz. Appearances with Ñengo Flow, Arcangel, […]

Regular (English Version) – NCT 127

Created by S.M. Entertainment, K-pop group NCT (“Neo Culture Technology”) boasts an unlimited number of members that populate multiple “sub-units” based in various international locales like Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, and Bangkok. The original group was composed of members of SM Rookies. The first spinoff, NCT U, was announced in April 2016. They released a pair […]

Thursday – Jess Glynne

The deep and soulful vocal tone of London-based Jess Glynne became widely known when streams of “My Love,” her collaboration with Route 94 — the house-focused alias of dubstep producer Dream — appeared online in late 2013. The track went on to hit the U.K. number one spot in March 2014, but not before “Rather […]