Lindsay Lohan’s First Song In 12 Years Is An Absolute Banger

In these dark times, it can feel like there’s not a lot to look forward to, but today there’s a bright spot amid the darkness: Lindsay Lohan’s musical comeback has finally begun. On Friday, she released “Back To Me,” her first song since 2008, and aside from buying a $15 drink at a crowded bar, there’s nothing I could have wanted more right now.

This isn’t the first time Lindsay has teased a revival of her music career. Back in September of 2019, she posted a new song on YouTube called “Xanax,” along with a bizarre music video on Instagram. I was low-key obsessed with the song, but Lindsay quickly deleted it from every platform. “Xanax” is still floating around on the internet, but sadly, it didn’t become a number-one hit, and I can’t even add it to my Spotify playlists.


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The song is about rediscovering and accepting oneself, shutting out the noise and moving forward and letting the past go. Living in the now. “Back To Me” is out on Friday!

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But this time, Lindsay seems like she’s back for real. She first announced her new single on Instagram a few days ago, with a short audio clip. In the post, Lindsay shared the meaning of her new song, making it sound pretty personal. In the caption, she says “the song is about rediscovering and accepting oneself, shutting out the noise and moving forward and letting the past go. Living in the now.” Sounds deep! From that description, you’d think that Lindsay wrote a song about her tumultuous life, and getting to a better place, right?

Well, the song came out last night, and because I’m weird, the first thing I did was look at the song credits on Spotify. I was curious what writers and producers she’s working with, but I was surprised at what I found. Turns out, Lindsay didn’t write the song! And I don’t mean she didn’t write it alone—she doesn’t even have a songwriting credit at all! One of the writers, ALMA, was also featured on “Xanax,” so at least it seems like they have a good working relationship. Whatever, love this personal journey of singing someone else’s song for her.

So I won’t bother getting into a detailed lyrical breakdown, because Lindsay Lohan probably doesn’t even have all the lyrics memorized herself, but let’s talk about the song in general. Basically, I’m obsessed with it. The lyrics are nothing special anyway, but it’s a total bop, and her voice actually sounds really good, and not too AutoTuned. It’s the perfect catchy club song, with an EDM-lite vibe that’s probably already being remixed by 1000 different producers. Whenever we can start going out again, I can’t wait to hear this song three times an hour at literally every gay bar in America. At this point, Lindsay probably won’t hit the top of the charts, but the gays will give her the support she needs.

So far, Lindsay hasn’t given us too many details about her music career 2.0, but in a New Year’s Eve interview with Andy Cohen, she did say she would be focusing on music in 2020. I’m hoping that means we’re getting an album, but releasing “Xanax” for real would be a great start. I don’t know if I see an acting career for Lindsay Lohan at this point, but music feels like the perfect lane for her right now. People forget how great some of Lindsay’s old music is (“Rumors” is iconic), but it’s time we start putting some respect on her name.

Images: Slaven Vlasic / Stringer; lindsaylohan / Instagram; Spotify

Cody Simpson’s New Song About Miley Cyrus Is A Nightmare

Hi fam, how are we doing on this Friday? Well, things are about to get a lot worse, because Cody Simpson released a song about Miley Cyrus, and it’s a whole-ass mess. They’ve only been dating for approximately two weeks, but they’ve produced enough cringey couples content to last a lifetime. Earlier this week, they got new tattoos together (thankfully not matching), and posted a photo that would’ve gotten flagged on Instagram if Cody’s pants were any lower. But all of their extra couple behavior doesn’t even come close to the song that Cody Simpson released today.

When I went on Spotify this morning to check out New Music Friday, I was instantly appalled at what I found. It’s called “golden thing,” which already makes me feel uncomfortable, and the cover art is a photo of Miley’s chin/neck/chest. I love the way Cody is really being subtle about this right from the jump. This is definitely the most attention Cody Simpson has gotten like, ever in his career, so I guess it makes sense for him to put out a song about Miley right away, before this fizzles out, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. She looks hot in the cover photo, though. The lyrics, however, are not so hot.

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I was initially annoyed that the song starts with an almost minute-long instrumental intro (get to the good stuff!), but the song really doesn’t get better once Cody starts singing. Basically, the whole thing reads like a fourth grader’s attempt at writing a sonnet, with such inspired lines like “Deep blue jeans, movie screens, taking flight, flashing lights.” Oh, sh*t, homeboy can rhyme!! Does Cody use to write his songs? I would not be surprised.

Despite only being with Miley for a few weeks, Cody seems incredibly into her. Actually, he seems kind of obsessed with her, like he can’t believe that she’s actually paying attention to him. The whole song is about how she has a mysterious “golden thing,” and the first words of the song are “crystal dream, Cali queen.” Dude, we get it, you think Miley is hot.

While none of this songwriting is going to win a Grammy, there’s one particular line that caused me to do a double take. In the third verse (each verse is like, two lines long), he refers to Miley as having “coffee skin.” Um…am I missing something? Even at her most tan, Miley Cyrus is like, a big ol’ cup of milk with about one drop of coffee in it. I have absolutely no idea why Cody would choose this phrase in reference to Miley, especially because the word “coffee” doesn’t even play into his precious rhyme scheme! He could have said something like “milky skin,” and the song would’ve flowed the exact same. (Cody, hire me. I write.)

When it comes down to it, the song is nice enough, but Cody sounds like a poor man’s John Mayer. Regardless, it’ll probably do bigger streaming numbers than anything else he’s released, so good for Cody. Way to use your brand new relationship for personal gain! This will all be especially funny in approximately three weeks, when Miley and Cody go their separate ways, and this dumb song is sitting on Cody’s Spotify page collecting dust. Live in the moment, I guess?

Here’s the full song, because you obviously need to listen for yourself:

Images: Shutterstock; Giphy; codysimpson / Instagram

Miley Is Shading TF Out Of Liam In Her New Song

Every traumatic breakup deserves an equally traumatic breakup song, and Miley Cyrus really came through today. With no advance promo, she released a new track last night, and even a 5-year-old from outer space could tell you exactly what it’s about. We’ve spent all week trying to analyze posts and rumors for clues about the breakup, but Miley is giving it right to us. Let’s dive into the new song, and why it matters.

The song is called “Slide Away,” which immediately conjures an image of two people falling out of love with each other, or what you tell creepy guys in your DMs. Miley and Liam have a long history together, so this really feels like the end of an era. And even from the cover artwork for the song, Miley is already confirming some of the rumors about the reasons behind their split. We see pills and empty bottles floating in water, which is likely a nod to the same rumors we heard earlier this week—that Liam started drinking and taking drugs, and sober Miley wasn’t down with that.

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The lyrics seem to confirm this. In the pre-chorus, she sings “I want my house in the hills / Don’t want the whiskey and pills,” which doesn’t even really need an explanation. Of course, we’re still just getting Miley’s side of the story, but she’s corroborating at least some of the TMZ sources. She then sings “I don’t give up easily / But I don’t think I’m down.” This seems like confirmation that the substance abuse wasn’t something she was willing to be around.

Those lyrics are the clear indicators of why their relationship didn’t work, at least according to Miley, but throughout the song Miley makes other references that are clearly about the end of her relationship with Liam. She sings “Move on, we’re not 17,” referencing her age when they met on the set of The Last Song. Damn, that’s cold! So I guess the answer is no, I can’t watch that movie anymore without having an existential crisis. Pardon me while I take a moment to sob into a pillow.

In the chorus, she says that he’ll go “back to the ocean,” while she goes to the city lights. Liam, who’s from Australia, has always been a big surfer, which is a big part of the reason that they lived in Malibu for so long. The end of their relationship signals a new chapter where they can each go about their lives separately, whatever that means now that they’re adults.

Since Liam Hemsworth posted his statement about not making statements earlier this week, Miley has been pretty quiet on social media, except to announce her new song. I’m curious what Liam thinks about the new song, because Miley is obviously not taking his route of just not talking about it. If things went down how Miley is saying, maybe Liam is keeping quiet because he knows the split was his fault? Of course, Miley might not be the most reliable narrator here, but it’s just a thought. My ideal scenario would be Liam releasing a competing breakup song, but that somehow seems unlikely.

It also makes sense for her to release a song right now, because everyone is obviously eager for any information about the breakup. I love Miley, but the cynical side of me can’t ignore that this could also be a great PR move. They also talked about this on this week’s episode of Betch Slapped:

Since Miley got back from her Lake Como vacation earlier this week, she’s still been seen hanging out around LA with Kaitlynn Carter, which makes sense. They’re both going through the end of very public relationships right now, so they’re probably offering each other a lot of emotional support, partially in the form of making out. I still have my doubts that their romantic relationship is actually anything deeper than a drunk makeout on a boat, but either way, divorce is f*cking hard, or so I am told.

While Miley and Liam both try to move on from the end of their marriage, at least we have a catchy new song to listen to. I’m currently single, but if I end up in a breakup any time in the next year, this is 100% going to be on my emo playlist.

Images: Shutterstock; mileycyrus / Instagram; Miley Cyrus / YouTube

The Best New Songs Of December 2018

Can you guys believe 2018 is almost over? I can’t. What will I blame my problems on once I can no longer ascribe everything terrible to the calendar year? I don’t know, and I’m sure I’ll be lost. But as terrible as 2018 was, we did have some fire music. And nowhere is that more evident than in this final 2018 iteration of this new music column. If you guys like this column, please let me know in the comments, because otherwise I’ve got better things to do with my Fridays in 2019 than pore over emails from music publicists. Just kidding, I love what I do! But seriously, I’m only going to continue this if other people enjoy this besides me and the three friends I bully into clicking on this. So without further ado, let’s get into some of the new music from the past couple of weeks! I”m relinquishing my time constraints this one time, because I haven’t done one of these roundups in a while and don’t want to miss anything.

“Girl’s Best Friend” by 2 Chainz feat. Ty Dolla $ign

I don’t mean to alarm you guys, but this may very well by Ty Dolla $ign’s last video until 2033 because he’s currently facing up to 15 years in prison for felony cocaine charges! Just the cherry on top of 2018. In this video, Ty teams up with 2 Chainz to open up a trap salon. And, look, I don’t need to tell you the song is a hit. It’s great. Add it to your pregame playlist. Send it to your family when they ask what you want for Christmas.

“San Francisco” by Galantis feat. Sofia Carson

These days, it feels like every hot EDM song is pegged to a city—or maybe that’s just The Chainsmokers’ strategy for songwriting? Who knows. In any case, Galantis is back after the release of their last single, “Emoji”, and they’re being joined by Sofia Carson on the vocals. You don’t have to be from San Francisco to enjoy this song.

“About U” by Valee feat. DRAM

I just feel like Valee is going to become a name people are going to know in 2019, so you should get ahead of the trend now, in the remaining days of 2018. This time he’s teaming up with DRAM for a trippy song (with the visuals to match) with a catchy hook. I don’t see this being a radio hit, but I do see it being a song you hit the bong to. Ha, I just kill myself with these jokes.

“Wasted Love Freestyle” by Jhene Aiko

In the spirit of breaking up with 2018, how ’bout a new song from the queen of breakup anthems herself, Jhene Aiko? She’s back with a freestyle (today I learned non-rappers can freestyle) that is, predictably, about a relationship ending. It’s dreamy, it’s emotional, it’s everything you’d expect from Jhene at this point in time.

“Depressed” by 12 HONCHO

I’m not sure what brought on this new trend of rappers talking about mental health, but I’m pretty into it. I guess that’s one good trend to come out of 2018. At this juncture, I would describe 12 HONCHO as a mix of Juice Wrld and Fetty Wap. If you like rappers who are basically singing and saying “yeaaaah” a lot, then you’ll like this song.

“Xmas Trees” by Bibi Bourelly

Yo, wtf happened to Bibi Bourelly? I literally haven’t thought about her until this very moment. But remember how big of a jam “Ballin” was? Well, now you definitely do. This is honestly a fun Christmas song about Santa Claus smoking weed, basically. I mean, wouldn’t we all rather get drugs for the holidays than, like, socks? It’s a relatable sentiment, and also, the song itself is catchy. So give it a listen; this is definitely better than “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.

“Loaded” by Destructo feat. Yo Gotti

This song is both chill and fun at the same time. It’s house mixed with rap, which is pretty much anything I’ve ever needed in music. I don’t know about you guys. I think this is a fun pregame song, or a great song to blast when you’re driving around your hometown, flexing on everyone you knew from high school because they’re all married with children and part of an MLM scheme.

“Spray” by Sneakk feat. Tyga and YG

Ugh, guys, I hate to say this, but is Tyga back? He’s actually come out with a couple of good songs this year. Maybe being with Kylie Jenner wasn’t helping his career as much as we all thought? I’m not ready to speak on that at this time. Sneakk kind of sounds like a Young Thug, so if you’re into that whiney autotuned sound, you’ll probably like this.

6 Underrated Artists You Should Know About

Hello friends—those of you who are still here with me. For that, I thank you. For this week’s column, I’m taking a slightly different approach and leaning into my hipster-ness. Here, I will tell you about artists I listen to and love, and why you should blindly trust my opinion and listen to them as well. These artists are all varying degrees of underground, and they all released new music that I think offers something new and fresh. Enjoy, and follow the New Music playlist on our Spotify for all these songs in one place.

“Falling” by LEON

I’ve sung LEON’s praises before, and I’m back to do it again. Today, LEON dropped her new single, “Falling”, and you’ll like it, it’s sweet. She has such a gorgeous voice—it’s kind of gravelly and seductive, and her music just always makes me feel some type of way. She is literally going to be huge VERY soon, and then you’ll all be like, “Wow, Sgt. Olivia Betchson was right.”

“Rockville Station” by THEY. feat. Gallant

Hey what’s up hello? It’s me, your friendly neighborhood THEY. stan. My favorite R&B/hip-hop duo released their project Fireside today, and boy am I pumped. The entire project is surely worth a stream, but I’m highlighting “Rockville Station” because it features Gallant, one of my favorite underground(ish) R&B guys.

“BIG TYMERS” by Bernard Jabs

Incidentally, “Bernard Jabs” is what they called my mobster uncle. JK. But what’s not a joke is that Bernard Jabs is one to watch. The 17-year-old Georgia native is touring with Pusha T on his Daytona tour, making Bernie (can I call you Bernie?) someone you should pay attention to.

“GLORY” by Brandon Fox feat. Taylor Bennett

Yes, Taylor Bennett as in Chance the Rapper’s brother. Brandon Fox has the type of voice that will catch you off-guard, and his lyrics (at least in this song) are raw and vulnerable. And if one of the Bennetts is working with him, it’s a good sign he’s going places.

“Overseas” by Desiigner and Lil Pump

Okay yes I know Desiigner is not underground, but he’s approaching one-hit wonder territory since he hasn’t been on the radio since “Panda”. Simpler times. Anyway, “Overseas” is the song you put on right before doing hoodrat sh*t with your hoodrat friends. Even if you are a group of suburban teens from Long Island.

“Better Friends” by Between Friends

I know, I’m pretty confused too. I hope I didn’t mix up the song title and the artist! Anyway, I like this artist a lot. Their stuff is very breathy and dreamlike. It really helps me complete my metamorphosis into total annoying Brooklyn hipster. Even though I live in Queens… whatever.

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You Guys, Ashlee Simpson Just Came Out With New Music

Happy new music Friday, everybody! We have so much good stuff this week. From Anderson.Paak to R.LUM.R to Alessia Cara, there’s tons of new music on the horizon. Also of note is Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross’s new song, which is not at all what you would have expected from Ashlee. Check out all the tracks I’ve highlighted below, and follow the New Music playlist on the Betches Spotify for all of these songs in one convenient place.

“Tints” by Anderson.Paak feat. Kendrick Lamar

Yes lawd, Anderson.Paak is BACK with some new heat. I love him so much. His music is so funky and great. Malibu was obviously a classic, but I especially love Yes Lawd!, his project with producer NxWorries. Now you see what I did there in the first sentence? Anyway, “Tints” features King Kendrick. It is flames. Anderson.Paak’s album is going to be so f*cking good, I cannot wait.

“With My Words” by R.LUM.R

Not going to lie, I’m salty I wasn’t personally notified of R.LUM.R’s new release, because I stan for him so hard. Like, I’ll tell random guys I meet at the bar about him—that’s how hard I stan. In any case, R.LUM.R seems to be going in less of a slow crooning direction with his music and more towards slightly up-tempo stuff that’s still soulful. I still love this, obviously, and it shows off his smooth-as-velvet voice.

“Baby Don’t Talk” by LEON

You guys, LEON is f*cking awesome. She has such a killer voice and she makes amazing pop music. It’s not boring or bubblegum-y, I promise. It’s honestly pop at its best. The video for this song just dropped, and it’s very 60s (or is it 70s? I can’t tell). But it’s an aesthetic. I love it.

“Cold Blooded Creatures” by AlunaGeorge feat. Bryson Tiller

Ugh I know I include an AlunaGeorge song on basically every roundup, but I like all their new music so DEAL WITH IT. And this song features Bryson Tiller, so I physically would not be able to live with myself if I didn’t include it. Not going to lie, I feel like this song was made specifically for me. Like, it’s got an EDM backtrack with some good buildup and drops, and beautiful vocals AND Bryson Tiller. I um, might be crying. Happy tears, though.

“I Want You” by Ashlee & Evan

You guyssss, this is Ashlee Simpson’s new song with her husband, Evan Ross. Talk about a #FBF. And I actually like this song. It’s like, slow and bluesy. I would give everything I own to get Evan and Ashlee on SNL. Can we start a petition?

“How It Ends” by Emily Warren

Emily Warren has written some of the biggest hits you’ve heard (she writes for The Chainsmokers like, all the time) and now she’s finally breaking out with music of her own. Her album, Quiet Your Mind, dropped today. I like the first song, “How It Ends”. It’s upbeat but still emotional.

“Bloodshot” by Amir Obè

If you can’t get enough of melancholy contemporary R&B (hi) then you’ll love Amir Obè. He’s kind of like a Roy Woods mixed with a Partynextdoor, but darker and grittier. To be clear, this is NOT pregame music, unless you’re pregaming your next good cry. IDK your life. But if you’re like me and you listen to moody music to make you even moodier, try this one.

“Trust My Lonely” by Alessia Cara

I mean, this is more or less just like any other Alessia Cara song. We’ve got emotional lyrics, soulful vocals, and a surefire radio hit. I do think this one is a little lighter than her other songs—at least in terms of beat/melody.

“Gmail” by Sheck Wes

You probably know Sheck Wes from “Mo Bamba”, his viral single that came out in January. Today, he released his album, Mudboy, and I’ll just say that it does not seem like it was meant for me, a softspoken white girl who lives in the nice, family-oriented part of Queens. In any case, I’m here, and “Gmail” is one of my favorite tracks on the project. It’s just hard not to get into and it makes me feel gangsta af, even if I’m aware that by putting “af” after the word “gangsta” I have immediately shot any and all gangsta credibility I may have had.

Also as a fun sidenote, I saw Sheck Wes live at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island as part of the Rap Caviar live showcase featuring Chance the Rapper, and he was a highlight. Very energetic, and he performed “Mo Bamba” twice. Great concert, and I’d recommend the venue because it had seats AND cupholders. It was basically my dream. But uhh, anyway, check out “Gmail”.

7 New Songs To Bump At Your Next House Party

Well since we DIDN’T get The Carter V like we were PROMISED, I guess we’ll have to do this new music roundup without any songs from Weezy. SMH. It’s always the ones you love who hurt you the most. This list is kind of all over the place, much like my mood rn. We’ve got pregame bangers, we’ve got house party hits, we’ve got dance tracks—this list has everything. Feel free to comment on all the new music I missed in the comments section, and please follow the Betches New Music playlist on our Spotify account!

“MOP” by Borgore feat. Gucci Mane & THIRTY RACK

My boy Borgore is back with a BANGER, folks. Even though he just released a jazz album, this is closer to the Borgore as we know it: gunshot noises, hip-hop and trap sound. I am f*cking HERE FOR IT, fam. This is the precise type of song I used to blast with my windows down while I would drive through suburban neighborhoods of Atlanta. Point is, it’s great. It will make you feel like a gangsta. Add it to your running playlist. And be sure to catch Borgore on his 28-city BGU tour.

“So Long” by K. Roosevelt

I love K. Roosevelt so I don’t even care that I already put him on my list a few weeks ago when his first project dropped. I really feel like he is a young Frank Ocean, and you can quote me. I’m really getting major Nostalgia Ultra vibes. But anyway! Enough about Frank. Let’s talk about K. Can I call him K.? This video is like, artsy, which I gather from the fact that I don’t really understand it. But I love the song. It’s kind of meandering, like the video itself. This would be a good one to add to your hookup playlist.

“Tears & Tantrums” by XYLO

I get major CharliXCX vibes from “Tears & Tantrums”, which makes sense because Charli herself co-wrote it. It’s a great pop/dance track that will make you want to… well, dance. I could see XYLO (don’t know how to pronounce that, don’t @ me) becoming the next Tove Lo/CharliXCX/female pop singer whose songs are all over the radio. And I wouldn’t be upset about it. Speaking of being upset, this song is about drunk crying on the dance floor, which is RELATABLE.

“Alien” by E^ST

This song is like, really interesting. It’s really cool. It’s kind of futuristic, which makes sense. E^ST has a voice that’s smoky, and cool. SORRY I KEEP USING THE WORD COOL. It’s the most apt one in this instance. This is a good track to add to a playlist for a house party, IMO.

“Little Things” by Allie X

In a previous roundup, I called Allie X the new Lana Del Rey. Well, this song sounds less quintessentially Lana (less breathy vocals, I guess). But it’s still a good song. This feels more like a pop power ballad. IDK, are those even a thing? Whatever. We’ve got bigger production, heavier drums, more belting than her previous song. I think this is another good house party song, because you and your friends will want to dance and sing along to it.

“always on my mind” by San Holo feat. James Vincent McMorrow and Yvette Young

The homie San Holo is back with his first album, creatively titled album1. There are many dance bops on the album, as you can expect, but I like “always on my mind” because I’m a sucker for some smooth vocals. What can I say, I’m predictable like that. This song is kind of crazy though because it starts off like a banger and then pretty quickly tapers off into this mellow sh*t and then returns back to the bangers. It’s a roller coaster. The cool thing about this album is that I feel like it’s a lot more chill than what you might hear at a San Holo live performance. I can appreciate when a DJ doesn’t just hit “play” on his most recent album and call it a set.

“Other Girl” by Transviolet

Transviolet’s album, Valley, came out today. If I had to describe their sound, I’d say they make very interesting pop music. “Other Girl” is what I call a creeper jam, in that it will creep up on you how much you feel this song. It might take a few listens, but I promise you’ll get there.


12 New End Of Summer Jams That Are A Big Mood

After a week off traipsing around Electric Zoo, I am BACK with another list of songs you need to listen to today. Most of these are brand new, but some of these came out last week. In any case, happy new music Friday! It is my first non-summer Friday, so I am writing this from my desk in my office. Life is so hard. Guess I’ll be listening to these fire new songs to help me pull through. Or you can DM me wholesome memes. In any case, be sure to follow the ever-growing New Music playlist on the Betches Spotify, and let me know if there are more types of playlists you want to see.

“Remedy” by Alesso

A little late to the party, but too f*cking bad. You’re going to love “Remedy” and it’s going to be all over the airwaves in approximately .2 seconds. “Remedy” is a classic Alesso dance/pop crossover hit (that’s fair of me to say, right??). Alesso describes the song as being kind of like the end of summer—you’re happy for the memories but sad it’s over. Once you hear it, you’ll get exactly what he means. Once you’ve listened to the track, go read my interview with Alesso himself.

“Superior Emotion” by AlunaGeorge feat. Cautious Clay

First off, A+ to Cautious Clay for the best pun stage name in the game, and for a killer guest verse that stopped me in my tracks. His voice is THAT good. Second off, “Superior Emotion” is a big mood. It’s very chill and airy. Listening to this feels like floating above the clouds at sunset.

“I Love It” By Kanye West & Lil Pump feat. Adele Givens

Guys, I have a confession to make. This is the first time I’ve ever listened to Lil Pump. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. And don’t worry, I won’t go into a rant about how Soundcloud rappers are ruining hip-hop. I would say that this song is going to be all over the radio, except every other word to this song is “hoe” so I don’t think the FCC would allow it. But this song and video are fun and whimsical. Let the memes begin.

“Whipped Cream” by Ari Lennox

Shouts out to the Dreamville newsletter I’m somehow subscribed to for this one. Holy sh*t, Ari Lennox is everything. Her voice is like, I don’t know, floating down a river of liquid velvet. It’s gorgeous. The visuals, which came out today, are logical without being predictable, smooth and easy without being boring. Love love love love.

“Jupiter” by Donna Missal

I don’t usually go for alternative/indie stuff (check my post history), but I can appreciate that this song is good. Donna Missal’s voice starts off breathy, building power as the song progresses to the hook. She’s really f*cking good.

“Think About You” by Clinton Sparks feat. Marc e Bassy

This, on the other hand, is my typical type of sh*t. It’s a dance track that’s also a love song? I’m jumping and I’m crying about my ex. But I’m very into it. I could easily hear this track all over the festival circuit. You may have heard of Clinton Sparks, and that’s because he’s produced for some of the biggest names in music—Lady Gaga, Akon, Pitbull, to name a few. With “Think About You”, he’s turning his talents inward, and I for one think he lives up to his own hype.

“Brighter Days” by San Holo feat. Bipolar Sunshine

This song came out last week, so you’ll have to once again forgive me for the delay because I was at Electric Zoo—interviewing San Holo, fittingly enough. “Brighter Days” gives you that classic San Holo production and motivating lyrics. Bipolar Sunshine adds a more muted vocal effect to the song, so it’s more of a low-key banger, but a banger nonetheless.

“Back & Forth” by MK, Jonas Blue, & Becky Hill

I discovered that MK is awesome literally two days ago at an event at Sony, and I just want to share him with you all. This track is house-y, but I think it’s upbeat and dance-y enough given the vocals that you’ll like it even if you think you “don’t like house.”

“Landscape” by Future Generations

Again, I don’t tend to go for…whatever genre this is… but this song has me feeling some type of way. It’s very upbeat and I feel instantly cool and like a Bushwick hipster for listening to it. It also feels kind of vintage? IDK. This isn’t exactly a pregame song, but it could definitely be “I’m at a rooftop in Brooklyn that’s really an abandoned warehouse” playlist pick. Or like, a road trip playlist. Actually, that would be perfect.

“Void” by Kilo Kish

Kilo Kish is going to be one of those people who will make me feel super cool for knowing who she is, even though she has close to 40,000 Twitter followers and is not exactly unknown. In any case, her EP, Mothe, dropped today, and I’d bet it’s not like anything else you’re listening to right now. She has a style all her own, and it’s very interesting. I feel like she purposefully holds back, which leaves me a little frustrated, but definitely wanting more. The whole EP is worth a listen, but I like “Void” with its synths, upbeat tempo, and prominent percussion.

“Savage” by Jimi Noel

This is like, a solid R&B/hip-hop track. I feel like I’ll like it the more I’ll listen to it. One thing that does set “Savage” apart from others on this list is that Jimi Noel produced this track himself. I don’t think too many singers can say that.

“Time of Our Lives” by Brynn Elliott

Brynn Elliott is kind of a baller because she graduated from Harvard (what, like it’s hard?) and also is a professional singer-songwriter. Her first single, “Might Not Like Me”, was super girl-power-anthem feeling. Today, she released her EP, Time of Our Lives, and the title track is a big end of summer mood. It’s poppy and catchy, and I can picture it being used as the closing song in a Netflix teen movie. Know what I mean?

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