The Drop – Sade, Louis The Child, Billie Eilish, & Alison Wonderland
The Drop is us cutting through the massive jungle of new music that’s been released over the last seven days. We sharpen our proverbial machetes and cut through the shit to get you to the content that you need to be listening to.
This is The Drop.
Louis the Child & Joey Purp – “Shake Something”
Louis the Child continues to find the perfect combination of hip-hop and dance. “Shake Something” is another new lane of music for them, and it is the exact reason why they are one of my favorite artists on the dance music scene. Joey Purp delivers an easy tempo flow over the low bass growls before Louis comes in with their sped up bass drop. Louis the Child is expected to have their biggest release year and have plenty more tracks on their way, including more with Joey Purp.
Sade – “Flower of the Universe”
The first release from Sade in seven years has come in the most unexpected way for the film adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time. The lullabylike hymn is soothing and melodic with simplicity brought to perfection. The timing seems effortless for the return of one of musics most prized possessions to release a new track, bringing back the delicate, flourishing, and warm vocals that have been absent for awhile from the artist known as Sade. The song can be found on the A Wrinkle In Time soundtrack, and the movie can now be seen in theaters.
James Bay – “Pink Lemonade”
James Bay expands from his singer-songwriter mantra with another new release.”Pink Lemonade” resurges the sounds of early 2000s indie rock with coastal guitar riffs and a belty chorus, while still showcasing the intimate vocals that Bay is well known for. This is his second release from his up-and-coming album, Electric Light.
Alison Wonderland – “No”
Another artist gearing up to release an album that I am beyond excited for is Alison Wonderland. From “Happy Place” to “Church” to “No,” every release has taken us into a new direction of sound from her. “No” is exuberant and playful with its beat, but if you listen carefully to the lyrics, they talk about real trials and tribulations of the choices we make. A continuation of very personal lyrics and concepts that Wonderland has said make up her most vulnerable music yet. The full album, Awake, drops April 6th.
The Knocks & Foster the People – “Ride Or Die”
Cool, calm, and carefree, The Knocks offer a wavy beat and spirited lyrics that match effortlessly with a glossy chorus from Mark Foster of Foster the People. One of my favorites from this week because of the simplicity and happiness the song exudes. The Knocks are set to release their new album, New York Narcotic, this spring, while Foster the People will be setting out on tour this summer with Paramore.
Graves, Duskus, & Joni Payne – “Easy”
Graves and Duskus have collaborated on this new release to create an emotional expedition of tender lyrics and electrifying future bass. Joni Payne tackles the vocals with ease and grace, elevating the track to become a vivid experience. This is one of my absolute favorite drops from this week.
Billie Eilish & TroyBoi – “MyBoi”
The combination of one of my favorite new indie artists, alongside one of my favorite DJs, has me squirming in my headphones. TroyBoi flipped the moody pop song from Billie into a chopped up grimy rendition with trappy kicks, multiple hi-hats, and some signature bass. Billie grabbed the attention of pop music in 2017, and gained traction from other remixes from Sofi Tukker and Vince Staples. This young musician is one to keep an eye on.
Years & Years – “Sanctify”
The newest single from Years & Years is a synth-pop dream that brings back the early 2000s era of pop music in a fresh and fulfilling way. In an interview with Zane Lowe frontman, Olly Alexander explained, “I wanted to write a song that was kind of inspired from some experiences I’ve had with guys who identify straight, but I’ve had something a bit more than just a friendship with them. It spoke a bit to my own coming out journey as a gay guy.” The song explores this journey with an enigmatic beat and a euphoric visual concept for the music video.
Sofi Tukker – “Baby I’m A Queen”
Sofi Tukker is becoming one of my favorite newest additions to dance music. They make undeniable dance anthems, and their newest release is another banger to add to their repertoire. “Baby I’m A Queen” is as powerful as it is magnetic, and I am obsessing over the beat this song has attached to it. Sofi Tukker’s debut album, Treehouse, is set to release April 13th.
George Ezra – “Hold My Girl”
I am such a George Ezra fan, and his voice speaks volumes to my favorite kind of music to spend a lazy Sunday listening to. “Hold My Girl” features the folk tones of Ezra, an acoustic guitar, and uplifting chords to make everything else disappear to then be lost in this love tune. There is more to come from George Ezra as he releases his album, Staying at Tamara’s, later this month.
What So Not, Skrillex, & KLP – “Goh”
Fans have been waiting a long time for this one. This track has been continuously dropped in sets over the last few years, and now What So Not and Skrillex have finally released this trap and bass filled monster. “Goh” is featured on What So Not’s latest album, Not All The Beautiful Things, and it will absolutely explode through your speakers.