The Drop – Post Malone, Elohim, & ZHU
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.
Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys
The long-awaited second album from Post Malone is finally here, and it is 18 tracks full of partying and heartbreak that I cannot stop listening to. Aside from it breaking every streaming record, the album itself takes an inside look at the lifestyle that Post has created for himself. This album is definitely one of my favorite releases of the year that everybody needs to listen to.
Elohim – “Half Love”
Elohim is really becoming a rising force in indie pop music. Her unique persona while performing and her vulnerable lyrics make her a sought out collaborator in dance music. With that, she is now making her way into tons of festival lineups, and is truly finding her voice in the charts. “Half Love” comes off of her self-titled album, and it is a synth-pop dream that is soft on vocals and big in production.
River Whyless – “Motel 6”
Soft, sweet, and easy-going… There isn’t anything complicated while listening to “Motel 6” from River Whyless. A velvety beat and simplistic vocals make their lush folk sounds that much more enjoyable.
Sweater Beats & Icona Pop – “Faded Away”
The latest track from Sweater Beats called upon pop duo, Icona Pop, to bring the high-energy and expressive vocals. The lyrics come from a darker angle, but the lively beat and catchy chorus keep the song on repeat.
ZHU & Joy – “Stormy Love, NM.”
The opening track to Zhu’s latest album, Ringos Desert Pt. 1, introduces the entire sound of the album with its deep house vibes and wavy vocals. The whole album has a house music mantra, but “Stormy Love” brings the Zhu that I am such a fan of. Whispered vocals and distinct riffs make it my favorite from the album.
Anne-Marie – “2002”
Known for her releases with Marshmello and Clean Bandit, Anne-Marie is new to the pop community and is now coming off of her debut album release, Speak Your Mind. “2002” was previously released as a single, but listening to it alongside the rest of the album is an absolute standout to me. The track is pure and authentic— it hones in on the lyrics of a time where she and the love interest of the song first fell in love. Her approach to pop music reminds me a lot of Rita Ora or Julia Michaels, and channels a captivating innocence, while singing about a range of topics across the entire album.
Hayden James & Boy Matthews – “Just Friends”
This song is an absolute groove. “Just Friends” has a synthy beat splashed between the vocals, which makes the idea of being just friends a whole lot funkier. The cool tones of the song make it unbelievably catchy, and the vocals from Matthews keep it fresh with every listen.
Slushii – “Want You To Know”
I can’t help it, I am such a fan of anything Slushii releases. His candy coated and colorful renditions of music make it impossible for me to not bop along to. “Want You To Know” is fun and bright with a true to self Slushii drop; there isn’t anything to do, but dance along to this one.