In this week’s instalment of What’s Going On, I’ve got five new songs that you should be listening to this week. From the latest single from a rap icon to heartfelt indie-rock and everything in between, there’s something here for everyone. As always, if you dig what you’re hearing, be sure to stream and follow these artists.
Wild Pink – New York City indie rockers Wild Pink have released their new single ‘The Shining But Tropical’ and announced their upcoming album A Billion Little Lights, due out next February via Royal Mountain. With it’s soaring synths, catchy drums, and the earnest vocals of John Ross, ‘The Shining But Tropical’ is everything you’d want from Wild Pink if you enjoyed their 2018 album Yolk In The Fur. On the inspiration behind ‘The Shining But Tropical’, John Ross says: “It was inspired by Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” as well as “If I Needed You” by Townes Van Zandt, this song is named for a grim retirement home in Florida. It’s about somebody who was born sheltered realizing how large the world is and how unimportant they are. Julia Steiner’s vocal contributions brought the song to fruition, and it was a lot of fun to make. We spent a lot of time focusing on the drums and percussion, using a phone recording of some cicadas in a quieter part towards the end of the song, and I really like all the stuff Dan came up with like the Agogo bells and Rototoms.” The accompanying music video stars Emmy-award winning actress Annie Murphy of beloved Canadian comedy series Schitt’s Creek and was filmed at her family’s cabin.
Listen to Wild Pink’s new single ‘The Shining But Tropical’ below.
Lil Wayne – Living rap legend Lil Wayne is celebrating football season with his new single ‘NFL’ via Young Money Records/Republic Records/Universal Music. ‘NFL’ features Gudda Gudda and HoodyBaby and was produced by Boi-1da and Illmind. The track will be the soundtrack for this season’s Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. Is ‘NFL’ groundbreaking or reinventing the wheel? No, but it serves its purpose and does it what it needs to do – gets you pumped to watch football. Plus, it’s good to hear Wayne sounding focused. In addition to providing ‘NFL’ for the Thursday Night Football soundtrack, Lil Wayne has curated his Handpicked with Lil Wayne: Songs for Game Day playlist for Amazon Music featuring songs from himself, Roddy Ricch, 2 Chainz, Lil Baby and others to keep you pumped throughout the NFL season.
Listen to Lil Wayne’s new single ‘NFL’ feat. Gudda Gudda & HoodyBaby below.
Emma Madison – Teen singer-songwriter Emma Madison is on fire. The talented 15-year old has dropped her new single ‘Fire’, an uplifting self-love and female empowerment anthem. ‘Fire’ was inspired by a speech from one of her dance teachers and speaks to the “unstoppable, unbreakable, untameable” spirit in all of us. The combination of the positive vibe and Emma’s warm vocals makes this the kind of song you can pop on to feel better after a rough day. Spreading powerful and relatable messages is important to the Southern California-based artist. ‘Fire’ was co-written with Anthony Fedorov and produced by Jeeve, who has worked with artists like Bruno Mars, Carlos Santana, and Darius Rucker. With her background in studying music and already well-honed songwriting skills, Emma Madison is definitely one to watch.
Listen to Emma Madison’s new single ‘Fire’ below.
Sevyn Streeter – R&B singer-songwriter Sevyn Streeter has dropped her new single ‘Kissez’ feat. Davido via TStreetz Corp/Groundwērk/eOne and an accompanying music video to go with it. ‘Kissez’ is a sultry Afrobeat-influenced track that sees both Sevyn and Davido singing about what they’d do with their lover. Having previously written for Ariana Grande, Brandy, Estelle and Alicia Keys, it’s great to see Sevyn putting those songwriting skills to use for her own material. Sevyn’s sophomore album Drunken Wordz x Sober Thoughtz is due out in November and will include contributions from Jeremih, A$AP Ferg, Lucky Daye, and Davido. Sevyn Streeter fans have been clamoring for the follow-up to her much loved debut album Girl Disrupted which showed that Sevyn is more than just a gifted writer.
Listen to Sevyn Streeter’s new single ‘Kissez’ feat. Davido below.
kennedi – Singer-songwriter kennedi has shared her latest single ‘Liquor Love’ from her debut EP Self, set to be released on October 30 via Platoon. kennedi sounds ethereal on ‘Liquor Love’, her voice floating over the beats. Lyrically, the song is cuttingly raw and vulnerable. kennedi’s upcoming Self EP will be followed by another EP titled SABOTAGE in 2021. The Los Angeles-based performer has been open about her bi-polar diagnosis and created both EPs to show off different sides of her nature. On what inspired ‘Liquor Love’ and the Self EP, kennedi says: “The self EP is exactly what it sounds like – myself and all of the raw emotions that come with me. It’s a snapshot into how I felt in the moments during the time I was writing these songs. It tells the story of my journey over the past year – my relationships and life experiences. Honest and raw. That is self.”
Listen to kennedi’s new single ‘Liquor Love’ below.