What’s Going On: Muni Long, Metric, Zach Zoya, Jamie Fine, Steve Aoki & Taking Back Sunday

Biff Bam Pop!’s weekly new music roundup is back and we’ve got the latest from Muni Long, Metric, Jamie Fine, and Zach Zoya. Plus, a surprising collaboration between Steve Aoki and Taking Back Sunday. It’s a jam-packed edition of What’s Going On. As always, if you dig what you hear, be sure to stream and follow the artists.

Muni Long – We finally have a genuinely fun contender for song of the summer courtesy of superstar singer-songwriter Muni Long. After scoring a platinum R&B hit with “Hrs And Hrs”, Muni has teamed up with rapper Saweetie on the track “Baby Boo.” Sonically, “Baby Boo” is a callback to the party sounds of Miami bass music and what Jermaine Dupri was doing with the So So Def Bass All-Stars. It should come as no surprise that Muni Long has come up with another absolute banger; as Priscilla Renea she’s written for everyone from Rihanna and Mary J. Blige to Train and Florida Georgia Line. There’s more great music from Muni Long on the horizon as “Baby Boo” will be featured on her forthcoming EP PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION TOO, due out on June 24.

Listen to Muni Long’s new single “Baby Boo” with Saweetie below.

Metric – Toronto rockers Metric are back with “What Feels Like Eternity”, the third song to be released from the band’s forthcoming album Formentera, due out on July 8. Following the previous singles “All Comes Crashing” and “Doomscroller”, “What Feels Like Eternity” has a sound that’s reminiscent of early Metric. “What Feels Like Eternity” also comes with a kickass performance video with such a 90s feel that you can imagine Rick The Temp throwing to it on MuchMusic. The album title gets its name from an island near Ibiza. Explaining how that came to be, Metric’s guitarist Jimmy Shaw says: “We had been living in our imaginations for a long time, because we couldn’t physically go anywhere else. When you listen to the album from beginning to end, you start with this immediate feeling of tension building, of being stuck in a loop, and then there’s this intense release that happens… you’re swept off your feet into the title track ‘Formentera’ and it’s like you escaped.”

Listen to Metric’s new single “What Feels Like Eternity” below.

Zach Zoya – Montreal rising star Zach Zoya has a new EP No Love Is Ever Wasted out now. With that also comes the release of the single “Upper Hand”, featuring the talented songwriter-producer Soran. The 8-song project showcases Zach Zoya’s growth as a performer and songwriter, sounding more confident and vulnerable than ever before. Giving some insight on what listeners can expect from No Love Is Ever Wasted, Zach Zoya says: “These songs are contemplations on the decisions I’ve made and the consequences that have come with them. For this project, I challenged myself to express my vulnerability in the most accessible way I could, so I took the layers off my lyrics and explored more pop and R&B melodies and man, writing catchy pop songs with direct, relatable lyrics is a real skill.”

Listen to Zach Zoya’s new single “Upper Hand” ft. Soran below.

Jamie Fine – Jamie Fine, one of Canada’s most promising singer-songwriters, is out now with her new single “On My Own.” The Ottawa-born singer-songwriter has crafted the ultimate sad bop, a song so catchy and upbeat with endless replay value that will also hit listeners right in the feels. Explaining what she hopes listeners get from “On My Own”, Jamie Fine says: “I want people to listen to ‘On My Own’ and feel like they can use an upbeat, fun song to handle their heartbreak too, not just the sad songs. Sometimes you’ll be sad and depressed, then the next day you’ll be like I’M TOTALLY FINE, I’M BETTER OFF ANYWAYS. It’s okay to have the emotional roller coaster because dealing with stuff isn’t linear. Sometimes, although it might not feel like it, we are better off letting go of some people.” We can’t wait to see what Jamie Fine does next!

Listen to Jamie Fine’s new single “On My Own” below.

Steve Aoki & Taking Back Sunday – In a team-up you probably didn’t see coming, superstar DJ-producer Steve Aoki and pop-punk legends Taking Back Sunday have come together on the new song “Just Us Two.” Having played in hardcore bands while growing up and putting out early releases from The Kills and Bloc Party on his label Dim Mak, the punchy slice of alt-pop is actually Aoki returning to his roots. Speaking on how the collaboration came about, Taking Back Sunday’s Adam Lazzara says: “Getting a call asking if we wanted to write with Steve Aoki was very surreal. Steve comes from a very similar background as we do, house shows, DIY labels, the whole thing. We were listening back to different ideas he had, and one guitar part in particular caught our drummer Mark’s ear. We approached it in the same way we do our own songs, and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Turns out our worlds aren’t as far apart as people might think.”

Listen to Steve Aoki & Taking Back Sunday’s new single “Just Us Two” below.

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