In this week’s edition of What’s Going On, we’ve got the hottest new releases from The Beaches, Jessie Ware, Savannah Ré, and Reneé Rapp. Plus, a TDE team-up from Doechii & SZA. As always, if you dig what you hear, be sure to stream and follow the artists.
The Beaches – Toronto alt-pop outfit The Beaches are out now with “Grow Up Tomorrow”, their new single. The group consisting of Jordan Miller (bass/lead vocals), Kylie Miller (guitars), Leandra Earl (keyboard/guitars), and Eliza Enman-McDaniel (drums) has been a bright spot in Canada’s homegrown music scene, and “Grow Up Tomorrow” shows not only do they have chops but they know how to have a good time. Of course, the summer banger also comes with a vibrant music video. What were The Beaches going for with the “Grow Up Tomorrow” music video? The band says: “Since the song is such a fun bop we wanted to represent it in the only way we know how: by throwing a house party with all of our closest friends. I’ve recently come into my own in the queer community (Leandra), who have welcomed me with open arms, so I wanted to make sure we represented this new, big part of my life in the video.”
Listen to The Beaches’ new single – “Grow Up Tomorrow” below.
Doechii – Two of TDE’s best and brightest talents, Doechii and SZA, have joined forces for an enthralling new version of Doechii’s “Persuasive.” The hypnotic jam was already spectacular thanks to Doechii’s flow and the track’s production but the addition of SZA takes it to dizzying new heights. Why was SZA the right person to feature on this “Persuasive” revamp? Doechii says: “I created “Persuasive” to uplift people and bring communities together, so having SZA jump on the song was a perfect fit because I’ve always connected with others over her music. Knowing that SZA is with TDE was what originally got me most excited about being on this label, so now that we have a song together it’s a full-circle moment. She really ATE! This collaboration is everything I always imagined it to be.”
Listen to the new version of Doechii’s “Persuasive” ft. SZA below.
Jessie Ware – English singer-songwriter Jessie Ware is keeping her dancefloor dominance going with her new single “Free Yourself.” Her 2020 album What’s Your Pleasure? got everyone grooving during a time when most clubs were closed. Now that people are out enjoying themselves again, it’s the perfect time to drop the Stuart Price-produced anthem. What does “Free Yourself” mean to Jessie Ware? Well according to her: “‘Free Yourself’ is the beginning of a new era for me. I’m so excited for people to have this song for the end of their summer; to dance, to feel no inhibitions & to feel joyful because that’s how I’ve been feeling recently being able to tour again and being able to sing again. Enjoy yourself, Free Yourself!”
Listen to Jessie Ware’s new single “Free Yourself” below and check out her performance of the track at this year’s Glastonbury festival.
Savannah Ré – Toronto’s breakout R&B sensation Savannah Ré just announced her sophomore EP No Weapons. While we eagerly wait for the new project from the two-time JUNO Award winner, she released the single “About U” as the first taste of what’s to come. “About U” serves as a fantastic entry point into this new era for Savannah. Canada has given the world such musical luminaries as Deborah Cox, Tamia, Melanie Fiona, and Jully Black. Emotive, relatable, and soul-bearing, Savannah Ré is poised to be Canada’s next great R&B export.
Listen to Savannah Ré’s new single “About U” below.
Reneé Rapp – Actress and powerhouse singer Reneé Rapp is out now with “In the Kitchen”, her new single. We covered Rapp’s evocative debut single “Tattoos” and The Sex Lives of College Girls star is aiming for the listener’s heartstrings again with “In The Kitchen.” Co-written by Reneé Rapp and superstar writers Michael Pollack, Tommy Brown, and Monsters & Strangerz, the powerful piano ballad is real, raw and so relatable that you can hear the pain in Rapp’s soaring vocals. The highly stylized music video allows Rapp to flex her acting chops, vacillating between heartwrenching and pure camp without ever losing the emotion of the song.
Listen to Reneé Rapp’s new single “In the Kitchen” below.