Sundays mean it’s time for “What’s Going On”, Biff Bam Pop!’s look at the hottest songs that you should be listening to this week. In this instalment, we’ve got the latest from Yeat, Nav, FLETCHER, Meghan Trainor, and Jean-Michel Jarre. As always, if you dig what you hear, be sure to stream and follow the artists.
Yeat – L.A. rapper Yeat is definitely one to watch and his new project LYFË proves that. Out now, the 22-year-old flexes his versatility on the 12-song set that go from tracks like “Can’t Stop It” and “Talk,” that delve into his story and his ambitions, to absolute ragers like “Krank” and “Come On.” Yeat also shows that he’s able to keep up with and hold his own with hip-hop heavyweights on the single “Flawlëss” with Lil Uzi Vert. If the name or his flow sounds familiar, that’s because you’ve likely already his heard his song “Rich Minion” from the Minions: The Rise of Gru soundtrack, that absolutely blew up this summer and gave birth to that whole Gentleminions trend that saw groups of guys attending the Minions movie all decked out in suits.
Listen to Yeat’s new single “Flawlëss” ft. Lil Uzi Vert below.
FLETCHER – Fresh off of dropping her toxic summer stalker jam “Becky’s So Hot”, burgeoning queer icon FLETCHER is back with her new single “Better Version.” An absolute tonal shift from her more upbeat fare, the stripped-back downtempo “Better Version” showcases FLETCHER’s knack for writing wistful lyrics that instantly hit listeners right in the feels. It also features the singer’s most poignant and evocative vocals yet. Explaining the particularly raw feel of “Better Version”, FLETCHER states: “I was crying when I recorded the demo for ‘Better Version,’ and we ended up keeping that vocal instead of re-cutting it. I love that we were able to capture the pure intention of what I felt as I was writing that song.”
Listen to FLETCHER’s new single “Better Version” below.
NAV – Hometown hero NAV just dropped his fourth studio album Demons Protected By Angels. And just in time, as the talented rapper and producer is playing the first ever Rolling Loud Toronto festival this weekend at Ontario Place. The XO artist executive produced the new album alongside Amir “Cash” Esmailian and seemingly made a conscious effort to lean into simplicity. No crazy bells and whistles, just an infectious blend of catchy melodies and NAV’s open-book vulnerability. The project also contains features from artists like Gunna, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Baby, Future, and Bryson Tiller, so you know you’re in for a good time.
Listen to NAV’s “Wrong Decisions” below.
Jean-Michel Jarre – A few weeks ago, we covered famed French electronic composer Jean-Michel Jarre’s new single “BRUTALISM.” Now, he’s back with a hot remix of the track courtesy of Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore. As part of the roll-out for his forthcoming 22nd studio album Oxymore, Jarre will collaborate with new and established artists to remix and reimagine several songs from the project. Speaking further on getting Martin Gore to remix “BRUTALISM”, Jean-Michel Jarre says: “For the roll-out I am delighted to announce Martin Gore. From great haunted melodies to extreme experimentations Martin Gore is one of the most eclectic electronic music composers. His unique touch in ‘BRUTALISM TAKE 2’ shows it. It has been a real pleasure and honor to collaborate with you Martin!”
Listen to Jean-Michel Jarre’s “BRUTALISM TAKE 2” below.
Meghan Trainor – Pop superstar Meghan Trainor is back! The “All About That Bass” hitmaker is now all about mom life, which is reflected in her new single “Don’t I Make It Look Easy.” Sonically, “Don’t I Make It Look Easy” is a conscious shift back to the bubblegum doo-wop sound that initially launched Trainor to stardom in 2014 and lyrically tackles the juggling act of being a mom. Expanding on how motherhood influenced the song, Meghan Trainor says: “When I started recording the album I was learning how to be a working mom. I very literally had my hands full with formula and toys, while also being in the studio writing and recording. I realized from the outside looking in I made this all look easy. Similar to how we only post the good moments on our social media, I thought, ‘Isn’t it silly that moms are supposed to have it all together?” If you liked what you heard, Trainor’s new album Takin’ It Back is due out on October 21st via Epic Records.
Listen to Meghan Trainor’s new single “Don’t I Make It Look Easy” below.