Welcome, music enthusiasts, to another fun instalment of What’s Going On. From global pop chart-topping superstars to hidden gem artists waiting to be unearthed, Biff Bam Pop’s weekly new music round-up column is your compass in the ever-expanding universe of hot sonic delights. As always, if you dig what you hear, be sure to stream and follow the artists.
Tierra Whack – We’ve got new music from the always-innovative Tierra Whack. The Philly rapper returned to the music scene this week with her new single “Chanel Pit.” Her distinct vocals and thought-provoking bars are front and center on the new track. And as fans have to come to expect, there’s an exciting, eye-catching video to go along with it. The vibrant Alex Lill-directed visual features the stylish Tierra Whack spitting bars while going through a carwash. Keep an eye out for Tierra Whack’s much anticipated sophomore album, which is set to be released sometime in 2024. You’ll also be able to see Whack on the big screen soon in Cypher, a new rap feature film directed by Chris Moukarbel that’s set to premiere in select theatres and stream on Hulu on November 24th.
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Listen to Tierra Whack’s new single “Chanel Pit” below.
Dua Lipa has been teasing her new era on social media for a few weeks, and now she’s back with “Houdini.” The frenetic slice of nu-disco was produced by Danny L. Harle (Caroline Polachek, Shygirl, Liam Gallagher) and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker. What’s “Houdini” all about? According to Dua: “This track represents the most light and freeing parts of my singledom. “‘Houdini’ is very tongue in cheek, exploring the idea of whether someone is really worth my while or if I’ll ghost them in the end. You never know where something may take you, that’s the beauty of being open to whatever life throws your way. I’m looking forward to sharing that feeling of defiant bliss with my fans.” The rest of the forthcoming album’s material is said to have more of a psychedelic feel. Stay tuned to What’s Going On for more on that!
Listen to Dua Lipa’s new single “Houdini” below.
The Throwaway Scene – Sheffield emo rock outfit The Throwaway Scene are staking their claim as being ones to watch. The band released their new single, “Who Else Is In The Room,” much to the delight of their ever-growing fanbase. The raucous track is a sonic punch in the face and dissects what it’s like to express grief through anger. Speaking on “Who Else Is in the Room,” The Throwaway Scene’s vocalist Oliver states: “‘Who Else Is In The Room’ gave us a great opportunity to tell more of our story and explore how a person can use anger as a defensive tool, either by choice or as a response to traumatic events. Even when presented with a logical solution, grief can dramatically alter perspectives, turn everything against us, and ultimately breed a really hostile mind.”
Listen to The Throwaway Scene’s new single, “Who Else Is In The Room,” below.
Wilderado – Just a few weeks ago, we filled you in on Wilderado’s new rendition of “In Between” featuring Matt Berninger of The National. Having Berninger’s vocals on the track elevates what was already sure to be one of the best singles of the year. Wilderado have now teamed up with UK artist Edd Carr for a stunning lyric video to accompany this new version of the band’s recent single. Executive director and co-founder of The Sustainable Darkroom, Edd Carr’s work has been exhibited by Louis Vuitton, CIRCA x Dazed, and Fashion Film Festival Milan. Wilderado are hard at work on their sophomore album, so expect to hear a lot more about that here in What’s Going On.
Watch Wilderado’s new music video for “In Between” ft. Matt Berninger below.
Kareen Lomax – Rising R&B artist Kareen Lomax is out now with “SELF CARE,” her latest single on the music is fun imprint. As you’d imagine from the title, this Daoud-produced jam is an ode to taking care of yourself. With a fresh modern sound and vocals reminiscent of greats Tracy Chapman and Nina Simone, there’s no one doing it quite like this Atlanta-raised and LA-based performer. What does self-care mean to Kareen Lomax? The singer states: “Self-care to me means putting everything I got on pause and loving myself for a moment. My go-to practices can log me out of my mind and ground me when life is life-ing. Journaling, so I have a place to put my thoughts, a walk in nature, and forgiving the past through music and reflection are some ways I show love to me. Grief and all that comes with loss really nudged me to take a deeper look inside and take action, to take care”
Listen to Kareen Lomax’s new single, “SELF CARE,” below.