This week in pop music saw some spooky tracks and pumped-up remixes. Kim Petras debuted her Halloween-ready album Turn Off The Light, Charlie Puth put forth another mesmerizing track, and Camila Cabello is offering fans a glimpse into her forthcoming era of emotionally-charged anthems.
Kim Petras — “Wrong Turn”
Halloween season is upon us and Kim Petras is celebrating with a spooky project set to an imagined horror movie. In “Wrong Turn,” Petras constructs a narrative of the moment her protagonist finds themselves trapped on the side of a dirt road with a broken-down car, hearing nothing but the unnerving sound of cracking branches behind them. Petras’ full voice combines with a driving beat to leave the listener with an eerie feeling.
Charlie Puth — “Cheating on You”
Charlie Puth moves from pop towards the realm of R&B with the track “Cheating On You.” With a rolling electronic beat, Pluth showcases his soaring vocals while singing of taking a past relationship for granted. Puth rose to stardom after gaining viral success via the internet, but his latest singles prove the singer is offering a refined perspective to pop music as both an artist and a producer.
Camila Cabello — “Cry For Me”
Camila Cabello offers another glimpse into her new era of music with the single “Cry For Me.” After scoring her second No. 1 single with “Señorita,” the former Fifth Harmony member pivots from sugary pop to a rock-infused track. Cabello allows her mature voice to be at the forefront of the song, opting for minimal instrumentation and rolling snare drums. Though she hasn’t offered a release date yet, Cabello is gearing up for her forthcoming album Romance.
Monsta X — “Someone’s Someone”
K-Pop boyband sensation Monsta X graced their diehard fanbase with a new single featuring English lyrics. Over a resounding beat, the seven-member group harmonizes their voices to sing of feeling connected to someone and avoiding loneliness. On top of releasing new music, the group announced they will be joining an epic lineup at this year’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour.
King Princess — “Hit The Back”
Opening with a melancholy piano, King Princess offers fans a deeper side to her music. Over a sensuous groove, King Princess sings of valuing herself in a relationship. Allowing herself to become vulnerable in the lyrics, the song is a queer “anthem for bottoms everywhere,” as she wrote on Twitter. With the new single, King Princess gives another preview of her upcoming debut record Cheap Queen, out October 25.
Niall Horan — “Nice To Meet Ya”
Ex-One Direction member Niall Horan shared the first single from his forthcoming album, which is apparently inspired by his recent break up with actress Hailee Steinfeld. The piano-driven song boats a soulful yet playful percussive groove, providing a backdrop for Horan’s guttural and captivating vocals to shine through.
Diana Gordon — “Becoming”
Showcasing her impressive vocal range, Diana Gordon, previously known as Wynter Gordon, sings of becoming the hardworking and creative person she has always wanted to be. Over a hard-hitting 808 beat, Gordon positions herself as sincere, sensitive, and unapologetically bold. Gorden releases “Becoming” after co-writing and producing Beyonce’s Grammy-nominated record Lemonade in 2016.
Allie X — “Fresh Laundry”
A thumping beat opens Toronto singer/songwriter Allie X’s new era of music. Erupting and bubbly synths offer a dreamlike backdrop for the singer’s sugary and earnest vocals. Allie X originally broke out into the indie-pop music scene in the mid-2000s and has been honing her sound ever since, with “Fresh Laundry” marking her pivot towards a darker and more refined sound.
Electric Guest — “More” (Franc Moody Remix)
Acclaimed pop duo Electric Guest released a remix of their hit single “More” by London DJ collective Franc Moody ahead of their forthcoming record KIN. The pumped-up remix opens with wobbly guitars and a clapping beat before moving to bass guitar-forward funk. The remix morphs Electric Guest’s chilled-out single to a head-bopping, groovy track.
Samantha Urbani — “Made In Love”
With breathy vocals, Samantha Urbani creates a buoyant and emotional anthem. Over a dynamic melody and jangly beat, Urbani sings of becoming friends with a past lover. The groovy anthem, “Made In Love,” arrives several years after Urbani’s meaningful collaboration with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes on his critically-acclaimed sophomore record Cupid Deluxe.
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