Last week, ZAYN fever took over the Internet, so it was easy to lose focus of the other releases out there. In this week’s roundup, we have new tracks from Kiiara, Nick Jonas and Tove Lo, gnash and Wrenn, JMR and The War on Drugs. Listen to what you may have missed before the next surprise record rops.
A few months ago Kiiara’s “Gold” sprung up the Hype Machine charts like fire.The singer has remained elusive and pulled a Beyonce-like move dropping her debut EP low kii savage earlier this week. “Intention” is a smooth R&B jam filled with electro-pop grooves that makes her sound like Kacy Hill mixed with Tinashe. Her BANKS-like appeal
Nick Jonas has proved to be competition when it comes to making slow jams. He announced his return this week with single “Close” that is a dizzy slow burn jam that reveals the Jonas brother’s avoidance of his own vulnerability. We’re going to start guessing which songs are about his former girlfriend Olivia Culpo and rumored flame Kate Hudson.
Sometimes a simple acoustic track hits you when you least expect it, and “Fragile” did just that. It’s as simple as two vocals layered with a gloomy guitar rhythm that was probably written at a coffeehouse. The dreamy lyrics about being alone evoke the feeling of going on a long night drive. We suggest doing that while listening to this track.
If you think JMR (a.k.a. Joshua Michael Robinson) sounds a little bit like what you’d get if you mixed Radiohead and James Blake’s vocals with Ryan Hemsworth’s production, you’re not alone. “Found My Religion” is a dark, downtempo track that functions as a beautiful fever dream.
The National’s carefully curated Grateful Dead covers album found its first single in The War on Drugs’ take on “Touch of Grey.” Lead singer Adam Granduciel channels his inner Bob Dylan as he wails the words to the classic Grateful Dead jam with his whole heart. You know he’s trying to do it justice.