Well my friends, we have finally made it to Friday. After a long week, I feel like this is an appropriate time to share some new music. Below are seven songs that I’m enjoying at the moment. Let’s party.
1. “The Way Life Goes”-Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Uzi is back at again with the bangers. “The Way Life Goes” is no “XO TOURLIFE,” but it’s still a solid effort from the Philadelphia rapper. Like “XO TOURLIFE,” “The Way Life Goes” is a fusion of different genres. It has trap influences, pop influences, hip hop influences, and it has an alternative vibe to it, especially through the lyrical content. Life is hard. I think we all know that. On this track, Lil Uzi assures listeners that we’ll get through life, as nothing lasts forever, not even hardship. The lyrical content paired with a catchy trap beat makes this song a 10/10.
2. “Bad at Love”-Halsey
Never in a million years did I think I’d like a Halsey song, but “Bad at Love” is too great to ignore. Halsey delivers a surprisingly soulful performance. As she belts “I’m bad at love” in the chorus, I’m convinced as a listener. For once, she isn’t pandering to the hipster crowd( although she might think differently), and the result is a well crafted pop song.
3. “Good Old Days”-Macklemore feat Kesha
Everyone remembers when Macklemore took over in 2013 after “Thrift Shop” took off. The guy was inescapable. In recent years however, he has maintained a lower profile, and I hadn’t heard much from him in the realm of radio. This track seems to be the beginning of a new era for the Seattle rapper. The featured artist on this track, Kesha, also seems to be starting a new era of her own. The track is feel-good through and through. The subject matter is not too deep, there are nice melodies, and there is a sense of nostalgia. Kesha delivers a solid vocal performance, and Macklemore contributes greatly to the sentimental feel of the song.
4. “Sky Walker”-Miguel feat. Travis Scott
When I first heard this song, it immediately caught my attention. It’s super catchy and it has a nice beat. I think what I like most about this song is Miguel’s vocal performance because of its personality and swagger. I think “Sky Walker” is a fun song. The word play really takes the cake.
5. “LOVE” Kendrick Lamar feat Zacari
“LOVE” is probably my favorite song on this round up. I’ve had it on repeat for days. Not only is “LOVE” a jam, but it’s also really sensitive. I didn’t know that Kendrick Lamar was capable of making me “feel all the feels,” but he did. Kendrick doesn’t do it alone. By enlisting the help of Zacari, who is an exceptional vocalist, and employing nice, atmospheric production, Kendrick creates a well-rounded song. What makes this track so sensitive is its lyrical content. Kendrick asks of his lover, “If I didn’t ride blade on curb (drive expensive foreign cars) would you still love me?” There’s no question that Kendrick has made it, so he has to wonder if his significant other’s love is unconditional. Is she there for him or for the money? I love this song.
SZA continues to deliver. The song opens with SZA showcasing her melodic voice over subtle guitars. “Supermodel” has an organic sound which makes it especially soulful. The song reaches a climax at the end as more instruments, particularly percussion, begin to come to center stage. Much like SZA’s track “The Weekend,” I don’t agree with the song’s subject matter, but the track is so sonically pleasing, and this girl can really sing.
7. “Too Much to Ask”-Niall Horan
Niall Horan on my new music round up? I can’t believe it either. I knew I had to add this song to this list when I started singing it one day in the car without even thinking about it. Niall is doing pretty well as a solo artist. I would say he’s had one of the better solo debuts among his former 1D band mates. While “Too Much to Ask” is pretty generic, I can’t help but like it. It’s emotive and it has a nice, soaring chorus.
Well, that’s all for this roundup.
Have a great weekend!
Couturely Sound ❤