PLAYLIST: Here’s the best new music – Feat. Jorja Smith, Priya Ragu, Ella Mai, Goat Girl, BEKA and more

Thirsty for some new music? We’ve created a playlist with the past week’s best new releases, and it’s here for you whenever you need inspiration.

BEKA by Stephanie Alcaino
BEKA by Stephanie Alcaino

Getting hyped for a new week can be tough, right? Well, we think so – and that’s why we’ve curated a whole new playlist with handpicked musical goodies to power you through your Monday and beyond. We’re calling it the ‘Best New Music Playlist’ and the name says it all.

So without further ado, here are 10 new tracks that we’re digging at the moment. Listen to the full playlist below.

Jorja Smith – “Come Over feat. Popcaan”

We were happy to see Jorja Smith return with another manifestation of her talent when “Come Over” dropped this past Thursday with an incredible animated video to follow on Friday (watch here). The British R&B star is rocking this dancehall beat together with the Jamaican DJ and artist Popcaan.

Romy – “Lifetime”

What an incredible return from Romy Madley Croft of The xx! Back in April, the British artist teased her long-awaited solo debut, stating that it would be a lot more upbeat. And her official debut single as a solo artist definitely serves as a dance-friendly ode to being alive and embracing the moment. Smiles all over the place!

Ella Mai – “Not Another Love Song”

Another artist that we’re stoked to see back is the London-born now L.A. based singer Ella Mai, who won a Grammy for Best R&B song with “Boo’d Up” from 2018. Her new single, “Not Another Love Song” premiered via Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Show Vol. 2 and is a smooth piece of pop perfection about not wanting to admit that you’ve fallen in love.

Priya Ragu – “Good Love 2.0”

If the Tamil-Swiss artist Priya Ragu isn’t a global superstar in the making, we frankly don’t know who is. The groove of “Good Love 2.0” will for sure make your whole body move and the warm voice of Ragu leads you smoothly through one of the best tracks to be released all year. Constituted by equal parts pure joy and badass attitude, “Good Love 2.0” is a treat for all creatures with ears.

Øyunn – “Reach Out”

“Reach Out” is an atmospheric and melodic alternative pop song about feeling trapped in your own destructivity or feeling alone, but also about finally reaching out to others and escape the bubble. Siv Øyunn Kjenstad aka Øyunn is a Norwegian artist based in Denmark. She masters everything from songwriting and drums to synths and vocals, and if “Reach Out” is representative of the rest of her repertoire then get ready to fall for a new alternative pop favorite. “Reach Out” is accompanied by a beautiful onetake video directed by Martin Skovbjerg. (Watch here)

beabadoobee – “How Was Your Day”

Picture walking around a museum and suddenly catching sight of a tiny painting hanging on the wall in the corner. It’s so small that it forces you to get really close in order to catch all the details, but when you do, it’s one of your favorite pieces from the whole trip. Well, that’s kind of what the new bedroom-production from beabadoobee feels like. Recorded on a four-track embracing all the flaws and natural nuances of a first take, it’s a raw and yet simple track about neglected relationships. The song is taken from the long-awaited debut album from the Fillipino-born, but London-raised artist, which arrives on October 16th.

BEKA – “I’ll Be There”

Serving as one of the most uplifting and reasurring tracks you’ll probably hear all week, BEKA‘s debut single is a promising taste of what the London-based artist, who’s previously featured on tracks from HONNE, has to offer. The brilliant, gospel-inspired pop song is written for BEKA’s husband who’s struggled with a depression, and the message of this song is for everyone to remember, when we get out of bed every morning and sometimes tell ourselves that it’s okay not to be okay.

Rosa Raye – “When We Were Good”

If you’re into the voices of artists like SZA and Jorja Smith (and who isn’t??) then be sure to check out upcoming Danish artist Rosa Raye as well. Unleashing her third piece of music (ever!), “When We Were Good” is a strong piece of R&B-infused pop to make you feel good, even though the lyrics are inspired by having been cheated on.

Goat Girl – “Sad Cowboy”

South London’s post-punk four-piece Goat Girl is back, and we’re absolutely loving it! With their new single “Sad Cowboy”, Goat Girl has announced the arrival of their second album, On All Fours, which is set for release on January 29th, 2021 via Rough Trade. Portraying the times we’re living in, “Sad Cowboy” is, in their own words, inspired by the fact that, “When you’re within a world that constantly makes you feel as though you’re living out a really bad dream, disillusionment is inevitable.”

Mall Girl – “Bad Girl”

If you don’t know about Norway’s indie-poppers Mall Girl, it’s alright, as long as you change that right now. Always presenting an experimental and alternative universe of catchy pop melodies and chaotic rock instrumentation, the unique sound of Mall Girl is irresistible – just like their latest offering “Bad Girl”. Aiming for an 80’s inspired sound and stating Tears for Fears as one of their big inspirations, “Bad Girl” is a constantly surprising track composed by dense synth, layered guitars and Bethany Forseth-Reichberg pleasing vocal.

Also Added

There’s so much good music right now, so we’ve got a few more treats for you. Also added to the playlist are:

Dua Lipa – “Levitating (feat. DaBaby)”
Emi Wes – “Five Miles”
Drew Sycamore – “I Wanna Be Dancing”
London Grammar – “Californian Soil”
Anna of the North – “Someone Special”
Artemis Orion – “Midnight Thoughts”

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