Playlist: The 5 Best New Singles of the Week – Feat. Jesswar, Syd, Biig Piig, Rochelle Jordan, Dorothy Mour and More

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

Jesswar by James Hornsby, Georgia Wallace & DRIP Candy
Jesswar by James Hornsby, Georgia Wallace & DRIP Candy

There are lots of reasons to look forward to Fridays, and the fact that it’s the day most new music gets released is definitely way up there on the list. But the amount of new music can feel overwhelming at times, right? Well, we think so – and that’s why we’ve given life to a playlist with handpicked musical goodies for you to fall in love with. We’re calling it the ‘Best New Music Playlist’ and the name says it all.

So without further ado, here are a bunch of new tracks that we’re digging at the moment with 5 incredible highlights. Listen to the full playlist below.

Jesswar – “Medusa”

We’ve had Fijian rapper Jesswar on our radar since the release of her hard-hitting track “Venom” from 2020. Actually we loved her sound so much we placed her on our list of 21 artists to watch in 2021. Now she’s unleashed the bashing “Medusa” and well, let’s just say, she’s done it again. Featuring on her upcoming debut EP Tropixx alongside “Venom”, “Medusa” is a strong call to arms to her community of Pasifika women who’s inspiring her with their strength. “I made Medusa at a time in my life where I felt I had nothing to lose,” she writes on her Instagram: “I was pawning all my things to get money to get by. Living that way gave me a different type of drive, a real hunger to never stop and get myself out of the gutter.”

Syd – “Missing Out”

Today is kind of a big day if you’re a fan of Syd like us. Serving as her first solo material since 2017, her new single “Missing Out” is a dreamy and laidback anti-Valentines track oozing with confidence. Crafted with the help of Syd’s soft vocal, smooth choir and a base of synth, “Missing Out” is for everyone to play and repeat.

Biig Piig – “Cuenta Lo”

Jess Smyth aka Irish singer and rapper Biig Piig keeps exploring her Spanish roots (she grew up in Spain) on the soft “Cuenta Lo” that continues her characteristic way of blending smooth and soulful R&B over hip hop beats. Describing it herself as an “alter-ego-driven song about money, sex and power,” the video for “Cuenta Lo” is inspired by her time working as a poker dealer: “it’s about the coldness and greediness that money can bring in all industries… including music,” she continues in a statement.

Rochelle Jordan – “All Along”

London-born now Los Angeles-based singer Rochelle Jordan has returned with another banger for the dance floors (that we can’t wait to attack once they open). That she grew up influenced by everything from Northern soul, Jamaican reggae and dancehall to funky UK house and nocturnal drum and bass shows in her unique sound that comes off as a fusion of R&B and dance-infused beats. If you put on “All Along” on February 14th, then enjoy dancing with yourself! Although it was initially written as a love song with a significant other in mind, Jordan found out it was actually an ode to self-love. “As the song started to close in, I began to get this overwhelming feeling that I was actually speaking to myself, she states in a press release: This song felt better to me once I started hearing it as the importance of recognizing your own self as your greatest lover. It’s so easy for us to get caught up searching for someone else to fill our voids, instead of working on us in order to make ourselves whole.” Word!

Dorothy Mour – “Wicked”

Describing her own music as “Emo lyrics on beats”, the sound of “Wicked” by Berlin-based, Swedish artist and songwriter Dorothy Mour is so much more. Inviting us along an exploration of the wicked power dynamics that can ruin a romantic relationship, Mour’s dreamy vocals sends us on a journey to outer space. Speaking of the track, Dorothy Mour says: “As much as the chorus is a confrontation to the other person, it’s also a direct question to myself. Why am I drawn to Wicked people? Why does it have to be so complicated? Why am I revisiting the same problematic situations over and over? Fuck that.” We’re excited to see what’s up next from the aspiring artist.

Also added to this week’s playlist are:

Eloise – “Hungover”
Kelly Rowland – “Black Magic”
Lydmor & Eivør – “Nevada”
Middle Kids – “Cellophane (Brain)
Drew Sycamore – “45 Fahrenheit Girl”
Charlotte Cardin – “Meaningless”
María Isabel – “astrapada en el cielo”

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