Plus, a new Charli XCX track featuring Lizzo.
RELEASE RADAR is here to give you the breakdown of the top singles, albums, and videos of the week so you can head into your weekend with a new list of killer tunes.
Charli XCX - "Blame It On Your Love" (Feat. Lizzo)
Few things are more blessed than a Charli XCX/Lizzo collaboration. The new song is an un-remixed version of Charli XCX'S "track 10" which was featured on her acclaimed album Pop. "Blame It On Your Love" is out now via Atlantic.
The Habits – "Love You"
Alt-pop duo The Habits shared an infectious new single this week called "Love You." This is the first single off of the duo's new EP, out June 14.
Juan Wauters – "Dos"
This week Juan Wauters shared a playful new song called "Dos," sung in his native Spanish via Captured Tracks. Wauters said of the song "On this particular version of 'Dos,' I hear the sound of music that describes Montevideo, the city where I was born. The harmonium solo was done in a way to emulate the sound of a bandoneon in the way Astor Piazzolla would play it. The song talks about the complexities of a love story." Juan Wauters will release his latest, Introducing Juan Pablo, on May 31 via Captured Tracks.
Hatchie – "Obsessed"
Hatchie reveals yet another fuzzy gem of dream pop with her new single, "Obsessed," from her forthcoming debut album, Keepsake, which is shaping up to be one of the most exciting releases. Keepsake is due June 21st via Double Double Whammy.
whenyoung – "The Others"
London's whenyoung are gearing up to release their debut album Reasons to Dream, through Virgin EMI on May 24th. They continued to show off their deft songwriting this week in their evocative new single "The Others," inspired by the Grenfell Tower fire in London.
The Beaches - "The Professional" EP
Toronto alt-rock outfit The Beaches are back with a new EP called The Professional out May 16 on Island Records, their first release since 2017's Late Show. The new collection of jams features fan favorites "Snake Tongue" and "Fascination."
Inner Wave – "wya" EP
The L.A.-based Latinx psych-rock band just dropped a wavey new EP titled wya, the followup from their previous LP Underwater Pipe Dreams.
Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated
Pop princess and purveyor of glossy bops, Carly Rae Jepsen returns to navigate love and loss on her fourth studio album, the follow-up to 2015's cult favorite E•MO•TION.
Tyler the Creator - Igor
Igor is Tyler the Creator's fifth album, but it feels like he's been at the forefront of our cultural purviews for much longer, considering his impact on the popular rap landscape. 2017's Flower Boy presented a much more eclectic and well-rounded version of the artist, and now, we see him grow even more on Igor.
Sara is a music and culture writer. Her work has previously appeared in PAPER magazine and Stereogum.
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Her new song is a melancholic dance track with shadowy visuals to match
Australian dream-pop artist, Hatchie, revealed the visuals for her new single "Stay With Me" from her forthcoming project Keepsake. The 25-year-old singer (real name Harriette Pilbeam) has been steadily churning out lush, shoegaze bops since her excellent debut LP, Sugar & Spice, dropped in 2018. Earlier this month, Pilbeam shared the first glimpse of the album in a gorgeous single called "Without A Blush."
"Stay With Me" extends Hatchie's sound into gothic dance territory, pairing gauzy Cocteau Twins inspired vocals with a synth-infused Robyn sensibility. The Joe Agius-directed video even has a "Dancing On My Own" aesthetic, as the camera pans to Hatchie swaying amidst a sea of strangers in a neon-lit club as she sings.
Hatchie said of the video:
"'Stay With Me' was written as a writing exercise in an effort to step away from my usual style into something more fun and dancey. We originally wrote it with someone else in mind, but realized it was the perfect fit for my album as I wanted to expand into a different sound. It became one of my favourite songs on the record because I'm a sucker for crying-in-the-club tracks."
Check out the video below.
Keepsake is out 6/21 via Double Double Whammy. You can pre-order it here.
Sara is a music and culture writer who lives in Brooklyn. Her work has previously appeared in PAPER magazine and Stereogum.
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