Best Songs We Heard This Week: Jarryd James, Martin Garrix + Bebe Rexha, Sabrina Carpenter + More
Happy Friday, PopCrush readers. You excited for the weekend? Don't forget: the Teen Choice Awards are happening this Sunday (July 31).
Just as we do every week, the PopCrush editors have selected their favorite new songs on this #NewMusicFriday for your listening pleasure, ranging from up-and-comers to tried-and-true superstars.
We hope that you all have a happy and safe weekend! And for more playlists, be sure to follow us on Apple Music.
Heartsrevolution, "Kishi Kaisei"
Like your childhood fantasy come true, pop duo Heartsrevolution cruise around in a sparkling, crystal encrusted ice cream truck in their music video for "Kishi Kaisei." Set to the OWSLA-signed act's twinkling bubble-punk-pop tune off their debut album, Ride or Die, and filmed over a 13-month period, singer Lo, producer Ben and mascot bunny Hiro drive around Los Angeles in the candy colored clip, interacting with a diverse assortment of denizens (and handing out bunny-shaped popsicles) in order to spread their message of love. It's a feel good track with a feel good message and a feel good video, so what's not to love? — Erica Russell
Emmalyn Estrada, "#FreeTitties"
Yes, that's the actual name of a song — by a former GRL member, no less. "#FreeTitties," a self-empowerment anthem about — uh, can you guess? — is a lot to take in at once. "I just wanna free my titties / They just wanna be free," the singer urges atop minimal beats. And while the tit(t)le might be titillating, the message behind the music is quite serious: "I have had to fight through personal and social boundaries to reclaim what we have been taught to lose as women. That my body is MY body, and it is beautiful. That ALL bodies are beautiful. I wrote #FreeTitties as an act of embracing this truth, in the hope that this song takes one stride forward among many that have been taken, and many still needed," Estrada explained in a note to fans. It's an attention grabber, that's for sure. — Bradley Stern
Sabrina Carpenter, "On Purpose"
It's a little ironic that Sabrina Carpenter's new single is called "On Purpose." Truth be told, it wouldn't feel too out of place on Justin Bieber's similarly-titled album... or on Top 40 radio, slid between singles by Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. A hazy EDM-lite ballad featuring swirling synths and a blissful tropical breakdown, the Disney Channel star delivers a surprisingly smokey, edgy pop ode to "accidentally falling in love" — which is exactly what happened to me when I heard this track. — Erica Russell
Phantogram, “Run Run Blood”
“Run Run Blood” is nothing short of a battle cry. Phantogram’s taken their Big Grams collaboration with Big Boi on the road this year following an EP, and their latest track’s slight swerve from their typical sound suggests the duo has been plenty inspired by the Outkast rapper. While Sarah Barthel typically takes the lead on the group’s vocals, Josh Carter experiments with…something close to rapping on the opening verse over horns and an urgent beat, and it works. “Falling into a swarm of bees / Swallow everything you don't believe,” Bartel commands. Like the single’s cover image, which features a blaze of fire against blue sky, the song’s apocalyptic in a sexy way. – Samantha Vincenty
Lolo, “The Devil’s Gone To Dinner"
The dramatic side of the former Spring Awakening cast member comes through loud and clear on the throat-shredder, the latest from Lolo’s forthcoming In Loving Memory of When I Gave a S--t. It plays like Pink steamrolling over a peculiar Fiona Apple tune, delivering soothing coos before vaulting into a series of shrieks. “I can’t ask you to forgive me / It’s all about the money,” she bites, raising a type of hell Satan has evidently shrugged off. — Matthew Donnelly
Mac Miller feat. Anderson Paak, "Dang!"
Miller recruits rapper-singer Anderson Paak and his joyful rasp for a disco-funky rumination on a broken relationship, and I’ve got a real weakness for melancholy songs with an upbeat sound. What’s better than a song you can add to your breakup playlist and lightly bop to at a mid-summer backyard party? Bonus points for that long ride-out of the beat at the end. – Samantha Vincenty
Jarryd James, “How Do We Make It”
Were Sam Smith capable of sincere reflection, he might have landed on something like Jarryd James’ latest, a “Stay With Me”-type ballad built on a firmer backbone. A standout from High, the Australian native’s first full-length American LP, “How Do We Make It” underscores James’ talent for moving mountains with minimalist production — it’s stirring but still understated. “Drink in my hand and my mind is on us and my heart is on the floor,” he laments, somehow — again — ascribing beauty to heartbreak. — Matthew Donnelly
Martin Garrix featuring Bebe Rexha, "In The Name Of Love"
The evolution of Bebe Rexha has been fascinating to watch from afar, from drinking her sorrows away on "I Can't Stop Drinking About You" all the way up to her chart-topping "Me, Myself & I" with G-Eazy. The latest turn for the versatile pop princess? EDM domination, courtesy of dance floor cutie Martin Garrix. "In The Name Of Love" isn't just a pulverizing production for the dance floor — it's a solid show of Bebe's chops. That hair-raising howl of a chorus ("in the name of la-oooove!") especially, is impressive. Bring on that debut LP, Bebz. — Bradley Stern
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