CR Radar: 5 New Songs You Need to Hear Right Now

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As summer winds down and the world continues to open up more and more, we are only just now beginning to see some of the most interesting musical pandemic-projects come to fruition. From highly synthesized and upbeat pop tracks, to heart-wrenching country ballads, here are five new songs that you need to hear right now

“Future Starts Now” by Kim Petras

    On August 27, German singer Kim Petras released her latest single, “Future Starts Now,” which will serve as the first track on her debut album. The song itself is an infectious, synth-heavy dancefloor banger that pulls inspiration from 80s-infused dance hits and the European house music that Kim fell in love with on her childhood family trips to Paris.

    After finding inspiration at Paris Fashion Week 2020, Kim decided she would return to Paris to record her debut album, until lockdown hit, which halted her plans. Amidst all the stress of the pandemic, Kim transcended the widespread lockdown blues by focusing on writing an album that captures all the excitement of the city of lights. “Future Starts Now,” does just that and more, as the bright tone and lyrics capture the unbridled euphoria of a world regaining its freedom and living in the present.

    “justified” by Kacey Musgraves

      If you’re in need of a new heartbreak anthem, look no further than country singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves’ latest track, “justified.” Released on August 27 along with an accompanying music video, “justified” is the second single off of Musgraves’ upcoming studio album star-crossed, which is slated to drop September 10. The track sees the songstress candidly taking us through her breakup, in a heartbroken daze. The music video, which is actually a short clip from the star-crossed album film, echoes this melancholic sentiment, as it witnesses Musgraves aimlessly driving through various different environments, her outfit changing with each new setting.

      In her February cover story for Rolling Stone, she explained that the forthcoming album would have a far more somber tone than her previous, critically-acclaimed work Golden Hour. Musgraves elucidated that this is meant to reflect the chaos of the world during the pandemic, as well as the turbulence in her personal life over the past year, which witnessed her divorce from fellow country singer Rustin Kelly.

      “I am not a woman, I’m a god” by Halsey

        Halsey is back again, with yet another pop-punk track that couldn’t be more refreshing or empowering. The 11th song from her fourth studio album, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, “I am not a woman, I’m a god” is one more perfect example of the singer’s startling self-awareness and duality. In the same breath, Halsey dubs herself a “god,” but also a “problem and a “fraud,” while the heavy beat and poppy melody invite you to sing along.

        “It was very important to me that the cover art conveyed the sentiment of my journey over the past few months. The dichotomy of the Madonna and the Whore. The idea that me as a sexual being and my body as a vessel and gift to my child are two concepts that can co-exist peacefully and powerfully,” they explained on Instagram. Needless to say, Halsey is still as honest as ever, and back to speak their truth through this sleek synth punk-pop bop.

        “BDE” by Shygirl ft. Slowthai

          “BDE” by Shygirl is, well, exactly as amazing and unapologetic as a song with that title should be. With her latest single, the London-born rapper, who rose to prominence after working with Rihanna for Fenty Beauty ad campaigns and Savage X Fenty fashion shows, continues to build on the momentum of her most recent EP ALIAS. Combining her cool Fembot flow with Northampton rapper Slowthai’s frenetic style, she creates an instantly classic club anthem in “BDE.”

          In a recent interview with The Fader, Shygirl described the track as “filthy,” which could not be more accurate. Incorporating elements of hip house, industrial hip-hop, grime, and deconstructed club, she mixes thunderous beats with slick hooks to make a song that is not only effortlessly cool, but also incredibly badass.

          “Butter” by BTS ft. Megan Thee Stallion

            If you didn’t think this summer anthem could get any better, Megan Thee Stallion is here to prove you wrong. This remix of BTS’s smash-hit “Butter” has landed just at the right time to cure your end-of-summer blues. This track dropped just days after the Houston-born rapper filed an emergency temporary restraining order against her record label, alleging that they were refusing to let her appear on the song. On August 24, a Texas judge ruled in favor of her request and, the following day, both acts announced the release of the remix.

            Legal issues aside, the world-renowned K-Pop group and the incredibly talented rapper are a match made in pop music heaven. Megan’s ad-libs add an edge and compliment BTS’ upbeat, danceable sound perfectly. Rarely is a sequel better than the original, but this remix is most definitely an exception.

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