One thing that really has bummed me out about the Lockdown is that so many great music festivals and tours got canceled; this whole having everything canceled for the foreseeable future is not my favorite thing. Now I realize there is a reason things are the way they are and that we need to stay inside to stay safe, but I still think we all need to complain once in a while(getting it out is the healthy thing to do, right?). There have been so many great albums released over the last few months with tours supposed to be attached to them, and right now it feels like we will never get to see this new music live. At least there has been a ton of great music being released during the quarantine, though. For people who write about music like me, ironically this Lockdown has been as busy as ever because so much great music has been coming out that it is sort of tough to keep up with everything. It really does feel like I can not go more than one or two days without hearing a new song or project that I would love to write about. This is obviously a great problem to have, though, and I truly hope that this element about the current Lockdown does not change at all. With that being said, here is a list of some new songs that I have been listening to a lot lately! Let me know in the comments below if you like any of these tracks too, and also let me know about other great, new songs you have recently heard!
WEIRD! – YUNGBLUD
Yungblud is an artist that I regretfully have totally slept on for the last couple of years. I am into a lot of artists that are associated with him and make similar music, but for some reason, I just never listened to him before a couple of months ago. Now that I am a fan, though, I am very excited to listen to his new music coming out and am very excited to see what he does next. ‘Weird!’ Is the first single from Yungblud since dropping his very popular EP the underrated youth which came out last fall. People who grew up in the Emo-Rock and Pop-Puk era will find a lot of nostalgia in this song. Yungblud’s ‘Weird!’ reminds me so much of bands like Forever the Sickest Kids and HelloGoodbye; it makes me remember a more simple time in life that is nice to reminisce on sometimes. ‘Weird!’ is a song that is very lyrically relatable for a lot of people; I know there are a lot of people who feel similar to this one: I can’t lie I feel anxious all the time. If I smiled, I’d be lying… I really love how Yungblud wants to make his listeners with these emotions feel less alone. This sentiment is expressed super well in the chorus: Come hold my hand, it’ll be alright. We’re in a weird time of life. Don’t wreck your brain, it’ll be alright. We’re in a weird time of life… I think ‘Weird!’ will provide a lot of comfort to people, which is so important. If you love retro Emo-Rock, don’t miss this song.
SICK AND TIRED – iann dior FEAT. MACHINE GUN KELLY AND TRAVIS BARKER
If you have been following this blog closely over the last couple of weeks or just happened to read my piece about MGK from last week, you should definitely recognize this song title. ‘Sick and Tired’ is the latest single from up and coming Emo Trap Star iann dior, with assistant from the awesome tandem of Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker. This song is pretty much the perfect combination of Emo-Trap and Pop-Punk. The chorus has a sound that reminds me a lot of early 2000s artists like Fall Out Boy, Blink 182, and Sum 41, whereas the verse have a feeling that is similar to artists like Lil Peep or Lil Tracy. Lyrically, this track is partly about our current pandemic. The artists in this song feel alone and tired and not like themselves, and they are stuck in their houses alone with no way to heal. Both iann dior and Machine Gun Kelly show off excellent vocal range in this song. MGK’s voice brings this very particular brash, hard rock sound that I know he loves; it gets me extra excited to hear his Punk album called Tickets to my Downfall which comes out this summer, as ‘sick and tired’ shows off the inner Punk-Rocker he has always had in his arsenal but never fully used. If you are a fan of Emo-Trap artists like Trippie Redd or just love Pop-Punk, I know you will like ‘sick and tired.’
LEADER OF THE DELINQUENTS – KID CUDI
Hello friends, it’s Cudder again! Gotta smack them with some shit before the world ends… It is always a great day for someone who grew up listening to him every day when Kid Cudi releases a new song. ‘Leader of the Delinquents’ is Kid Cudi’s first major release since his critically acclaimed project Kids See Ghosts, which he dropped in collaboration with Kanye back in 2018. There is a reason that ‘Leader of the Delinquents’ sounds like some of Kid Cudi’s older music and seems like a sort of “return to form” for him after years of experimental songs and projects: apparently, this song was actually recorded in the early 2010s. In fact, there is footage of Kid Cudi rapping versions of this track at concerts as far back as 2012. ‘Leader of the Delinquents’ reminds me a lot of some of the music that made me start loving him all the way back then; it has very similar elements to it as a lot of the music on his projects A Kid Name Cudi and Man on the Moon: The Legacy of Mr. Rager. The instrumental of this track reminds me a lot of 90s East Coast Hardcore Rap music; it sounds a lot like something you would have heard from artists like the Wu-Tang Clan or Kool G Rap. The nostalgia for the 90s and the nostalgia for Kid Cudi’s early work that this song creates makes me happy because it reminds me of great music and great times. Lyrically, even though this song was technically written quite a while ago, it is amazing how topical and relevant some of the lyrics are. If you loved Kid Cudi’s music back in the day and still have not heard this song for some reason, please check it out because ‘Leader of the Delinquents’ is awesome.
APESHIT – BREE RUNWAY
Bree Runway is a rising British Rapper that I really feel like may be the next female artist in Hip Hop to make it super big(along with my favorite Rico Nasty, of course). Bree Runway has such a unique and distinct style that is not very comparable to most of the artists making Hip Hop today. I would compare Bree Runway to a lot of the great female artists making Hip Hop in the 90s than I would compare her to any of the ones doing it right now; in fact, I would say her music and style reminds me the most of artists like Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, TLC, and Erykah Badu. Her music sounds very refreshing compared to the rest of the Hip Hop landscape today, and it sort of pays tribute in a way to the females who paved the landscape within Hip Hop for the artists who are doing it today. ‘Apeshit’ is a song that reminds me particularly of Missy Elliott; from the instrumental to Bree’s rap flows to the video, this song is definitely heavily inspired by Missy. I really love the synthesizers that provide the melody to this song because they are just so fun. The instrumental for this one reminds me of the music played in video games in the early 2000s, and it will make anyone want to jump around and party. Another really great thing about this track is how confident Bree sounds on this song; her confidence just permeates threw the lyrics and threw her flows, and it makes the song so fun and enjoyable to listen to. If you are a big HIp Hop fan and want to hear something that is not Trap, definitely check out ‘Apeshit’ by Bree Runway.
BLOODY VALENTINE – MACHINE GUN KELLY
As you have probably gathered from the last couple of weeks if you have been reading this blog or follow me on social media, I have been slowly becoming a Machine Gun Kelly superfan over the course of this quarantine. It is not that I did not like and appreciate his music and art before(in fact, during his Lace Up era and even a bit before then, I was a big fan of his and saw him in concert more than once back then), but during the Lockdown MGK has been working harder than everybody; he has released a bunch of covers and remixes during the Lockdown that are all excellent and all show off the greatest things about him as a musician(please go check out my article about him after reading this and listen to those songs, I promise you will not regret it). ‘Bloody Valentine’ is the first song off of Machine Gun Kelly’s upcoming Rock album which is out this summer. He has always dabbled in making Punk Rock music and has a great voice for it, so I am very excited and glad to hear that he is totally diving into this sound. ‘Bloody Valentine’ builds up and progresses so well and it just makes me want to dance and party. It sound a lot like the Punk Rock music of the early 2000s, specifically bands like Sum 41 or Blink 182. This sound is so fun and will definitely make anyone want to dance. Lyrically, this song is sweet and has a deep message. MGK is singing about someone that he suspects does not really love him and that he knows it would never work long term with, but he is enamored by her and stricken by her he is willing to miss a flight to spend the night with her. ‘Bloody Valentine’ is really fun to listen to and an overall really great song, and it gets me very excited to listen to his new record, Tickets to My Downfall. If you are into Pop-Punk or at least liked it back in the day, please listen to ‘Bloody Valentine.’
RIGHTEOUS – JUICE WRLD
‘Righteous’ is the first posthumous release from Juice Wrld’s camp since his passing at the end of last year. Juice Wrld was one the brightest young stars in the Hip Hop game and was beloved by so many fans and so many artists within the music industry alike. Juice Wrld had such a distinct and beautiful singing voice and an ability to fuse Pop-Rock, Emo-Rock, and Trap music in a way that was so seamless and effortless. He will be missed so much by so many people, and it is such a tragedy that he is not with is anymore. As I am sure a lot of people were, I was a little wary of listening to this song because of the lack of quality from some posthumous records released over the last couple of years. So many great artists in Hip Hop have passed over the last few years and there have been way too many of these kinds of records, and besides Mac Miller’s Circles, a lot of them have not been very good. From what Juice Wrld’s team has said, though, ‘Righteous’ was actually finished before he passed, and he had been getting ready to release it anyway(so at least we know Juice Wrld was happy with the way the final cut sounded). ‘Righteous’ is a song that is so surreal to listen to when he is not here anymore. I know he talked about his depression, anxiety, and drug abuse issues in his music when he was alive, but it feels like it is so highlighted and so strong not that he is not. Sonically, this song is so well put together and so nice to listen to. Juice Wrld’s vocals are incredible, and the instrumental is so grand and Emo and Dark. ‘Righteous’ is a really great song in the style that Juice Wrld is known for, and it gets me really excited to hear his upcoming project. RIP Juice Wrld.