By Josh Schonfeld
Is anyone else already tired of the “work work work” 1-2 punch of Rihanna and Fifth Harmony? Do you want to just say “NO” to Meghan Trainor? Have you already burnt yourself out on the last group of new music I gave you? If so, look no further than this week’s fresh batch of new tunes, guaranteed to get you out of your rut and onto the dance floor.
Sia – “Cheap Thrills”
It’s been a hot minute since we’ve had a party anthem on our hands. “Cheap Thrills” has the same anthemic power as “Chandelier” without all the depressing undertones. Filled with such empty lyrics as “I ain’t got cash, but I got you baby” and “I don’t need no money as long as I can feel the beat,” the only thing Sia is missing, besides cash apparently, is a good “now put your hands up” line. If the tribal beat and titular line, “I LOVE CHEAP THRILLS!” doesn’t get you amped, then nothing will.
Sigala – “Say You Do (feat. Imani & DJ Fresh)”
This hi-NRG island romp is sure to get you smiling, even early in the morning. To hedge their bets on making this a hit, the songwriters incorporated an interpolation of one of the greatest songs of all time, “Always Be My Baby” by Mariah Carey, and it does not disappoint. The Caribbean drums and Imani’s schoolgirl vocals make this an undeniably positive track that will lift your spirits and get you in the mood to celebrate life.
Mat Zo – “Sinful (feat. I See MONSTAS)”
A cross between Daft Punk and Chromeo, “Sinful” is the equivalent of a decadent spring sunset. Mat Zo mixes a catchy repetitive chorus with Super Nintendo vocaloid beats that’ll have you feeling nostalgic for some Stunt Race FX or the like. While I See MONSTAS’s vocals can be grating at times, the marriage of funk and EDM overpowers any shortcomings the vocalist may have.
Ariana Grande – “Be Alright”
Need a cool down from all that dancing? Check out this chill summer breeze from Ariana Grande. Recently performed on SNL, “Be Alright” is a breathy ode to Madonna’s “Vogue” for a new era. Grande gets the runs in the second half and the echoed harmony drowns out the purity of her vocals, but even that can’t ruin the California dreamin’ vibe of the fashion house production.
Belly – “Might Not (feat. The Weeknd)”
Yes, I understand you’re sick of The Weeknd after last year, but damn it, this song is just too good not to highlight. While billed as a Belly song, it’s The Weeknd that does the heavy lifting while Belly merely provides a subpar verse about how awesome he is. The heavy beat and The Weeknd’s falsetto create a sinister tone that perfectly encapsulates a night that’s still going on at 4AM.
Eric Saade – “Colors”
A throwback to the 80s, “Colors” is a hypnotic daze that is sure to make you dizzy. Unfortunately, the minimal piano beat and spiraling melody can’t hide Saade’s cringeworthy lyrics. Once you get past the “lost in translation” issue however, the song becomes tolerable and even catchy as you go “from black and white to colors.” I actually described this song as an 80s porn, to which Saade responded, “hell yeeeeee.”