The Gray Havens – “High Enough (feat. Propaganda)”: Organic pop at it’s best. This song was the spiritual alternative pop song I didn’t know I was looking for. Propaganda leads his 10/10 narrative skills to create a broader narrative that speaks a colorful soundscape into existence. Or perhaps more accurately, this soundscape as planted into the hearts of the Grey Havens for us to hear.
Tiger Drive: “Legend” – If you know us, you probably know this band. “Legend” sounds like it was carefully crafted to fit in the next big blockbuster or ESPN promo spot. “Started out at the bottom, now they know me out in Tokyo” could easily become a pop culture catchphrase if enough of the right folks hear this song. Plus, when you mix a bit of mystery, a thundering hook, and some deceptively simple (complex?) rhythm it’s not hard to see that we have a winner on our hands.
Keke Palmer – “Bossy”: It seems the new thing for the kids to call catchy songs these days is a “bop”. Looking at Keke’s instagram, this was one of the first comments I saw. This is the sort of song that many a music critic would turn their nose up at, but I have to give credit to a woman that recently has been known for her twerking abilities for releasing a really catchy tune that’s all about self-empowerment. This isn’t the sort of thing that I’d seek out on my own normally (thanks, Total Assault PR!) but I gotta say this could be the start of a refreshing trend in radio-ready pop/R&B anthems.
Jorja Smith – “Let Me Down (feat. Stormzy)”: There’s something really gripping about when Jorja sings “I’ve got you to let me down.” I’m single and I feel convicted by that. I felt like she was singing to me and that I need to keep in mind how I come across to folks in all of my relationships. I don’t write about a lot of sad songs on here, but this stood out to me as one that has the potential to take over radio soon.