“Don’t Need No Money” by Imani Williams feat. Sigala and Blonde

Sure. But she could still use more airplay, attention, and exposure despite the fact that British house record producer and DJ extraordinaire Bruce Fielder aka Sigala is on board in the proceedings which started with a chart-smart collab in “Say You Do” early this year. What’s even niftier is to bring the English deep house production power…

“In the Name of Love” by Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha

Cathartic and confessional, “In the Name of Love” grabs you from the first 50 shades of lines crooned by “No Broken Hearts” singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha to the insanely euphoric future bass drop proceedings by rising EDM Dutch DJ Martin Garrix. “If I told you this was only gonna hurt/ If I warned you that the…

“Closer” by The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey

Besides Cheddar, books, videogames, and the seas, there is something else that fascinates the chart-topping power EDM duo of “The Chainsmokers”. They share fondness for female voices who can soulfully croon (Charlee, Inside Out) and inflate tunes to the stratosphere (Rozes, Roses) or those who can tear a fabric of the universe by belting unearthly…

“Ruin” by Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes used to rely on the sizzle caused by his solid fanbase now he’s bringing out the steak. And this has put all his detractors in utter silence as he digs deeper into his mixed bag of emotionally charged solo effort that aims to bring his assortment of atmospheric choruses and couplets into light…

“American Country Love Song” by Jake Owen

Some people thought country singer-songwriter Jake Owen is gonna bust out some diaristic tear-in-your-cold beer classics or drawl cryptic barbs about his own heartaches and breakups to crank up his fifth full length after a three-year hiatus. Surprisingly, he did not. Instead, in his lead single “American Country Love Song” from American Love, the bro-country…

“Girls Talk Boys” by 5 Seconds of Summer

Fans of four-piece Australian rock band 5 Seconds of Summer were lucked out real big-time when their single for Ghostbusters soundtrack leaked online to the dismay of 5SOS. But not to their gazillion of followers who have incessantly talked about this old-school squiggle-funk outing that has been hyped by media blitz since its release on…

“Fool’s Gold” by Aaron Carter

No fooling. Aaron Carter is back and with little fanfare, dispatches his first outing in atmospheric synth-based construct swathed in multiple-layered soundscapes. His first single after 13 years, “Fool’s Gold”, may not be gold, but definitely not a turn for the worst. The oddball 29-year old singer-songwriter cuts loose his pre-teen hip-hop and pop-heavy slogs…

“Light Her Up” by Todd Carey

American singer-songwriter Todd Carey may be done with waiting and watching as he wastes no time to cut loose on barn burners like his latest fourth single, “Light Her Up”, a lightweight reggae-tinged pop fare that toes the line as his slew of previous offerings does: “Nintendo”,  “OMG” and just recently “Ready”. At the rate…

“We Don’t Talk Anymore” by Charlie Puth feat. Selena Gomez

  It should not come as any surprise that Charlie Puth’s debut album Nine Track Mind is aiming for introspective fare than just mass appeal cash-in. The efficiency and grace of this Berklee College of Music alum has been his strongest suit from his tenure on falsetto-soaked and throat-shredding onslaught of pop song do-overs on…

“Rise” by Katy Perry

Whitney Houston did it for the Summer Olympics in ’88. So did Gloria Estefan  in ’96. Now, it’s Katy Perry’s turn to rise up to the echelon and use her big-lunged vocal power to fill the sports arena of Rio Olympics with unbridled spirit of massive choruses. Fittingly titled as “Rise”, this theme from Teenage…

“Make Me” by Britney Spears feat. G-Eazy

“Can you tell you want me by the way I see you staring across the room,” asks Britney Spears in a lushly-orchestrated synth-fuelled sexy dream-pop “Make Me” from the pop icon’s 9th untitled album offering. Britney who has known to push boundaries in her previous outings safely sided on the right-field catching up with the trends…

“Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara

Juno-winning Canadian singer Alessia Cara sounds better when she spews lyrics loaded with caustic social commentary than entries from a padlocked diary. But she is at her blistering best when she aims for lyrical depth such as her autobiographical approach in breakout single and sleeper hit “Here” where she forsakes trivial party fun to whine…