“Sweet Creature” by Harry Styles

It will be unfair to demand so much from Harry Styles. After all, transition is never that easy for any One Direction member as each struggles into issues of identity and authenticity without raising expectations. But to his credit, Styles has managed strongly enough to come out swinging with a strong debut with “Sign of…

“Slow Hands” by Niall Horan

The title says it all. And it’s hard not to be swept up in the momentum of Niall Horan’s sexy and smooth pop tune “Slow Hands” as it crawls its way to your bedroom with his sultry low register melding atop the basslines and funky vibe of his follow-up to his chart-topping debut “This Town”….

“First Time” by Kygo and Ellie Goulding

By the numbers? I doubt it. Prolific Norwegian DJ and producer Kygo continues his artistic excursion with his comp of cuts of trop-house music built around a concept piece of synths, sounds, and textures cementing a nostalgic slate of moody anthems since he kickstarted the year with a Selena Gomez-assisted “It Ain’t Me”. Gunning to…

“Bon Appétit” by Katy Perry feat. Migos

No, this isn’t comfort food but feel free to partake. Filled with sexual innuendos and double entendre, Katy Perry’s follow-up to Chained to the Rhythm is nothing short of a raunchy flesh-fest dish gurgling into a pop dancehall fare she is no stranger to. “Bon Appétit” fires out over-the-top allusions in the same earthy vein…

“There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” by Shawn Mendes

Picture this: Canadian heartthrob Shawn Mendes with his relentless guitar arpeggios and fretwork atop his gravelly pipes in his brain-cramping slates of gritty ballads all cramped up in his most successful album to date, “Illuminate”. You might think he keeps walking on the same creative road trodden by John Mayer, but Mendes who has constantly…

“The Letter” by Jacob Whitesides

For our money, “Open Book” could have been Jacob Whitesides’ best work ever even capable of dwarfing competitions of his generation. But having listened to his new single “The Letter”, we can say that this string-sweetened lovelorn lament is his ticket to the mainstream inviting comparison to the likes of Canadian artist Shawn Mendes. The…

“Attention” by Charlie Puth

The pop world is all ears to Charlie Puth’s newest single, “Attention” after the success of his debut full length “Nine Track Mind” churning out chart favorites like “See You Again”, “Marvin Gaye”, and “We Don’t Talk Anymore”. The 25-year old singer continues his evolution moving beyond the charcuterie of cheesy offerings into a surprisingly…

“Losing You” by Alison Krauss

She can wallow in the basic feelings of loss, stately heartbreaks, and regrets, yet her music remains a wonderful testament of crossover pop-country ballad, thanks to her pristine and crowd-free vocals that have defined a genre of her own. Krauss has released a collection of timeless co-writes and cool covers in “Windy City”, her first…

“Humble” by Kendrick Lamar

Humility has its own virtue, at least according to rap prodigy Kendrick Lamar’s new single “Humble”. His audacious retelling of his own narrative from his austere beginnings to his meteoric rise puts his contemporaries in pale comparison. Fresh from his “The Heart Part 4”, Lamar is once again gruffly spitting world-conquering boasts atop a high-slung…

“There’s Only One of You” by Nathan Sykes

Nathan Sykes never sticks to the tried and tested formula when it comes to his music. With the release of his full-length album “Unfinished Business” gaining some traction, Sykes is poised to explore spacier musical realms past his Wanted days. Being soulful is one way to keep his lyrical fixation anchored on love, heartbreaks, and…