August may have slipped back in time – and sipped like a bottle of wine – but that doesn’t mean August releases have to! If you’re in the mood to refresh your playlists, here’s a roundup of the singles released last month, from K-pop to country to DnB.
“Coastin” by Victoria Monét
Isabella Armus, Associate Artistic Editor
Summer, sex and synths, it must be a new track by Victoria Monét. In recent years, she has focused on her solo career after writing massive hits for artists such as Ariana Grande and Ciara. Illustrated by his 2020 EP “Jaguar”, Monét’s distinct sound flourished. The streak doesn’t end with her new late summer single “Coastin”. Dripping with tight riffs and velvety percussions, Monét expresses his desires. Demonstrating a confident autonomy over her body, she confides in the chorus that she can “make it go north, south, east, west coast”, creating a playful insinuation on the song’s title. It’s not your grandmother’s R&B though; the funk-inspired riffs and relaxing bassline of the song ensure the lyrics never fall into hokey territory. The only feels modern everywhere, proving that if anyone can make summer last a little longer, it’s Victoria Monét.
Jennifer Ren, Performing Arts Editor
The third single from burgeoning hip-hop group PANTHEPACK, “Buzz”, is a surprising listen, with a catchy chorus that will give you stuck song syndrome. Revolving around synth drums, the uplifting rhythms and fierce lyrics contrast with the cartoon-like teaser video. Released under Jackson’s label Wang Team Wang, PANTHEPACK features Wang, singer-songwriter Karencici, hip-hop artist ICE and producer J. Sheon. The song reflects the authentic and at times hardcore style of the band. “Buzz”, sung in English and Chinese, is full of stimulating assertiveness messages that sum up the team’s ambition. When Wang sings in a hoarse voice, “Tell the enemies that we did it / From the ground that we levitated, we did it,” it is clear how far they have gone – the effect of filtering on “have done” points out that they have, in fact, done it. With the quartet’s shared Chinese heritage, they sprinkle Mandarin lyrics throughout the song, weaving their culture into the music. Karencici’s melodic rap is particularly remarkable, the relaxed cadence of which makes you groove. The pulsating track melpolytropic flows with dense and rhythmic rhythms, creating a festive atmosphere that contrasts with Wang’s latest romantic and melancholy novel “Drive You Home. ”Much like Wang himself, PANTHEPACK not only wows listeners with its distinctive charm, but also ignites listeners’ curiosity about the future of this new hip-hop group.
“‘Just for me'” by PinkPantheress
Yas Akdag, music editor
Until a few weeks ago, I had no idea who PinkPantheress was. But that was all before PinkPantheress’ latest single “Just for me” blew up on TikTok. At the head of the chorus, she sings, “I’m obsessed with you in a way I can’t believe / When you wipe your tears, do you wipe them just for me?” The song is an instant earworm designed by British electro-pop producer Mura Masa, who was the originator of the hit song “Love $ ick” with A $ AP Rocky. With PinkPantheress, the duo bring back the DnB – drum and bass – a British genre heard in clubs and raves. “Just for me” follows the rules of the genre: the song consists of a simple looping bassline and drum beat, accompanied by a light acoustic guitar and ambient synths that swell and swirl through the sound field. With a short runtime of 1 minute and 55 seconds, it’s no surprise that this song has now been used in over 1.5 million TikTok videos and racked up millions of streams. PinkPantheress is definitely an artist to watch in the coming months.
“Paint Me Naked” by Ten (NCT)
Alexandra Chan, editor-in-chief
In an interview with Diving studiosTen shared that his third solo release, “Paint Me Naked,” was the first song he had creative control over. After two heartwarming and sweet releases, the self-proclaimed “alternative pop-rock” track is most easily summed up as entertaining. While the verses are light, highlighting her vocals, the choruses pack more oomph. Driven by a distorted electric guitar and bouncy rhythm, the chorus forces you to get up and dance – a consequence of Ten’s dance floor. It’s clear Ten is having fun with his comeback: wearing loud, colorful outfits in the clip to complete his bright and vibrant choreography. “Paint me Naked” is proof that Ten’s solo releases are reliable and of high quality.
“How can you live if you can’t love, how can you if you do” by Wednesday
Ana Cubas, artistic writer
Yes, I know this single was released at the end of July. But Wednesday’s second album, “Twin Plagues” was released in August, and I remembered how graceful this track is. The band’s shoegaze-tinged sound takes on a country tune with “How Can You Live…”, a ballad of love and loss to the sound of Big Star. Lead singer Karly Hartzman’s voice rocks, dives and cries in an unhurried cathartic fashion, melting into the melody of the steel pedal guitar. For such a hushed track, “How Can You Live…” contains as much emotion as there are words in the title. Hartzman sings, “The rooms would look much better if you were standing there / envious of the rooms whose floors can feel your weight on them. The lyrics are intimate and surreal, encapsulating a whimsical haze of emotional vulnerability. Listen to this song, you will understand why it is an honorary mention for the month of August.
BTS’s “Butter (Remix)” ft. Megan Thee Stallion
Annie Williams, Contributing Writer
Hot resident girl Megan Thee Stallion has teamed up with global sensation BTS on a remix of the latter’s hit summer song, “Butter.” Amid recent claims that her label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, was blocking the release of new music, Megan sought emergency help from the Texas courts to release the track, which she was granted. The vocals seem edged with gold as the band members use their signature high range, which contrasts with radiant synths and bouncy rhythm. As the queen of summer song, Megan fits naturally into the sunny glow of BTS’s groove, contributing to a rap mid-song and subtle vocal accompaniment later. She delivers her verse on a thrilling pace, declaring herself “the best in Houston” and “sweet as cocoa butter”. It is evident that his signature rap blends perfectly with the lush styles of BTS. The “Butter” remix marks a new step forward for the integration of BTS into the Western musical landscape. Their collaborations with Steve Aoki, Halsey, Ed Sheeran and Nicki Minaj are a testament to their success so far; there is more to be expected of them in the future.
“justified” by Kacey Musgraves
Elizabeth Moshkevich, Contributing Writer
Kacey Musgraves released the music video for his new single, “Righteous,” last week, and it immediately put me in my mind. As her fourth studio album approaches, the six-time Grammy-winning country star has moved away from understated thematic country ballads like “Rainbow”, “Star-Crossed” or “Space Cowboy.” On “justified”, she switches to a more upbeat and rhythmic country-pop sound but still easygoing which will make listeners nostalgic and reflective. The chorus itself is fun and catchy, despite the confidence of the lyrics, as Musgraves goes through the tribulations of grief. She sings “If I cry just a little bit, and I laugh in the middle, then I change my mind,” with a sweet confidence mixed with a tinge of nostalgia, emphasizing her ability to convey important messages through her words, her tone. convincing and cadence. This isn’t the first time she’s done it – she uses a similar dynamic between her lyrics and her voice in “Star-Crossed”. But in “Justified” she offers the listener something new by merging this dichotomy with a new genre and stepping out of her comfort zone.
LO $ ER = LO ♡ ER ”of TOMORROW X ENSEMBLE
Alexandra Chan, editor-in-chief
“LO $ ER = LO ♡ ER” is the electrifying first single from TXT’s latest repackaged album “The Chaos Chapter: FIGHT OR ESCAPE”. The drums crash and the bass riff reminds listeners of memories of their emo phase in college. The clip is also reminiscent of the 2000s pop-punk craze: TXT wears ripped black outfits, dark eye makeup, and windswept hair. The choreography involves mic stands and the back of a flatbed truck driving through the countryside. How not to remember Green Day? TXT continues to develop their young punk sound as “LO $ ER = LO ♡ ER” follows their latest lead song “1 × 0 = LOVESONG (I Know I Love You)”, where the band uses hand-held microphones to sing the song. desire to be loved. This new track, however, is about fighting for their love. “I say run,” they roar as the chorus kicks in and “flee” together out of this world; even though they appear to be losers in the eyes of the world, they want to be the lovers of those who are dear to them. TXT is not afraid to embody a young, heartbreaking love and embrace the emotions that resonate with their fans.
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