Soul singer Yebba released her long-awaited debut album Dawn (RCA) last week, a fully-formed project produced by Mark Ronson that chronicles the ongoing cycle of grief and forgiveness. Opening track “Love Came Down”This is one of the album’s most pulsing songs. It cracks the album open from the jump, rattling listeners awake before soothing them into deep thought. – LYNDSEY HAVENS
Aly & AJ “Get Over Here”
Aly & AJ released their first album in 14-years, the acclaimed A Touch of the Beat Gets You up on Your Feet Gets You out And Then Into the Sunshine. Now, the sisters are back with more. Synth-pop jam “Get Over Here”This is a mix of futuristic and retro music and includes a 2-minute epic breakdown. It previews the upcoming deluxe version. — L.H.
Muna feat. Phoebe Bridgers, “Silk Chiffon”
L.A.’s pop trio Muna recently signed to Phoebe Bridgers Saddest Factory (an imprint from Dead Oceans). So naturally, their first single on the label features the new boss. Bridgers is a great fit. “Silk Chiffon,”This is a beautiful pop-rock song that chronicles the feeling and emotion of longing in a tangible way. – L.H.
박혜진 Park Hye Jin, “Where Did I Go”
27-year-old South Korean artist 박혜진 Park Hye Jin, who weaves K-house with K-pop together with the thread of electronic music, released her debut album Before I Die last week on Ninja Tune. “Where Did I Go,” about Park’s childhood, opens with a few piano keys before the production picks up, growing more inviting and layered with each second. -L.H.
Tems “Crazy Tings”
Nigerian soul singer Tems is experiencing a career peak right now, thanks in part to her guest spot on Wizkid. “Essence.”She is keeping the momentum with a new, soulful solo track. “Crazy Tings,”This could be about the end of a relationship but could also be about her current success, as she sings: “Crazy tings are happenin’.” – L.H.
Syd ft. Smino “Right Track”
Syd (of The Internet), belts out this irresistible R&B tune about a woman with a Latin-flavored acoustic riff and crisp snare. “might be trying to wife”She will at least make her overnight stay worthwhile. It’s already one ominous track of the year. When Smino adds a relaxed, sensual verse to it, it’s the perfect finishing touch. — JOE LYNCH
Chlöe, “Have Mercy”
After 2020’s highly acclaimed Ungodly Hour album, Chloe Bailey of the sister-duo makes her solo debut with “Have Mercy” under the moniker Chlöe. The vocals are pristine as always, but solo Chlöe is bringing the dirrty dancefloor vibes on a track that splits the difference between Fifth Harmony and Pussycat Dolls. – J.L.
Troye Sivan “Angel Baby”
Troye Sivan’s vocal performance is a beautiful, soulful rendition of a song that recalls the best of 1980s pop balladry. “Angel Baby.”Sivan’s mantra-like delivery is the best part of the song. But don’t miss the swoon worthy line. “Maybe we can play house for the weekend.” – J.L.
Juanes & Elvis Costello, and the Attractions “Pump It Up”
This Year’s Model by Elvis Costello and The Attractions gets a Spanish-language remix album, Spanish Model. Contemporary artists sing the original 1978 instrumental songs. Juanes, showcasing the attitude and sneering humor of “Pump It Up,”Particularly stands out. – J.L.
Kenzie, “Happy for Me”
A gentle, mesmerizing tune with a widescreen chorus that can be sung along “Happy for Me” finds Kenzie — the younger sister of Sia protégé Maddie Ziegler, and a Dance Moms alum herself — getting over a toxic ex while delivering this rousing ode to self-worth. – Lynch