We Listened So You Didn’t Have To
Welcome back! Though we have a mere three weeks left, it’d be hell without some new tunes to get you through exams. Here’s some new Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé, and Miguel to help.
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect Duet (Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé)”
So this happened. If you’re a fan of the original solo version of Sheeran’s “Perfect,” you’re sure to enjoy this duet. However, as talented as she is, Beyoncé doesn’t add much extra to the track, so if you weren’t already in love with it I’d skip this one.
Miguel – “Come Through and Chill (feat. J. Cole & Salaam Remi)”
Despite a few disappointing lead singles for his new album “War Machine,” Miguel’s latest, “Come Through and Chill,” is a reminder that he’s still one of R&B’s best. Much like Miguel’s breakout hit “All I Want Is You,” the tune makes use of J. Cole feature over a laid-back guitar loop. Salaam Remi brings his best for the relaxed beat, perfectly setting the mood for a song about skipping the Netflix and going straight to the chill. “War Machine” is out now.
SiR – “Something Foreign (feat. ScHoolboy Q)”
TDE apparently can’t fail this year. Both Kendrick and SZA’s albums were fantastic, and the label’s lesser-known songbird SiR is carving out his own lane in contemporary R&B/hip-hop. “Something Foreign” sees SiR team up with labelmate ScHoolboy for a single that’s equal parts somber and smooth. Q nails his flow and SiR continues to display how well his harmonic acrobatics fit with lowkey hip-hop beats. SiR is definitely an artist to watch out for.
U2 – “Love Is All We Have Left”
U2 is really in the twilight years of their career at this point, but the opening track of their new “Songs Of Experience” album is actually pretty great. Despite Bono’s cheesy lyricism, his experimentation with electronically processed vocals is invigorating – a sign that the band still has some great musical ideas left in them. “Songs Of Experience” is out now.
Her – “We Choose”
Her are currently crafting some of France’s best R&B. “We Choose,” their new single, is a particularly low-key ballad, a contrast to tracks like “Swim,” the standout from their 2017 EP “Her Tape #2.” It’s pretty great music to play in the background for study.
Let us know what you think of these tracks down in the comments, and look out for next week’s list!