Victoria Monet, Ashnico, Ethel Cain, Boys Like Girls – Billboard

Looking for some motivation to get you through the start of another work week? We feel you, and with some new pop tunes, we’ve got you covered.

These 10 tracks from artists like Victoria Monet, Boys Like Girls, Ashnico & Ethel Cain and more will get you pumped for the week. Pop any of these gems into your personal playlists — or scroll to the end of the post for a custom playlist of 10.

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Sid Sriram, „Quiet Storm”

Sid Sriram is a superstar in India thanks to his Bollywood work, and with a new Def Jam deal and US debut album, Siddharth, the 33-year-old has her sights set on making a bigger impact on American audiences. Tracks like „Quiet Storm” showcase Sriram’s impeccable vocal range to a wider audience, as well as nods to his musical individuality, with shape-shifting texture, ecstatic production flourishes and soulful thickness of sound. – Jason Lipschutz

Ashnico feat. Ethel Cain, „Dying Star”

Metaphors coalesce as Ashnico and Ethel Cain’s voices intertwine on „Dying Star,” the breathtaking finale of Ashnico’s new album. weed killer. Instead of delineating between verses and choruses, the performers hold the mics together and syncopate in and out of different lines. Ashnico and Cain approach pop songwriting from different perspectives, but they sing about a forgiving earth and complex identity issues with a pure understanding of each other’s strengths. – J. Lipschutz

Olivia Lunney, „Heartbreak on Repeat”

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„The devil in my eyes is a dead giveaway / Can I hurt you like no one?” Olivia Lunney asks on top of „Heartbreak on Repeat,” a bleak, slightly funky synth-pop production that shines a dark light on the Canadian singer-songwriter’s question. Lunney moves with precision throughout the new single, deliberately sweeping through bridges and choruses, declaring her freedom from romantic or societal expectations. – J. Lipschutz

L’Rain, „Pet Rock”

You can approach the fantasy of L’Rain’s new single on two levels: the psych-pop spiral, blissfully disappearing for a few minutes, or the elliptical, emotional plea, with Taja Cheek’s lyrics evasive about feeling invisible. or „a dead woman with shadows propped up by captors.” Whether read casually or in depth, “Pet Rock” resonates and L’Rain’s upcoming album I killed your dog It’s quickly becoming one of fall’s most anticipated releases. – J. Lipschutz

Shallow Pools, „Nightmare”

With „Nightmare,” Boston-based indie quartet Shallow Pools have crafted a single that makes listeners want to nod their heads in glee in a crowded room while respecting the boundaries of the world around them. After all, the group thoughtlessly mocks people who are uncomfortable in their own skin, then delivers some well-crafted melodies that help make their points effectively. – J. Lipschutz

anchimile, „animal”

“The King,” the lead single from Anjimile’s upcoming album of the same name, features a sleek chorus before descending into a noisy abyss, with “Animal” delivering his vocals with bare-bones intensity: “If you treat me like an animal / I’ll be an animal,” they say in a They remind those who try to minimize their presence as a black trance artist. In both songs, Anjimil awakens the listener and exudes an urgency that compels us to dive deeper into his world. – J. Lipschutz

Victoria Monet, “Stop (Hear Me 4Shyt)”

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Confident, soft-spoken talk about men was a staple of late ’90s R&B, but as Victoria Monet declares, “It’s not even Christmas, it’s not even your birthday/ So why you callin’ me with a wish list.” Top Jaguar II„Stop (Ask Me 4Shyt),” the vibes are all lush, pristine ’70s soul. You’d practically expect Verdin’ White to perform nowhere, so it’s no surprise when Earth, Wind & Fire actually makes a special appearance on the album’s next track, the reflective „Hollywood.” – Joe Lynch

Beaches, „What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Paranoid”

On Beaches’ „What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Paranoid,” the delightfully world-weary first verse is quickly subsumed into the head-bobbing delivery of the chorus, where the Toronto quartet finds a cathartic outlet for anxieties about everything from conspiracy theories. Oversharing. At just under four minutes, it’s shorter than Nietzsche’s Twilight of the StatuesAnd dancing is definitely easier. – J. Lynch

Saint Etienne, „Spirit Guide”

Saint Etienne released their debut single “Spirit Guide” which further explores the iconic British indie trio’s dance approach. Instead of often comprehensible lyrics, it uses repetitive sounds amid stylish hi-hat instrumentation to capture a relaxing vibe that moves the body and sharpens the senses. The downtempo beats feel like the sultry closing track on a party playlist, signaling that the night is winding down. – Star Bowenbank

Boys Like Girls, „Cry”

The boys, like the girls, have never been afraid to try their hand at a ballad — check out „Two Is Better Than One” featuring Taylor Swift and „Thunder” — and new track „Cry” sees them dust it off for another outing. Vocalist Martin Johnson uses the middle of his range and gives fans a shoulder to cry on. – S. Bowenbank

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