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Benley Nguyen | April 24, 2022

Welcome to The Fodder Blog’s new weekly segment ‘Weekly Top 10’, where our lovely team of writers share their top song picks for that week. If you’re in need of brand-new, spirited additions to your tumbleweed-ridden playlists, you’re in the right place! 

Benley Nguyen shares his pick of the ten best music releases this week.

BIBI — ‘Best Lover’

Released on: April 17

The latest single from Korean pop singer BIBI, ‘Best Lover’, encapsulates the artist’s propensity for experimenting with different concepts, genres, and styles for her music. ‘Best Lover’ arrives six months after ‘The Weekend’, BIBI’s first single under Asian-American music label 88rising, released last year. The song elucidates the artist’s personal desires for a perfect lover, even if it means that some of their characteristics would be superficial. This may sound a little demanding at first, but listening to the song’s electro and indie instrumental will make you think twice.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard — ‘Kepler-22b’

Released on: April 20

Taking the name of Kepler-22b, an orbital planet shrouded in astrological mysteries, Australian rock band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have found a way to associate its name with the dream of achieving lofty ambitions. ‘Kepler-22b’ was introduced alongside a colourful animated video that oozes ‘80s vibes. The soothing voice of the singer compliments the sounds of bass really well, while the jazz tinges provide a relaxing atmosphere which can be compared to the feeling of pausing before moving forward.

BIBI — ‘Froyo’

Released on: April 17

Back at it again with 88rising powerhouses BIBI, Rich Brian, and Warren Hue. ‘Froyo’ demonstrates a harmonious combination of R&B and rap as performed by BIBI in the beginning, before Rich Brian with Warren Hue takes the reins with their rap verses. Interestingly, in an interview with Rich Brian, he mentioned that the song was recorded in 30 minutes. He explained that ‘Froyo’ is an “interestingly arranged song” that inspires young artists to experiment more with their music, as only those who can stayed on top of the ever-changing music industry can keep up with it. 

The Kid Laroi — ‘Thousand Miles’

Released on: April 22

The Kid Laroi recently released a new single and here’s the thing, it’s a certified bop. ‘Thousand Miles’ depicts the duality of Laroi—displayed best in the music video, where he’s shown in red attire, a side to him that attempts to sabotage the other wearing white. He sings about his personal growth, depicting his journey through his troubled relationships. If you have ever followed his previous hit song ‘Stay’, which featured Justin Bieber, and the story behind it, here is the official follow-up.

The Chainsmokers — ‘Riptide’

Released on: April 22

The Chainsmokers are back with a new single. ‘Riptide’ immerses listeners in tropical summer vibes. With the soothing voice of main singer Andrew Taggart backed by EDM,  ‘Riptide’ immerses listeners in a dream of the perfect summer with their loved ones. The song is featured alongside their other tracks in their new album to be released on May 13. 

Hikaru Utada, Warren Hue — ‘T’

Released on: April 17

Japanese pop icon Hikaru Utada recently dropped a new song over the Coachella weekend. ‘T’ has a low-fi EDM vibe that matches perfectly with the singer’s wispy voice; it’s meant as a welcome back song for herself, in reference to her decade-long absence from the United States. (Fun fact: Hikaru Utada has dual citizenship in both Japan and the U.S). The track also features Warren Hue, an established Indonesian rapper based in the U.S.

Megan Thee Stallion — ‘Plan B’

Released on: April 22

Megan Thee Stallion once again proves that she’s a strong, independent artist on her new single, ‘Plan B’. This single is her first release since her March collaboration with Dua Lipa on ‘Sweetest Pie’; it’s a sweet combination of the track’s swaggering beat and dynamic lyrics. “Popping Plan B’s ’cause I don’t plan to be stuck with ya,” she spits on the high-energy track. 

Florence + The Machine — ‘Free’

Released on: April 21

Florence + The Machine’s new single, ‘Free’, was unveiled with a music video featuring British actor Bill Nighy. The new track shows off just how versatile vocalist Florence Welch is when it comes to incorporating her own style and technique. It’s also the latest addition to their upcoming album, ‘Dance Fever’, following ‘My Love’, ‘King’, and ‘Heaven is Here’. The song portrays the artist’s liberating feelings towards what she describes as “missed most during lockdown including clubs, dancing at festivals, and togetherness”.

PinkPantheress (feat. Willow) — ‘Where you are’

Released on: April 22

PinkPantheress and Willow have teamed up for ‘Where you are’, which features the duo navigating heartbreak: “I don’t know what to do / I wish that I’d never met you”. ‘What you are’ presents PinkPantheress’ experimental, chill pop flair that compliments her euphoric voice. In collaboration with Willow, the song goes a level higher, especially when the pair sync harmonies.

Hot Chip — ‘Down’

Released on: April 19

‘Down’ is an upbeat, funky electronic pop number that overflows with the immense influence of the ‘80s sounds Hot Trip usually evokes. The song seems to be a forward groove at first, but once the vocals kick in, it instantly refreshes—a quality that most recent music seems to be missing. The song is the first track in an upcoming album heralding the band’s comeback on August 19. 

 

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