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Rema – Holiday
Bittersweet chords set the tone for Rema’s trip down memory lane. On Holiday, the 22-year-old reflects on his journey from struggling to feed his family to becoming one of the most-hyped musicians in Nigerian music. Straddling the lines between pride and braggadocio, gratitude and sentimental cheese, it’s a song that reminds listeners of Rema’s past while setting the stage for his future. OP
Lana Del Rey – A&W
The second single off Del Rey’s upcoming album, Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd is classic LDR with an unexpected twist. Produced by Jack Antonoff, who has said the track his “favourite they’ve ever done”, the song’s title is both a reference to the American restaurant chain and an acronym for “American whore”, which is what Del Rey calls herself repeatedly in the seven-minute “rant track”. Lyrically, Lana reckons with different versions of herself: from childhood (“I haven’t done a cartwheel since I was nine”) all the way to present-day Lana (“Did you know a singer can still be lookin’ like a side piece at thirty-three”). After around four minutes of traditional balladry, A&W shifts gear with pulsating synths and a hip-hop beat, and there’s an appropriately epic tone simmering the whole way through. JW
Role Model – A Little More Time
Role Model – aka LA-based musician Tucker Pillsbury – and the extremely popular internet personality Emma Chamberlain recently hard-launched their relationship with a GQ profile. Chamberlain co-directed and edited the lo-fi video for A Little More Time, and so the views are flooding in. With melodies so strong you can’t believe they’ve not been written before, the track is worthy of its inevitable viral moment. DR
Beabadoobee – Glue Song
Attention, all: Gen Z’s favourite indie-pop princess is loved-up. Already a fan fave after being included in Beabadoobee’s recent setlists, this tender ballad was aptly released on Valentine’s Day, alongside a music video directed by her boyfriend Jacob Erland (THE FACE went down to celebrate the song in Camden last week). Filmed in Iloilo, Bea’s home city in the Philippines, Glue Song is an unbridled love track free from the “sad undertones” of her previous work, featuring sweet, simple lyrics overlaid with opulent strings. JW