New Music You Have to Listen to from Kayzo, Girl Wilde, SKiPPER!, Violet Grae, and Bishop Briggs
Summer isn’t slowing down, and neither is the new music you have to listen to.
Music & Mojitos is catching you up to speed with the latest tracks that will make your August one for the books. With festivals like Electric Zoo: Evolved right around the corner, it’s time to indulge your earbuds with the finer tunes in life, and get yourself an education while you’re at it in order to prepare yourself for the weeks ahead. Who said life has to be all work and no play?
Go ahead and proudly raise a bottle of SummerGods to the following songs that we highly recommend adding to your playlist. You won’t regret it.
Kayzo - “Cruel Love” feat. shYbeast & Frank Zummo [Ultra Music]
What happens when you mix a Houston-born, Los Angeles-based producer, the frontman of I See Stars, and the drummer of Sum 41? You get “Cruel Love,” a mesmerizing and memorable single that effortlessly blends dance culture with the toughness of the rock scene. shYbeast (Devin Oliver) provides heartbreaking vocals, while Frank Zummo reminds you that he remains the king of kings on the drums. Music & Mojitos thinks “Cruel Love” will make you click that replay button like it’s going out of style.
Premiering on July 25 from Ultra Music, “Cruel Love” made an immediate impact on listeners who checked out the accompanying emotional music video. Kayzo is no stranger to pushing the boundaries of electronic music. One second, you’ll get the expected dubstep-heavy bass; the next, psytrance loops that will take you on a wild ride. With global acts DJ Snake and Steve Aoki giving Kayzo the rub, it’s no surprise that the producer is quickly becoming one of the top players on the scene today.
“Cruel Love” will make you examine your past relationships under a high-end microscope. With lyrics like “I’m getting too good at goodbyes,” be prepared for the song to pull at even your tiniest of heartstrings. You’ll need a stiff cocktail after this one.
Girl Wilde - “I Don’t Wanna Die”
Girl Wilde may start off off in a bad mood on “I Don’t Wanna Die,” but listeners will wind up being in a great one after hearing her latest single. It’s just the type of motivation that we didn’t know we were looking for.
When life gets tough, the LA-based singer reminds listeners that they can power through the hard days with breezy electro-pop melodies that will absolutely get stuck in your head, whether you like it or not. “I Don’t Wanna Die” follows Girl Wilde’s “Probably Crying,” an equally self-aware track that Avril Lavigne would surely give her stamp of approval on.
“I Don’t Wanna Die,” along with “Probably Crying,” will be featured on Girl Wilde’s upcoming debut EP. It is set to come out later this year.
SKiPPER! - “Perfect Day”
Speaking of an Avril-era throwback anthem, Music & Mojitos fell head over heels over SKiPPER!’s recent release of “Perfect Day.” The song is a cover of Hoku’s hit which was first featured in the blockbuster film Legally Blonde in 2001.
The Brooklyn-based duo knows that nostalgia is in. SKiPPER!’s flawless cover pulls you into a simpler time when you didn’t have to worry about whose turn it is to take out the garbage or do the dishes. Corinne’s vocals are as angelic as they come, and Michael’s production gives new life to a song that should be more than just a Saturday night karaoke favorite in a Blue Moon-drenched songbook.
If this is just a taste of what’s yet to come, Music & Mojitos thinks SKiPPER! will make pop music cool again. Bring on originals because we are ready.
Violet Grae - “Let Me Be the Man”
World Wrestling Entertainment’s Becky Lynch isn’t the only woman on the planet who can call herself “the man.” Violet Grae has arrived on the scene with her sultry single “Let Me Be the Man.”
Grae’s vocals are simply to-die-for on the track. She doesn’t have to ask Music & Mojitos twice. Grae can be whatever she wants to be when she sounds like that. With a powerhouse of a voice, the soulful singer makes a loud statement: she’s edgy, empowered, and just flat out cool.
Bishop Briggs - “Tattooed On My Heart” [Island Records]
Nobody in their right mind can take Bishop Briggs’ talent for granted. “Tattooed On My Heart” dropped on July 24 via Island Records, and the track proves that Briggs stands tall as a queen of soul.
Loaded with handclaps and gospel chants, “Tattooed On My Heart” confirms that the singer-songwriter is a champion who is turning heads everywhere she performs. In a recent tour announcement, Briggs is scheduled to return to the New York on October 15 at Webster Hall.
Need an immediate Briggs fix? Tune into The Late Late Show With James Corden tonight to see her in all of her head-shaven glory.