This week, Charli XCX releases a new single that speaks for every student heading back to school this month, Tinashe links up with A$AP Rocky for her next single off of Aquarius, Lauryn Hill dedicates her powerful demo to the people of Ferguson, and more.
“Break The Rules” by Charli XCX
August is rounding out and people are heading back to school for another year of tests and awkward moments in gym class. Charli XCX always has the perfect song to capture the present. After her summer smash “Fancy” with Iggy Azalea, XCX has a new slogan for students who would give anything not to head back to class.
“never let u down” by et aliae
London producer et aliae has taken Rita Ora’s pop hit “Never Let You Down” and chopped it up to infuse a fuller sound. Though the chorus’ message stays intact throughout the song, this remix allows you to experience something completely different than how the original made you feel.
“Pretend” by Tinashe featuring A$AP Rocky
Tinashe recruits A$AP Rocky to tell a story about trying to breakthrough the friend zone. “Pretend” displays the vulnerable side of this rising R&B singer after she successfully owned the summer with “2 On” featuring ScHoolboy Q. Tinashe’s debut album Aquarius hits stores October 7.
“Black Rage” by Lauryn Hill
Among other musicians who have expressed their thoughts on the execution of Michael Brown, Lauryn Hill dug up “Black Rage” from her archives and tweeted out the song as her way of spreading awareness and promoting peace in Ferguson, Missouri.
An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO. – MLH https://t.co/47v9BEDoN6
— Ms. Lauryn Hill (@MsLaurynHill) August 21, 2014
— Ms. Lauryn Hill (@MsLaurynHill) August 22, 2014
“Divinty” by Porter Robinson featuring Amy Millan
“Divinty” is the opening track on Porter Robinson’s debut studio album Worlds. By definition, divinity is a noun that means: the state or quality of being divine. Robinson stacks layers of euphoric sounds that gradually clear your mind and lift your spirits higher. The clarity brings on this feeling of immortality as the song drives your brain while you escape the world for just a few precious minutes.