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Pigeons and Planes Top Songs of the Week

 //  The new music that you need in your life this week.

With so much good music steadily coming through, it’s easy to miss some of the best. To help prevent this, we’ve rounded up the best new songs of the week. Here are the songs you can’t afford to skip, in no particular order.

  • Rejjie Snow ft. Kaytranada & Aminé – “Egyptian Luvr”

    Image via Golightly Media

    Rejjie Snow has always had an easy, natural presence on the mic, and he showcases it brilliantly with “Egyptian Luvr,” a neon lit groove produced by Kaytranada and featuring guest turns from Aminé and Dana Williams. The bouncy single sets the tone for his long-awaited debut, Dear Annie. It’s dance floor ready thanks to Kaytranada’s sharp drum programming and Snow’s rhythmic delivery, but it’s also bittersweet and wistful, a reflection on the unshakeable weight of our past and how it lingers with us, most glaringly as we pursue new partners and look to the future. Aminé and Snow are a perfect tandem, Williams adds melodic heft on the hook, and “Egyptian Luvr” makes the lengthy wait for Dear Annie seem well worth it.—Grant Rindner

  • Kevin George – “High Like This”

    Kevin George is a 20-year-old singer and producer and “High Like This” is his first single. There are dark undertones to the music and video, but the song succeeds on its sharp pop instincts—the hook especially is gold.

    “I’ve failed so many times during the first four years at creating a sound that caters to me and how I move, think, and feel. And I think going into LOVELAND I just wanted to make huge sounding records that caters to just about everyone,” Kevin told us. Learn more about this talented young artist here and look out for the rest of his LOVELAND EP, coming soon.—Alex Gardner

  • Kris Wu, Rich Brian, Trippie Redd, Joji & Baauer – “18”

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    “18” is a collaboration between five artists in the middle of career-defining moments. But more than that, it’s a snapshot of just how far each of them have come in a fast-paced internet era. A year ago, Rich Brian was a meme named Rich Chigga getting laughed at by American rappers. Now he’s making songs with today’s biggest rappers. Kris Wu takes another big step in his transition from Chinese superstar to American respectability after becoming the first Chinese artist to go No. 1 on iTunes, and Trippie Redd continues his incredible momentum from 2017 into the new year.

    Then there’s Joji and Baauer. Five years ago, Joji was a YouTuber named Filthy Frank who started the “Harlem Shake” trend that turned Baauer’s single into an ultra-viral hit. Now, Joji has a promising future as a serious musician, Baauer has successfully carved out a career for himself away from the shadow of “Harlem Shake,” and the two have a great song together. Beautiful.—Eric Skelton

    Watch what happened when we spent 24 hours in Miami with Trippie Redd here and see our video profile of Joji here.

  • Suzi Wu – “Taken Care Of”

    Photo by Bree Hart

    Suzi Wu‘s “Taken Care Of” isn’t the kind of pop that’s popular right now. It’s raw and a little unkempt, and there’s a punk energy to Wu’s charisma that gives the 19-year-old London artist an edge. But despite that, the song is catchy as hell and addictive. Wu may not fit in neatly with popular music in 2018, but that’s what makes her stand out. We can’t wait to hear more.—Jacob Moore

    Read our interview with Suzi Wu here.

  • Everything Is Recorded ft. Infinite & Green Gartside – “Bloodshot Red Eyes”

    Credit: Ed Morris

    Very few people will be familiar with the artist Infinite, who features on three songs on Richard Russell’s upcoming Everything is Recorded album, alongside legends like Peter Gabriel and Damon Albarn, and contemporary stars like Sampha and Syd.

    “Infinite’s voice, to me, echoes Chicago house music very directly,” Richard Russell told us. “Chicago house music, which I was listening to in acid house parties in London when I was a teenager in the late ’80s. That gospel, lonely quality, he embodies that.”

    “Bloodshot Red Eyes” is the latest single to be shared from Russell’s upcoming album, which will be released February 16, and it features Infinite alongside Green Gartside, frontman of Scritti Politti. .—Alex Gardner

    Learn all about ‘Everything Is Recorded’ with our extensive interview with Russell here and find out which album changed his life here.

 

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