I figured it out. The main reason why I’m drawn to French “Pop Urbaine”. It’s the same reason why RedOne is one of my favorite producers of all time. Their sound is just so global. The melodies are so exotic, like you’re on a trip somewhere foreign. On top of a vibey beat. Not to mention loving some of the scenery in their music videos. There’s no more RedOnes, Timbalands, Max Martins, Akons, etc. in today’s pop music anymore(at least not as prominent), so me being the fiend I am, I’ve had to tap more into European playlists like “Chill House” and “Pop Urbaine” for my “new music with catchy melodies” fix 🤣 🤣 🤣.
It’s an absolute debacle that this song wasn’t nominated for a Grammy. I think it’ll stand as The Weeknd’s biggest and best single, which is saying a lot because “The Hills” and “Starboy” were crazy af. Trust me, I know that electro-pop style of music is passé. But man. This is a mind-blowing song that will actually be very memorable as years pass. This comment sums it up perfectly:
I don’t care about the Grammys. But they are what they are. So I was pleasantly surprised to see that one of the underrated gems I’ve picked here was nominated for a Grammy. I held out on posting for a while, and this is one of the few great songs I’ve discovered and wanted to share from Spotify’s weekly New Music Friday playlist. Even without a video for it. Just a little proof that you can be sure to only find songs a cut above the rest here! Congratulations to this talented artist.
What a super smooth eclectic electronic R&B vibe. Superb musicianship by this newly-discovered artist, Phoenix Troy. I really enjoyed this song. Another hidden gem courtesy of Kitsuné Musique, one of the very best indie labels in the world.
This hook? Theme song of 2020. I’ve already made it clear what I think about Young Dolph, but Glock came in WAY TOO HARD on this. Hide the wives and kids from this one.
In all my years of listening to hundreds of thousands of songs, I have never heard anything like this. As described here, it’s Opera blended into Deep House. Majestic. Epic. Masterful… all are apt descriptions for this gem.
Wow. A hidden melodic house gem.
Birdman’s been good for a quality single every year or two for the past 20 years. I like his style. He’s not gonna out-rap anybody. But he doesn’t need to. He has one of the best ears for music in the history of Hip Hop. This is a dope chill low-key vibe.
🔥🔥🔥. Front seat on her Day 1 bandwagon.
Super-chic chill French Pop/Trap&B vibe that can be played anywhere.
One of the smoothest tracks I’ve heard all year. This could become their biggest single.
Another new artist I’ve been ahead of that might be starting to emerge a bit. Her debut single was pretty epic. This one has breakout hit potential.
Definitely one of the more ear-catching tracks I’ve heard this year when it comes to originality. Lo-fi/alt-pop with some funk to it. Reminds me of a modern-day Beck.
I’ve been saying Jax Jones is a dope producer. I’ve been saying this singer Au/Ra has an incredible voice. Today they come together to put out a beautiful light melodic house/dance-pop single that sounds like a global smash hit.
They got one here.
Gorgeous mellow classic R&B vibe by two of (if not THE two) prettiest voices in R&B.
Gotta give him credit. This song is fire. Still putting out radio-worthy heat almost 20 years after he debuted. When you think of the best and longest-lasting commercial R&B artists of this era, you normally think Usher, Chris Brown, Trey Songz off the top. Omarion belongs in the conversation.
Welcome to vocal Afro House. Presented to you by the Queen of Afro House.
What a dope hook and nice melody. Great featured artist choice and closing verse (which actually isn’t included in the video). Mellow but still hard.
Wow. That’s it. That’s the tweet.
The hardest rapper in the game as far as I’m concerned.
Ha. This trippy-ass video came out a week after I featured it here. Dope indie Brooklyn talent.
Absolutely one of the catchiest original songs of 2020.
I DO is literally the most underrated producer-singer duo in dance/pop music. The first song I heard from them was a socially-conscious club banger. Their sound is so global, so exotic. An incredibly-rhythmic sound that stands on it’s own. But appeals to Dancehall x Afropop x Reggaeton vibes.