Lockdown has left us all in a weird period of adjustment and craving going back to normal life, but the silver lining is that female artists of all genres have been absolutely killing it. If you’re looking for music recommendations, or just want to bask in the glory of girl power, you’re in the right place.
XS – Rina Sawayama
Rina Sawayama not only released XS, an incredible pop song and video, but her album SAWAYAMA right as the world was starting to head into lockdown. We’re so lucky that Rina & her team managed to film XS before social distancing and quarantine became the norm.
Give it a watch & listen, you won’t regret it. And check out the rest of her album if you like your pop stars with a side dish of metal.
I Want War (But I Need Peace) – Kali Uchis
As a special lockdown treat for fans before Kali’s next proper album, we have been blessed with To Feel Alive, an EP featuring reworked versions of dreamy fan favourite tracks Honey Baby and Pablo Escobar. Kali doesn’t hold back at all on any of the EP, with lyrics like ‘I love the smell of you burning your last bridge with me’.
The real gem however, is I Want War (But I Need Peace). Kali even filmed a lyric video in her backyard using a telephone prop. God bless Kali Uchis.
Do It – Chloe X Halle
Choreography. Looks. Vocals. Would you expect anything less if Beyoncé was your mentor?
Chloe X Halle are all grown up and here to make their mark on R&B. The song is catchy yet soulful, relaxed yet full of energy. Recommended if you’re looking for a chilled out bop that will be stuck in your head for a while.
Savage (Remix) – Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé
Speaking of Beyoncé, even the Queen Bey herself has blessed us with some new music in these troubling times. Savage was a hit on it’s own, particularly due to its popularity with the TikTok crowd, but the remix is something else.
Not only has Megan got to collaborate with one of her favourite artists, top Billboard’s Hot 100, but it’s genuinely a bop. Beyoncé sings, raps, adlibs and brings the attitude and sass to match Megan. This wasn’t just a Beyoncé verse tacked on to the front of the song, but the Savage remix feels like two women collaborating together.
Damn Daniel – Bree Runway ft. Yung Baby Tate
Another quarantine self-made visual comes from Bree Runway and Yung Baby Tate, with pop-rap hit Damn Daniel. Even if the song isn’t your thing (which honestly, why wouldn’t it be??), the video is such an explosion of colours, prints and energy, that it’s a must see for e-girls, e-boys, and e-verybody in between.
The song begins with a verse from Bree, followed by Yung Baby Tate’s version, ending in a beautiful melodic middle finger. Whoever Daniel is, we know he’s trash.
Break My Heart – Dua Lipa
Gays everywhere have hailed Dua Lipa and Future Nostalgia for saving pop music and being instantly iconic. Another album that was released right around the start of lockdown, Future Nostalgia is full of brilliant pop infused with throwback disco vibes.
It may not have had the release Dua planned, but regardless, Future Nostalgia is certainly one of the most exciting pop releases of the year. How we all long to hear Break My Heart on the dancefloor when clubs open again.
Rain On Me – Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande
Speaking of saving pop music, the biggest collaboration since Telephone has arrived. Lady Gaga and Ariana go back to their pop roots on Rain On Me, with more nostalgic dance beats and mesmerising vocals. Their voices sound incredible together, and the two of them working together feels natural.
Not to mention that the core message of the song, which is about dancing through the pain, feels very fitting for the times we’re in. We will be buying, streaming and worshipping Chromatica, out May 29.
Hopefully this list has given you something to add to your playlist. Nothing can eclipse the power of female talent, not even a pandemic! Stay safe, stay home and wash your hands.