New Music For The Week

7 New-ish Songs For A New Week

A collection of recently released R&B, hip-hop, and pop tracks that are sure to make your week a little brighter.

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In need of some new music? Look no further. These seven songs highlight the very best of the last few weeks (and years). Happy listening!

1. All That I Need

Jcon, the debut album by Jess Connelly.https://www.instagram.com/p/BpCQKtZH6sv/

Jess Connelly・Jcon

Jess Connelly is an Australian and Filipino R&B; artist who released her debut album, JCON, this past August. Most of her music, including "All That I Need," is simply a mood. Connelly's soft voice takes her real-talk lyrics to another level, and creates a chill vibe throughout the song. The pre-chorus is probably the best part of the whole thing; for a moment the beat stops and her voice takes over: Make me feel safe, on my worst day / You saw my flaws, and forgot them all / What do I do? If there's no you / Am I too weak, to depend on me?

2. Wait a Minute!

ARDIPTHECUS, released in 2015.https://www.instagram.com/p/BIAE7hQhApi/

Willow Smith ・ARDIPTHECUS

Yes, Willow Smith! It turns out I'm really late on this one (let's pretend it came out recently, I just felt it needed a mention). "Wait a Minute!" is pretty funky in sound, equal parts compelling -- I left my consciousness in the sixth dimension -- and danceable. This alternative beat came out in 2015, on her album ARDIPTHECUS. Smith's unique vocals -- which could bring Sia to mind -- make the song all the more fun to listen to.

3. World Class Cinema

Cover art for "World Class Cinema," single by Gus Dapperton.https://www.instagram.com/p/BpF9fmrB6Aa/

Gus Dapperton・Single

I was only recently introduced to Gus Dapperton, and I am very grateful for it. "World Class Cinema," a single released a few weeks ago, highlights Dapperton's electro-pop talents and synthy style. The way he blends a bunch of different sounds into one song keeps the beat compelling, even when the lyrics become repetitive. Like "All That I Need," "World Class Cinema" is a chill vibe that will definitely grow on you.

4. 1999

"1999" by Troye Sivan and Charli XCX.https://www.instagram.com/p/BoiYpvXhjJH/

Charli XCX & Troye Sivan・Single

"1999" is the pop collaborative effort we've all been waiting for (perhaps unknowingly). It's Charli XCX and Troye Sivan! It screams fun! What I like most about 1999 is it's catchy rhythm, a pulsing beat that forces you to dance along to it. The song also talks up the simpler times of 1999, so if you happened to have grown up in the late 90s (or are just a fan of this era), you'll resonate with its many pop culture references.

5. Wings

Swimming, the fifth studio album by rapper Mac Miller.https://www.instagram.com/p/BlKHEHahASG/

Mac Miller・Swimming

It's hard to tell if "Wings" is a happy or sad song: the lyrics say one thing but the sound says another. In any event, "Wings" is a slow, contemplative tune that shows off Mac's singing abilities as well as his lyrical genius: Who can save the universe with me?/ Lucifer is human, so are we/ All I ever want is what I need/ And that don't include your time and company. It's the sixth track on Swimming, the last album released before his death, and one that proves Mac still had so much to offer to hip-hop.

6. Crush Culture

"Crush Culture," released on October 26.https://www.instagram.com/p/BpZxzCknWcd/

Conan Gray・Single

"Crush Culture" explores all the nerves and frustration that comes along with a new crush, poking fun at the sometimes devastating "culture" behind crushes. It's a cute song with a memorable chorus that will play in your head on repeat. Conan Gray, the rising artist behind the single, gives off a classic 80s vibe in style and song, and boasts over 900,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel (where he posts his music along with weekly vlogs).

7. REEL IT IN

ONEPOINTFIVE, Aminé's latest album.https://www.instagram.com/p/BomvFhEgmH7/

Aminé・ONEPOINTFIVE

"REEL IT IN" is one of the many hits off of Aminé's latest album, ONEPOINTFIVE, released this past August. In the song, Aminé unleashes his clever lyrics over some pretty cool instrumentals -- they work together to create a bop and a half. The rapper takes you through different twists and turns, or pauses and breaks, throughout the beat, keeping the song fresh and enticing listeners to sing-along. It's for sure a soon-to-be hip-hop anthem.

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To The Person Feeling Like They're Losing Their Hometown Friends

Don't fret to much, if they are truly your best friends, you aren't gonna lose them.

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When you grow up and leave home to go to college or whatever your plans are after high school, you and your hometown best friends promise to make time for each other. You promise to always get together over breaks and to visit each other if you aren't going to the same schools or living in the same town.

But you realize over time that maybe those promises aren't gonna be kept.

Life gets complicated. School starts to become harder and harder, there are extracurriculars and work, and trying to figure out the rest of your lives; things start to get in the way. Visiting starts to happen less and less, getting together over breaks gets more complicated, you try to stay in contact but the hours in the day seem to get shorter and shorter. There are too many things that you have to accomplish in one day that it's difficult to know if you can even get together.

You start to ask yourself "Am I losing my closest friends?"

And the answer to that question is no, your lives are changing and things are starting to become real but they will always be there. Just because you don't talk all the time or you go a few months without seeing each other, they are still your friends. They will always care and always be there. Don't stress about it too much, they are always gonna be there, it's just that your lives are pulling all of you in different directions and it can get hard to keep up with everyone because you are all so busy.

You are growing up but you're not necessarily growing apart!

If they are truly your best friends they will always be there, and you there for them. As time goes on, your lives will continue to change but you are always gonna be friends. Just know that they are there when you need them, and when you do get to see each other, it's like nothing has changed and you pick up right where you left off. Your friendship is important to all of you. Don't let a little bit of silence or a busy life cause problems. You haven't lost them, trust me, you all are just figuring out life. Don't take it personally when you don't talk for a while.

"Amigas, Cheetahs, Friends for life" — Cheetah Girls

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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