Readers of That Grape Juice know how passionate we are about music – whether that be past or present.
However, unlike our other segments – Retro Rewind, TGJ Replay, and From The Vault – The Pop Stop is the most in-depth look at Pop songs that may have flown under the radar over the last week that you should know, rather they be from music’s biggest stars or those on the rise.
This week, we want to highlight cuts from Niall Horan and Anne-Marie, Zara Larsson, Jonas Brothers and Marshmello, and Years & Years and Kylie Minogue.
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Zara Larsson – Last Summer
Zara Larsson’s ‘Poster Girl’ era is far from over. On her latest version of the album – dubbed the ‘Summer Edition’ – the music superstar shared new tracks along with revamped versions of songs previously included on the album. Buried in the middle of new music lies one of her most melodic and dance-worthy songs: ‘Last Summer.’ Packed to the brim with sparkling 80’s-inspired synths and a propulsive backbeat, ‘Last Summer’ is retro in the best way possible. One listen and it will have you longing for the days of big hair, leg warmers, and neon colors, just as she longs for “last summer.” A true gem that managed to shine the brightest in an already golden album, ‘Last Summer’ is Larsson at her peak.
Niall Horan & Anne-Marie – Our Song
They say that the wait is worth it, and in the case of Niall Horan and Anne-Marie’s ‘Our Song’ it indeed was worth it. The former One Direction member teams up with the international Pop star for this catchy mid-tempo track that details the aftermath of a breakup, where something as simple as a song has the pair reliving the best moments of their relationship. The duo’s chemistry is palpable throughout, enhancing the push-and-pull of the waves of emotion. Their gorgeous harmonizing and captivating hook will have this song stuck in your head days, not unlike those flashbacks of your previous relationship. As stunning as it is heartbreaking, ‘Our Song’ sees Niall and Anne-Marie reach for new heights in the pits of heartbreak.
Jonas Brothers & Marshmello – ‘Leave Before You Love Me’
The Jonas Brothers have added a new member to the family: EDM mega-star Marshmello. Together, they join forces for one of the most wistful pop ballads of the year. Anchored by distorted electric guitars, handclaps, and an 80’s-inspired groove that is destined to shatter the hearts of its listeners. While it is the type of sound that could have been found on Nick’s most recent album – ‘Spaceman’ – ‘Leave Before You Love Me’ proves that the brothers are always strongest when they are together and not apart.
Years & Years & Kylie Minogue – ‘Starstruck’
Years & Years has joined forces with one of the Pop greats – Kylie Minogue – for a remix of its song: ‘Starstruck.’ Built around humming synths and tight drums, the production lays the ground for an absolute serotonin-boosting blast of Pop that repeatedly builds to an even more euphoric chorus. A confection of pure Pop magnificence, ‘Starstruck’ is both artists in their sweetest of spots.
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