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 Calvin Harris, Jessie Ware, Hayley Kiyoko, and King Princess.
Join us inside…
Calvin Harris – By Your Side
Calvin Harris is here once more to save the summer. This time, he is doing it with his undeniable bop, ‘By Your Side,’ which features Tom Grennan. Reminiscent of the sounds of 2014, Harris updates the production, crafting the perfect blend of pulsating synths and sunny, summer vibes. Add in Grennan’s vocals and you get a global smash. One listen and it’s easy to see why Harris is the undisputed King of the Summer.
Jessie Ware – Hot N Heavy
As the disco surge rages on thanks to artists such as: Dua Lipa and Zara Larsson, Jessie Ware stands above them, reaching the very essence of the genre. Case in point, ‘Hot N Heavy.’ A pulsating gem that shines brightest on the dance floor, this track is destined to be a club staple for years to come thanks to the shimmering synths and bass-heavy beat. The latest release off of her ‘What’s Your Pleasure? (The Platinum Edition),’ ‘Hot N Heavy’ proves that she knows how to deliver the heat.
Hayley Kiyoko – Chance
Hayley Kiyoko is celebrating pride month in a big way, for the rising music superstar has just released her latest LGBTQ+ anthem: ‘Chance.’ Sonically, the song sees Kiyoko masterfully blend soft synths and plucking bass lines, as she lyrically explores a time when she was too afraid to make a move and was left with nothing as a result. Another shining jewel in her crown of Pop gems, ‘Chance’ is a brilliant ode to pining.
King Princess – House Burn Down
After debuting with her critically acclaimed album ‘Cheap Queen’ in 2019, King Princess has proven herself a force to be reckoned with in Pop music. If you’re looking for proof, look no further than ‘House Burn Down.’ Produced by Mark Ronson (Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, and Miley Cyrus) the track is rooted in hollow guitars and King Princess’ earnest vocal delivery showcases the pitfalls of an addictive relationship in all of their heartbreaking glory. One listen and you won’t be left wondering how King Princess gained her crown with this glimmering piece of Pop perfection.
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