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Jax Jones feat. Mabel & Rich The Kid “Ring Ring”
“Ring Ring” features artists with name appeal and a gratifying sound that begs multiple listenings. Jax Jones—known for his work with Demi Lovato, Raye and Duke Dumont and no stranger to chart success— produced this song that is very tropical in nature but packs enough sizzle thanks to Mabel and a master turn at the end from Rick The Kid. Mabel may be a first-time listen for many, but the Swedish-British singer is surely seeing her stock rise with how many listens this is getting on social media platforms. Rich The Kid—whose debut album featured a who’s who in the rap game, including Lil Wayne, Quavo, Kendrick Lamar and Future—provides an ascending third act for this tune that is sure to be a banger.
City Girls “I’ll Take Your Man”
City Girls is a Miami-based duo consisting of female rappers J.T. and Yung Miami. They burst onto the national scene this year and have been turning heads for their no-nonsense attitude, reflected in their lyrics. City Girls is a breath of fresh air in the rap game and “I’ll Take Your Man” offers a vibrant blend of wordplay and aesthetic entertainment. As with any successful duo, J.T. and Yung Miami complement each other and give off a refined chemistry.
The Struts “Body Talks”
Perhaps the new “it” rock band (no offense to Greta Van Fleet), The Struts’ music video for “Body Talks” is a wonderful throwback to the British bands that dominated the airwaves before them—and sure enough some of their influences include Queen, the Rolling Stones and The Smiths. Vocalist Luke Spiller sings with the kind of palpable energy that beckons for a live listen. If for no other reason, you should listen to The Struts because Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) called them the best opening band the Foo Fighters have ever had. How’s that for praise?.