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10 Cool New Pop Songs to Get You Through The Week: Joshua Bassett, Aly & AJ, Little Simz & More

Newcomer Cameron Hardy calls out deception while slinging rhythmic pop melodies and smoldering boy-band looks on “I Thought You Were Lonely,” a polished and promising debut single. Extra credit for a music video that literally places Hardy in a glass case of emotion!

Beka, “Green Lights”

“Feels brighter now! We’re rising up! No hiding out! Only green lights for us,” goes the chorus to Beka’s smashing new single “Green Lights,” which is featured on her debut EP I’ll Be There. The song’s warmth nicely captures post-quarantine positivity, and the British singer’s crisp vocal delivery sparkles under its light.

City Girl feat. Tiffi, “Pack It Up Boy”

Nope, not the ascendant hip-hop duo City Girls — “Pack It Up Boy” comes from the L.A. producer City Girl, whose new project, C-Girl, is led by this subtly spectacular slice of radio-ready R&B. With Tiffi lending vocals (and chuckling about her video game obsession before the song even starts), City Girl crafts an effortlessly catchy kiss-off, seemingly out of thin air.

Jesse Gold, “Sugar Island”

“Buttery” is a fair way to describe Toronto artist Jesse Gold’s vocal tone, which melts all over a song like “Sugar Island” and fills in the empty spaces of the production. With muted handclaps and smooth strums, the song gets out of his way and lets the singer-songwriter showcase what he’ll hopefully be able to accomplish in the near future.

Alfie Templeman, “Wait, I Lied” 

The 18-year-old rising singer-songwriter-producer just released a new EP, Forever Isn’t Long Enough, which includes the slinky track “Wait, I Lied.” Beyond a riff that recalls Billie Eilish’s “my strange addiction,” the U.K.-based artist makes enough one-of-a-kind production choices that help the song — and his performance — stand out.

Aly & AJ, “Personal Cathedrals”

After a long 14 years, sister duo Aly & AJ have finally returned with their independently-released A Touch of the Beat Gets You Up on Your Feet Gets You Out and Then Into the Sun. The album balances synth-pop with breezy, California-inspired pop-rock production — all of which is best heard on “Personal Cathedrals,” which features an engineered twang and intriguing storyline.

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