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Another entry for listicle season is here! This time round, we've gathered some truly outstanding singles of 2017, while making sure our selections are sufficiently diverse. Let's cut to the chase- here are our top 10 picks:


10. Dua Lip - New Rules

Post-breakup complications are candidly dissected in this tropical hit, nominated by fellow writer Letazia. When Dua Lipa declares her ‘new rules’ in the standout pre-chorus, the ominous synth melody prods at her projected confidence, betraying her underlying disquietude. The chill-out drop is a respite that is only momentary, for she admits in the verses that she has yet to learn. New Rules isn’t an Aunt Agony column imparting wisdom, it’s a song that deeply empathizes with the struggle, while finding strength in it.


9. Lorde - Perfect Places

I used to overlook this track for not being as musically adventurous as its Melodrama counterparts, but over time, I fell in love with the song’s unpolished beauty, the way it bares a burning malaise too raw and real. Lorde astutely depicts what it means to oscillate between self-denial and self-loathing, to feel hopelessly lost in attempts to escape it all, as every reiteration of the deceptively modest phrase ‘perfect places’ stings sharper than before. 'Green Light' may be a more compelling showcase of nontraditional pop songcraft, but 'Perfect Places' sticks harder, and cuts deeper. 


8. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar

Fascinating how the bassline from a classic Talking Heads hit four decades back found home again in a Selena Gomez song- the original’s sinister tension is reinterpreted as a game of coy flirtations with a crush. The minimalistic production complements her introverted persona’s stream-of-consciousness musings- a stylistic direction that reconciles her technical vocal shortcomings perfectly. I'd take this over her unconvincing attempts at seductive crooning (which resurfaced in her subsequent single... never mind) anytime.


 7. LOONA 1/3 - Sonatine

This unconventional K-pop ballad may be easily overlooked in favor of the genre’s more upbeat offerings, but a closer listening unveils the beauty of its arrangement- unique harmonies, a tango interpolation, orchestral flourishes that unfold the song layer by layer, like doors opening into unknown worlds. The chorus’ chord progression never fully resolves itself, kindling a sense of distance and longing, though its major key ending glimmers with hope. In search of the elusive, the girls come close, yet not quite there. 


6. Haim - Little of Your Love

“This single made up for the lack of overall appeal for Haim’s latest record.” Writer Teejay wrote, “There might only be a few bangers from the album, but this is certainly one of them. It’s propelling melody complements Haim’s percussive voices so well it makes you want to buy your own disco ball (which I did) - definitely one of the most jammable singles released this year.” It's evidence that Haim is indeed at their best when they are serving infectious power hooks.


5. Mondo Grosso - Labyrinth 

Feathery vocals dance atop a beat that recalls Daft Punk’s rawer, more sentimental work. Mondo Grosso makes an incredible comeback after more than a decade with this celestial deep house gem, which features vocalist Hikari Mitsushima asking her lover to be immersed in the moment. At the same time, hesitation lingers in her delivery, like a body dipping into the waters. Radiating with warmth, Labyrinth captures romance in its silent thrills and tension. 


4. Harry Styles - Sign of the Times

Harry Styles’ immense power ballad was fellow writer Donwei’s pick of 2017: “After the announcement of One Direction's hiatus and months of anticipation for the his solo debut, Harry could not have released a better single. Sign of the Times single-handedly shut the naysayers up and prove that he is more than just a pretty face. The beauty of this track lies in its repetition, that oddly doesn't feel dreary but instead grows onto you with each listen.”


3. Kendrick Lamar - DNA

I don’t know why HUMBLE. is the standard critic's pick when 1) its rhymes are average for Kendrick standards 2) its beat is (below) average for Mike WiLL Made-It standards 3) DNA. exists. Kendrick delivers sharp braggadocio while critiquing systematic racism over a heavy bass and distorted guitar, but the defining moment truly arrives at the beat switch- a brilliant sardonic sample of FOX news, warped into abrasive, borderline claustrophobic sonics, which the rapper absolutely tears at without any mercy.


2. Rina Sawayama - Alterlife

In this busy track about “finding yourself through trying to become other people”, as described by the British singer herself, classic R&B melodies are bent and repurposed into an euphoric futuristic anthem, propelled by a retro video game guitar line. The production is incredibly dense and teeming with all sorts of influences from industrial to 80s glam metal, but the real magic lies in how cohesively everything falls into place. It's a musical window into an alternate cyberpunk universe, where people race through neon-saturated cityscapes into the night.


1. Lil Uzi Vert - XO TOUR Llif3

Soundcloud rap is the new emo, and XO Tour Llif3 is the crowning masterpiece of the genre. It does not make for a comfortable listening experience: it reeks of nihilism, destruction and manic episodes, via a murky beat that evokes a twisted kind of high. The first line, “I don’t really care if you cry”, is delivered with a chilling apathy, and the indifference drags on throughout the song before it all collapses with Uzi’s sudden, almost incoherent cries for help. Yet those cries feel oddly distant at the same time, as if they came from a broken, corroded being. It's not just another #edgy song, and neither is it trying to be. This is genuine pain distilled into a devastating blow of a track, a powerful release that will go down as a classic in years to come.



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If you only have to watch one cover of a song this week, make it HAIM’s take on That Don’t Impress Me Much.

The Shania Twain hit was given its due resurrection into the mainstream scene at triple J's Like A Version segment.

Covers are usually a hit or miss, especially in today's hard-to-impress generation. But rest assured that HAIM will continue to surpass our expectations - especially when you have both Este and Danielle on lead vocals.

We all know how it went down when HAIM covered Selena Gomez and had Alana on vocals... not that well-received.

But then, it doesn’t take much to be enthralled by HAIM, and this cover just proves that the trio is finally back to bless our ears. 

Be sure to be entertained by Este’s amusing side-eyes and Danielle’s effortless guitar solos in the video below.


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HAIM is no longer a name in need of an introduction.

The talented siblings are back with a sophomore record, Something To Tell You, continuously proving critics wrong about their musicality and fun personas.

I mean, what would HAIM be if not for Este Haim’s bass face?

HAIM’s artistry does not necessarily capture the essence of catchy melodies or even the perfect intonation, but the band certainly knows how to deliver an appealing vibe. This might be a mixture of vulnerable and honest lyrics or hell, even just a simple yet enthralling bassline (listen to You Never Knew).

The three-piece sister band have smoothly entered the rock scene in 2013 with their well-received debut album, Days Are Gone - leaving fans with a long 4 year wait for their second record. But every single day of the dreaded delay was worthwhile as we now have more HAIM material to devour!

With this, here are 5 songs from Something To Tell You that you should definitely give a listen!


1. You Never Knew


2. Something To Tell You


3. Little Of Your Love


4. Want You Back


5. Kept Me Crying


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Originally slated for release Summer 2016, HAIM has finally revealed their follow up project to the critically-acclaimed and widely-adored debut LP, Days Are Gone.

Save for a feature on Calvin Harris’ Pray To God, the HAIM sisters have laid really low since 2014 (besides being Taylor Swift's tour sidekicks of course).

Something To Tell You will be released on July 7th, HAIM’s first album in over 4 years, supported by the minimalistic rock-pop buzz single Right Now.

The beautifully stripped and layered single is nothing like any song HAIM has ever released. 

Directed by famed film maker Paul Thomas Anderson, the accompanying minimalistic music video features a camera which follows the sisters around the studio as they play their respective instruments, building towards a massive climax.

Everything was shot in one day and the result was turned into a unique, raw, and beautiful music video.

Listen to Right Now below!

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Lady Gaga’s 5th studio album Joanne has finally been released after a long three years in development with a star-studded lineup including Beck, Father John Misty and Josh Homme from Queens Of The Stone Age.

Latest promotional single A-YO in particular even has Este Haim from HAIM on the drums!

A-YO was released as a response to The Chainsmokers simply dissing Gaga from out of nowhere, with Alex Pall even going as far as saying it sucks and even making a rude gesture afterwards.

Even after all that’s already been said, Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers decided to insult Halsey after she praised Gaga to the skies.

I’m pretty sure The Chainsmokers would never be working with Halsey anytime soon after Drew earned himself a well-deserved unfollow.

Gaga’s response? A link to her final song released before the album drops.

Listen to the country-pop tinged song below!


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To be honest, the day Jake Bugg started to become Noel Gallagher's doppelganger - slightly egocentric and somehow full of hatred, I kind of stopped listening to his music.

Don't get me wrong though, I had his first album on repeat when I was 17 but his music started to drift away from the initial vibes that it gave when he first emerged.

However, I immediately checked out this cover upon stumbling upon it on YouTube just to see if Jake Bugg would give even the slightlest enthusiasm about covering an indie pop song, but of course, he didn't. When asked why he chose Haim's If I Could Change Your Mind, he answered, "I had to make a decision at some point" and claimed that he would want to have a different take on it, which he totally did.

Well, he even changed the whole melody, making the initially upbeat Haim song more depressing and Jake Bugg-esque. Love it or hate it, that's just how he rolls.



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Our favorite trio is back!

After giving us a peek on what’s to come – an album that they seem to be working on for ages – Haim is back on tour and this time, they’ve decided to play some new material for their fans during their headlining show in Santa Ana, California.

It’s Fleetwood Mac meets 21st century pop mixed with a hint of their subtle grunge rock sound. The sisters also seem to be experimenting on making full use of their ranging vocals with their new catchy harmonies. I can’t help but smile listening to these new tracks! Hopefully, the second record won’t disappoint.

Speaking of the new album, the band says, “We’ve just been in the studio for so long -- like, perfecting and trying to get it right. At this point, we just wanna go out there and play the songs live."

Though Singapore fans might be as equally psyched to hear the tracks live, it might take a while for them to come back to our sunny island.

In the mean time, I guess listening to these live recordings by our North American friends will do for now.

Here's Give Me Just A Little of Your Love and Nothing's Wrong:



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Have you ever realized how we still need to add the word “female/girl” to, well, “girl” bands? Perhaps that’s because there aren't much of them that it often comes as surprising whenever we hear a good song by our fellow chicas.

Don’t get me wrong, girl vocal groups such as Little Mix and Fifth Harmony are on the rise, but I believe pop is not the only genre girls are good at. Just take a look at indie rock band Haim. They almost made it with their chart-topping song The Wire, before they disappeared with no sign of new music in the works. (We miss you, Haim!)

With this, we’re here to recommend some not-so-stereotypical girlbands for you to listen to! What can i say, girls can play too, am I right?



What better way to enjoy teenage angst than to listen to some Beatles sounding guitar of the 60s?


Ex Hex

Ex Hex offers a unique take on punk rock with their deep but sweet vocals, slightly deviating from what the public would often refer to as high pitch female voice.



*My top pick*

With their garage-rock sounds, the Spanish quartet Hinds seems to be capturing the hearts of audiophiles around the globe with their well-received latest record, “Leave Me Alone.”

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“Genre cross-over” is not an unfamiliar term for us millennials. Bands don’t stick to one sound anymore in this time of age. You’ve heard Lady Gaga cover The Beatles while the legend Sir Paul McCartney collaborate with Rihanna and Kanye West (I still can’t get over this fact). But how often do you see indie bands cover pop hits these days?

With the help of NME’s top 20 list, we’ve chosen 5 of the best that we think we’ll suit your varied music taste. Enjoy!


5. Arcade Fire – "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper

Surprise, surprise! Your Mom’s anthem made the list! Arcade Fire isnt just for underground music. The Canadian band brought the 80s hit to life with this fun live performance.


4. Haim – "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus

Drum pads seem to be Haim’s driving force when it comes to their music. Blending what the band calls Rock-R&B with Miley Cyrus’ controversial hit, extraterrestrial sounds emerged. These girls have so much potential! They deserve to be more than just Taylor Swift’s shadow! Seriously!

3. The 1975 – "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction

Let’s bring this 2 year old cover back, shall we? Before you even start, yes, The 1975 often refers to their music as “Pop.” But I get why fans associate the band with Indie and fitting them into the “hipster subculture.” The British lads brings us a melodic and stirring rendition, thanks to Matty’s emotionally triggering vocals.


2. Charli XCX –"I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys

A reminiscent of Tove Styrke’s electropop sound, Charlie XCX transforms I Want It That Way into an ethereal dream.


1. Arctic Monkeys – "Love Machine" by Girls Aloud

What?! Arctic Monkeys covered a pop song? Yes they did, my dear snowflakes, and they killed it! Girls Aloud’s groovy jive was turned into what I try to incorporate with The Beatles’ Teddy Boy era – a mixture of crunchy guitar sounds and deep vocals.

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What are the odds of a pop-rock sister-trio covering a psychedelic rock song by a psychedelic rock band? Probably none. I wouldn't even think that would have been possible to be honest.

HAIM has set out to conquer new ground no girl group has ever done… until now.

‘Cause I’m A Man, the second single off Currents by Tame Impala, was remixed by the HAIM sisters and frankly it sounds like a brand new song altogether.

Officially approved by frontman Kevin Parker himself, the girls turned the original power ballad to a slowed down, sleeker and sexier song.

Though it's offically called a remix, the song is more of a rework of the track instead. Something along the lines of Kanye's reworking of Lorde's Yellow Flicker Beat.

Hopefully the girls would introduce this epic rework into their setlist. Because why not?

Coincidentally, the track was one of the most controversial tracks as the social media accused ‘Cause I’m A Man for being sexist. (‘Cause I'm a man, woman, don’t always think before I do. ‘Cause I'm a man, woman, that’s the only answer I've got for you.)

With HAIM working on the supposedly ‘sexist’ and ‘lyrically misogynistic’ track, those ridiculous claims are finally put to rest.

Compare the original psychedelic power ballad to the HAIM's sleek rendition below!



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