Every month, we bring you a list of the best tracks that might have slipped past your radar. Here are our favorite underrated songs of January:
Chynna practices what she preaches. This dark, moody number sheds light on the rapper’s history with substance abuse. But the West Philly native has overcome her demons, confidently announcing on the track that she “don’t do drugs no more.”
Elohim teamed up with EDM superstar Skrillex for the sinister-sounding “Buckets.” The trap banger starts slow, but goes from zero to 100 once the chorus drops, with Elohim’s gentle vocals replaced with piercing screams.
In conjunction with the announcement of Ex Hex’s upcoming sophomore album, It’s Real, the trio dropped the psychedelic “Cosmic Cave.” Featuring headbanging drums, rhythmic guitars, and a bold bassline, the track’s an infectious listen.
Hyuk, of the K-pop boyband VIXX, shows off his aptitude as a songwriter on the self-composed track, “Boy with a Star.” The moody, piano-led love song features electric guitar chords and breathy vocals from the singer.
A little bit kooky, slightly groovy but full of charm, Alexander Mack’s “Brand New” is a great taste of what’s to come from the newcomer. Released alongside a Brady Bunch-inspired video, it’s as fun as it is polished.
Grammy-winning songwriter Asiahn shows her love for the ’90s with her throwback single, “Like You.” It’s a chill R&B track that recalls TLC’s “Diggin’ on You,” with a climactic bridge that has the singer showing off her vocal chops.
The title and closing track of Caroline Spence’s upcoming album, “Mint Condition” is a captivating guitar ballad that features Emmylou Harris. Telling the tale of a lifelong love, the slow burn is as beautiful it is solemn.
The Comet is Coming are dropping their first album in three years, Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery. Their new track, “Summon the Fire,” is an explosive, otherworldly cut that’s bound to get you hyped
Dramatic and empowering “Give You Up” is quintessential Dido. Her layered vocals contrast with atmospheric piano, lending the break-up track a bold edge.
Injury Reserve teamed up with Rico Nasty and fellow Arizona natives Pro Teens for the biting track, “Jawbreaker.” A rebuke of hypebeast culture and the fashion industry, the eccentric track is scathing and jaw-droppingly good.
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