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New Music Roundup – Charlotte Lawrence, Drax Project, and More

The hits just keep coming in! Charlotte Lawrence’s “Navy Blue” is perfect for your fall playlists and keep “Wild Girl” queued up for those late night dance parties. Keep reading for more of this week’s best new releases!

“Navy Blue” – Charlotte Lawrence

If Charlotte Lawrence hasn’t made it on your radar yet, then you’re missing out. The 19-year old singer-songwriter and model has been releasing music since she was 13 and has collaborated with artists like Kaskade, Yungblud, JP Saxe, Nina Nesbitt and Sasha Sloan. “Navy Blue” was produced by Charlie Puth, who she has also been dating since earlier this year. Writing about the song on Instagram, Lawrence said, “This song is so important to me, one of those ‘turn your pain into art’ type of moments.”

“You Are Losing Me” – Chelsea Cutler

Chelsea Cutler has been one to watch this year. Ever since releasing brent with frequent collaborator Jeremy Zucker and making appearances on tracks with Kygo and Quinn XCII, the 22-year old from Connecticut is gearing up for an album release of her own. She recently released “How to Be Human” and this week gave us “You Are Losing Me.” On the day she released the song, Cutler tweeted about feeling uninspired and credited this song as being “a good first step” towards falling back in love with music.

“Fado” – Milky Chance

If you thought Milky Chance was a one-hit wonder, you would be wrong and you’re missing out. Ever since “Stolen Dance” took over the U.S. charts, the German music duo who met in high school has been putting out hit after hit and are set to release their next album, Mind the Moon, on November 15th. “Fado” is the third single they’ve released in anticipation of the upcoming album release, continuing to prove that the group is only capable of putting out certified bops. The word “fado” means “fate” in Portugeuse and refers to a musical genre characterized by its melancholic and mournful music, similar to the type of music Milky Chance tends to make. However sad the song’s lyrics may be, the infectious beat is reminiscent of a club banger and you won’t be able to stop your feet from tapping along.

“Wild Girl” – Kito, Empress Of

This collaboration between Australian DJ and music producer Kito and first-generation Honduran-American singer-songwriter Empress Of only makes you want to dance. This love song is upbeat and hard to get out of your head, perfect for the solo dance parties you have in your bedroom. Currently, you can see Empress Of is on tour with Maggie Rogers and keep an eye out for more from Kito; she’s signed to Diplo’s label, Mad Decent, and she only getting started.

“Rushing Back” – Flume, Vera Blue

Flume and Vera Blue already performed this song earlier this year at Lollapalooza and the Osheaga Festival, but now it’s out on streaming platforms and for purchase for the rest of us who weren’t lucky enough to be there. Flume’s had a busy year and shows no sign of slowing down, announcing an 11-stop European tour for October and November. This is the second collaboration for him and Vera Blue, and they prove to be the perfect duo with Blue’s impressive “vocal gymnastics” providing the heart of the song.

“Something Has to Change” – The Japanese House

Amber Bain is back, announcing her next EP, Something Has to Change, and releasing the titular song this week. Bain already released Good At Falling earlier this year and it seems like she’s only got more and more on the way. Written about feeling stuck in a routine and doing the same things over and over, the song is a drowsy pop anthem dedicated to making moves and change in your life.

“Smart Love” – Drax Project

The New Zealand-based boy band Drax Project released their debut, self-titled album this week, featuring their hit collaboration with Hailee Steinfeld, “Woke Up Late.” However much of a bop that song is, the rest of their album is just as good, “Smart Love” is another song of note off the album. This chill, laidback pop song is dedicated to learning from past mistakes to cultivate healthy relationships. Singer and saxophonist Shaan Singh said that one of his favorite lyrics from the song is “So stop your worrying / I think you think too much,” explaining that “it’s better to just to be in the moment and be present instead of worrying about what’s happened before and what might happen in the future.”

Check out the New Music Roundup playlist here and keep checking back every week for more!

Tiara Stephan

CU Boulder '20

Tiara is a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder double majoring in Psychology and Political Science. Outside of being one of the senior editors for CU Boulder's Her Campus chapter, she writes for the Music Desk of 303 Magazine, is involved in Alpha Phi Omega - Gamma Theta Chapter, a co-ed community service fraternity, and is a co-founder of Mixed CU, an organization dedicated to students with multicultural backgrounds. When Tiara's not studying or working, she can very frequently be found drinking copious amounts of English Breakfast Tea, talking about how incredulous dictionaries are, watching Saturday Night Live sketches, eating pho, and trying to convince herself that she can't just buy a plane ticket to Europe.
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