Blondie and the Beat
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TOP SONGS: “Bodies”, “Better Not”
Since the August release of Wafia’s fizzy pop single “I’m Good”, fans have been blowing up the singers spotlight. “Good” serves as a fun breakup anthem (or maybe you just decided to stop eating Cheetos in bed…to each their own.) A bouncy beat makes this song cheeky like a 70’s sitcom intro, add in some layered harmonic vocals and you’ve got a hit.
Wafia proclaims her naivety and boy did she learn. She starts out the song like any good ole love story; “I was so young, I was so dumb when I gave you my heart.” The singer says, “‘I’m Good’ was an attempt at writing a self-fulfilling prophecy. At the time I could foresee heartbreak that I was going to have to work through and I wanted to write the song that I’d want to hear at the end of it all.” Genius? I think so.
If you’re interested in some of her other work that may not be pulsing through the radio waves, listen to my personal favorite, her joint EP titled (m)edian, with producer/singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Ta-Ku. “Meet In the Middle” and “Love Somebody” will write the love letter you never found the words for. Also, check out her solo work including “Bodies” and “Only Love”. Not to mention her explosive pop-dance hit, “Better Not” with rising EDM act, Louis the Child.
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WHO: Maverick Sabre
TOP SONGS: “I Need” and “Come Fly Away”
Sabre’s attention to melodies is quite alluring. His voice embodies a male version of Amy Winehouse with added R&B growls. The 2015 album, Innerstanding, feels retro and vintage in a subtle way. Think Sam Smith but less sad and dainty.
His latest single, “Drifting” immediately caught my attention. A thudding opening beat charges through this song, making it a guaranteed head bopper. “Drifting” feels like somewhat of an exploration. An indie sensationalized story; “In the city, in the dark, in the park, in the fear, and I’m wishing for another, But there something in sky, feel the sun, can you see it?” His voice peaks up and dips low throughout every verse showing his true artistry (and falsetto).
Listen for yourself: