This Week’s Music is a weekly column that discusses the week’s best, worst, and most interesting songs. We try to select songs of different artists and genres to keep things interesting and to please a variety of music fans.
This week’s column features Madonna’s collaboration with Swae Lee, Kelsey Lu and Skrillex awesome collaboration and Clairo’s lead single of her upcoming album. Check them out!
Madonna – Crave
I don’t know what to say about Madonna’s late music period. I don’t want to say that she’s lost it because she’s an icon forever but her last songs are boring and forced. No one’s having fun. Not Madonna, not Swae Lee, not Maluma, certainly not us. “Crave” is clearly the hip hop song of her upcoming record, and it’s not completely awful but it’s also not good. It’s bland. I guess that’s the most appropriate word that describes Madonna’s current music. Although it tries hard to incorporate sounds and genres, it irons out all the crinkles and the good stuff.
Kelsey Lu and Skrillex – Due West
Skrillex is a multifaceted artist, mostly remembered by his dub step and crazier songs. Luckily, as of late he’s been working with artists of all genres, demonstrating that there’s a lot he can do. “Due West” is more EDM than experimental, but it still has some fun and an edge that the majority of the EDM songs out now don’t have. It’s not the world’s best song but it’s a neat and seamless collaboration between Kelsey Lu and Skrillex. Definitely a fun summer song.
Clairo – Bags
Clairo is an exciting rising artist. Her debut album called “Immunity” is coming out on August 2. “Bags” is her lead single, a quiet and contemplative song that’s packed with feeling. Produced by Rostam and Clairo herself, the lyrics are simple and so is the music, supported by its unpretentious and honest lyrics and a few well placed piano keys that add some gravity and keep the momentum going. It’s a great song that doesn’t need anything else.