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 three pop songs: there’s two Rosalia songs blurred into one, Miraa May’s social media criticism and Mika’s new single.
Rosalia – Fucking Money Man
After two extremely successful single releases in 2019, Rosalia returns to the sounds that catapulted her to fame, a mix of beats and energies that can be crassly summed up as some sort of modern flamenco. “Fucking Money Man” is really two songs, one called “Millonaria” and the other “Dios Nos Libre Del Dinero.”
As is her approach to everything, Rosalia goes above and beyond what’s traditional; instead of releasing one music video for one song she releases one video for two, with each song acting as the clear opposite of the other. “Millonaria,” sung in Rosalia’s mother tongue Catalan, is a parody on excess, with the music video bringing to life a TV game show for winning money. When “Dios Nos Libre Del Dinero” rolls in, the mood’s shifted and we’re back to Spanish. The stray bills that litter the frame are not as fun and harmless as they first appeared.
Mika – Ice Cream
Mika’s “Ice Cream” is the first single of his new album, “My Name Is Michael Holbrook.” This record will be his fifth and it follows a four year break. “Ice Cream” is about the heat of summer but it’s also about sex. It’s fun and sexy, sure, but there’s not a lot in there except from the clear George Michael influence.
Miraa May and JME – Angles
It’s hard to make fun of our social media addicted culture without sounding like some outdated old person, but Miraa May, a singer in her early 20’s, makes it work. “Angles” is a song that revolves around Instagram and selfies, never feeling embarrassing or odd. It’s a summer banger.