Best New Songs of July 2015

The #SunsetFam killed it this month (we kill it every month). When collaborating for these monthly playlists, we like to do what’s best for business, and you are what’s best for business. Different genres, different artists, different sounds. There’s something on here for everyone, or maybe you’re like us and everything on here is for you. Say goodbye to July, and welcome August with open arms.

Highlights this month:

RKCB makes their debut with “Ignite.” NoMBe shines with “Miss Mirage” as he takes you on a journey. Gnash drops his guard and lets you in with “I Hate U I Love U.” MIYNT channels dark-pop-magic with “Civil War.” Allday, who you may remember from working with Skizzy Mars, dropped a solid 7-track mixtape. Arjun told us we should worry about a guy named Allan Rayman. Last, but not least, Meek Mill called out Drake for being fake. Drake responded with not one, not two, not three, just kidding, two “diss” songs because I guess rappers still do that. You can find the second one on this playlist. Oh, and our fellow writer, Andy, became Twitter famous with his tweet about Meek Mill’s response track.

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MIYNT – Civil War

Black-and-white shot of singer/producer MIYNT.

“Dark pop” is a term that gets overused in music nowadays, being applied to every track with minor chords and pounding drums, but MIYNT‘s latest single “Civil War” truly warrants the description.

The Stockholm singer/producer is a recent signee of B3SCI, home to artists like Jungle, Zella Day and Body Language, and she certainly gels with their unique brand of electronic music.

Her single, “Nick Drake,” made a splash a few months ago with its dizzying vocal cadence and frenetic mix of piano and guitar, but “Civil War” is the kind of sledgehammer anthem that should put her on the map.

Pulling double duty on the boards and behind the mic is always a commendable task, and it works particularly well for MIYNT because she knows exactly where her voice fits in with her production and how to make the two work symbiotically.

Often pop singers either have their voice overpowering the instrumental, or are relegated to a supporting role by a limelight-hungry producer, but that is not the case here.

There are shades of Purity Ring here, but “Civil War” is even more lurid and creative. The song is constantly shapeshifting; it begins by moving slowly under a wall of synths, but livens as it goes before settling as a chaotic blur.

MIYNT is releasing a 7″ of “Civil War” and “Nick Drake” on August 21st , which is surely just the beginning for such a fresh-voiced talent.

Give “Nick Drake” a spin as well:

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