The Bias List is a K-pop blog that also covers a fair amount of J-pop. But along with most music fans, I enjoy tracks from all around the world. So, I thought I’d start a monthly round-up of some of the non-K-pop songs that have caught my ear. No ratings — just highlights!
Ava Max – Million Dollar Baby
Though her album was pushed back until early next year (ugh!), Ava Max released another solid pop dance anthem. I love the dramatic vocal arrangement.
Carly Rae Jepsen – Talking To Yourself
Jepsen’s upcoming album has offered three distinct sounds thus far. Talking To Yourself should please those looking for material reminiscent of her excellent 2015 Emotion album.
Elton John & Britney Spears – Hold Me Closer
This might not be the triumphant return to form many were hoping for from Spears, but it’s great to hear her back on a pop track. You can’t mess up Tiny Dancer, and the added dance beat gives it new sheen.
Erika Vikman – Kateus
This song has me in a chokehold. I’m certifiably obsessed by its huge, over-the-top 80’s drama. But I’ve got one big caveat. Please listen to the official audio before watching the video. It’s infinitely better. For some reason, the (very good) mv omits many of the stabbing synths and the incredible, climactic guitar solo.
Måns Zelmerlöw – Midsummer Love
What You Were Made For is one of my favorite singles of the year, and Midsummer Love offers more of the same. It’s not quite as potent, but I’m totally into its Summer of ’69 sonic influences.
The Midnight – Brooklyn. Friday. Love.
Yeah, it’s a little too hipster-cool here and there, but that punchy chorus goes down easy.
Rina Sawayama – Holy (Til You Let Me Go)
While not (yet?) a single, I had to pick my current favorite track from Sawayama’s just-released second album. I love the dancefloor drama here.
Robin – Magic (ft. Maejor)
Robin harnessed synthpop sounds on a standout EP last year, but he goes full-on The Weeknd for Magic. The stabbing synth hook is so compelling.
SB19 – WYAT (Where You At)
I think this is the first time I’ve featured a P-pop group on the blog! WYAT is retro excellence. It’s like Dynamite if Dynamite was… you know… good.
Sigala – Living Without You (ft. David Guetta & Sam Ryder)
Sigala is at a point where everything he releases is gold. I’m especially smitten with Living Without You’s big dancefloor energy.
Zipang Opera – Steer The Ship
I’m not sure if this single will ever get a music video, but Steer The Ship is the kind of propulsive, hard-hitting J-pop I go crazy for.