Global Pop Round-Up: February 2023 Edition

Global Pop Round-Up

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!

*Going forward, J-pop songs will no longer be included as part of this feature. Instead, they’ll have their own feature every weekend… starting tomorrow!

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Drew Sycamore – In The Club

Drew’s new album Superfaith just came out and I highly recommend it if you like upbeat dance pop. In The Club goes from great to fantastic as that blazing electric guitar outro takes hold.

Ellie Goulding – Like A Saviour

She’s three for three! I like this one more that Let It Die but less than Easy Lover. It’s a great chorus fueled by anthemic energy.

Jake Shears – Too Much Music

Scissor Sisters’ frontman is finally back as a soloist with the first taste of his upcoming album. Too Much Music is fantastic disco funk that takes advantage of his trademark falsetto.

KEiiNO – Alt Du Kan Se

Mystical and magical, the beguiling KEiiNO never misses. Alt Du Kan Se builds toward such a majestic and theatrical sound.

Latto – Lottery (ft. Lu Kala)

It’s the follow-up to Big Energy we all deserved! Lottery’s featherlight disco beat feels like a no brainer and instant smash.

Neea River – All The Way

I swear, Finland has an unlimited supply of immense, synth-fueled choruses. This is brilliant.

Oliver Heldens – Oops (ft. Karen Harding)

Is that a Britney Spears interpolation I hear? Either way, I think this is the strongest straight-up dance track released during the past month.

Pink – Trustfall

Easily my favorite single from her in years, Trustfall embraces a Carly Rae Jepsen/Robyn early-10’s electro chug. Album track Runaway is also very, very good.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Breaking The Circle

I’m really smitten with this song’s chorus. I love the melody and the big rock-meets-dance sound of the production. It’s so galvanizing.

Theoz – Mer Av Dig

I haven’t been sold on most of the Melodifestivalen songs so far this year, but just like in 2022 Theoz has gone and delivered the strongest one. Mer Av Dig is “pop” with a capital “P” — explosive energy culminating in a whopper of a chorus.

Tove Lo – Borderline

Rumor has it this was originally written for Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia album, which should give you a hint how great it is. This is one of Tove’s strongest singles yet. That melody is flawless.

Tyla – Been Thinking

This is the one! I haven’t been this intoxicated by a groove in years. Been Thinking has me frantically googling “afro house” because I can’t get enough. I’m obsessed with how consistently the song builds. A SOTY candidate, for sure.

Vincint – Romance

Vincint has such a commanding presence on a track and that charisma is perfectly paired with Romance’s beat-heavy production.

Zara Larsson – Can’t Tame Her

Yep, it’s another 80’s synthwave inspired track. This one gets everything right, from the chugging synths to the sinfully catchy chorus.

And a couple albums I’ve been loving…

Ava Max – Diamonds & Dancefloors

Shania Twain – Queen Of Me


12 thoughts on “Global Pop Round-Up: February 2023 Edition

  1. I like that Jake Shears track Too Much Music. Totally 70s vibes; even though it’s not quite his style, I can hear Elton John singing it (of course it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve heard Elton’s influence in the Scissors Sisters.)


  2. I can literally hear Dua all over Borderline! they should’ve just recorded it as a collaboration. I’m obsessed with Can’t Tame Her and Lottery too.


  3. My recent picks are:
    -I’m So Hot by Chrissy Chlapecka, just an absolute pop banger full of fun. Very excited to hear future music from her!

    -This is Why by Paramore, it’s been a long time coming for this album and totally worth the wait. My favourite song off it is You First!

    -A&W by Lana Del Rey, it’s like seven minutes long and completely weird the whole way through. Can’t wait for the album!

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  4. I’ve been in love with Pearls by Jessie Ware since it dropped last week, a step up from Free Yourself for me, which I already liked a lot!

    From the list, the biggest surprise to me has been Trustfall. Completely agree with your write-up of it, it’s got that electro sheen that Carly and Robyn have perfected and I love it.

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  5. I am so glad to see P!nk in this ft! I know she is technically big, but at the same time I feel like she doesn’t get enough recognition for her crazy singing ability and the consistency with which she releases solid album after solid album.
    I had missed that Jake Shears release, and boy do I love me some Scissor Sisters, this sure scratches that itch.

    Adding a few others from the list to my playlists for sure!

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  6. An artist I’ve been obsessed with and I think you’ll love is Fly By Midnight! In the Night and their latest single Why My Love Ain’t Enough are right down your alley


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