Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Sept. 10

Thaiboy Digital, Blu DeTiger, Annika Rose, Patrick Watson, Drama Relax, Jeremih, Inhaler

Clockwise from top left: Thaiboy Digital, Blu DeTiger, Annika Rose, Patrick Watson, Drama Relax with Jeremih, and Inhaler.

Every week, there’s a plethora of new music at our fingertips.

Artists on platforms like Spotify and Bandcamp are plentiful, and the radio offers a steady deluge of new singles, but who has time to sort through all that? RIFF does!

We pooled our resources to find some of the best new singles from all genres and backgrounds, so you can find your newest earworm without all the drama. Enjoy this week’s hidden gems.


Annika Rose, “In the End” — Angeleno Annika Rose’s video for her debut single, “In the End,” is a visual representation of self-sabotage. Set in a bedroom with no doors and only a few windows, it almost looks like a padded cell. This goes perfectly with her theme of driving herself crazy by pulling away from her friends to focus on her career. The video progresses alongside the dynamic piano chords, simple beat and powerful singing. As Rose gets more comfortable being alone in that room, she dances around as the music crescendos. By the end, she’s right back to sitting in the middle of the room, illustrating the long term effect of putting things over people.


Inhaler, “Ice Cream Sundae” — This is the perfect song for a coming of age movie. Inhaler’s “Ice Cream Sundae” perfectly captures the highs and lows of being a teenager, from the fleeting happiness of young love to the stress caused by seemingly everything around you. The song’s synth-pop stylings carry a resemblance to the ’80s legends, especially in its rhythmic and melodic structure. Perhaps it makes sense given that Bono’s son Eli is in this group. Thanks to its danceable, accessible vibe, this is not a song that you can listen to without at least bopping your head.


Drama Relax featuring Jeremih, “All That” — Drama Relax’s “All That” was included on the soundtrack to the newest season of Netflix TV show 13 Reasons Why. Jeremih’s verses provide a deeper dimension to the song, allowing edgier sonics to take shape. The song centers on parties and indulgence, not unlike many hip-hop chart-toppers. But its slower vibe leaves room for relaxing. With countless roses, huge champagne bottles and montages of beautiful women dancing, the video embodies the life glorified in the lyrics.


Thaiboy Digital, “Nervous” — Bangkok rapper Thaiboy Digital offers this single ahead of his debut album, Legendary Member. “Nervous” has a clubby sound, with heavy sub-bass and a sticky hook. The video is influenced by movies like John Wick and The Matrix through its darker, grimier setting. This results in a different listening experience, showcasing a different side of Thaiboy Digital’s personality and interests. It adds a new layer of complexity to the song, allowing listeners to contrast his grittier visuals with the easily digestible song.


Blu DeTiger, “Tangerine” — As Blu DeTiger’s third single, “Tangerine” does not disappoint. It’s a groovy bop that fits perfectly into her brand of moody, lo-fi indietronica. It’s punctuated with vinyl scratches akin to old-school hip-hop, a punchy bass line and ’70s-inspired psychedelic synths. Blu DeTiger is known for this level of intoxicating catchiness—groovy, poppy and fun to move to. “Tangerine” is the perfect addition to her fledgling repertoire.


Patrick Watson, “Dream for Dreaming” — This tune is the perfect song to elicit nostalgia for a time that didn’t actually happen. Patrick Watson’s emotive, mellow arrangement pushes for solidarity between people’s different, but united past experiences. The video follows a puppet character going through his daily routine, clearly sad about no longer feeling at home as he lip-syncs the lyrics. It’s reassuring to see someone else going through this, but also upsetting to see him feel so alone. It cries out for on the audience’s empathy, and it’s not hard to respond while listening to the song’s somber soft rock balladry.


Aarushi’s Pick: My favorite this week is “Tangerine” by Blu DeTiger. The songwriter seamlessly blends pop with psych-rock, creating a multifaceted song without sacrificing a danceable vibe. It also maintains a chilled-out counterbalance, depending on what mood you’re in. For those with less experience with this kind of music, “Tangerine” is a solid introduction to a unique genre mashup.

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