Playlisted 2020, week 21: Good GRIEF the faves are delivering!

 Playlisted 2020, week 21: Good GRIEF the faves are delivering!

There are some weeks when multiple top-tier popstars release new music and it all feels a bit like a let-down. This… isn’t one of those weeks!

In addition to the excellent Dagny EP and whole new albums from Carly Rae Jepsen and The 1975, these new singles are also keeping me entertained – nay, ENTHRALLED!! – this weekend.

They’re all going on the rolling 2020 playlist, which – as ever – you can find here.

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande – Rain On Me: Just seven days after Ari kept one side of her fanbase happy with that dry-as-a-bone Bieber duet, she’s back with something much… well, gayer! Rain On Me is the second cut from Gaga’s delayed Chromatica album and the two are a great fit. The bit where Gaga declares “Rain. Awn. Me.” is Classic Her, and Ariana’s beautiful, fluttery ad libs drive home the song’s central dance-through-the-pain message. It’s an enormous bop, and – excitingly! – Chromatica is now two-for-two.

Foxes – Love Not Loving You: I wasn’t expecting a Foxes comeback this week but you bet I’m extremely excited for it! Love Not Loving You is a bit chaotic on first listen (is that the sound of a potato being thrown in a trough?), but quickly establishes itself as a fun, hook-filled gem. Five years on from Body Talk – one of the absolute best singles of the last decade – it’s so good to have Louisa back.

Carly Rae Jepsen – This Love Isn’t Crazy: I’m still not 100% sure if this has actually been made a single or just the ‘poster song’ for Dedicated Side B… but I’m putting it in just in case. Jepsen x Antonoff is an absolute dream – his Bleachers-esque production is a dreamy match for her catchy but charged lyrics and airy vocals.

Call Me Loop – Strike: Downhill From Here was a great tune earlier this year, and Call Me Loop’s done it again with this fingerwagbanger: its bubbling electropop production and lovely little topline melodies are an absolute treat. On any other week this would be right up the top!!

Tove Lo – Sadder Badder Cooler: Tove’s repackaged her Sunshine Kitty album, and Wikipedia says this song is an official single – so it’s on the list. With production from Max Martin(!!!), it’s not quite in the same God-tier league as other new tracks Bikini Porn and I’m Coming, its layered robovocals and moody lyrics are still a direct hit.

Ellie Goulding – Power: I didn’t think I liked Worry About Me earlier this year, but I still found myself going back to it a lot. Still, her upcoming fourth album campaign doesn’t feel like it’s properly hit its stride yet (despite some huge streaming numbers: Hate Me has over 280 million on Spotify), and hopefully Power will change that. I’m still a Halcyon-stanning Ellie fan deep down and I wish her the best!!

Shaun Kitchener

Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.