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10 Songs Shaping the Future of Pop Music in October

Pop Future highlights the best new pop songs from rising artists on Audiomack.
10-27-2020

This article previously appeared on Audiomack World.

Pop Future is a monthly column that highlights the best new pop songs from rising artists on Audiomack. Listen to and favorite the Pop Future playlist, which includes all of these selections and more.

Zuchu — “Nobody” feat. Joeboy

Zuchu’s sparkling pan-African alliance with Nigerian man of the hour Joeboy was the pick of October’s pop. The Tanzanian flutters over the infectious bongo riddim, switching from Swahili to English to proclaim her unrivaled affections for a loved one, ahead of a predictably winsome contribution from Joeboy.

Hamond — “Hotel Zaza”

Houston’s Hamond centers his new single “Hotel Zaza” on a sample from the Artful Dodger and Craig David UK garage classic “Re-Rewind.” Fashioning ethereal pop from the original 2-step underpinnings, Hamond smoothly renders David’s flow into the sensual soundscape, affixing his desires to a decorous blend of synths and discerning percussion.

Knust & CMK — “Madrugada Fria”

The title track from Knust’s new EP Madrugada Fria (Cold Dawn) preaches the blessings of a fresh morning to invigorate the spirit. The rapper-singer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil wafts over producer CMK’s granular groove, impelled by a distorted jangle and a Brookyn kick-snare, gliding on to a temperate hook that calms his melancholy.

Audriix — “Deep Breaths”

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Audriix’s latest release, “Deep Breaths,” wouldn’t have sounded out of place at the height of Euro disco’s popularity in the mid-’70s. Boasting a cosmic chorus-post chorus union that summons the spirit of ABBA and Boney M., “Deep Breaths” basks in melody, ushering minimal disco into the 2020s.

VCTRYS — “Unbelievable”

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FIG — “You’re Kinda Perfect”

Malaysian-born, New York-based singer-songwriter FIG’s new single urges self-love through bedroom pop. Backed by a delicate bass groove, FIG’s airy vocals build into a dreamy, contemplative chorus, transforming “You’re Kinda Perfect”’s nebulous glow into ambient pop bliss.

Hamisa Mobetto — “Ginger Me” feat. Singah

Tanzanian model and singer Hamisa Mobetto’s “Ginger Me” is a sensual Bongo Flava offering, in collaboration with Nigerian singer Singah. Smoothly flitting between Swahili and English, the Dar es-Salaam native’s call for affection is met by Singah as the duo manifest their desires over “Ginger Me’s” cultured percussion.

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