2 weeks in the making, the fourth edition of The Pop Scribe 10 is a dizzy concoction of pop from around the globe. The world may seem to be on the brink of collapse, but this week’s playlist shows a united pop front with cuts from Portugal, Colombia, Venezuela, Norway, Sweden and the usual suspects: the US and the UK. All in all, it’s been a funny two weeks in pop with some high-profile disappointments (I’m looking at you Harry Styles/Noah Cyrus) and some low-key brilliant returns (TLC/Michelle Branch). Here’s hoping we are graced with more pop goodness over the next few weeks e.g. if a certain Ms. Perry would like to make her fully-fledged return that would be just great.
The fourth edition of The Pop Scribe 10 includes:
Grace Mitchell giving us a masterclass in pop euphoria
RAC teaming up with former Vampire Weekend-er Rostam
Latin pop queen Shakira reminding us of her love for mojitos
Electro experimentalist Arca flexing his pop muscles to stunning effect
Astrid S gliding through ethereal pop with sharp edges
Little Dragon exploring the life of pop through an 80s filter
The long-anticipated return of TLC in charming nostalgia-mode
Michelle Branch repositioning herself as an indie pop darling
Kate Nash hitting the sweet spot between her pop and DIY roots
It has been a truly mammoth week for pop: Steps reunited in spectacular form; Charli XCX dropped a 10-track mixtape/opus; Nicki Minaj appeared out of nowhere with 3 brand new tracks, ranging from standard to stunning …and that’s not even the half of it.
In the spirit of that ‘#FridayFeeling’ and because there are just too many great new pop tracks this week to remain unheard, I’ve compiled a 10-track playlist known as ‘The Pop Scribe 10’. The playlist collects my favourite pop cuts from the past week and will be updated weekly, bi-weekly or maybe even monthly depending on the state of things in Pop Land. The playlist isn’t in order of best to second best, but you can usually assume that the first track is a veritable masterpiece. I’m also a strong believer in playlists sequenced like albums, meaning STAY OFF THAT SHUFFLE button and enjoy the shift in tone and atmosphere. (You can, of course, enjoy the music however you please – it’s fine.)
The first ever Pop Scribe 10 includes:
3 appearances from Charli XCX in pop domination-mode
Steps well and truly pulling it out of the bag
ionnalee stepping out of the mystery of iam and into banger territory
A thrillingly dark and gnarly slice of new Goldfrapp
Louisa Johnson on her best behaviour, but also very much not.
Reflective, wooziness from Nicki Minaj
Lorde: the balladeer
Little Dragon channeling the sweeter side of the 90s