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This Week’s Best New Songs: Taylor Swift, Tkay Maidza, cupcakKe, and More

Throughout the week, we update our Best New Songs playlist with the new releases that caught our attention the most, be it a single leading up to the release of an album or a newly unveiled deep cut. And each Monday, we round up the best new songs released over the past week (the eligibility period begins on Monday and ends Sunday night) in this segment.

Before Taylor Swift released the rerecorded version of her 2008 album Fearless on Friday, she unveiled a ‘From the Vault’ track one might be tempted to call a “perfectly fine” pop song – more than that, though, it’s a perfect snapshot of that era of Swift’s career, with cheeky wordplay and a soaring, irresistibly catchy chorus. ‘Mr. Perfectly Fine’ is not the only catchy song on this week’s playlist: there’s also ‘DON’T SHOOT UP THE PARTY’, a hard-hitting banger and a highlight from BROCKHAMPTON’s new album, Tkay Maidza’s short but infectious ‘Syrup’, cupcakKe’s aggressively wild ‘Mickey’, and perhaps more surprisingly, a propulsive new single from Irish poet and songwriter Sinead O’Brien called ‘Kid Stuff’. On the more experimental side, two exciting collaborative projects shared new singles: Darkside detailed their new album and shared the hypnotic ‘The Limit’, while Hildegard’s Helena Deland and Ouri dropped the eerie yet enchanting ‘Jour 1’. Finally, we got another exciting teaser from Japanese Breakfast’s upcoming album, the ambitious and layered ‘Posing in Bondage’.

Best New Songs: April 12, 2021

Japanese Breakfast, ‘Posing in Bondage’

Song of the Week: Taylor Swift, ‘Mr. Perfectly Fine’

Hildegard, ‘Jour 1’

BROCKHAMPTON, ‘DON’T SHOOT UP THE PARTY’

cupcakKe, ‘Mickey’

Tkay Maidza, ‘Syrup’

DARKSIDE, ‘The Limit’

Sinead O’Brien, ‘Kid Stuff’

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