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“Make Me Feel” – Janelle Monáe

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It’s a rewrite of “Kiss” by Prince down to the blues-y funk chord progression, but you may as well steal from the best!  Good for Janelle Monáe because she’s always been a great performer and a tremendously cool person, but she’s had a lack of solid, undeniable pop songs that stick with you. Admittedly, this one sticks with you because you already liked it. #issabop

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“Favorite Color Is Blue” – Robert DeLong ft. K.Flay

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Robert DeLong is a keyboard playin’/drum machine programmin’ genius. He’s got a lot of cool songs, and this one is no exception. He’s a modern day Howard Jones. (Look up Howard Jones if you wanna do yourself a favor.) We predict his great tunes will keep up for a DeLong time to come! (SRY). K.Flay sizzles but never fizzles. Bop-approved! #issabop

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“Sit Next To Me” (Stereotypes Remix) – Foster The People

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Foster the People’s debut single “Pumped Up Kicks” was about teen gun-violence. It was very sincere and wasn’t making light of the situation, but we imagine it’s on a list of songs they can’t play on the radio after school shootings. Their new single “Next to Me” is catchy and this remix by Stereotypes makes it fun and dance-worthy. #issabop

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“Drama” – NoMBe ft. Big Data

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This song reminds us of ‘Big Little Lies’ which was one of our favorite shows of 2017. We’re driving down the Monterey coast, top down, tits to the wind. Bye drama, aint got time for you! It’s got a cool drum loop and some kooky little effects. We love it and we love you California! #issabop

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“Keep Up Wimmi” – Zilo

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This has that Erykah Badu feel that we love. We dare you to think of the phrase “with me” in the same way as you did before this song, because now you will say “Wimmi” forever! Even “Bootylicious” got added to the dictionary eventually. #issabop

 

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“Pyscho” – Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign

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This song reminds us of “Congratulations” too much. It’s literally the same song! Definitely a little TOO Post Malone. Making music isn’t a day job, he shouldn’t have to feel like he needs to put out a new single with the same sound every week. We think he needs to let his ideas marinate a bit longer and collaborate with new people. #issaight

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“Lie Detector” – 24hrs ft. Lil Pump

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We don’t like to admit to ourselves that we love Lil Pump. This has that urban nursery rhyme feel that means it will probably be huge, but ISS(only)AIGHT. The video-gamey production on this by Hitmaka, Rock Solid and Marii Beats is simple and cool and saves this song from being a total flop. It sounds radio, but new. #issaight

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