(SPOT.ph) Another month, another list of tunes you need to hear right now. Rihanna is on a roll these days with several new singles out, including her contribution to the Star Trek soundtrack and her collaboration with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris. Beyoncé just released a new music video, Louis The Child and Icona Pop have teamed up for an electropop treat, and Birdy nails a heartfelt ballad. Also have a listen to the freshest from Sarah Geronimo, Cheats, June Marieezy with FKJ, Musical O, and Alessandra De Rossi with Marc Abaya.
Rihanna stars in the otherworldly music video for "Sledgehammer." It's a haunting ballad that showcases the vocal capabilities of the R&B-pop singer. At this point, we can't quite make out how the track fits in with Star Trek.
Fun fact: "Sledgehammer," written by Sia, is from the Star Trek Beyond soundtrack.
Artist: Sarah Geronimo
Known to always give audiences a good show, Sarah G. again wows everyone with her music video for "Tala." In it, she sings and dances to the upbeat Tagalog love song. She slays and proves that OPM is cool and definitely not dead.
Fun fact: "Tala" is from Geronimo's 12th studio album, The Great Unknown.
"Sorry" is nothing short of unapologetic. Queen Bey's mid-tempo single off her visual album, Lemonade, now has a standalone music video featuring a dancing Serena Williams. The visual starts with Bey delivering a spoken word poem and later on references the now infamous "Becky with the good hair."
Fun fact: Wynter Gordon, Sean "Melo-X" Rhoden, and Beyoncé wrote and produced "Sorry."
"Drunk" is a mellower-than-usual tune from the high-energy band Cheats. The single sounds more like a summer theme song with its groovy guitars, saccharine sweet female vocals, and overall blissful vibe.
Fun fact: "Drunk" is off the band's eponymous first studio album.
Artists: Louis The Child feat. Icona Pop
Swedish duo Icona Pop teamed up with Chicago-based duo Louis The Child for this electropop club banger that captures the beautiful mess that life sometimes turns into. The verses sound sassy and the chorus catchy, thanks to the combined vocals of the Icona Pop ladies.
Fun fact: Icona Pop are Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt, while Louis The Child are Freddy Kennett and Robby Hauldren.
Artists: June Marieezy and FKJ
The collaboration of FKJ and our very own June Marieezy is a heavenly piece of work that you can easily get lost in. Marieezy's smooth and sexy vocals were made for the live-looping skills and sophisticated musical sensibilities of French artist FKJ.
Fun fact: The song was actually recorded at Red Bull Studios, Amsterdam.
Song: "This Is What You Came For"
Artists: Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna
Rihanna has another entry this month, this time with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris. "This Is What You Came For" is a guilty-pleasure song; it's formulaic yet so infectious. The highlight perhaps is how nicely different Rihanna sounds in this tune.
Fun fact: The two artists also previously collaborated for Rihanna's international hit "We Found Love."
Song: "House Tea"
Artist: Musical O
Indie band Musical O has just released their latest single, "House Tea." The dreamy number features a subdued and jangly arrangement that reaches an explosive final minute.
Fun fact: Musical O members include Marco Dinglasan (vocals and guitar), Chino Soliman (bass), Mario Consunji (guitar), Miggy Abesamis (drums), and Rap Soliman (guitar).
This month, we're also featuring a heartfelt ballad by English musician Birdy. Clean vocals and the sentimental songwriting take the spotlight in "Words.” Just straightforward music; no need for any outrageous elements to wow the listener.
Fun fact: Birdy was born Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde.
Song: "Swept Away"
Artists: Alessandra De Rossi feat. Marc Abaya
Actors and musicians Alessandra De Rossi and Marc Abaya get creative together for "Swept Away," a downtempo piece of ethereal electro goodness. The vocals are hushed and breathy, and the rhythms dark and sensual.
Fun fact: The music video for "Swept Away" was directed by actress Meryll Soriano.