Maxim Meyer-Horn

3 Sep 2021

The 10 Best Songs of the Week

Guess what! Our (very) long summer break is finally over, and we’re ready to slay another day. As of this week, our weekly recap of the best songs is back and will highlight the greatest releases of superstars and newcomers from all over the globe. To guide you through this jungle of tracks, we have an amazing Spotify playlist that gets a weekly update.

1. Charli XCX — Good Ones

Hurray, our pop hero Charli XCX is ready to serve another era of pop supremacy! While her two previous albums Charli and how i’m feeling now were exploring the different facets of hyperpop, her new era promises to be her return to mainstream pop but with a major Charli XCX-twist.

If you ever want to explain the meaning of a bop to someone, just ask Alexa to play “Good Ones”. This pop gem is probably one of the best pop songs of the year and has an addictive chorus you can’t get out of your head. Charli, thanks for saving pop music once again. Your efforts are highly appreciated at the ET headquarters.

2. Patches — Sweet By And By

Patches already mesmerized us a couple of times before on tracks like “Road to Ruin” and “Hot Enough”, where singer Lotte Lauwers gives her emotions a place. The first EP Hot Enough captured a wide spectrum of feelings and still belongs to our favorite projects to relax during busy periods.

“Sweet By And By” is a new musical approach for Patches because the whole has a little more dynamic. While the typical, magical elements remain, a subtle beat allows her to captivate even more and build up to a beautiful climax. We’re counting the days until her new EP Silver Foxes sees the light of day.

3. Sevens — Stains

It’s been a long year since Sevens released his last single “Paris”, which became a hot record on different radio stations across the country. Instead of rushing a new release to continue the success, the upcoming artist took his time to develop his first solo project and succeeded in his purpose.

His fresh single “Stains” is the first single of his debut EP and serves real vibes. With his mellow voice and laidback production, he’s determined to warm your heart. The added electric guitar at the end is the icing on the cake and confirms what we’ve already known for a while: he’s meant to be on the big stages.

4. Liberty — Troye Sivan

After beautiful years as the lead singer of the successful Danish band Duné, Mattias Kolstrup goes full force for a solo breakthrough. His first single “Turning Back Time” was met with a lot of praise and was the start of his rebirth as an artist and creative.

In his new single “Troye Sivan”, he’s declaring his love for the Australian power house but also talks about the duality of religion and sexuality. This power track feels like an absolute anthem that needs to be chanted by thousands of people.

5. Highasakite — Tell Her Yourself

While Highasakite is an absolute headliner in their home country Norway, they are surprisingly quite unknown in the rest of the world. Since we don’t want to waste time investigating why they haven’t made it internationally, we’re emphasizing how incredibly amazing Highasakite’s music is.

Fans had to be patient but “Tell Her Yourself” is the ideal song for such a class band to return to the big stage. There’s so much mystery in their pop sound, and we simply can’t get enough of Ingrid Helene Havik’s voice.

6. mags — As Long As We’re Both Breathing

We have a weak spot for Scandinavian pop and mags already knows that since we spoke with her almost a year ago. In our interview, the Danish pop star already teased that she’s been working on new music and will continue to drop different singles. Luckily, she didn’t lie.

“As Long As We’re Both Breathing” is that kind of enthusiastic track that gets you excited every time you press play, maybe also because the chorus slaps so hard. After hearing it, you won’t be surprised that this song gets a high spot on our playlist …

7. cookii — moonlight

There isn’t a lot of information on the identity of the anonymous singer cookii. All we know is that their debut album blossom is a good reason to fall in love with their approach to hyperpop. Instead of diving into complex arrangements, cookii finds peace in romantic and melancholic melodies.

Inspired by ’90s hits, “moonlight” is a touching and dreamy release where cookii underlines their status as a force to be reckoned with. The song is about desperately trying to find love at the world’s end, making “moonlight” the ideal soundtrack for an apocalypse.


The Haitian-Canadian producer and DJ GAYANCE was selected by Sherelle to be included in their new compilation Beautiful Music. This initiative wants to push black and queer electronic music forward and gives a great indication of the amount of talent that still needs to be discovered.

With the help of the Greek-Canadian singer KALLITECHNIS, GAYANCE created a song with an acid-jazz/R&B vibe that symbolizes their story. The melody of the song wants to enhance the spirits of the mermaids, which are both present in the Greek mythology and Haitian voodoo spirit. Close your eyes and let your thoughts lead you to a transcending universe.

9. BROODS — Piece Of My Mind

The siblings BROODS are not only related by blood but also share an unstoppable love for music. Their discography already counts three albums, collaborations with Troye Sivan and Charli XCX, and they shared stages with superstars like Taylor Swift and Tove Lo.

That’s enough name-dropping for today because their new single “Piece Of My Mind” is worth your attention on its own. The standout track starts with a striking production that breaks even more open towards the first chorus. This song just needs to be played in a cool roller disco, where a disco ball shimmers through the hall.

10. Pixey — Life In Stereo

Pixey is a real sunshine and has proven that everybody should add her to their ‘one’s to watch’ list immediately. The British singer likes to call herself the indie version of Britney Spears, which is something we can confirm after listening to her whole catalog on Spotify.

“Life In Stereo” is a flashy, electrifying trip through Pixey’s mindset and will give you some extra serotonin right before the weekend. Besides some catchy guitar lines, it’s the vocal production that eventually wins us over. Pixey is a star.

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