New Music Roundup: Bishop Briggs, Lucille Ghatti and The Partysquad
Dark-pop and ’90s R&B.
Bishop Briggs, “Pray (Empty Gun)”
I first heard Bishop Briggs when her song via “Wild Horses” was used in an Acura commercial; it was a strange, uncharted blend of folk and trap and I loved it. This new track, thankfully, revisits that territory. I appreciate her not pulling one over on us. The intro’s instrumentation is eerie and wavers between reminding me of a birdcall and snake charmer’s flute. There’s more of trap music’s rattling percussion and some finger snaps too but it’s her voice that’s always most startling to hear, it goes from a purr to powerful in no time flat. Just wait for it.—Danielle Cheesman
Lucille Ghatti, “Been About You ($till About You)”
With their new song “Been About You ($till About You),” Lucille Ghatti delivered a funky, ’90s-sounding R&B track for those of us who appreciate a good “boy don’t leave” record — just imagine if some dope black girls updated Jodeci’s “Feenin.’” It samples Nicole Wray’s “Silly Love Songs,” and if you hit play and don’t wanna dance like TLC in your overalls and Timbs, let us know.—Driadonna Roland
The Partysquad, “Pum Pum”
The Partysquad and their label Rebel Yard Music teamed up with Spinnin’ Records to kick things off with their new thumping single “Pum Pum.” This collaboration put them in an even better position considering I wasn’t graced with their musical presence until now. And the first track of theirs that I’m listening to is versatile and applicable to different demographics. In terms of this single, it lends itself to avid electronic listeners, but doesn’t shy away from the Diplo or Big Freedia dancing kings and queens.—Erin Ashley Simon