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Freddie's Finds, Volume 17: Best New Music of The Week

Cover: spill tab, Photo: Angela Ricciardi

Welcome to the 17th volume of Freddie’s Finds! Each week I will spotlight 3-4 of my favorite new tracks of the week, ranging from a variety of genres and artists. This week includes spill tab, Dirtsa, Unusual Demont, and Heath240.

“Splinter” by spill tab

My first reaction to listening to spill tab’s new single was, quite literally, “This is going to be huge.” “Splinter” is everything I love about spill tab and some, featuring a medley of delicate verses, beautiful harmonies, and an utterly perfect hook with a flawlessly executed beat-cut on the first line. “I wanted to make something with a bit of an early 2000s rom-com end credits vibe going on, so I made “Splinter” with my friends Wyatt and Austin, who absolutely smashed it,” she said on the track. “It’s a bit depressing lyrically but I love having those visuals layered over the crunchy drums and guitars.” The lyrics allude to a worn down relationship as spill tab seemingly has to hold herself back from retaliating against actions by her partner. With two singles out, 2022 is set to be a tremendous year for her, and I cannot wait to see what is in store.

“say shit!” by Dirtsa

“say shit!” is so much more than just a song, a familiar theme for Franco-Cameroonian rapper, emcee, painter, and poet, Dirtsa. “‘say shit!’ was inspired by my desire to explore my sound, but also black music in general,” she said on the track. “In situations of injustice, we can’t stay silent. This song particularly deals with the resilience we must channel in order to create a better world for everyone.” Through the use of personal anecdotes and unparalleled lyricism, Dirtsa uses her platform to create a call for action. The self-directed music video is a must watch, featuring incredible editing as she wanders through the London roads. There’s no better time to dive into Dirtsa’s discography, as her sophomore EP is on the way.

“Maybe Not” by Unusual Demont

Could Unusual Demont’s new single be the song of the summer? “Maybe Not” just maybe will – in my eyes, the debate is over. Feel-good production contains elements of a video game sound, something that usually would throw me off, but works perfectly here. Demont kicks it off with a melodic hook, professing his love as he sings, “I can keep on finding someone else / But we know our hearts say something else.” His verse explores the deeper intricacies of this, understanding that he has been treated poorly, while also recognizing that he is afraid to settle. Heavier bass and a beat cut carry the song out as he sings the hook three times, yet nothing about it feels repetitive. It will not be long before this is playing on the radio – Demont has something special on his hands.

“Ayúdame” by Heath240

With perhaps the scariest music video I have ever seen, Heath240 has every reason to be screaming for help on “Ayúdame,” which means help me in Spanish. Despite my distaste of horror films, I can’t peel my eyes away from these visuals as Heath240 navigates a party where someone is a murderer. His melodic flow throughout the track is certain to be stuck in your head as he adds more layers to this spooky story. The first verse sees him attempt to contact someone he is seemingly in a relationship with, yet neither he nor any of their friends can find them. However, the second verse explains that his number was blocked, drawing a slightly different conclusion than that of the video. Heath240 is building towards an EP, and if he continues to utilize his film talent, then it is sure to be one you can’t escape.

You can find all my past finds in the playlist below:

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