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Freddie's Finds, Volume 20: Best New Music of The Week

Welcome to the 20th 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 poptropicaslutz!, Lance Redeker featuring AG Club and Sam Truth, Buppy., and Dirtsa.

“1000 peaceful ways to die” by poptropicaslutz!

 poptropicaslutz! are in the midst of an incredible 2022 and show no signs of slowing down. Fresh off the release of just in case the world ends and wrapping up part one of their Just In Case The Tour Never Ends tour, the duo are back this week with “1000 peaceful ways to die.” The track sees them explore the most peaceful way to die – in love – singing, “She had eyes like the ocean, similarity doesn't lie / In the color, it's the depth that's so uncanny / With every gaze, I feel as if I could drown at any given moment / Maybe drowning wouldn't be so bad.” An accompanying video, directed by Kahre, sees two mummified figures kidnapping Nick, before taking him into their “laboratory” where doctor Christian can operate on him. You will most definitely not want to miss poptropicaslutz! on the upcoming second leg of their tour, coming to Dallas, Atlanta, and LA this summer. 

“Honey” by Lance Redeker featuring AG Club and Sam Truth

There are two things you can assume will happen every year: Freddie’s Finds will share the best new music of the week every Monday, and AG Club will make an appearance on my most listened to song of the summer. “Popeye” by Peach Tree Rascals and AG Club quickly ascended to over 500 plays, and it won’t be long until their new feature surpasses that. Lance Redeker recruited the Bay Area group alongside Sam Truth for “Honey,” a groovy, airy track that exudes elation. Behind Lance’s hook that I just can’t get out of my head, Baby Boy, Jody Fontaine, and Sam each take turns delivering fun-loving verses, exploring the euphoric highs of a relationship as they “speed through traffic” just to get to their door. It was only a matter of time before this collaboration happened, but it better not be the last because this one will be on repeat for a long time.

“Down&Low” by Buppy.

The artistry of Buppy. continues to grow tremendously with each release, no song quite like the other. His latest single, “Down&Low,” is yet another step into a new realm, traversing into a distorted, anti-pop world. Production from HARRY WAS HERE brings a quick moving instrumental, yet Buppy.’s tenor vocals and slower delivery bring balance throughout. Buppy’s lyricism stands out more than ever, vulnerably reliving his father leaving his family when he was just seven. He explores feelings of loneliness and hopelessness, singing, “You lеft me home / You left me lone' / Seven calls, no answer though /I checked my phone / Voicemail tone / Packed your bags / Cause' you're better off gone.” Pack your bags – the Cold Nights In Hollywood EP is coming soon.

Truly didi, by Dirtsa

Dirtsa’s sophomore EP is here and it is absolutely phenomenal. Truly didi, offers something different on each song, from alternative rap, to drill, to melodic R&B, however, one concept remains prevalent throughout – unparalleled lyricism. Through this, she uses her own experiences as a lens to inspire change in the world, drawing a narrative across the five tracks before ending with a call for action, bringing every theme full circle. “Truly didi, is a part of my artist DNA,” Dirtsa said on the project. “What inspired me was surpassing myself. The more I grow, the more I fall in love with my heritage, which is captured in this project. I will always stand for truth, inclusivity, and for a greater humanity.”

My personal favorite track, “‘10’,” features an incredible rhyme scheme as Dirtsa cleverly counts down from 10 to 1 on her second verse. Her layered, impactful delivery pairs perfectly with the bass driven production, describing her never-dying strive for greatness. Check out the track below, and make sure to listen to the whole project – you will definitely not want to miss it.

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

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