Weekend Playlist: New Music from Jordan Hawkins, Brynn Cartelli and Willow

Plus, collaborations that are perfect for a rave or a drive around town, as well as new renditions of long-time hits

Every week sees a flurry of new music dropping, and it can feel like a chore to sort through it all. That’s why each Friday, LAMag puts together a weekend playlist to get you started. 

Today’s edition of the weekend playlist highlights a variety of genres and artists, going all the way from pop-rock to EDM. There’s certain to be a little something for everyone’s taste, and you might just find your new favorite track, or at least something to play at the drive-thru.

Jordan Hawkins, “Super Power”

Jordan Hawkins’ musical prowess might just be his super power.

The R&B singer-songwriter (who also happens to have a knack for the guitar) recently unveiled his latest single “Super Power,” soon followed by a performance of the track at COLORS studios. Hawkins’ rich, smooth vocals take center stage, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room left for the strings—the song features a show-stopping guitar riff in its final minute. With his variety of instrumental and vocal talents, Hawkins can look forward to an artistic future as super as his latest single.

Brynn Cartelli, “Girl Code”

Brynn Cartelli’s guitar is perhaps a bit less electric than Hawkins’, but that doesn’t make it any less powerful. 

Cartelli is just 19, but “Girl Code” proves she’s already well-versed in the challenges of romance and friendship. And just well-versed in general. Her lyricism echoes that of fellow teen pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo. Though softer and lighter than the tracks of her counterpart, “Girl Code” mimics Rodrigo’s narrative approach. The song tells the story of Cartelli’s confusion-riddled first introduction to her now-boyfriend. Her words perfectly complement her gentle guitar instrumentals for a track that radiates both youthfulness and maturity.

Aviella and Conro, “Way Back”

EDM may be a controversial genre, but Aviella and Conro always find their way back to it.

Filled with high-energy synths, the artists’ latest collaboration is rave-ready. Although not everyone is keen on entering a packed venue to dance under strobe lights, it’s always good to have an EDM track in your back pocket for the times when no other genre can capture the energy you feel. “Way Back” is the perfect pick for such occasions. Its dance-inducing melody is sure to get stuck in your head. EDM isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but with Aviella and Conro, everyone should at least take a sip.

Kaytranada and Anderson .Paak, “Twin Flame”

With Kaytranada and Anderson .Paak, flames can be cool as ice.

At least that’s the case in their latest collaboration, “Twin Flame.” Though flame may be in its name, the track oozes with coolness. Laid back and casual, the song is the perfect beat for a summer drive through L.A. The keyboard melody serves as a spot-on backdrop for some of the more experimental and bouncy instrumentals, as well as .Paak’s vocals. With its light and low-key aura, “Twin Flame” is certainly a song that fits the season.

Willow, “Hover Like a Goddess”

Willow was blessed by the muses.

The 21-year-old may be the daughter of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, but she’s quickly developed a reputation uniquely her own. Many of her previous songs—like “Transparent Soul” and “Meet Me At Our Spot”—have had widespread success, including popularity on social media platforms like TikTok. And “Hover Like A Goddess” is sure to garner the same acclaim, encapsulating Willow’s signature pop-punk style. The track’s catchy chorus keeps listeners moving right with it and, when the song ends, there’s no doubt they’ll want to play it again.

Other Worthy Mentions: Covers and Samplers

Everyone likes to believe that nothing can top a classic, but sometimes letting another artist put their creative twist on a track can feel like a breath of fresh air. Remi Wolf’s cover of Frank Ocean’s “Pink + White” and DJ Khaled, Drake and Lil Baby’s take on “Stayin’ Alive” (which draws from its iconic 1977 Bee Gees namesake) sees popular artists take on songs by, well, other popular artists. Even though some may lament the alleged unoriginality of a cover, they’ll always have a place in the music industry.

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