On “Zora”, one of the leading track’s from Bad Gyal’s new EP Warm Up, the Catalan artist reclaims the sexist word, which roughly translates to ‘bitch’, and directs it at the men who’ve been unfaithful to her. With 36 million listens on Spotify, the track fuses synth trap elements with dancehall and thumping reggaeton, which she combines with Auto-tuned vocals cranked up to android femme proportions. “Pussy”, a collaboration with Rosalía producer El Guincho, features a sleek demibrow rhythm overlaid with Bad Gyal’s trademark brash flow. A celebration of femininity, the artist joins the likes of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion as a rallying cry for women all over to embrace their sexuality. Other tracks such as “44” and “Blin Blin” feature contributions from the likes of Rema and Puerto Rican singer Juanka respectively. Fiercely fun, catchy, and loaded with attitude, listening to the album is akin to lighting up a joint in the sun. Lay back and soak it up.
Elsewhere, Vegyn’s album is a warped take on dance music, Lagos musician Teni packs a punch with her long-awaited debut, and Kid Trash’s latest offering is 50 shades of woozy hyperpop.