Kaytranada has announced the completion of his next album on social media. The forthcoming release will be his second full-length LP and follow his 2016 debut studio album 99.9%. The Montreal artist and his smooth execution of funky electronic and R&B fusion have seen him take on collaborations with counterparts Anderson .Paak, Syd tha Kyd, AlunaGeorge, and more.
“When the album comes out, I swear I’m gonna be everywhere. I’m gonna be, like, not just staying here in this basement making beats all the time,” stated Kaytranada in a recent interview with The FADER. “I’ll be like a fucking bird from the nest, just fucking flying away to be free.”
Justin Bieber is back on his songwriting horse, and he’s enlisted former A-list collaborator Ed Sheeran for the cause. Together, the two have crafted a brand new single, “I Don’t Care”—which, despite its lyrical simplicity, seems to carry a more profound theme on mental health and relationships. It tells a tale of Bieber’s “crippling anxiety” at a party where he’s “told he’s supposed to be.” These morbid themes are somewhat contradictory to the background track’s breezy instrumentation and major key.
Luckily, the refrain by Bieber and Sheeran indicate that thanks to their lovers, they can deal with any bad experiences coming their way. The optimism is uplifting, setting the song up to be a summer hit by the two titans. The single seems additionally inspired by both singers’ recent romantic developments; both have gotten married within the past year.
Bieber and Sheeran last collaborated on 2015’s “Love Yourself,” which appeared on the former’s last LP. During a surprise cameo at Ariana Grande’s Weekend 2 Coachella performance, the singer confirmed that a new album was on its way.
Tim Bergling’s team has confirmed a posthumous Avicii album will be released on June 6. Its first single, “SOS,” is due on April 10, and all proceeds from the album will be donated to to non-profit in his name. ‘
According to the album’s press release, Bergling had nearly completed the project at the time of his death on April 20, 2018. He’d left behind enough text messages and notes on his work to allow his collaborators to carry the LP on in his name and “as close to his vision as possible.” It will be titled TIM.
Stories was Avicii’s last project, and offered a more intimate look into his mind through his artistry. His team had yet to make a decision on whether or not to release a posthumous project when he passed away.
MGMT is charting an ominously morbid, gothic return with their latest track, the aptly-named “When You Die.”
Confronting the concept of death, vocalist Andrew VanWyngarden sings, “You die / and words don’t do anything.” Continuing, “It’s permanently night / and I won’t feel anything.”
A buoyant melody and driving synth aid in the exuberance of a most blissful multitude on the new track. It’s both enveloping and enthralling, all while the video’s protagonist flys through a blissful void of seemingly meaningless activities, and a sea of space when he passes.
“When You Die” is akin to the very ethos of the synth-pop stars. VanWyngarden lashes out on the track, “Go fuck yourself / You heard me right / Don’t call me nice, again,” all while simultaneously encapsulating the introspective lyrics and dazzling dexterity of group that seems to be charting a momentous return.
Little Dark Age is due out in February of 2018 and will serve as a follow-up to the band’s self-titled LP of 2013. While its release date and tracklist have yet to be announced, they’ve been performing new tracks from the record while on tour, and have an array of festivals they’re set to appear at.