A non-exhaustive list of American musicians who’ve hit it big in Europe and the UK before breaking through back home: Jimi Hendrix, Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, the Strokes, the White Stripes, Andrew W.K. To that list you can now add Ava Max — aka Wisconsin-born, Virginia-raised Amanda Ava Koci — whose “Sweet But Psycho” might be … More »
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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.
Break out your Tigers Beat: The White Panda elevates the hottest rising boy band, save for Brockhampton, lifting Why Don’t We’s empowering hit single “Trust Fund Baby” to newfound heights with an injection of feel-good vibes and upbeat danceability that beckons innumerable repeats.
Raito digs into a bag of old-school garage tricks with a burgeoning breakbeat remix of Virtual Self‘s hyperactive, fantasy-themed electronic “Ghost Voices,” transforming the number into an even heavier, drum-sweltering beast.
With the vocal help of Tima Dee, Fareoh asserts his versatile studio reign once more.
Though the track’s title and lyrical content is lacking sincere cerebral depth, SNBRN coalesces Peking Duk‘s “Wasted” into a digestible summertime tune, making the number’s monotone vocals and cringeworthy frat bro vibes a smaller, but bearable pill to swallow.
Junior Sanchez embodies the essence that’s come to define him on “Forget” — always moving forward, without ever losing sight of where he’s been.
Sofi Tukker busts out a thrashing, ridiculously colorful new tune ahead of their debut album Treehouse out next Friday, April 13, elevating its anticipation to unforeseen heights.
At long last Chris Lake has found his mind…. It seems this beat has taken it, and we’re glad to finally have it back, even if it was just for the sake of this one tantalizing tune.
Daniel Avery’s cavernous, contemplative techno album Song For Alpha has arrived. Perhaps best encapsulating the aforementioned, “Glitter” is a flurry from the club space, rife with atmosphere, and embedded influence of the greats that came before him.
Saving the best for last, Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and composer Ólafur Arnalds bestows his latest sonic gift “re:member.” Enough said.
You’re going to look at this week’s playlist — it’s 37 songs long — and you’re going to think “no thanks I only have room in my brain for about 18 new songs”. Do not think that. Instead prepare yourself for what is, and we are absolutely serious about this, the best New Music Friday since New Music Friday began in 2015.
That’s not to say it’s packed with pop’s biggest names. You possibly haven’t heard of half these people. Very few of these songs are likely to make a huge impression on global streaming charts. But none of that matters, does it? This week’s playlist is absolutely packed with top notch pop music.
We actually got a bit emotional when we realised how much great stuff had been released today. It’s a real ‘maybe we won’t shut down this stupid website after all’ moment.
- RABBII, who we’ve covered a couple of times already on Popjustice, have released a totally beautiful modern pop ballad called ‘Left For Dead’.
- CHVRCHES, as we know, are back, but released their new song on a Wednesday, therefore contravening Rule 1 of the New Music Friday Agreement and as a result are denied Single Of The Week status. Rvles are rvles chaps.
- Absolutely brilliant US pop duo Magdalena Bay have chucked out another extraordinary single. Are they signed yet? Can someone at a label please take action in this area? We don’t want to take matters into our own hands and given the shambles that ‘ensued’ the last time Popjustice launched a record label you probably don’t want that either. ‘The Bay’ are really fantastic though.
- THE RAE MORRIS ALBUM IS OUT TODAAAAAAAAY.
- There’s loads of brilliantly eccentric pop out this week, including the Kiesza and Chris Malinchak song, Let’s Eat Grandma‘s brave and long overdue foray into being halfway listenable, and Millie Turner‘s extraordinary The Shadow, whose spoken word second verse will totally blow your head off.
- V promising big-things-t0-come singer of song Sasha Sloan has released two (1 + 1!) songs today and they’re both brilliant.
- Always nice to hear new Streets stuff, right?
- Why Don’t We‘s Ed Sheeran-‘penned’ Trust Fund Baby (‽) sounds like it’s just being sung by Ed Sheeran. It is, like a lot of (BUT NOT ALL) Ed Sheeran songs, literally very good.
- And finally, brace yourself for this one. Kim Wilde — KIM WILDE OUT OF THE 80s — has a new single out today. It’s called Pop Don’t Stop. If you think that title sounds slightly over the top you’re really only 8% of the way to comprehending the pop wrecking ball that’s about to smash its way through your brain. Pop Don’t Stop is the sort of song that exists far beyond our normal comprehension of things like ‘good’ and ‘bad’ but we can state now with some certainty that this song is destined to become a 5pm-on-a-Friday office playlist favourite for many, many Popjustice readers.
UPDATE: It’s now 38 songs because we forgot about the brilliant new ionnalee song.
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Song of the week:
Mollie King — ‘Hair Down’
Wrongs of the week:
Why Don’t We — ‘These Girls’
In Real Life — ‘Eyes Closed’
Boybands are amazing. Boybands are important. Boybands are necessary. None of those three facts excuse what’s on offer this week — the latest effort from Why Don’t We and the first release from In Real Life, the boyband who’ve come about as a result of US show Boy Band. A good reminder that for every One Direction shifting the parameters of boybandism there have always been a dozen opportunistic, will-this-do creations that undo any good work done by the better boybands, justifying and reinforcing the scepticism with which boybands are generally regarded. In Real Life’s ‘Eyes Closed’ is particularly egregious when you take into account the resources on offer. OH WELL!!!
- ‘Already There’, the new song from ARY, is an all-out triumph which, along with Ingrid‘s ‘1234’, presents alternate-universe ideas of what a Mollie King solo career might have sounded like.
- NONONO‘s ‘Masterpiece’ is strange and wonderful.
- It’s nice to have Paloma Faith back isn’t it?
- Ditto Jessie Ware.
- The fizz has pretty much gone out of Galantis these days which is a sad but not irreversible scenario.
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