The best of a New Music Friday that did not hold back.
12. Fifth Harmony – Down (Feat. Gucci Mane)
Fifth Harmony have released their first single as a four member outfit Down. It’s not exactly a four member group though because they’ve replaced Camila Cabello, who left last year, with Gucci Mane. Mane features on this latest minimal R&B jam, delivering on his best pop verses to date.
11. Haiku Hands – Not About You
Haiku Hands are a crew of Aussie creatives comprised of musicians that have played with and in some of this country’s most popular acts like Horrorshow and Hermitude. Not About You is their debut single and it’s a riot. It’s a bass-heavy party track that’s likely going to make you want to go out tonight.
10. Peking Duk – Fake Magic (Feat. AlunaGeorge)
Peking Duk are back with another international collaborator, this time teaming up with Brits AlunaGeorge for Fake Magic. Fake Magic is the funkiest song they’ve ever produced with a wobbly bass line that will make the dancefloor shake. Aluna’s voice, as always, is distinctive and malleable, giving the song a kiss of melody and attitude.
9. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh
Julia Michaels’ Issues is the runaway debut of the year and she’s continuing with that quirky, acoustic sound on the follow-up Uh Huh. While Issues was fragile though this one has an added grit with a reverb-soaked chorus that adds an extra punch.
8. RL Grime – Stay For It (Feat. Miguel)
RL Grime is prepping for the release of his next project Nova and Stay For It is an early taste. Miguel and RL Grime is not a collab we thought we’d ever hear but it works. Grime’s production is as battle-ready as ever and Miguel’s voice brings a power that elevates it to another level.
7. KLP – Changes
KLP impressed us with her previous single Back In The Room and she’s headed even further down the pop route on her follow-up Changes. Changes is her most confident output to date giving us some poignantly honest lyrics and an instrumental that holds nothing back. There are horns, swear words and chants. In other words, it’s a triumph.
6. Snakehips – Right Now (Feat. ELHAE, D.R.A.M. & H.E.R.)
The British duo who were just in the country for Groovin The Moo have had some huge radio hits and while this one is definitely more urban, it still has a pop sensibility that’s likely to make it another big moment in their sets.
5. Todd Terje – Maskindans
It’s been three years since Todd Terje‘s It’s Album Time but it may be album time again soon as he’s dropped a new tune Maskindans. According to a press release the track is a cover of a, “Norse synth spectacular from the dystopian dance floors of ’82.” It was originally by Det Gylne Triangel but Terje has re-worked it with new vocals from the original artist.
4. SZA – Broken Clocks
SZA will release her sophomore record CTRL next week and this is the third taste of it. Broken Clocks is the most trap-sounding song we’ve heard from her yet, with SZA laying down some attitude-filled bars. She’s really gained extra confidence with these new releases and this album is going to be one of the best of the year, surely.
3. Major Lazer – Know No Better (Feat. Travis Scott, Camila Cabello & Quavo)
Major Lazer have dropped more gold, this time unveiling a new single Know Me Better featuring Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and Quavo. Scott has already collaborated with Major Lazer once before on Night Riders while this is Cabello and Quavo’s first ML appearance. Cabello has been working with Diplo on material for her debut solo album and for Major Lazer stuff.
2. Arcade Fire – Everything Now
With every Arcade Fire album we’ve come to expect reinvention but perhaps none of us expected their next route to be an ABBA-leaning disco song. The world may be falling apart and Arcade Fire know it but they’re not about to let it all go without one final celebration. They know exactly how to find the right mix of euphoria and protest and Everything Now is a huge triumph.
1. Lorde – Perfect Places
Lorde has returned with another huge tune off her forthcoming record Melodrama. It’s another huge pop song that sees her continue down the happy-sad route of Green Light. The Kiwi took to Instagram to write that it’s, “one of my favourites from Melodrama.”
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