New Music Friday 7 || 7 song you need to hear this week

With the new year in full swing, it seems as though ‘New Music Friday’ has made a triumphant return following, what felt like, an endless period of weeks with throwaway releases with no punch, replay value or excitement.

Bringing the New Year in with a bang, my playlist will certainty have an abundance of new rotations this week from some of the biggest artists on earth, some of my favourite, even some interesting newbies with a pleasant surprise from some artists I didn’t realise I needed music from.

This week we’re starting with one of with the song that I’ve been anticipating most. Today, vocal powerhouse Sam Smith has collaborated with one of the most remarkable new girls on the block Normani as she continues to peruse her solo career. Dancing with a stranger is a hard-hitting yet dreamy dance inspired pop track with both Sam and Normani sounding seductive, silky smooth on top form. I was intrigued to hear how the duo would work together considering the distinctiveness in both of their voices but to my delight the track oozes a cool imbue curating the perfect slow jam I need on my playlist.

With the first follow up from his dark melancholic EP ‘My Dear Melancholy, The weekend diverts back to his signature sound infusing pop and disco into an R and B ready radio hit. ‘Lost in the Fire ’is an introspective, emotion-fuelled ballad laced with techno infused drums and super smooth vocals. A great track which almost could’ve fit perfectly into ‘Starboy’.

Another track from a former Fifth Harmony has been released this week as Lauren Jauregui gets straight to the point in her new hypnotic R and B banger. ‘More Than That’ lured me into false judgement with its ethereal artwork, and after her first track being an emotional ballad, instead Jauregui let you know she knows her self-worth in this attention grabbing trap edge track showcasing she can really do it all.

An artist I definitely didn’t know I needed new music from, despite her last album being released in 2017, Kehlani, dropped an incredible new track this week called ‘Nights Like This’ featuring Ty Dolla $ign. With silky smooth vocals, an effortlessly progressive structure this R and B number executes a captivating, dreamy and sultry energy as she gets retrospective about missing a past lover. Whilst I don’t think this incredible offering required a featured artist, Ty Dollar $ign was the perfect fit contributing a natural coolness with his soothing impact.

On the other hand, despite my love for the perfectly unconventional moody hit maker Billie Eilish her recent release, ‘WHEN I WAS OLDER’, inspired by the film ‘ROMA’ misses the mark completely. Adopting a mumble auto tune energy, I can see the eyrie creative direction they were trying to achieve but I think it got lost in a techno, horror-like, dystopia and for me it’s a complete pass. I’m disappointed.

An interesting track release this week comes from Italian Rapper Fedez. This week he released a track called ‘Holding Out For You’ which I had initially got really excited to hear – that was before I heard it and before I knew who he was. The track featuring (the great) Zara Larrson is ruined by Fedez’ dire attempt at an R and B rap which intermittently interrupts Zara sounding like an angelic badass. I tried to tolerate the monstrosity of Fedez’ contribution because I think Zara sounds incredible on this track but it couldn’t be done. Sadly, this is a huge flop. No one ever send me anything from Fedez again.

Now onto something that didn’t disappoint me today. Rudimental have enlisted the help of Ray BLK and Stefflon Don on their new track ‘Scared of Love’ taken from their upcoming album ‘Toast to our differences’. Notably both ladies had exceptional years last year and unite for this off beat, quirky up tempo feel good love track. Whilst I don’t think song is a breakthrough hit with a new innovative sound I haven’t heard anything like this for a short time and the bright instrumental is bound to lift your spirit.

Lastly on the roundup of this week’s new music is actually a track released on Monday, yes you heard Monday. Despite the weird release date, the new collaboration from Alec Benjamin and Alessia Cara, adding a fresh spin on his pre-released single ‘Let Me Down Slowly’ intertwines flawless, smooth and captivating vocals with a mid- tempo melancholic instrumental. A great track with high replay value and overall an easy listen.

Special mention:

Yes, this isn’t a standard procedure here on New Music Friday but I was sent music from a new artist I hadn’t previously came across this week and I think that people need to hear it!

Phé, an LA based R and B singer/songwriter, has recently released her debut EP ‘Crisis’. On the EP she boasts all the characteristics of an impressive R and B artist showing diversity and creativity with her sound and stories as she rages through an emotional roller coaster of first hand experiences with love, heartbreak, female sexuality and sexual exploration, healing, mental health and self-empowerment.

Her new EP is definitely worth a listen! You can check it out on all streaming platforms and on my ‘New Music Friday’ Spotify playlist below.

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New Music Friday 6

With 2018 behind us, the new year brings us new music, new album and of course it’s a Friday so that means it’s time to give my opinion on this week’s releases.

The festive season has just come to an end, everyone’s retuning back to work, Christmas trees are coming down and that big playlist of Christmas bangers will be put away till the end of this year but maybe you can refresh your playlist with this week’s releases.

This was an interesting week for my weekly rotated playlist because I have discovered a bunch of great new artists and songs this week due to the lack of large releases and I am pleasantly surprised.

 

We will start out with the, unexpected yet appreciated, refreshing track which tops Spotify’s playlist this week – Headie One Featuring Dave ‘18HUNNA’. The new grime track has a catchy trap beat, rhythmic chorus and Dave’s verse is a particular highlight. I’d go as far to say Dave outshines Headie One largely on this track. Overall a solid rap offering.

You’ll remember the next artist from cooking up quite the storm on X Factor back in 2014.Fleur East won over the nation, soared to the top of the charts then shortly after sadly disappeared however following her recent jungle stint she’s back and better than ever before. Her new energetic pop track ‘Favourite Thing’ has all the feel good vibes you need to start off the new year. With a catchy chorus, pristine vocals and a beat which can’t help but make you move you can tell she’s more than ready to hit the road running.

A plethora of new music this week has been released from artists I haven’t previously heard from. The first is ‘Lonely’ by Jada, the pop song with an electro edge nicely showcases her smooth vocals with a subtle dance inspiration.

You may or may not have seen this name before if you’re a Bastille fan as she was featured on their 2014 VS. (other people’s heartache Pt. III). Lizzo, who in this track, embodies a 90’s funk vibe similar to a Bruno Mars energy bringing all the sass as she stunts on her haters with all her confidence. The jazzy track filled with self-love is a unique offering with her sing rap style of delivery.

Emily Brimlow if full of positivity for life in her new vibrant track ‘Hope’. With a nicely rapped verse, soul laced acoustic background and belting vocals brightening the chorus Emily offers an impressive performance leaving me wanting to check out her other music.No crazy production but a lot of raw talent.

Rap talk seems to be the clear go to for this week’s new music Friday and the next is no different. Noname has released her new track ‘song 31’ featuring Phoelix and whilst she boasts an impressive flow on throughout the verses the song misses the mark when phoelix takes over on the chorus limiting my connection to this song and overall making it mediocre. The beat is nice though.

R and B singer Sean X kicked off 2019 with his new song ‘Wrong X2’ and whilst I like parts of this song I find it lacks cohesiveness and engaging lyricism in parts. I can see where he is trying to go and there are some real highlights to the song but I feel like it needs more work or something else to it for it to properly work.

One of my favourite releases this week comes from a new discovery for me ANYA. Her new single ‘These Days’ emulates a sound similar to Mabel, Raye and other pop influenced r and b talent. However, she still manages to sound unique with her distinctive vocals. Definitely an artist to watch

Not from a new artist but Bad Bunny’s new track with Diplo ‘200 MPH’ makes for a definite add to this week’s playlist. Two masters of music came together to produce another incredible song. Bunny’s uniqueness and production is captivating in this Spanish trap track.

Lastly, Chris Brown has released a new single following his awfully long and monotonous last album he’s back with the same style, same formula and sound which prevails to be bland, boring and just sounds like it could’ve been a song by him I’ve heard before. If you like what Chris Brown has released before and would like another song the same as his other songs, you’ll like this.

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Rita Ora ‘Phoenix’ Review

After 6 long years since the release of Ora’s debut she’s back stronger than ever, refreshed after as she’s rose like a ‘Phoenix’ from the ashes.

Following, at one point what felt like a never ending occurrence of pushback, label difficulties and whatever else stood in her way; Rita Ora made sure to never be defeated as she inspiringly kept herself busy and in the spotlight exploring her other talents.

Ora has done more than enough to prove she can do it all; from topping the charts, acting, modelling, hosting, judging and designing she’s established herself as a true 360 entertainer, however, she’s reinstated her relevance in the music industry with the release of her sophomore album ‘Phoenix’.

The album, released on November 23, boats a respectable 16 tracks including hit singles ‘Your song’, ‘Anywhere’ and her hugely successful Fifty Shades of Grey collaboration with Liam Payne ‘For You’.

There’s no denying that Rita has the vocals, the look and the ability to churn out hit after hit and Phoenix charmingly showcases her talent making for a strong return to music.

Opening with one of her, and notably one of 2017’s, standout singles ‘Anywhere’ the introduction offers an upbeat pop-electro hazy dance moment which still sounds so fresh before entering her current single ‘Let You Love Me’. Let you love me, an interesting outpour of about letting your guard down in order to let someone in intertwined into a catchy light EDM edged pop knife.

‘New look’ kicks off the string of new material with an assertive sassy manner. Rita excels in the enticingly pulsating catchiness of the chorus which leaves you wanting to hit the replay button; whilst ‘First Time High’ presents vibrant strings in an effervescent dance pop bubble gum pop number.

Despite the new offerings previously released hits, such as female anthem girls ‘Girls’, ‘Your Song’ and Avicii collaboration ‘Lonely Together’ aren’t forgotten as they receive a new lease of life. Not to mention her Fifty Shades of Grey collaboration with Liam Payne ‘For You’ which led Ora to adopt a cinematic drama into ‘Hell of a life’ whilst heading back to familiar territory with the euphoric, summer penetrated, drum and bass smash ‘Summer Love’.

Although there’s an up tempo, feel good energy infused throughout the album, ‘Phoenix’, intertwines subdued moments with the muted pop ballad ‘Only Want You’ as she opens up about the need for one particular person. Another impressive difference on the album is the sultry ‘Cashmere’ which possess an R and B imbue for the ultimate ‘in your feels’ promiscuous playlist.

Amongst the quintessential pop album, Ora also offers an experimental side in her new material. With the jazzy, feel good rapturous ‘Velvet Rope’ in which she curates an effervescent trumpet laced ballad; along with jubilant, groovy number Julia Michaels assisted ‘Keep Talking’ ‘as they take the high road’ serving all the dreamy high notes against a contrasting bold electronic backing Rita proves she won’t shy away when it comes to exploring.

Finishing the album is ‘Soul Survivor’ in which fans get to see an explicitly honest insight into her truth and the personal struggle of the past few years as she reflects on her turbulent journey to the release of her second album. The powerful track hones in on her vocal aptitude as she bares all behind a beautifully simplistic, graceful piano instrumental unequivocally becoming one of the strongest highlights of her album.

Overall ‘Phoenix’ is cohesive, interesting and diverse curating an impressive follow up to ‘Ora’ where she dives into deep end of the music industry managing to keep her career afloat as she ensures the wait was worthwhile making up for the six-year music drought.

9/10

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New Music Friday 2

This week has been a pretty busy week and somehow its already Friday, which as well all know means new music.

This month has been filled with some pretty impressive releases and some stand out projects and today is no different…..

Today is exciting, as the long awaited (to be exact 6 long years) and highly anticipated sophomore album from Rita Ora has finally been released. The pop songstress has released a string of chart toppers in the run up to her release and today is the day to hear the full project. As the biggest album this week of course album tracks can be found at the top of every new music playlist and rightfully so!

‘Only Want You’, features on all the playlists and the laid back R and B infused slow jam offers a subdued moment. With dreamy vocals layered on top of a punchy chorus she continues to impress with yet another banger as she pours out her heart about the desire to experience of one specific individual. Credit where credit is due as Ora has continued to deliver and impress and honestly let’s be honest which other stars could’ve taken 6 years out of music and come back with a bang?

Billie Eilish released a bundle of perfection with her new song ‘Come out and play’. The melancholic emotion fuelled song is powerfully intimate before adopting a cinematic punch as the song progresses. An impressive follow up from her recently released ‘Don’t Smile at Me’ as she sticks to her mysterious roots however still offers a fresh sound.

Next up Kamille dropped her remix of ‘Emotion’ as she calls in Chip and Stefflon Don. The track feels like a Stefflon Don throw away, the start of the track is overwhelming and slightly messy however the chorus kind of salvages the verse. Chip’s verse isn’t anything special and neither gives or takes away from the track but honestly Steff disappoints on this track.

Another feature from Rita Ora, as she lends her vocals to Rudimental’s new single ‘Summer Love’ from their upcoming album ‘Toast To Our Differences’. The track is an ode to the so distant summer fun contextualising that fairy-tale idea of a summer love which all you ever want and more- but only for those summer months. Taking Ora back to her Drum and Bass roots, which originally propelled her to the top of the charts, the track offers an easy listen, with a catchy feel good chorus and subtle drop for an overall nice offering.

A standout track this week comes from pop rising star, Call Me Loop. Her new song ‘Business’ has quite the fitting title as she means business and takes control in this defiant new single. With an interesting sound, elevating vocals and a catchy beat the ex-obsessed track ditches an old love as she battles to look towards the future and move on. The emotive pop piece infuses a groovy guitar heavy instrumental with an assertive and attention grabbing energy.

Lastly British popstar, Jess Gylnne has decided to release an acoustic rendition of her already quite acoustic ‘Thursday’. The stripped back vocals delight on the empowering, self-love track, however, I can’t help but think despite my appreciation for this version and the original track this release was pretty pointless and doesn’t add anything to the song even if it is a pleasant listen.

That’s it for this week, there wasn’t much that excited me this week but there were obviously some stand outs which will I’ll definitely be adding to my playlist and having on repeat.

I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know what you think of this week’s tracks and if there are any songs you know are being released or want me to feature let me know!!!

New Music Friday

Today is Friday and that means that yes it’s the start of the weekend but, even better, it means new music.

This is a new series on my blog that I hope to keep up weekly where I will listen to and round up some of the biggest songs out each week and give you my opinion on them which you can agree or disagree with. The music will be selected from a mixture of Apple Music and Spotify’s new music playlists and my opinions will be based off a first listen so are subject to change!

This week is my first week, and I think I chose a pretty good one to start with as some of the biggest artists have dropped new music today.

I guess this is the part where I start with the music talk….

I feel that I couldn’t write this post and not include a track from Little Mix. They are one of the biggest girl groups in the world and today marks the release of their 5th studio album ‘LM5’. Of course they are seen at the top of Apple’s and Spotify’s promo charts along with various other album material. On Apple Music ‘The Cure’ is already a ‘hot song’ and I feel that this song is a little bit of pop perfection with a sorrowful and mellow verse leading into an explosive cinematic sounding chorus. With its uplifting and important message of pulling yourself out of a bad state I find that it does however have a very Taylor Swift familiarity too it- which in this case isn’t a bad thing. I gave the album a listen and for a pop audience I feel it’s a unique offering showing off their personality and adding a level of maturity and excitement.

There were some early releases this week and the first track that I’m going to start off with is Zayn’s new song featuring Nicki Minaj ‘No Candle No Love’. After his debut solo album left me pleasantly surprised however, I’ve found his recent return to music has been somewhat lack lustre. NCNL, was an unexpected duet rather than the typical one verse feature and whilst I don’t necessarily think it’s bad I also don’t think it’s particularly great. I feel like it sounds like a Major Lazer track rather than Zayn but I wouldn’t skip it if it came on in shuffle.

Next up is Normani, she released her new 6lack assisted ‘Waves’. After hearing her on Khalid’s ‘love lies’ I’ve had the highest hopes for her and since she has released music to show different sides to her artistry but I’m still left wanting that R and b vibe. Waves is a laid back slow jam with a variety of synths mixed with a booming bass for quite the harmonic duet. Again, I’m not overwhelmed with love for this one but I think it could be a grower.

Quite a few songs were dropped this week and ready for her new album ‘Pheonix’ next week Rita Ora dropped a buzz track called ‘Velvet Rope’. I quite like this soulful love song. After a stream of hits with her recent promo singles ‘Anywhere’ and ‘Let You Love Me’ this jess Gylnne-esque R and b slow jam provides a stripped back simplistic listen for a feel good and quite festive energy.

All over social media this week I’ve seen a lot of hype over the new Stefflon Don ‘Senseless Remix’ featuring Tory Lanez. Bringing all the tropical vibes I can’t help but think this song would’ve had better projections towards the end of summer rather than the start of winter; it’s quite a good listen, especially if you want to cling on to summer what seems like a distant memory. Tory Lanez neither adds a whole lot or takes anything away from the track but Stefflon Don’s energy on this track is infectious so give it a listen.

B Young, the one behind Jumanji and 079 me, released his follow up ‘Juice’ and honestly he can keep it. The repetitive lyrics sounds like a recycled beat from the vault with nothing new or interesting and it could’ve been from any of these sound cloud rappers.

19-year-old British singer/songwriter, Liv Dawson, offers a pleasant, easy listen with her new release ‘I Like You’. The moody, vocally intricate track laces her clean vocals with an acoustic, up tempo yet washed out electronic vibe. Overall an impressive offering which I feel could be a big hit.

Lastly, Lennon Stella, alongside her new EP ‘Love, me’ and following her mysteriously genius ‘Fortress’ and Smash hit featuring on Jonas blue’s ‘Polaroid’ alongside Liam Payne we now have ‘La Di Da’. The breakthrough star intrigues me with her unique, impressive vocal ability which is so distinctive. The fresh sounding drum heavy beat with periodic beat drops is accessorised with a rhythmic lyricism occasionally featuring airy harmonies. This is definitely one of my favourite songs of the week and I’m excited for her career.

That’s the end of week one, I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know what you think of this weeks tracks and if there are any songs you know are being released or want me to feature let me know!!!

Arun