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

 

APPLE MUSIC UP NEXT: H.E.R LONDON PREMIER

Sometimes I see competitions on social media, enter them and then as expected never hear anything back from them. This was the case when I saw that Apple Music was hosting an exclusive launch for their new Up Next artist, H.E.R.

I entered the competition to attend the premiere of her new short film and to see her perform. I checked my emails a few days later to find a reply with priority tickets attached and this is I guess why I’m making this post.

Apple Music designed it’s ‘Up Next artists’ to promote emerging talent. They choose a new artist every month offering them exposure through live TV performances, a live EP and their own short feature film.

Previously chosen artists amongst the roster have been the likes of incredible new talent from Billie Eilish, Khalid and 6lack to Sigrid, Stefflon Don and Daniel Ceaser.

This month’s artist was H.E.R an interesting anonymous identity R and B artists with honey smooth vocals somewhat of an Alicia Keys evolution. She launched into mainstream success after working with Daniel Ceaser on the effortlessly perfect ‘Best Part’.

Since then she went on to release her most recent projects of solo material with ‘I Used To Know Her: The Prelude’ and recently followed up with ‘I Used To Know Her: Part 2’ which dropped November 2nd.

The event was held at Porchester Hall and with a queue wrapping round the venue, the excitement buzzed through the cold weather as everyone was eager to get inside.

The night started with a humorous introduction from Beats 1 radio’s Julie Adenuga as she joked on stage before introducing H.E.R and rolling the feature film. The short video gave us fans an insight into the background of H.E.R’s career, what inspires her and how she got into music.

As the clip came to an end it was time for the real show to start; the screen rose and we were welcomed with a jazzy instrumental from her phenomenally talented band before she entered the stage, shades down with her pearly whites glowing as she oozed a cool, calm and collected energy.

Her impressive set consisted of a variety of her beautifully crafted songs from her diverse discography as show switched from up-tempo vibrant jazz inspired tracks and melancholic hard hitters to acoustic sing-a-longs and catchy pure R and B.

The night was undeniably special and amazing to be able to see her live after watching her success rise over the past year and a half. She is definitely an artist to watch and I’m excited to see what’s next for H.E.R and which artist will be selected next month.

 

Check out H.E.R and discover her Up Next feature here and click the video below to see what me and my girlfriend got up to on the night.

Arun