New Music We Love: Justin Bieber is on a new track, Elton John brings a revamp and we need to talk about Jared
We take you on a guided tour of the best, the good, and the quite good's of the week
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If you can believe it, there was a short period of time when we couldn’t work out what song would be our featured ‘New Music We Love’ track this week. But then it become obvious: THERE’S A NEW JUSTIN BIEBER FEATURE.
Featured Song: Poo Bear – Hard 2 Face Reality (feat. Justin Bieber & Jay Electronica)
Anybody even thinking about making jokes about an artist called ‘Poo Bear’ needs some serious music education – the producer-turned-artist is responsible for some of our generation’s biggest hits, including most of Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ album.
The new track comes after Skrillex collaboration ‘Would You Ever’ and features Justin Bieber for the first time since we heard the, somewhat, disastrous ‘2U’ by David Guetta (which, admittedly, Poo Bear wrote). Anyway, great track, great lead feature, very exciting future.
Other Good Ones
Florence & The Machine – Tiny Dancer: Taken from Elton John’s new album ‘Revamp’ (which sees the likes of Alessia Cara, Ed Sheeran and Demi Lovato cover popular Elton songs), this Florence cover nearly stole the title of ‘featured song of the week’ for us. We also love Alessia’s version of ‘I Guess Why They Call It The Blues’, but Florence nearly reduces us to tears in this powerful cover, which – whilst not difficult to do at 1am on a Friday morning – is an achievement nonetheless.
Sabrina Claudio – Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Khalid): She’s good, isn’t she! Claudio first got attention last year with her album ‘About Time’, and if this is a taste of anything to come, then she has a very bright future ahead. Also, what a perfect collaboration? Whoever came up with pairing her with Khalid deserves… well, they deserve a song as brilliant as this!
Thirty Seconds To Mars – Love Is Madness (feat. Halsey): If ever the phrase “this song benefits from Halsey” has ever been so relevant. Where Halsey is ‘cool’, TSTM take themselves too seriously on this one. WE GET IT JARED, YOU’RE DOING YOUR “OWN THING”. Great track though.
New Hope Club – Start Over Again: First of all, they’re so nice! They really are. So very nice. Secondly, this is a great upgrade from 2017’s ‘Welcome To The Club’ and, although it may have benefitted further had it not been so ‘unplugged’, we do start it over again with each listen, which is kind of the point, right?
Jay Prior – Rich Kid$: An early contender for song of the summer, Prior has released a series of singles independently over the past few years, but this major label debut is worth the $. The phrase, “we are the rich kids without dollars” feels particularly relevant to us.
Also Good, But Maybe Not Quite Good Enough For So Many Words
Molly Kate Kestner – Not Over You: The perfect Musical.ly lip-syncing lyrics (we have the hand actions already prepared), and a great singing voice. Mixing a pop song with foot stomping opportunities? Wins our vote.
Ben Howard – A Boat To An Island On The Wall: A really long song (a 7 minutes long song) with a really long song title? Ben Howard wins the ‘authentic’ vote on this one. Harry Styles, take notes. (Also, great track though)
Seeb & Dagny: Fun fact: Seeb and Dagny are both Norwegian. Another fun fact: When they come together on a track, it’s a proper belter.
Tove Styke – On the Low: It’s good, but it’s also confusing us because it’s “non-traditional” which we know is meant to make great pop songs, but does it make THIS song a great pop song?
To listen to all of our favourite new releases, check out the New Music We Love playlist on Spotify, below.