New Music We Love: Florence is sensational, Shawn & Khalid is a mastermind and we offend everyone else
We take you on a guided tour of the best, the good, and the quite good's of the week
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Troye Sivan would definitely top our New Music Friday list but, please note, he released his new song ‘Bloom’ on Wednesday and is, therefore, disqualified. We can accept a Thursday release as being at least marginally near to Friday, but Wednesday is a Hump Day Release and we haven’t developed a feature for that yet.
Featured Song: Florence & The Machine – Hunger
Florence & The Machine’s comeback is, definitely, highly anticipated and does it let down? We think not! She returns with a classic FATM (no, not FAT M… it stands for… oh, you got it) – a mixture of harp, orchestral, references to the earth/water/humanity and a strong, consistent beat. Also, we’re obsessed with the way she emphasises the words: Body Baby… but that’s just our English GCSE coming out.
What makes this song so great is that it has a HRR (High Repeat Rate – it’s a term we MIGHT have made up, like how Trump made up “priming the pump”) but is a genuinely great, high production, no-rap-feature pop song. Artistry at it’s best.
Other Good Ones
Shawn Mendes – Youth (feat. Khalid): What a mastermind of a collaboration!! Although we have only seen one photo of them together, we trust that Shawn and Khalid are friends because harmonies like this don’t come without friendship. Shawn keeps one-upping himself with each new song that we hear, and ‘Youth’ is another one to add onto the “actually very good” pile.
Julia Michaels – Jump (feat. Trippie Redd): YES!! When it comes to ‘Jump’ we have the classic case of a very talented songwriter-turned-singer releasing a very catchy song with great lyrics. Was the rap feature necessary? Yes, it’s 2018 let’s be honest. But Julia Michaels can carry any song on her own and this song just further proves how incredibly amazing she is!
Grace Carter – Saving Gace: This is definitely something! We have had our eyes on Grace for a while and this is by far her second best song yet (which is a very big compliment considering how amazing ‘Silence’). An ode to mothers and strong women, and a play on words with her name, this one is going to be on repeat for a very long time.
Charlie Puth – The Way I Am: HE LISTENED! Finally a Charles Puth II song that doesn’t sound exactly like every other Puthy song. And it’s good! We knew he could do it! His new album (‘Voice Notes’) comes out next Friday and considering the boatload (an official measurement) of music we’ve received from him so far, we’re in for a right treat!
Labrinth, Sia & Diplo – Genius: Their super group name is LSD and all of their artwork is very psychedelic. It makes sense; it’s the clear approach to go down and it’s a very good song. Does it spark our whole body up with excitement like Troye’s new single does? In all honesty, no, but it’s a good collaboration by two and a half relevant, talented musicians. Can we complain? No. Do we want to find something to complain about? Desperately.
Also Good, But Maybe Not Quite Good Enough For So Many Words
Dagny – That Feeling When: Another “yes summer is coming” signal. Dagny has been ‘onto big things’ for a long time – and whilst this might not be her big hit, it’s a great pop song. Thumbs up!!
Jess Glynne – I’ll Be There: Yeah, sure. It's catchy and she has a great voice, but we still can't get over the fact that in the 'These Days' video she acted like Macklemore's girlfriend when he has a WIFE who he has a KID with.
Marshmello – You Can Cry (feat. Juicy J & James Arthur): It’ll be big, it’s a good song although we do still struggle to like James Arthur. We’re sure they had fun making this one.
Christina Aguilera – Accelarate (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & 2 Chainz): We’ve already written more words than we wanted to about this song. We’re going to make enemies with this one – Xtina is an amazing vocalist, but this song isn’t the one. #SorryNotSorry
To listen to all of our favourite new releases, check out the New Music We Love playlist on Spotify, below.