New Music We Love: Where do we even start? with The 1975.
We take you on a guided tour of the best, the good, and the quite good's of the week
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I mean… where do we even start?! Talk about leaving it late… at the eleventh hour the music industry has seemingly been saved by a combination of new albums from The 1975 and Alessia Cara alongside a flurry of singles by artists known as “hit makers”. Let’s dive in.
Featured Song: The 1975 – I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)
This is what is known as the “Streaming Focus” track from The 1975’s new album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ – an album which has led to most people calling them “the greatest band of all time ever since the invention of the plant earth itself” (paraphrased of course).
ABIIOR (for short) is a very good album. THERE we said it. It’s the most 1975 album ever – with names that are seemingly just a combination of random words, but we trust that they have real meaning under them. ‘I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)’ is somewhat of a megamix of the album, in that it has both the fast bits and the slow bits all in one. In fact, ABIIOR plays that role but for The 1975’s career – it breaks new ground, whilst including the best elements from both previous albums (and the EP’s etc…)
Other Good Ones
Alessia Cara – Out Of Love: The second album is often nicknamed the “difficult second album” (because it tends to be difficult to follow-up an album you’ve had your whole life to make). Well, on ‘The Pains of Growing’, Alessia Cara has nailed it. ‘Out Of Love’ is a good example of how she has matured, but is still about to make deeply personal yet highly enjoyable music seemingly at ease. She makes it look easy!
Jax Jones – Play (feat. Years & Years): Three words, six syllables – An absolute banger. Ignoring the two weeks of teasing on Instagram, this is quite an unlikely collaboration… but it works so well! Mr. Jones (strange that he’s never called that!!) has many hits under his belt, but this might actually be our favourite to date. Olly from Years & Years’ voice works so well on this and, overall, it’s an absolute HIT.
Benny Blanco – Better To Lie (with Jesse & Swae Lee): Every track that Blanco has dropped as part of his solo project so far have been worlds apart – and ‘Better To Lie’ is no exception. The “Jesse” here is Jesse Rutherford (from band The Neighbourhood) and, with Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee, they make an indie-emo track which crosses genres seamlessly. We’re very excited for the inevitable debut album… what an experience that will be!!
Cheat Codes – Feeling of Falling (feat. Kim Petras): YES. In a year (or two) where artists have been coming out with “new projects” which “nobody truly understands or expects” this is what you call: giving the people what they want. A pop banger which fits the image of all artists involved and, basically, will be on your New Year’s Eve playlist.
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Mark Ronson – Nothing Breaks Like a Heart (feat. Miley Cyrus): This song honestly confuses us. At times it feels like an unlikely collaboration, at other times it makes perfect sense. At times it’s a dance song, at other times it feels more likely a country/folk song. It has 7 writers on it (despite the fact that most of the lyrics are “nothing breaks like a heart”) and it’s good, don’t get us wrong, but are we confused? Yes, yes we are.
Nina Nesbitt – Colder: Nina’s new album, ‘The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change’ comes out on February 1st and this song is one in a list of at least 6 which has us KNOWING that the album is going to be unmissable. Hint: She’s released 6 singles off the album so far.
Sasha Sloan – Loser: Listen to the entirety of Sasha’s new project ‘Loser’ right now. RIGHT NOW. It’s worth every single second.
Four of Diamonds – Blind: When they sing “Who’s Sarah, who’s Jane?” it does lowkey make us think of Mambo No. 5 which honestly isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s 3/3 so far for Caroline, Yasmin, Lauren and Sophia – this new Jonas Blue produced single is a female empowerment powerhouse single which we’re totally here for!
To listen to all of our favourite new releases, check out the New Music We Love playlist on Spotify, below.