New Music Friday - 9/15
These days new music comes out at a feverish, insatiable pace. My aim is to help pick some gems out of the vast amount of music that gets put out each and every week, and help funnel them into your ear canals. You can use it to help dig deeper into the artists you like, or just stick with my playlists - that's all up to you. Without further pause, let's dive in!
The albums list this week are split between new and old. First up is the legend Cat Stevens' latest record The Laughing Apple, a piece of art in all kinds of ways. His way of bending minimal instrumentation around his amazing voice is evident once again, and this is a record to be enjoyed by young and old alike. The Cool Kids returned this week also with their new album Special Edition Grandmaster Deluxe! They have been around quite awhile, but the beats on this record are insane. Especially 'Too Smooth' and '20/20 Vision' - fans of hip-hop/rop NEED this in their playlists. The other projects are by newcomers Toulouse (Extended Plea) and Quin XCII (The Story of Us). Toulouse caught my attention a year ago with his beautiful rendition of 'It Is Well', and this EP extends his success throughout 8 perfectly crafted tunes. Quin XCII's 11 songs are a great fusion of hip-hop, pop, and reggae. Similar artists include blackbear, Luke Christopher, Marc E. Bassy, and Skizzy Mars.
For singles this week, there are several big time names included. Let's start with my personal favorite song off Lorde's Melodrama, 'Homemade Dynamite.' This week it gets a remix, with an all-star cast of Khalid, Post Malone, and SZA adding their vocals to the already awesome song. Post Malone isn't done there this week - his new single with 21 Savage 'rockstar' is a bit vulgar, but the effortless way his voice floats above the beat I can not comprehend. 21 Savage's verse isn't perfect, and honestly I'd have preferred if Post Malone kept this one for himself - that's just me though. Gucci Mane, who I can't recall featuring on here in the past, teamed up with The Weeknd on 'Curve,' a massive beat by NAV that will get the club 'turned up' in a matter of no time. Hippo Campus is back also with a short collection of 3 songs, and 'baseball' makes it onto the list. Other artists include: New Politics, Lecrae, Labrinth, and Superfruit.
On the new artist/band side of things, Ella Vos returns with 'Rearrange', a beautiful pop arrangement contemplating past failed relationships. The Lemon Twigs are back with their latest sneak peek off of upcoming EP Brothers of Destruction - a very fitting name for the brothers from New York. Their sound has been compared to The Beatles - by many people, not just one nut behind a computer, and if that isn't enough of a comparison to give these guys a shot, I don't know what is. Tove Stryke, who had to cancel her opening gig with Jack Antenoff's Bleachers to work on her upcoming debut album, surprised fans with new song 'Mistakes.' Portland born and raised artist Grace Mitchell's latest single 'French Becky' is more like 'NOW' than 'Jitter', and that's ok by me. It is poppy, sensual, and fun all around.
I'm adding 2 tracks from each new album featured to the 'New Release Playlist' below - let me know what you loved/hated in the comments, and be sure to share the post with anyone looking to find new music!
Yusuf / Cat Stevens - The Laughing Apple
The Cool Kids - Special Edition Grandmaster Deluxe
Toulouse - Extended Plea - EP
Quin XCII - The Story of Us
Ella Vos - 'Rearrange'
Gucci Mane ft. The Weeknd - 'Curve' (E)
Lorde ft. Khalid, Post Malone & SZA - 'Homemade Dynamite' (Remix) (E)
Hippo Campus - 'baseball'
Superfruit - 'Future Friends'
Lecrae - 'Broke'
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage - 'rockstar' (E)
Labrinth - 'Misbehaving'
The Lemon Twigs - 'Why Didn't You Say That?'
Grace Mitchell - 'French Becky'
Tove Stryke - 'Mistakes'
New Politics - 'Madeleine'