This New Music Friday we’ve got a BRAND SPANKING NEW format and a layout to match! With this change, you’ll be receiving a more holistic view of each week’s audio situation – both the #moments and the mishaps.

BUT FRET NOT, only the very best tunes will actually be included on the playlist – so save your swiping for Liam Payne’s album, and kick back and enjoy. Here’s a breakdown of the highs, the lows, and the “oh”s of this week:

 


 

THE LOOPWORTHY

  • “IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU / SHUT UP” blares the chorus to Haiku Hands’ debut single ‘Not About You’. Every single second of ‘Not About You’ is an absolute riot, just completely uninhibited fun and chock-full of personality. Consider me already 110% invested in their success and well-being, and know that you will not be the same after experiencing this. AMAZING.
  • Mysterious musical entity Release The Woolves have plopped their first EP online. It’s scarily intense, and equally good. ‘Submarine’ is spectacular, a banger of such mega proportions that you may need to tie yourself down to something well-rooted in the ground before ‘Submarine’ sends you blasting off into the stratosphere.
  • THE DUA LIPA ALBUM HAS FINALLY ARRIVED. Its deluxe edition is a meaty, 17-track affair – but becomes far less intimidating once you realize a good half of it has already been shared with the public in the long promotional run leading up to this moment. Thankfully, the LP boasts a solid number of engaging new tracks to still feel like the event it deserves to be. WHAT A RIDE IT’S BEEN.

REALLY JUST OKAY

  • The new Olly Murs and Louisa Johnson collaboration is precisely as exciting as its concept sounds.
  • Duke Dumont and Gorgon City have merged into one (according to Spotify’s artist categorization anyway) to put out a single called ‘Real Life’. Just to be safe, Duke Dumont and Gorgon City have then been billed separately as well, so there’s a lot of branding going on for a song that sounds unidentifiable from everything else you’ve heard on the radio for the past three years.

BARRED FROM THE PARTY

  • Imagine the absolutely bonkers studio sound system Fifth Harmony and company must be packing in order to hear ‘Down’ as anything more than a lifeless, watered-down attempt at a ‘Work From Home’ sequel. This needs to be CTRL + Z’d – or at least get an emergency Gryffin remix.

 


 

And that’s that! You can follow the highly enjoyable playlist featured above by clicking right here, and make sure to check back next week to see what new tracks make it on.