The Christmas freeze’s full effect is already being felt on our beloved New Music Friday, which means there’s nothing much to get into this week – unless you’re into some piss-poor Christmas covers, but we already railed against those last month, so we’ll spare you the repeat performance.

SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, let’s examine the highs, the lows, and the “oh”s of this week:




  • OKENYO’s knocked out another version of ‘Woman’s World’ – titled ‘WW 2.0’ or ‘Woman’s World 2.0’ depending on which listening platform you prefer – and it’s the premium quality sequel we never knew we needed. Featuring Miss Blanks and Jesswar, ‘WW 2.0”s opening declaration of “this the female takeover / we back and we stronger with numbers” straightens out any concern of this being a randomly slapped-together remix – and the remainder of the track backs that up.
  • The best bit of Jax Jones’ new single is his now palpitation-inducing tagline at the start, but that’s not to say ‘Breathe’ is in any shape or form a bad single. It’s certainly less explosive than what we’ve come to expect from the producer, but hey, it’s the end of the year and Jax has given us more than most, so we’ll take it.
  • Austin Christopher’s ‘Sheets Don’t Lie’ is the sort of engaging, potential-popstar single we’re still waiting on from Shawn Mendes.


  • Maybe it’s because of the ill-advised travesty she contributed to in November, but the existence of a Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran collaboration feels distinctly less catastrophic than it normally would. The song’s still a pretty little snooze though.


  • The new Louis Tomlinson song slots into the same we’re-young-and-dumb-and-figuring-it-out niche as Noah Cyrus’s ‘Stay Together’, but with less (see: zero) convincing hooks.
  • A good chunk of Spotify’s holiday singles also fall into this category. A lump of coal for each and every one of them!



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.