New Music Friday is an exciting but daunting prospect for any music fan.
It’s essentially a weekly vacation where fan-favorite artists and new faces alike release their latest offerings for the world to listen to, flooding streaming services and digital retailers with an onslaught of sonic goodies. But who has the time to sit there and listen to everything before updating their playlists? There are too many good things! (And, if we’re honest, usually some smelly too.)
Apparently, we do it. Welcome to the MixtapE!
Well, music fans, it’s not exactly how we saw our Memorial Day weekends when we headed towards 2020. However, here we are, continuing to practice social distance as we discover what a holiday weekend looks like in the age of coronavirus. The good news? There is a lot of really excellent new music to use as a soundtrack, however plan to spend time on this long weekend. As always, we listened (almost) to all the new releases this week and returned with our choices for the best of the best.
Your playlist for Memorial Day Weekend 2020 has arrived. You are welcome!
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Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me”
We are a week away from the long awaited release of Chromaticaand Mother Monster only raised our expectations with the release of this truly delicious duet. While she and Ariana exchange verses about dealing with pain due to a loud disco beat, Gaga promises that this new LP is a return to her pop days. The commander “Rain. On. Me” before the drop drop sends us every time. This is a real moment.
1975 – “Playing On My Mind”
Over 22 tracks on the new album Notes on a conditional form, Matty Healy and the boys push their sound into new experimental territories (industrial rock, pop, UK garage) as they build an exciting unified collection from Healy’s impeccable lyricism and drummer George Daniel ‘s stunning production. On this extraordinary track, they face American folk, touching Phoebe Bridgers for vocal help while Healy solves some of the questions that shook her head. There is something almost meditative about it.
Carly Rae Jepsen – “Stay away”
Bless the benevolent Jepsen who, this week, gave fans a companion album from sides B for last year’s excellence addicted which corresponds both in length and in quality. All 12 tracks are pop perfection, but if you’re looking for a way to get in, this exceptional track is a great place to start. Jepsen is at her best: in love, dance-y, delicious.
The weekend feat. Doja Cat – “In Your Eyes (Remix)”
Abel’s timing in releasing this remix couldn’t be better, given Doja’s recent rise to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with her remix. And we have to say that the star of “Say So”, all vocal voices and tough bars, sounds like at home among the synths at the end of the 80s in this extraordinary track of After hours.
Disclosure – “POWER”
To announce the imminent arrival of their third LP, the Lawrence brothers have dropped the title track, an undeniable dance floor filler that finds them to melt their propensity for global sounds (that percussive rhythm can be heard in your bones) with some of their history. If the voice sounds familiar, it’s because it is Eric Thomas, the motivational speaker featured in Settle’s introductory track, their first album.
UMI – “You open”
The rising star of the R&B gives another taste of his upcoming EP Introspection in this sinuous and only slightly devastating mid-tempo song as she faces her flaws when it comes to love. Enter her now because we have the feeling that you will hear her name much sooner.
Tove Lo – “sadder badder cooler”
On the occasion of the release of the extended version of his sublime album 2019 Sunshine Kitty, our favorite Swede shared this new cut off Paw Prints Edition. The track, which finds its comment on all the ways, both negative and positive, has been left changed by anguish, it is ultimately empowering and absolutely slapping. As if there were doubts.
Isabela Merced – “apocalypse”
Since the release of the bilingual “PAPI” bop in 2019, we have been looking forward to hearing more from Merced. Well, with the release of his EP The best half of me, this week, we finally got our wish. And it turned out that it was worth the wait. On this sensual underground, the opening track of the collection, easily moves between English and Spanish on a sinuous production that makes us dream of the hot summer nights spent somewhere south of the border.
foxes – “Love doesn’t love you”
Four years have passed since the British pop singer Louisa Allen released his second sublime and sinfully slept album Everything I need, and is finally back with the main single from a forthcoming third album. In typically awesome pop production, she sings about learning to love herself after getting past love for a jerk who doesn’t deserve it. If there is justice in the world, this will be enormous.
Yellow days – “Love is everywhere”
We are new to the insanely soulful sounds of the English singer George Van Den Broek, but now that we’ve discovered this track from its next LP A Day in Yellow Beat, we can’t wait to find out more.
Avenue Beat – “I don’t really like your boyfriend”: the second in which we listened to the country-pop trio (which emphasizes the pop half of that equation much more) pronounces the phrase “please tell me why you chose to go out with this piece of human garbage? “we were absolutely impressed.
Breland – “WiFi”: the star of “My Truck” proves that he is not a one-way horse on this extraordinary hybrid country trap of his eponymous EP.
Jackson thunder – “Find yourself”: this synth-rich track is giving us nuances Francesco and the lights and should put the Oklahoman newcomer on the map.
Deadmau5 is The Neptunes – “Pomegranate”: this is a crisis that we have never seen coming, but, of course, all bets were canceled in 2020. And perhaps it is a good thing because this thing shines positively thanks to Pharrell’s regular voice and summer vibrations .
park hye jin – “Like this”: the Korean artist taught on YouTube dives headlong into house music on this main track from his next EP to the second year How can I.
JC Stewart – “I need you to hate me”: after going viral with her quarantine, take the Friends music theme, pop-up-and-comer offers an original track that is equally worthy of your attention.
KYLE – “What It Is”: the rapper / singer “iSpy” comes to terms with a bankruptcy relationship on this new stellar track.
TO TRACK – “HARD TIMES”: on its first release after becoming independent, TRACE offers what looks like a musical theme for this moment.
Ellie Goulding – “Power”: in her main single, the British singer-songwriter gives us another tempting taste of her fourth album out.
NCT 127 – “Punch”: K-pop principles hold a punch in this new track that hits heavily in the foreground NCT # 127 Neo Zone: The Final Round, the newly released repackage of their second studio album.