November 6th, NMF!

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VUKOVI / SLO

Right from the word go, the artwork is pushing a GRIMES/Purity Ring/Birthday Massacre vibe… and it’s damn near close. A track that hits the ground running only to get faster, it’s an electro-rock treat that wouldn’t sound out of place on a PVRIS album – a refinement of the mosh-pit inducing anthems they’ve already mastered. In short; a joy of a song, and the easy highlight of the week.

BABY QUEEN / WANT ME

‘Want Me’ is a breathtakingly sharp love song that wouldn’t sound out of place on the Skins soundtrack, nor on the Radio 1 A-List in 2020. South African artist Baby Queen feels like someone to have all the chips on right now – her infectious satirical approach to pop fresh and exciting at every turn – and ‘Want Me’ might be her best yet. Most impressively, the song manages a healthy 4 minutes whilst feeling like it speeds through it in two. Then it demands the repeat.

Mae Muller - dependent

MAE MULLER / DEPENDENT

Taken from her new 8-track EP, ‘dependent’ serves Lily Allen-Air-Balloon meets Julia Michaels deliciousness designed not to sledgehammer its way into your brain but to eke its tendrils in slowly. Sometimes light and breezy is exactly what we need, and light and breezy this is, with a chorus that’ll get stuck in your teeth like fudge.

Call Me

LILLY AHLBERG / CALL ME

It’s been two years since Tove Styrke dropped her ping-pong-centric EP Sway and we’re still seeing the impact it had (or the wave it managed to tap so well). It’s hard to hear songs like this with their bouncy synths and tender vocals and not think of Styrke, considering she mastered it before all the others came close, but ‘Call Me’ is a worthy little addition to the books.

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EVIE IRIE / MISFIT

The story of the maligned misfit in pop music is… well, it’s overdone to say the least. Evie’s ‘Misfit’ manages to feel more like a self-analysis anthem rather than an Ava-Max ode to empowerment in the sign of self-oddness, and thus it actually ends up being a personal little bop. It also helps that it’s just a damn well produced song that builds and builds until the ‘Na Na Na Na’ hook comes in for the final slap.

A LOT of music this week, but we’ll close with the top five as usual. Make sure to check out our dedicated playlist for all the best weekly releases!

25th September, NMF!

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TERROR JR / WOULD IT MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER?

A lovely return to form for our Terrible delight here, but with something more of a Brit-pop Charli XCX/Daft Punk influence. Well damn, it works, arguably more than anything they’ve dropped in a while. Part of me craves that truly explosive Daft Punk vocoder ending that it sort of suggests, but the swift cut away just kind of forces you to hit replay, doesn’t it?

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BABY QUEEN / PRETTY GIRL LIE

Just a really good, really strong pop song here. Sky Ferreira filtered through Sigrid, it has those MUNA-lite reverb soaked riffs and a relentless beat that is just impossible to resist. This is the exact kind of song you save for a meteoric debut, except it’s Baby Queen’s fourth now, but it kind of sounds like the perfect Baby Queen debut so we’re pretending it is.

JADA / ON ME

What you might not know is that Danish popstar Jada dropped one of 2019’s best albums last year, called I Cry A Lot, which brought together understated dance with a gorgeous R&B/pop flair. It sounded truly fresh then, and Jada is just building on that perfectly. ‘On Me’ basks in 90’s pop glory, with great big stabs and a soaring girlband melody, and sets Jada as one to watch for a second year running. In fact, it’s hard not to imagine a certain Ms. Grande looking to this for her future sound.

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TASKA BLACK, EMILY VAUGHN / EASIER

Admittedly I very almost skipped this during this weeks highlight search and I would have been way worse off for doing so. There’s quite a few clearly dance inspired songs out this week, which threatens to dilute the pool a little, but god there’s a really beautiful song inside of this. Not only does Emily Vaughn also have a fantastic voice, she’s perfectly suited to these organic piano led mid-tempo mixes. I have a feeling this is going to sneak it’s way up the Best of 2020 playlist as the year carries on.

Where Do We Go - Single by Sval | Spotify

SVAL / WHERE DO WE GO

Slower songs usually get a bad deal when it comes to highlights simply because they, by design, usually need a little more time to really hit, so when you find one that already kind of hits after just a few plays, you know you’re onto a good one. Sval has been quietly releasing some damn good tracks already, so I knew to pay attention, but if this monster of a chorus doesn’t force your eye, I don’t know what will. Beautifully harmonised vocals and a sledgehammer chorus, what more do you want?

That’s it for this weeks highlights, but as always it doesn’t end here. Make sure to check out the full playlist for ALL of this New Music Friday’s very best: