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:

19th April, NMF!

This week I am devastatingly ill, so cannot deal with anything less than perfect. Luckily for me, and us, this is one of the best weeks so far. Deliciously lush production inbound:

DINAH JANE / PASS ME BY

It’s been a while since Fifth Harmony went their separate ways, with Camilla Cabello capitalising almost immediately to resounding success. Unfortunately, as usual, the remaining girls have had to work beneath her shadow with each release. Luckily ‘Pass Me By’ is one of the strongest girl-group-member-goes-solo singles I’ve ever heard. It’s sultry, sexy and sleek – her vocals drenching the production like oil. It’s just one of part of a fantastic little ‘tringle’ EP. Check it out.

JADE BIRD / SIDE EFFECTS

Consistent and excellently crafted folk-pop at its best. That’s what Jade Bird does to a T – don’t expect any less. With a vocal that manages to flit between tenderness and crunchy aggression, ‘Side Effects’ is her most instant song yet. With a Nerina Pallot mega-hit melody, warm Lissie-esque production. It’s summer in a sweet 3 minutes.

OLIVIA NELSON / NO ANSWER

Rihanna is arguably one of the most influential artists of our time, and she absolutely does not get enough credit for that. ‘No Answer’ sounds like it could slot right into the last three Rihanna albums – a perfect showcase of world-building and rich, bassy production. Olivia’s delicate and stunning vocal working in contrast to provide something really special.

TALLSAINT / HARD LOVE

I’ll admit I actually gasped when the song started. Sometimes you hear something and think ‘Holy shit, they’ve got balls’, and the way ‘Hard Love’ crashes immediately into this electro-rock K-Pop like chorus without any warning is so stellar. Reminding me immediately of Rina Sawayama’s ‘Alterlife’, this is pop music as its most exciting. I didn’t know Tallsaint before 2019, but she’s making sure I don’t leave without her name on my lips.

AU/RA / ASSASSIN

You’ll know AU/RA from her viral hit ‘Panic Room’ a few years back. She was snapped up by her label immediately, followed by bragging that they knew she’d be at the top of the game eventually. It’s hard to hear ‘Assassin’… and argue with that? Absolutely brilliant production, just weird enough for her to stand out and memorable symbolism painted through out. It’s basically ‘Ready For It…’ but with actual heart.

LOLO ZOUAI / CAFFEINE

Check out Lolo’s new album High Highs to Low Lows as soon as you have the time to do so, because you’ll find crisp as spring grass tracks like this in abundance. It’s the next step for pop music – trap leaning melody based minimal glory. The perfect music for summer.

EMILY VAUGHN / BITCH

Emily Vaughn has already delivered some incredible singles this year, showcasing an artist that isn’t afraid to try some new sounds and establish herself as someone that deserves to be listened to. ‘Bitch’ is an amalgamation of sounds and trends you wouldn’t expect to work together, sounding like some incredible Fifth Harmony/Tove Lo remix, and it’s her strength as an artist that brings it all together. The production absolutely soars, but the entire time it’s Emily we’re thinking of. Incredible.