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It’s fry-day! According to those long overdue Instagram Story stickers.
This week has been a real doozy for new tunes, not because of the amount of new music—but mainly because Harry Styles finally dropped an epic six-minute-long solo ballad that sounds some sort of Paul McCartney-meets-Styx. We’re still reeling from the One Directioner’s return to music, but that shouldn’t totally overshadow the other new gems we found in our Friday inboxes.
Check these new tunes out, and add ’em to your weekend playlists.
The New York rapper dropped his sophomore album ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ today, which includes hot features from Schoolboy Q, Chronixx, Styles P and more. Although I admittedly don’t sip the J. Cole Kool-Aid as much as others do, it can’t be denied that this mid-tempo track is one of the chillest and most politically apt on the album. Both Joey and Jermaine spit conscious bars (no poop rhymes here, Cole fans) over jazzy, 90s-reminiscent production—making for, without a doubt, the standout song in the new collection.
Baltimore synthpop outfit Future Islands continue doling out the melodic, oh-so-80s goodies on their fifth album The Far Fields. The whole tracklist is fit for a summer night drive down the highway, but it’s this melancholy-tinged ode that gallops alongside lyrics like, “We used to talk until the sun comes up,” pulling on all the right heart strings.
There he is! Our favourite mostly-incomprehensible, endangered-species lovin’ goofball. The G.O.O.D Music signee, who’s yet to release that highly-anticipated debut album, isn’t doing himself any favours when it comes to minimizing Future comparisons; his latest is an autotune-heavy sing-rap joint, similar to most of Future’s recent HNDRXX release. But it’s bouncy, warm and carefree—who doesn’t want some of that?
Honestly, if at this dreary time of year you title an album around anything coastal, warm, leafy—I’m in. Similar to buying wine because of a cool bottle, the Los Angeles vista that decorates the cover of Cold War Kids’ new LA Divine album was what sold me. But soulful, uplifting album-closers like this one are what will keep me coming back.
It’s only a matter of time before New York duo Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell’s effortlessly silky harmonies are on everyone’s radars, so let’s get them on yours immediately, if not sooner. Similar-sounding to Montréal’s Milk & Bone, but slightly more accessible, the Arts & Crafts-signed duo layer their perfect pipes over dreamy electro backdrops on “Kai’s Song,” which tells a sweet story of “transformation and change.”