Happy Friday, y’all!
This week we’ve seen new songs in the form of heartbreak anthems from Lorde and tinkering lullabies from Coldplay, but today is the most glorious day of all—new music Friday!—where we get a whole batch of new tunes to dive into.
Of the lot that we haven’t flagged for you yet, here are five must-hear new tunes to add to your weekend playlist.
Toronto-based artist Ralph dropped her self-titled EP today, which features six retro-infused pop tracks that straddle the line between recent Carly Rae Jepsen (Ralph’s 604 Records labelmate) and Fleetwood Mac-era Stevie Nicks. On songs like the standout single “Tease,” big, echoey beats and summery synths go hand-in-hand with Ralph’s effortless vocals—all of which should satisfy your warm weather cravings, stat.
We’ve been waiting for a full-length debut from this buzz-worthy 19 (!) year-old for what feels like forever, so this new 15-song collection is highly welcome. Although also taking notes from ’80s pop past, this Georgia teen’s flavour is one of a kind—a millennial spin on the kind of soulful storytelling explored by Motown, rock and country greats before him. On the album opener and title track, Khalid states, “my youth is the foundation of me”—setting the tone for an upbeat, optimistic album about growin’ up.
Here’s a little-known artist you might not have ever heard of? Kidding, guys—it’s ED. Brand new Ed, at that; 16 tracks that include his previously released singles “Shape Of You,” “Castle On The Hill,” “Eraser” and “How Would You Feel (Paean).” Adding to the spring-in-your-step theme here, “Barcelona” is a feel-good flurry of strums, horns and Sheeran’s deliciously raspy croon singing to you in Spanish. I repeat—Spanish.
Rolling every bit of hip-hop punctuation from the past year into one song (so, lots of “Yeah!” and “It’s lit!”), this Fate of the Furious soundtrack addition combines “Bad and Boujee” players Quavo (Migos) and Lil Uzi Vert with feature-favourite Travis Scott for all your big production, autotuned, party anthem needs. Go off!
For your new favourite female vocalist, look no further than Swedish indie-pop artist LÉON, who’s been gearing up for her mainstream North American take-off in recent years. We think this For You EP, a simple but rich four-song collection of melodic numbers, might be the ticket. The whole thing will go just as well with your Saturday night walk home as it will with your Sunday morning coffee, thanks to its mid-tempo blend of soulful pop and LÉON’s deep, hypnotic vocals.