Welcome back to another New Music Round Up, and the final one for the month of May.
Leading this week’s round up is Canadian superstar Shawn Mendes, who released his highly anticipated self-titled third album. Delivering his most mature and solid body of work yet, Shawn has proven that he is one of the most exciting artists of our generation.
On the singles front, Zayn released his new track ‘Entertainer’, which is taken from his forthcoming sophomore record. Jonas Blue also shared his new track ‘Rise’ featuring Jack & Jack, which is set to be a huge summer smash.
Other new releases came from the likes of Panic! At The Disco, State Champs, Knox Hamilton, Barbudo, Brynn Elliott, Kate Stewart, Honest Men, Jazz Mino, RJ Thompson, Peppermint Heaven, Ezla, Jessie Kilgus, Lena Stone, and My Brothers and I.
Got room for more? Of course you have! Check out a few more sensational new releases below.
Jessie J – R.O.S.E.
Jessie J returned with her fourth studio album this week, entitled R.O.S.E. The album was released in four parts: Realisations, Obsessions, Sex, and Empowerment, across the week before being unveiled in full. Speaking about the album, Jessie said: “It’s crazy that it’s been 4 years since I released new music. I have done so much growing in the last few years. You can hear it in the music, the songs on R.O.S.E. are simply me singing my diary in a melody. I am so grateful and happy that anyone who has been waiting for this record in full will finally have it.”
Jorja Smith – ‘February 3rd’
BRITs Critics’ Choice 2018 winner Jorja Smith released a new track called ‘February 3rd’ this week. The track is taken from her forthcoming debut album Lost & Found which, after being in the works for around three years, is due for release on June 8. Speaking about the stunning acoustic track on Twitter, Jorja said: “Wrote it on February 3rd 2017, kept the demo and never changed the file name”.
Loote feature Joe Jonas – ‘Longer Than I Thought’
‘Longer Than I Thought’ is the new single from production duo Loote featuring vocals from DNCE frontman Joe Jonas. Speaking about the track, Jackson Foote, one half of Loote, said: “‘Longer Than I Thought’ was written right around my second year in New York City, after college. Everything in my life was moving forward except for getting over my prior relationship. I thought a new chapter of my life and starting in a new place was going to change that, but the reality was we were still intertwined. Sometimes the strategy of “let enough time pass until we forget how close we used to be” doesn’t bode well for closure and this song is my way of coping with it.”
Silk City featuring Daniel Merriweather – ‘Only Can Get Better’
‘Only Can Get Better’ is the debut single from Silk City, the brand new dream team made up of Mark Ronson and Diplo. The track features Daniel Merriweather, best known for his sensational 2009 hit ‘Red’. Speaking about their new project, Diplo said: “Silk City is an homage to some of the greatest dance music cities; Chicago, London, Paris, Detroit. Mark Ronson and I met as DJs 20 years ago, and our paths have taken us everywhere since. It is great to get back together and make music.” If you’re enjoying the duo’s first offering, then keep your eyes peeled for their Dua Lipa collaboration coming this summer.
Marie Dahlstrøm – ‘Ask About Me’
‘Ask About Me’ is the new single from singer-songwriter Marie Dahlstrøm, taken from her forthcoming EP which is due for release later this summer. Speaking about the track, Marie said: “‘Ask About Me’ is a song about self-worth and empowering. A song about realising that even after hard times, there is so much to be grateful for. Time truly is a healer of most things.”
Trevis – ‘Way You Do It’
‘Way You Do It’ is the new single from 19-year-old Norwegian pop newcomer Trevis, which he worked on with Harmony ‘H-Money’ Samuels and Edgar ‘JV The Producer’ Etienne. Speaking about the track, Trevis said: “‘Way You Do It’ is a feel-good summer record about a girl I’m falling for. It was produced, written and recorded in the South of Spain, at around 4am after a night out. We loved the music people were dancing to, especially this one girl, and it inspired me to do a song like this.”
Retrovision – ‘Get Down’
DJ Retrovision has released ‘Get Down’, the ultimate rework of a classic first sampled in Lola’s Theme by The Shapeshifters. Speaking about the track, “When I started making ‘Get Down’ it was one of those records that just seemed to come together really naturally. I had the main structure complete and then remade the parts of the sample, which I think a lot of people are going to recognise. The support and reaction to this one already has been exciting to see after the work we put in to make this an official release with Musical Freedom.”
Francois Klark – ‘For You’
‘For You’ is the latest release from Francois Klark, and features Katlego Maboe and Marla Walters. Speaking about the track, Francois said: “During my childhood years in Potchefstroom, South Africa, I noticed that there were kids my age that had no family or home to go to. I knew it was wrong and it weighed on me but, as a kid myself, I felt helpless and incapable of making a change. Music has since become my medium of expression, and I recently penned ‘For You’ to express what I felt back then. This song tells the stories of displaced, enslaved, orphaned, and marginalized children on South African streets and around the globe. It is my desperate call on people like you to take action, to stand beside, and to help protect our children – whatever it takes. All sales and streaming revenue generated from ‘For You‘ will be donated to the Abraham Kriel Children’s Home (AKCH) in Potchefstroom, South Africa – an incredible organization that provides full time care to roughly 230 children, all of whom come from unfathomable circumstances. You can also donate directly through our GoFundMe page, if you feel so inclined.”
Falcon Jane – ‘The News’
‘The News’ is the new single from Falcon Jane. Speaking about the track, she said: “Grief is so complicated. It fills you with unanswerable questions, fear, sadness, and incomparable emptiness – but it is also about moving on and healing. There has been a lot of loss in the Canadian news lately, nationwide, and in my own community. “The News” is about losing someone you love and trying to find them amidst the dense, emotional fog of grief. I hope it can help aid those who are grieving by reflecting some of the complicated emotions we are feeling.”
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