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Playlists need an update? Here are some of the best new music that have welcomed us into September.
Beddy Rays – Better Weather
If you close your eyes while listening to this newie from Brisbane party-starters Beddy Rays, you might just feel like you’re in a bandroom hanging with your best mates. At least that’s how they’re making us feel. Infectious energy, huge hooks, and shreds for days, ‘Better Weather’ is the uplifting positive jam September 2020 called for.
Bring Me The Horizon X Yungblud – Obey
We didn’t know we needed this team-up until we got it, and now we don’t know how we lived without it. Bring Me The Horizon have spent the better part of 16 years reinventing their wheel and sticking it to anyone who tried to sway them. Add in Doncaster “bubblegum punk” artist Yungblud, who has been breaking moulds and stereotypes since he exploded onto the scene a few years ago – what we end up with is fiery belter ‘Obey’. With its crunchy guitars and stadium-ready chorus, we’ve now got our lockdown anthem sorted.
Cry Club – Nine of Swords
Every bit of new music that Cry Club release is like another breath of fresh air into the pop-rock scene, so you bet we’re excited for the gale that is sure to blow through when they finally release their debut album in a couple of months. That news came alongside their huge new tune ‘Nine of Swords’. The anthem, about overcoming your anxieties and throwing out your unhealthy coping habits, sits on the heavier side of the duo’s catalogue, however, their signature dramatic pop flair is still right there in the vocals.
Declan McKenna – Zeros
Where his debut album What Do You Think About The Car? was 50 minutes of glossy alt-rock, Declan McKenna’s second album Zeros is a fully-fledged glam-rock odyssey. The sprawling concept-album-meets-British-protest-rock sees the prodigy soar past his early promise in a metallic wave that is as much Bowie or Beatles as it is entrenched in today. Loaded with catchy hooks and clever wordplay, the real beauty of Zeros lies in its impressive and ambitious musicianship. If this is what he is delivering this early on, we can’t wait to see what comes next.
Janelle Monae – Turntables
It sure feels like a long two years since Janelle Monae delivered her brilliant fourth album Dirty Computer, and on her latest track ‘Turntables’ the anthemic political sentiment still stands. A call to arms ahead of the coming US election, Monae’s soulful, hip hop tune is a powerful push to encourage people to head to the polls. While the call to action isn’t quite for us on this side of the world, ‘Turntables’ is a great example of why we need to elevate more powerful, creative, and important voices like Janelle Monae’s.
Lucia & The Best Boys – Perfectly Untrue
It’s been a busy year for Glasgow trio Lucia & The Best Boys. Following their Eternity EP, they’ve already finished off another record, The State Of Things, due out this October, and they’ve delivered a tasty second slice from it in new single ‘Perfectly Untrue’. Written only a couple of weeks after previous single ‘Let Go’, they’ve kept the ‘80s drama while heading in a lush, more alt-pop direction – and we are so here for it.
Mane – Over & Over
Adelaide singer-songwriter Mane has the sort of distinctive voice that stays with you for a lot longer than her songs last. Her latest, ‘Over & Over’, is an empowering anthem about harnessing your own strength – and it just might be her best single yet. Following her welcome return to our ears at the beginning of 2020 with ‘My People’, this new chapter of Mane’s career is one we can’t wait to continue watching.
Matilda Mann – Happy Anniversary, Stranger
West London singer-songwriter Matilda Mann has graced us with the third track off her forthcoming EP Because I Wanted You To Know, the delightful ‘Happy Anniversary, Stranger’. The playful, uplifting song is about fancying someone from a distance and finally getting the courage to speak to them, and it comes with a fabulous video too. Touted as an artist you should definitely watch by the likes of BBC Introducing, her captivating vocal and interesting storytelling will have you hooked.
Michelle X Arlo Parks – Sunrise
Earlier this year, New York City collective Michelle dropped their beautiful single ‘Sunrise’. Even if you’re not familiar with the original, we’re certain you’re going to love this reworking. Teaming up with British breakout artist Arlo Parks, this new version of ‘Sunrise’ is pure magic. The breezy, sun-soaked melodies are all still there, but it’s made even better by Parks’ new verse.
Ruel – As Long As You Care
By now it’s pretty clear why Ruel is one of the most talked about pop artists coming out of Australia, but if you’re still yet to be convinced, feast your ears on his latest single ‘as long as you care’. Effortlessly stepping his sound up once again, the track comes from his new EP Bright Lights, Red Eyes, which he wrote last year in Paris. And from the sounds of things, there is even more new music to come.
Slow Pulp – At It Again
The third glimpse from Chicago rockers Slow Pulp’s upcoming debut LP Moveys, ‘At It Again’ is a motivational anthem. Set against a backdrop of hazy, dreamy melodies, the ode to becoming a better person when you notice you’re slipping back into bad habits is more of the pop-tinged goodness we’ve come to expect from the four-piece. Now to count down the days until we get the whole album.
Stevan – Impress You
We’ve been talking about how much we love Wollongong multi-instrumentalist, artist and producer Stevan all year, but on his latest track ‘Impress You’ he has even surprised us. The laidback, genre-bending jam sees Stevan get open and personal, leaning into his R&B side (conjuring some Frank Ocean/Steve Lacey vibes for sure) backed by a stuttered, trippy beat and hazy synths thanks to some Lucianblomkamp production. ‘Impress You’ is sure impressing us.
Young Franco X Pell X Dana Williams – Two Feet
A great team-up is one where every artist has a chance to shine, and on Young Franco’s latest ‘Two Feet’, that is exactly what we get. You can always go into a Young Franco track prepared for a good time, and his thumping, hip-hop-infused production does just that, while setting the perfect backdrop for American rapper Pell to drop some witty bars and neo-soul artist Dana Williams to soar across the chorus.
Yours Truly – Funeral Home
There are some great pop punk acts coming out of Australia at the moment, and Yours Truly are right at the front of the next-gen for sure. Showcasing just why they deserve all the hype they’ve been given, ‘Funeral Home’ highlights their knack for writing catchy pop melodies, while also diving a little deeper into their grittier side. Their debut album arrives this week, and we cannot wait.