Welcome to this week’s New Music Friday, aligning perfectly with the new moon occurring in Leo this weekend! Now is a perfect time to release old doubts and insecurities; it’s also the perfect time to cut your hair and maintain your mane! This week, we have a roster that will knock your socks off and leave you speechless. We have the return of the iconic duo that is Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, along with the announcement of their new album! Additionally, there are new singles from The Weeknd, FINNEAS and Lil Tecca. The release radar was absolutely off the charts and you’re not going to be able to wait to dive into this excellence. Connect your headphones, turn on the AC and enjoy this week’s diamond certified NMF!
The Weeknd “Take My Breath”
The Weeknd was the most successful artist of 2020 with his album ‘After Hours’ topping charts globally the entire year. With the album containing smash singles including “Blinding Lights” and “Save Your Tears,” the album captivated audiences around the world. Today, The Weeknd commenced a new era with the release of his newest single, “Take My Breath.” The song takes a much more funky sound with heavy disco nostalgia bleeding through every bar of the track. Taking on a much more fun and funky sound in comparison to ‘After Hours,’ this is the dawn of a new era.
Listen to “Take My Breath” here.
Travis Denning ‘Dirt Road Down’ EP
Rising country star, Travis Denning release his second studio EP today, ‘Dirt Road Down.’ The EP has the two singles, “Call It Country” and “Jack And Coke,” released in that order earlier in the year. The EP adds to Denning’s catalogue, evolving his sound and songwriting abilities. The title track, “Dirt Down Road” is a phenomenal showing of Denning’s artistry and vocal talent. Going in depth on a personal story, the song has different levels to it, keeping it extremely dynamic to the ear. All country and non-country fans are bound to enjoy ‘Dirt Road Down.’
- Call It Country
- Dirt Road Down
- Jack And Coke
- Grew Up With A Truck
- I Went Fishin’
- ABBY – Alternative Version
Listen to ‘Dirt Road Down’ here.
Holly Humberstone “Please Don’t Leave Just Yet”
“The song is about wanting someone to stay so badly, even if only for five more minutes, because you know how much it’ll hurt when they leave. I think the desperation in the words really sums up how I was feeling at the time and how so many people must’ve been feeling last year when we were all completely starved of human connection!” – Holly Humberstone
“Please Don’t Leave Yet” is the newest single from the newly announced ‘The Walls Are Way To Thin’ EP by rising star, Holly Humberstone. The track is co-written with Matty Healy of The 1975, one of Humberstone’s all time favourite bands. Drawing influence from The 1975’s sound, Humberstone blends her own sound seamlessly. The lyrics are raw, honest and relatable to all audiences even despite a global pandemic. Humberstone is phenomenal as per usual and we are crazy about this track.
Check out “Please Don’t Leave Just Yet” here.
FINNEAS “A Concert Six Months From Now”
Grammy award winner, FINNEAS released his brand new track, “A Concert Six Months From Now.” This came with the announcement of his debut album, ‘Optimist’ which is to be released October 15th. This song is somber in nature, while depicting an unstable relationship and their shared love of music. FINNEAS displays an emotional side for audiences to embrace his songwriting for himself. As well, the sound engineering on this track is on the next level with so many different layers coming together in harmony.
Check out “A Concert Six Months From Now” here.
Luke Bryan “Songs You Never Heard”
Legendary country star Luke Bryan hops on our airways with something you have yet to hear. “Songs You Never Heard” follows up Bryan’s 2021 album titled ‘Born Here Live Here Die Here.’ The song takes a much more sentimental avenue with a more laid back and romantic vibe. Addressing what he has learned over his years as an artist, he reflects on his past and the people he was surrounded by. Keeping his country styling and branding to what fans love, this song will have the windows down in your Silverado and the volume on max.
Listen to “Songs You Never Heard” here.
Lil Tecca “REPEAT IT” with Gunna
In a song that is so icy you’ll just turn the air conditioning off, Lil Tecca and Gunna join forces for the perfect way to enjoy the last bits of summer. “REPEAT IT,” much like the title, will have you satisfied with this song on a simple loop. A bumping track that is just as smooth as it is danceable, the infectious beat has been stuck in our head since the first listen. Although this is the first collaboration from these two, we hope it’s not the last as their joint slay is something the world can use more of.
Check out “REPEAT IT” here.
LILHUDDY “Don’t Freak Out” feat. iann dior, Travis Barker & Tyson Ritter
In a collaboration of four of music’s hottest stars right now, there is no way we can’t not freak out! The newest track by LILHUDDY features the stylings of iann dior, Travis Barker and Tyson Ritter to deliver the summertime bop, “Don’t Freak Out.” The song shows a tremendous amount of colour from every artist featured, allowing for them to add their own spin to this track. LILHUDDY has constantly delivered amazing new music and we are so thankful he teamed up with some of the hottest names!
Listen to “Don’t Freak Out” here.
Gryffin “New Blood” with Boy Matthews
Gryffin strikes gold with his brand new single, “New Blood.” Teaming up with Boy Matthews, the duo released “New Blood” which is an electropop masterpiece for the ages. With vocals that gives audiences chills, the drop in the chorus is one that can be danced to for hours. This track follows up multiple singles released in 2021 in collaboration with other artists for Gryffin. Expanding an already impressive discography, this song should probably be downloaded immediately to your devices.
Listen to “New Blood” here.
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett “I Get a Kick Out of You”
Preorder the new Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett album ‘Love For Sale’ here!
An iconic duo that has always served divine excellence, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have collaborated once again to give us what we deserve. Their newest single, “I Get a Kick Out of You” highlights the harmony between their vocals that fit together like the pieces of a puzzle begging to come together. This arrives a decade after their initial collaboration album, ‘Cheek to Cheek.’ Two of the most iconic names of their respective generations, this pairing competes with PB&J for the greatest duo of all time. “I Get a Kick Out of You” also came with the announcement of their second album together, ‘Love For Sale’ which will be released October 1st.
Check out “I Get a Kick Out of You” here.
Wow, this New Music Friday has been stacked and brought all the heat that Leo season deserves. A versatile batch of releases that left us speechless, our personal favourite song has been on repeat all day and it’s none other than “REPEAT IT” from Lil Tecca. Be sure to let us know on our Instagram and Twitter what track you feel is a certified bop! Until next time, this has been UMUSIC, signing off!