What better way to kick off a weekend than with new music? Fridays are always chock full of the latest songs and albums ready to be the soundtrack to everyone’s antics, and here you’ll find some of the week’s standout releases. Whether you’re ready to spin an anticipated song from a favorite artist or just taking a look at what’s out there, there’s a whole lot of tunes to dive right into. Who knows—maybe you’ll find your next obsession.
Illenium “Good Things Fall Apart” (feat. Jon Bellion)
He isn’t doing it as often as he should, but Jon Bellion is quietly one of the best guest features that pop has to offer. Featuring largely on EDM tracks, his pipes go well with virtually any genre, but he really seems to help bring electronic elements to life. Illenium, who’s no pop-slouch of his own, clearly knew that a collab with Bellion would be an instant smash as he has “Good Things Fall Apart” to show for it. A healthy mix of guitars and a satisfying drop makes the track a must-have for summertime musings.
Passion Pit “I Found U” (feat. Galantis)
Passion Pit returns with a bang as the one-man pop-act delivers his first track in two years, and he’s bringing EDM duo Galantis along for the ride. For Galantis, it’s the second song they’ve been a part of this year after their OneRepublic single, and what they contribute here is something far more in their wheelhouse than the folk-pop stylings of its predecessor. With an almost-yodeling chorus, Passion Pit’s affinity for unique melodies is on full display here.
Carly Rae Jepsen Dedicated
There’s probably no better fitting title for an album than Carly Rae Jepsen’sDedicated. Hitting near unprecedented critical acclaim with her last LP, Emotion, the commercial success didn’t exactly match up to the reviews. Regardless, Jepsen’s drive only got stronger. Dedicated doubles down on what made Emotion such a landmark in pop, as heavy 80s vibes and huge hooks are plentiful on the album, making it an easy contender for ‘end of the year’ lists come December.
It was always going to be a tough task for Halsey to follow-up the success of her surprise-hit “Without Me” last year, but she comes out firing on the new single “Nightmare”. Getting straight to the point with the chorus coming in after only a few seconds, “Nightmare” takes a darker approach than the anthemic “Without Me”, probably with help via the co-writing credit from DJ Cashmere Cat. She also links up with “Eastside” collaborator Benny Blanco again—a pairing that’s obviously been proven to be a success—and his pop prowess with her personable lyrics is the perfect recipe for yet another hit.
Fall Out Boy “Church” (nothing,nowhere. Remix)
The beauty of Fall Out Boy’sMania is its flexibility for remixes—something we’ve seen in the past for singles “Hold Me Tight or Don’t” and “Last of the Real Ones”. The latest, and one of the most unlikely candidates, is “Church” but it also happens to be one of their best revamps—maybe ever. Featuring Fueled By Ramen rising star nothing,nowhere., the big instrumentation is toned down to fit nothing,nowhere.’s melancholy gameplan and his verse, slapped in the middle, offers a tone we haven’t quite seen from Fall Out Boy in general. It’s a remix with thought put into it rather than a simple feature tacked on (but that may be a testament to just how talented nothing,nowhere. really is).
DJ Khaled Father of Asahd
Possibly the least surprising surprise-release of all-time, DJ Khaled’s highly anticipated Father of Asahd finally lands on streaming services with star-powered features and summer anthems galore. The features are even bigger than you’d expect, having to live up to previously released singles like the Justin Bieber-led “No Brainer” and Jay-Z/Beyoncé pairing on “Top Off”. The late Nipsey Hussle is featured alongside John Legend on the soulful “Higher”, while the Travis Scott/Post Malone joint-track is a surefire standout.
OneRepublic “Rescue Me”
You can practically sing OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” over the instrumentals for their new single “Rescue Me”, but that doesn’t make the track any less of a jam. Frontman Ryan Tedder is no stranger to reworking past melodies to influence new tunes, and while “Rescue Me” might not reach the same level of success, you can never pass up a chance to hear Tedder’s voice flow through the speakers.
Tyler, the Creator IGOR
Tyler, the Creator’sIGOR drops with little fanfare, but that’s the kind of thing that seems to fit Tyler’s personality the most. Fittingly, IGOR also shows a side of his musicianship that’s been untapped until now. The overarching theme of the new LP is production first–bars later, as the record’s hazy electronic and at times even industrial-feel overpowers any flow from Tyler. That’s necessary as it lets him take the next step as an artist, but this one acts as more of a giant leap.
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Between You & Me “Famous”
Still riding the high of their debut album, Everything Is Temporary, from last year, Between You & Me are quickly back with another single, “Famous”. “Famous” could have been a leftover from their album sessions but a track like this probably should have been included; it has that high-energy pop-punk DNA in tracks like “Dakota” mixed with an unforgettable hook, proving that a future sophomore slump is something they will swiftly avoid.
WSTR Give Yourself a Hell
WSTR’s two-cover offering shows sides of the band on two opposite ends of the spectrum. Their rendition of The All-American Rejects’ “Gives You Hell” is wonderfully nostalgic, and the vocals emulate the Rejects’ Tyson Ritter very well. Meanwhile, a cover of The 1975’s moody “Give Yourself a Try” is replicated almost one-to-one musically, but there’s a little bit of rawness vocally compared angelic-nature of The 1975’s Matt Healy. Both are solid tributes, and WSTR manages to make the songs their own without getting too weird.