New Music Friday: Releases You Need to Hear (Aug. 25)
Starting today, I am bringing you a new feature called, “New Music Friday: Releases You Need to Hear.” There is so many new singles, albums, EPs, and mixtapes releasing every day, I can’t let them go unnoticed or deprive you from not being in the know. This week in music has been a great one. They are guaranteed to give you all the feels and get you hype. You’ll want to add them to your music library.
Fifth Harmony – Faith Harmony
When I first heard Camila Cabello had left Fifth Harmony to pursue her solo career, I was for sure the group would not be the same without her. But I was totally wrong. Fifth Harmony without Camila Cabello is better, if not stronger. The self-titled and third studio album by the quartet – Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui, and Normani Kordei – is HOT! The album is sexy and confident feel we have not seen from the girls yet. Fifth Harmony is more in-your- face, feisty, and electric vibes unlike their previous two albums. The group is continuing to promote women empowerment but in a way that does not keep them in a cookie-cutter bubble. I’m all here for it. Stand out tracks that I can’t get enough like “Angel,” “He Like That,” and “Messy” along with the up tempo, smooth, electronic beats make Fifth Harmony an album worth listening to. If you were worried about the four ladies bouncing back after Camila Cabello left, you don’t have to worry anymore. Ally, Dinah, Lauren, and Normani definitely did not disappoint!
Since he released Wildheart in 2015, Miguel has kept a low profile on the music scene. Now he’s back and better than ever. FINALLY!!! “Sky Walker,” which features Travis Scott, is a mellow track that showcases Miguel’s signature style. “Luke Sky-walking on these hates / Celebrate every like a birthday / Good things come to those who wait up / But don’t wait to jump in too long/ Don’t sleep, you to stay up,” Miguel sings. “Sky Walker” is a track you play late at night and have a smoke session to. It’s a taste of what’s to come from Miguel long awaited fourth studio album.
Daniel Caesar – Freudian
Daniel Caesar has been on my radar for quite a while now. It’s with good reason. The Canadian singer/songwriter won our hearts with his breakout single “Get You,” which has received over 22 million streams between Apple Music and Spotify. He’s pulling at our heartstrings again with his debut album, Freudian. From start to finish, Daniel Caesar swoons listeners. He showcases his urbane vocals and strong songwriting skills. Freudian explores life, love, and spirituality over melodic and classic sounds, remnants of Daniel Caesar’s upbringing in the church. Tracks such as “Best Part,” “Hold Me Down,” and “Take Me Away” gives listeners all the feel-good vibes they need.
After listening to her debut album Fin, Syd grew on me. Her new track “Bad Dream/No Looking Back” proves why my love for her music continues to grow. The Gwen Bunn and Ricci Riera produced track is a soulful and soothing banger that is a part of Syd’s upcoming project Always Never Home. “You’re a freak on the low,” Syd sings. “I’ll go as deep as can go / You let me know that it’s real / You get mad on the phone / I be hating the tone / There’s just a lot going on.” Syd’s new track takes you on a journey through space and is one for the bedroom.
Bridgit Mendler – Diving
I’ve never been a huge fan of Disney channel stars pursuing a music career. Only because most of the time, their music is not that great. My theory was proven with Bridgit Mendler’s debut single, “Ready or Not.” I thought it was basic and too Disney for my liking. Luckily, her latest track “Diving” made me rethink about my original feelings. The RCKB produced track is a mellow smooth production that shocked me. It’s not the same Bridgit Mendler from Disney Channel or “Ready or Not.” Her voice is much more mature, more vulnerable, her lyrics as well. “I felt love / Into your heart / Every last drop / Filling up empty spaces,” Mendler coos. The passion behind her voice is very present. “Diving” is the right direction Bridgit Mendler needs to go into in order to make herself stand out. I like the route she is taking with her music career. I’m excited to listen to what she has to offer here on out.
Loreen – Nude
While listening to this week’s new music, I stumbled across Loreen’s new three-track EP Nude. I was reluctant to give it a listen because I had never heard of her before; however, my doubts were laid to rest upon hearing the first track. Nude is unlike most of the music I listen to. I listen to a lot of Alternative R&B, Hip-Hop/Rap, and Pop music. Nude gives so many different vibes that it’s hard to categorize it into one genre. The first track, “Body,” is a dance track. Loreen’s euphoric vocals shine. It is crafted to get you on your feet and dance your life away. The second track, “Jungle,” which is my personal favorite, shifts from the dance feel in “Body.” The island-feel track is filled with all the things that would make you feel sexy and want to entice someone. The final track, “Ocean Away,” is a much softer track. It’s atmospheric yet solid with a steady electric beat. For my first time listening to Loreen, I’d have to say I am very impressed and can’t wait to get into her other music.
Each track and album are now available stream on Spotify and purchase on Apple Music. Give them a listen. As always, I promise they do not disappoint.