New Music Friday: Releases You Need to Hear (Sept. 8)
Another Friday has come, which means it’s time for some new music. This week blessed me so well. My recently added list in my iTunes library is so full! Here’s this week’s new music releases you need to hear and add to your playlists:
Insecure (Music from the HBO Original Series), Season 2
If you watch the hit comedy series Insecure on HBO, you know the music is always on point. The season one soundtrack was hot. It was packed with a collection of songs to turn up to as well as Issa’s rap “Broken Pussy” (still laughing a whole season later). The 23-track soundtrack for season two picks up right where season one left off. It’s filled with Issa’s mirror raps from the whole season and new music from SZA and Jazmine Sullivan & Bryson Tiller. Each song on the soundtrack, which was put together by Kier Lehman, is perfect for road trips or when you are in your feelings about your significant other. Kier Lehman could have not compelled a better list of songs. He did the damn thing.
Side note . . . Although Issa has been making some stupid decisions this season, I am still #TeamIssa.
I’ve never really heard any of G-Eazy’s music aside from a few selected songs he is featured on. But his new single “No Limit” with A$AP Rocky and Cardi B has made me want to listen to his music more and give him a chance. The Allen Ritter and Boi-1da produced track is a club banger that is bound to make you want to twerk and throw it back a little bit. The track opens with A$AP Rocky over a bouncy beat, then jumps right into G-Eazy’s verse. “No limit I’m fucking solider,” G-Eazy raps. “Always lit, yeah I’m never sober.” The star of the track is of course, Cardi B. She comes in on the track bold and feisty. “My career taking off / These hoes jogging in place / Swear these hoes run they mouth / How these hoes out of shape?” she raps. G-Eazy is gearing up to release his next album The Beautiful & Damned later this year. If his album has hits like “No Limit,” G-Eazy might gain a new fan in me.
You may know Brian Puspos for his choreography videos on YouTube or a member of SoReal Cru, the runner ups of season two of America’s Best Dance Crew. Now, the Houston, Texas native is exploring his music career. I must admit, I am impressed. Sweet 290, which is homage to Houston, is a seductive filled six-track EP. It opens with a moody instrumental, then flows seamlessly into smooth, slow-winding, and sensual tracks back-to-back. My personal favorite track “Backseat,” is bound to make you feel some type of way, if you know what I mean. Brian Puspos’ music is a clear reflection of choreography repertoire and shows his R&B vibes are bridging the two together. I like what I’m hearing and I can’t wait to hear more.
Sam Smith is back like he never left with a gem. The piano filled track, “Too Good at Goodbyes,” which was written by Jimmy Napes and Stargate, finds Smith singing about how ending relationships are easy for him because he’s said goodbye so many times. “But every time you hurt me, the less that I cry,” Smith sings. “And every time you leave, the quicker these tears dry.” In an interview with Apple Music, Sam Smith stated that “Too Good at Goodbyes” was one of the most personal songs on his upcoming album. “It’s been a long while since I’ve put any music out and I feel that this first single sets the tone of what is to come,” Smith said. After hearing “Too Good at Goodbyes,” I am so pressed for the next album. Two years was way too long without new music from him. Sam Smith knows how to pull at my heartstrings with his deeply personal lyrics.
Eric Bellinger may have released Eric B for President: Term 2 already, but it didn’t stop him re-releasing the eight-track EP with all acoustic covers. The entire EP is perfect for end of the summer vibes and for cuffing season, which is quickly approaching. Eric Bellinger is telling listeners a story, much different from the original release. The acoustic versions of set the mood for lovers to be at one with each other over alluring and hypnotizing tempos. If you liked the original version of the EP, I know you’ll the acoustic version that much more.
ZAYN’s decision to leave One Direction and become a solo artist was the best decision he could have made. ZAYN is so much better by himself than he ever was while in One Direction. His new single “Dusk Till Dawn” proves why. His vocals sound better than ever over the piano led and soft beat track. Of course, Sia comes in and adds a sweet touch to it. I don’t see the radio playing this track as much as they played “Pillow Talk.” Nonetheless, “Dusk Till Dawn” is a solid track from ZAYN. It shows that he is continuing to develop as a solo artist and he’s the best vocalist from One Direction.
As promised to her fans, Syd dropped a three-track EP called Always Never Home. It features my new favorite song by her, “Bad Dream/No Looking Back,” and two new cuts “Moving Mountains” and “On the Road.” The combination of the three tracks continues Syd’s R&B sultry vibes. Syd creates a smooth and electrifying landscape that pulls you in from start to finish. Always Never Home is a great follow up from her debut album Fin. It’s clear Syd isn’t going to let up anytime soon.