#TGINMF: Best of New Music Friday – 3/9





Hot Take: EVAN GIIA her smooth voice that’s able to fill a whole room, which mixes perfectly with the electronic beat to create verses that seem almost anthemic. You’d think EVAN GIIA has been singing pop and electronic her whole life – she has the voice of a tenured pro. “WESTWORLD’s” heavy, infectious chorus is characterized by a fluming bass synth, accompanied by lightweight steel drums that top off the chorus with some treble. The song is infinitely catchy and drives the song along to a beat that will get you ready to scoot across a dance floor. Read our full review of “WESTWORLD”.

Hot Take: Sticking in the same lane as Matadora, the guitar drives this song. The beat on this track is heavy and keeps the song very energetic as it moves along. I really enjoy that Sophie goes into her upper register for the pre-chorus, followed by an arpeggio that leads into a dance chorus.

Hot Take: A new direction for Alison Wonderland, this song is much closer to a dance track than her heavy-hitting electronic drops. Incorporating elements of tropical house, Alison Wonderland highlights her vocals on this track rather than blowing it up with electronic synths. The beat is light and jumpy, in a way that makes you want to move.

Hot Take: New to my musical catalogue is JP Saxe, who comes in with an acoustic tune that turns into a nice pop song once it gets past the first verse. His style reminds me of JP Cooper. JP Saxe pulls out some cool acoustics in the second verse that give the song a sense of progression leading into the chorus. The lyrics are relatable and this song is easy to listen to while being modern and not sleepy.

Hot Take: It’s been a while since Mr. Probz put out a song that really struck a cord with me. This song is not a dance song, rather a pop song in a style that reminds us that Mr. Probz is a singer with a unique voice at heart. The beat reminds a lot of Ella Vos, and the song is extremely well mixed and the lyrics are lovely.

Hot Take: One of the best songs of the week, “Your Side of the Bed” is a classic break up song with a modern dance pop beat that is infectious. Loote is known for their progressions, and this song certainly comes to a head once the chorus comes, and she belts the frustrated statement “He’s taking your side of the bed!”. Light vocals + a dancy beat is a way to my heart.

Hot Take: It’s kind of insane that it took this long for The Knocks to hook up with Mark Foster and His People. FTP’s latest album was a perfect transition to dance pop for the group, and The Knocks’ modern disco style is a match made in heaven, combining a walking bass and an atmospheric, “Wingtip”-esque chorus. I’m so glad this song came to be.

Hot Take: The Netherlands puts out great dance music, and DROELOE continues to drop hit after hit that push the boundaries of electronic music. “Many Words” builds on their impressive sound that is complex and compelling. One thing you notice about the Bitbird-signed artist is how well the song builds upon itself. I’m really excited to see DROELOE live on 3/17 at Schimanski in Brooklyn.

Hot Take: It’s hard to believe this song is even by ZHU. The Tame Impala influence is strong here, but the beat is catchy and lightweight. Tame Impala’s vocals are few and far between, but complement the beat in a way that makes this song an easy “background” song that doesn’t demand your full attention, while keeping you tuned-in sonically.

Hot Take: I was turned on to TRACES the night before after a tip from someone at a show, and I wasn’t disappointed when I found his song on New Music Friday the next day. TRACES vocals remind me of a more soulful MAX, and the beat is reminiscent of something you’d expect to hear Blackbear singing on. Yet, all of these are TRACES. I dug deeper into his catalogue and heard more amazing vocals sitting on top of modern R&B beats that highlight his vocal depth. I can’t wait to hear more TRACES in 2018. Put this artist on your radar as someone to watch, ASAP.

Hot Take: I’ve been following Lostboycrow since about 2016, so it was great to see his newest EP, “Traveler: The Third Legend” hit Spotify after three singles in the past six months. “Cindy At The Window” is my favorite from the EP because of the emotion he puts through it. It’s a tale about love and is chill-inducing if you really get into it. Heavy bass tones and his sensual voice capture your full attention.

Hot Take: Holy Balls, this makes me want to take twelve vodka sodas to the face. This is one of the better bangers Logic has put out, and comes straight off of his “Bobby Tarantino II” album, which is chock full of hits. Adding Big Sean to this track was a brilliant decision, as Sean pulls out his 2017 “I Decided.” style, which is some of his best work to date. Logic’s lyrics are impeccable as always.

Artist of the Week: Felix Jaehn #Playlist

Early Bird’s artist of the week is Felix Jaehn, on the back of his debut album release, “I”. “I” is a two disc album comprised of 25 songs, the final ten of which were released prior to 2018. We compiled all of Jaehn’s work and curated a playlist that’s got nothing but good vibes.

#TGINMF: Best of New Music Friday – 2/16

Check out the best hits of New Music Friday, and our hot takes on each of the picks below.
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Hot Take: Favorite song of the year so far. I love how Khalid sounds when he takes it down-tempo and virtually strips the song down to its bones. This sounds like an alternate/rougher version of his song Silence with Marshmello. Lastly, Khalid was made for duets.

Hot Take: When the hell is Chelsea Cutler going to release her full length album?! Chelsea has carved her own lane in what I’ll dub “Febreze Pop” – Fresh and lightweight beats that compliment her airy vocals . This reminds me of the work she’s done with Kidswaste. I’m really excited for her show with Quinn XCII on 2/25.

Hot Take: ROZES has such a unique voice, fit for pop. Normally you’d expect Nicky Romero to turn up the BPM on any song he touches, but he scales it back like many EDM artists as of late. The progressive beat builds up to a big drop that’s still contained, keeping the song “pop” rather than an EDM headbanger.

Hot Take: Win and Woo are so versatile. I love what they did with the backbeat, turning a weird chord into a seamless rhythm. Combine that with the contemporary singer (WHO IS SHE?) airy vocals, and you’ve got a recipe for an Early Bird favorite. I want this song to be blasted out everywhere, and I want Win and Woo to come to New York ASAP. I will drop everything for that show.

Hot Take: The Chainsmokers continue to distance themselves from their EDM-Banger identity with the second song release of 2018. Drew Taggart is the glue to The Chainsmokers success – and it wouldn’t surprise me if he broke off into his own project soon.

Hot Take: It was awesome to watch Alison Wonderland give a preview of the song earlier this week. I love the composition of this song, with lots of reverb and Alison’s vocals isolated. It feels like a song that was written for Halsey and Alison Wonderland stole it and applied her signature ability to produce big choruses. I love the message, too: “Treat me like church” – value yourself and how others treat you.

Hot Take: TECHNICALLY this song came out last week, but I hadn’t heard it yet until today. I didn’t know what to expect when I found this song, but after about a minute in, the chorus drops and the entire song gets an airy uplift to accompany the ukelele and Wilson & Beggins’ duet, and it becomes an instant fave.

Hot Take: You hear the tropical strings and “RIGHT ABOUT NOW” and you know it’s going to be a happy banger. R. City’s endlessly joyous voice could perk up even the grumpiest Grumpy Cat. This is immediately going on my Stop Trop & Roll playlist.

Hot Take: Initially I was hesitant to listen because of DeRulo, but he really does add to the pop clout of this song. I love the mix of spanish and english together in the song.

Hot Take: 80’s driving beat combined with modern EDM sensibilities = absolute jam. Nevve’s voice is underrated. 3LAU’s show on Saturday is going to be insane. I’m also sincerely looking forward to SNBRN and Throttle, who open the show.

Hot Take: Kim Petras is the new Black. She’s going to be a pop superstar. Her voice is smooth, and she’s got the personality and pipes for “BIG” pop anthems.

Hot Take: It’s a new direction for SteLouse, and I like it for him. This song is very R3HAB-esque, but less “wubby” and more alt-pop. SteLouse performs 2/22 at Rough Trade NYC. Look out for our interview with him, coming in March!

Hot Take: Kasbo continues to define this airy-and-upbeat style of electronic music. The chorus is super catchy. Kasbo will be in New York playing in Brooklyn at Baby’s All Right in April, and we’re hoping he’s got a new album out by that time.

Hot Take: Mothica is like a soulful mix of Adele and Halsey. Read our full feature review of Lovetalk here.

Hot Take: Leave it to Frank Ocean to completely flip a pop classic like Moon River. It’s a thoughtfully relaxing and soulful piece of art. Check out the rest of our thoughts here.


Hot Take: Melvv’s first solo single in over a year is finally out. The beat is catchy and it’s a song that gets better the more you listen to it.

Can’t believe I missed this poppy electronic jam by Lookas. Keep an eye on Lookas, who is poised to have a big 2018 – Rolling Stone & Billboard included him in their annual Top 10 to Watch lists.

Want more new music? Check out our #TGINMF archive for the best of past New Music Fridays, and my Fresh Finds Roundup of songs that are newly discovered by me, but not necessarily new releases.

Fresh Finds Roundup – 2/5

An extra-large collection of my favorite finds from the last seven days of digging through Spotify and Soundcloud. Featuring music from Nause, Mansionair, Maggie Lindemann, and more.
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