It is New Music Friday and here are just a few of the latest releases from Paloma Faith, Sam Fender and more, out today.

SAM FENDER – Homesick

Following a slew of acclaimed features released throughout 2023, GRAMMY Best New Artist nominee Noah Kahan continues his Stick Season collaboration series and drops “Homesick” with Sam Fender today—listen HERE

A fan favourite during Kahan’s live shows, “Homesick” captures his at times complicated relationship with his Vermont hometown and the juxtaposing feelings of wanting to escape and chase his dreams but also always wanting to come back home. On this collaboration, British songwriter Sam Fender offers a new perspective with his self-written verse and shares similar sentiments about growing up in his hometown of Newcastle—capturing the universal feeling of homesickness.

Sam Fender said: “I was told Noah wanted us to work together, and I’d heard the tune ‘Homesick’ and thought it was a lush song. We then spoke on the phone and immediately hit it off. I loved the idea of the song being a transatlantic call-and-response between two young kids desperate to escape their hometowns. The ‘running away’ theme has been done to death by myself, and many other artists over the last 50 years, but it’s relatable.”

PALOMA FAITH – Pressure ft Koyje Radical

British superstar and pop visionary Paloma Faith has released new track ‘Pressure (ft. Kojey Radical)’, taken from her highly anticipated sixth studio album ‘The Glorification of Sadness’, due for release 16th February.

In Paloma’s latest release leading up to her forthcoming album, the acclaimed Brit Award-winning singer bares her soul through heartfelt lyrics and captivating melodies as she expresses her vulnerability in the chorus ‘The pressure I face, The pressure I face’. Titled ‘Pressure,’ the track features a collaboration with MOBO winner and British rapper Kojey Radical, who carries a powerful message of empowerment above a catchy trap beat.

The latest single on New Music Friday emphasises the outcomes of having imperfections, yet showcases the resilience and strength that emerge when you embrace and remain true to your authentic self amidst the surrounding pressures of life.

DIVORCE – Sex and The Millenium Bridge

Nottingham indie sensations Divorce release the official video for ‘Sex & The Millennium Bridge’, taken from their ‘Heady Metal’ EP, out now.

Detailing the video release, co-vocalist/bassist Tiger Cohen-Towell explained: “Everybody got on board pretty quick with this concept for this video, because when do you get the chance to be a good old fashioned rock band in this day and age? We basically have such a soft spot for this period of music history, we wanted to honour it, humorously, what we found funny is that the song (SATMB) is so at odds with the type of music that is usually paired with these visuals except it has a guitar solo, so we just decided to go ham. The shooting day was so much fun, Clump and the whole team did an amazing job and we were all laughing so hard for many consecutive hours.’

CRAWLERS – Kills Me To Be Kind

CRAWLERS share their new single ‘Kills Me To Be Kind’ via Polydor Records. The single comes as the Liverpool alt-rock four-piece ready themselves for the release of their hotly anticipated debut album ‘The Mess We Seem To Make’ on February 16th.

‘Kills Me To Be Kind’ takes the band into a world of anthemic rock, worthy of stadium crowds and explosive chants, yet holds a sentiment close to the hearts of those in young diminishing relationships.
“Kills Me To Be Kind” is a song for all the people pleasers. The ones ready to settle in a relationship where they felt diminished of their true self and finally breaking out of that moment,” elaborates lead singer Holly Minto of the track.

DECLAN MCKENNA – Mulholland’s Dinner and Wine

Declan McKenna is excited to share the next track on New Music Friday to be lifted from his forthcoming album, What Happened To The Beach?, out 9th February.

If we’ve learned anything from the smattering of tracks shared from Declan’s third LP so far, it’s that this one resolutely refuses to be categorised. No second guessing. Mulholland’s Dinner and Wine operates on another plain to Sympathy’s indie-rock leanings, the Beck-esque calypso groove of Elevator Hum, and the restless euphoria of Nothing Works. It’s a simmering, sunshine swagger that evokes almost prime psychedelic-era Tame Impala. Produced by Gianluca Buccellati out in LA, this new song radiates joy, as though they set the studio up outdoors and let the mood take them wherever it wanted. It’s a glorious few minutes of sound.

BECKY HILL – Never Be Alone

Becky Hill’s status as a two-time BRIT Award winner with 10 billion streams and seven UK Top 10 hits to her name has continued to build with her recent singles. First ‘Side Effects’ (with Lewis Thompson) hit the Radio 1 playlist on its way to becoming a #1 airplay hit, before her Chase & Status collab ‘Disconnect’ peaked at #6 on the OCC and was certified Gold bringing her to a total of 7.4 million sales as a lead artist in the UK to date. Now Becky Hill propels that stellar form into 2024 as she heightens anticipation for her upcoming second album by unveiling her latest track ‘NEVER BE ALONE’ with fellow dance music trailblazer Sonny Fodera.

‘Never Be Alone’ draws upon Becky’s influences from deep within the world of club culture. Her dancefloor diva topline mixed with Sonny Fodera’s production provides an intoxicating rush of heavyweight dub bass, pounding beats, luminous synths and atmospheric breakdowns which allows the drops to hit hard.

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