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New Music Friday Top 10 picks

All our favourite top ten new releases out on New Music Friday.

New Music Friday is here and this is our top 10 picks out today.

1. Myd releases new track ‘Let You Speak’

As Myd gets closer to the release of his debut album – Born A Loser – he today released the latest single “Let You Speak”, a playful indie bop that features Myd singing on his own record for one of the first times. The single showcases the impressive breadth of Myd’s songwriting, proving he’s just as capable at making pop songs with guitars and a drum kit, as he is at making club tracks with synthesizers and drum machines.

Myd shared some words about what the song means to him:

“Let You Speak is the joy of feeling free, unbound, ready to travel and run away without looking back. I don’t want to see you anymore, hear you anymore and nothing you say will make me change my mind. What a pleasure to be on the loose.”

The “Let You Speak” video comes with a rather hilarious music video, featuring Myd and his two reluctant assistants trekking through everywhere imaginable on a field recording excursion. Myd, in typical deadpan fashion, demands excellence from his crew, in settings that range from a meadow, to a desert, a chateau, a crocodile pit, a chandelier-lit cave, a helicopter, a battleship, and various other bizarre places to record audio. It’s a whirlwind of emotions for Myd, and an unfortunate ending for his begrudged assistants.

The “Let You Speak” video was shot by LA-based director Dan Carr, who spent a month in France last year scouting locations and shooting the ambitious visual.

2. Kelsy Karter “Give Me Novacaine” Green Day Cover

Today, singer and songwriter Kelsy Karter shares a cover of Green Day’s “Give Me Novacaine”. This is the latest release from her upcoming covers EP, Live From Nowhere, out May 7. Pre-order/pre-save is available HERE.

On Live From Nowhere, Kelsy brings a fresh perspective and her signature mesmerizing vocals to some of her favorite songs, including “All You’re Dreaming Of” by Liam Gallagher, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John, “My Future” by Billie Eilish, “Mars” by Yungblud, and “Angels Like You” by Miley Cyrus – the latter of which she released last month.

“Billie Joe Armstrong put out a covers album last year during lockdown and it inspired me to make my own. As a massive Green Day fan, I had to cover one of their songs,” Kelsy shares about the EP and the song selection. “‘Give Me Novacaine’ is one of my favorite Green Day songs and I hope I’ve done it justice.”

3. Samantha Harvey returns with ‘Don’t Call It Love’

Pop sensation Samantha Harvey has returned with her brand new single, Don’t Call It Love. Reminiscent of an 80’s pop hit, the up-beat track showcases Samantha’s signature soaring vocals.

Samantha has said of the release, “Don’t Call It Love is a relatable song about when you meet someone you like but don’t want to put a label on it, because you are scared that once you do things will have too much pressure and fall apart. The lyrics are deep and meaningful but the production with the acoustic guitar gives it a happy vibe. I’m looking forward to belting this one out on tour!” Listen to Don’t Call It Love here.

Samantha Harvey’s track Get To Know You has amassed over 20 million streams on Spotify alone, where she boasts 820k+ monthly listeners. Samantha has also received solid support from numerous Spotify playlists including the prestigious ‘New Music Friday UK’ (781k likes) and ‘Happy Hits!’ (5.5 million likes), Apple Music playlists such as ‘New Music Daily’ and ‘Pop Deluxe’, plus several BBC Radio 1 plays across her previous singles.

Samantha has recently announced that she will be supporting Anne-Marie in the Summer. Taking place on Sunday 29th August, the songstress will be joining HRVY and GRACEY at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre, for the concert. Buy tickets here. The day before this, Samantha will share a stage with Joel Corry, John Newman and more, at Witcombe Festival on Saturday 28th August. Buy tickets here.

4. Shaed release their latest single ‘Osaka’

Multi-Platinum American trio SHAED – who has surpassed 2 BILLION streams worldwide – released their new single Osaka today (STREAM HERE). The track is accompanied by a beautiful music video created by visual artist Puks of Kmotion Designs, which is premiering HERE on YouTube at 4pm BST today. Inspired by a 2019 trip where the band performed to one of the biggest crowds of their career at Summer Sonic Japan, Osaka sees SHAED paying homage to the incredible culture and magical scenery that thefell in love with. 

Osaka was inspired by our trip to Japan in 2019. We spent two glorious weeks hopping around the island and playing massive festivals in Tokyo and Osaka. We fell in love with the culture, landscape, food and people, and had the best time of our lives. We left Japan with a confidence we never knew existed within ourselves. “Osaka” is an expression of that feeling. – SHAED

SHAED’s debut album High Dive is due on May 14th via Photo Finish Records and features recently released tracks Part Time Psycho (ft. Two Feet)Once Upon A Time, and No Other Way which have drawn support from NPRE! News, MTVBillboard PRIDE, GRAMMY.comGAPABC RadioUPROXXWashington City PaperDCist and many more. 

High Dive was produced by the band with additional production on several tracks from GRAMMY Award-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid (HAIMVampire WeekendCharli XCX) and producer Josh Fountain (BENEE). The album also features strings by the FME’s Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra, directed over Zoom by the band and composer Jherek Bischoff (Angel OlsenBrian Eno), with mastering by GRAMMY Award-winning engineer Emily Lazar (SiaDavid BowieSleigh Bells). High Dive is available for pre-order HERE, with a portion of proceeds being donated to mental health organisation Teen Line.

5. Master Peace is back with an explosive new track ‘PDA’

The crowd-ready ready anthem once again showcases Peace’s versatility, boasting an unforgettably bouncy chorus. Directed by frequent collaborator Sahra Zadat, the video captures Master Peace in his element and gives us a glimpse of his thrilling live performance that is sure to have you wanting more!

Speaking more on the fan favourite track, Master Peace shares:

“It’s the one for the real Master Peace fans. Those of you who came to a show of mine will understand the length of time this song has been circulating for. This is to say thank you for supporting me along my journey. If you’re discovering me from this song…? welcome to the Master Peace show!”

The risk-taking artist, who melds numerous genres together, also announced the release of his new EP ‘Public Display Of Affection’, which is out 28th May via EMI records.

Peace was inspired to make music by his own childhood experiences. He enjoyed listening to grime and rap with his friends. Secretly however he was also loving bands like Bloc Party, No Doubt and The Arctic Monkeys on his headphones at home, absorbing the sounds of indie and alt-rock into his canon.

Last year saw the release of his debut EP ‘Love Bites’ accompanied with an effervescent video for the title track, which you can watch here. Peace says this project was to create communal moments and songs that leave a mark on pop culture. “I loved Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds – it just spoke to me when I was a kid. I wanted this record to make people feel the same way. These songs should just make you feel good.”

6. Alice Merton releases new single ‘Vertigo’

Viewed through a prism of success, it’s easy to forget that established artists experience the same challenges as the rest of us. Alice Merton achieved so much in the first chapter of her career: her breakthrough track ‘No Roots’ topped the Billboardrock chart, exceeded 400 million streams and shot to the Top 10 all across Europe. Such was Alice’s impact that she was even invited to become a judge on the German edition of ‘The Voice’ and has now had over 620 million streams across tracks.

It was then on a cold night in Berlin, when Alice was queuing with her friends to get into a club and she realised something wasn’t quite right. The closer she got to the front, the worse she felt. As a twinge of dizziness became a rush of vertigo, Alice made her excuses and hastily headed off into the night. That experience informed Alice’s new single ‘Vertigo’, which is out now via her own label Paper Planes Records.

7. Max & Harvey release new single ‘In My DNA’

Social media sensations and X Factor Celebrity finalists Max and Harvey are back with their heartfelt new single, ‘In My DNA’ available now, via Frtyfve Records.  

Showing a very different side to their recent feel-good anthem ‘Worry A Little Less’ the boys are back with their most personal track yet. ‘In My DNA’ is touching and powerful tribute to their grandfather, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Max & Harvey: “This song means more to us than anything we’ve ever put out into the world. We wanted to tell our Granpop’s story and talk about his life and it took us a long time to work out the perfect way to do that. Whilst writing the song we also had in the back of our minds, the sad fact that our Grandma had been diagnosed with cancer. Sadly she recently passed away, but we were able to play her this song before we lost her, and when she heard it she started to cry. The fact that she knew right away exactly what the song was about meant a lot to us, and we’re so sad she couldn’t be around to see the world hear it.  With the current global situation, we wanted to let everyone else hurting from loss or not being able to be with their grandparents know that they’re not alone.” 

‘In My DNA’ is their first release of 2021, the first of many the boys have planned for the coming months. The duo have used the last 12 months to properly focus on their music, something they’d not had the chance to do since coming second on Celebrity X Factor in late 2019. We really wanted to work on our musicianship, so we built a home studio in Max’s room and got to work on making new music.”  The boys also had to learn how to use a professional TV standard camera so they were able to film their CBBC TV show – FOMO, at home and they began work on their first ever podcast – School Daze with Max and Harvey. The Spotify original which launched in November last year, aired for 31 episodes and saw the boys tackling the culture of the schoolyard with the help of their family, friends and fans.  

8. Max Richter releases new single ‘Prelude 2’

VOICES 2 follows directly from its first part, the unfolding groundbreaking project embodying the Universal Declaration’s aspiration to build a better and fairer world. We hear no spoken words in VOICES 2, only singing voices among the textured, sometimes ambient instrumentation; the music is less about the world we know already, and more about hope for the future we have yet to write.

The Prelude 2 video is an artistic response to our turbulent times and highlights the plight of refugees.  According to the United Nations, more than 20,000 migrants and refugees have drowned in the past seven years trying to cross the Mediterranean. Many people including women and children, lost their lives while trying to escape persecution and poverty.

The inherent beauty in Mahr’s imagery is contrasted with harsh brutality of war and global turmoil. The film also is a metaphor for the sensation of drowning that people feel when overwhelmed. Despite its sombre mood, positivity runs throughout: a sense of potential in a future as yet unwritten, with a younger, activist generation emerging.

9. The Lathums release new single ‘Oh My Love’

Teenage turbulence meets old-before-time wisdom in a waterfall of luminescent melody as whip smart indie treasures, The Lathums, release new single, Oh My Love. The first new music of the year from the BBC Sound Poll 2021 shortlisters arrives, snapping at the heels of their biggest ever live show announcements, in a cerebral, line-a-second, spring shower of iridescent, poetic pop that, like many of the best things in life, is over all too soon.

Incomparable and unassailable, the unassuming, poetic masters of jangle-ska-whatever-it’s-called from the overlooked outskirts of Greater Manchester last week announced they would take to the stages of Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse, Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom and London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town as part of an expanded and upgraded, 21-date headline UK Tour this autumn and winter. Oh My Love is the serotonin hit to prove just how they’ve got there.

Fizzing with the rare creative friction that sets off sparks of glowing inspiration, singer and songwriter, Alex Moore’s profound lyrics, written in the long shadow of personal loss, are roused by the chiming tangle of multi-instrumentalist, Scott Concepcion’s celestial guitar and piano lines. Written in and for the times when life’s storm clouds gather, Oh My Love is one in a succession of songs that poured from bookish Moore’s heart as a prodigious 16-year-old, finding sense in music when the world had failed to make any sense at all.

10. Daytime TV release new single ‘Zombie’

UK-based DAYTIME TV are ready to step out with their spectacular stadium-ready pop rock. Charging out of the blocks with their first new music of 2021, “Zombie” is an emphatic beginning to a promising year.

The self-filmed and self-directed video accompaniment for “Zombie” was shot in three different locations across the UK where each member is currently residing (Midlands, Scotland, London).

Speaking on the new single, Will Irvine says:

“Zombie is such an important song for us. It’s our comment on the state of society from a social perspective. The lack of human contact. Reliance on technology. Suppressing emotions. It’s left us all feeling a bit dead behind the eyes.”

“The feeling of being ground down mentally by external forces and trying to break out of that cycle to find some clear headspace is something we can all relate to right now. Everyone puts on a brave face but you never know what’s going on behind that mask.”

“Ironically it was getting the lyrics for zombie off my chest that made me feel a bit better about things. Music is a good therapy. Writing lyrics is like talking things through with an old friend. I hope it can connect with people and give them some fire in the belly at a time where we’re all looking for something to grab hold of.”