We pick the best of this weeks new single releases all details are below.
1. Gary Barlow releases ‘This Is my Time
‘This Is My Time’, the new track from Gary Barlow, is released 13th November. Taken from his upcoming solo album ‘Music Played By Humans’ (out 27th November), it’s the third track released by Gary this year following ‘Incredible’ and ‘Elita’.
Opening with just a piano and Gary’s delicate vocals, ‘This Is My Time’ builds with its soaring string accompaniment; each element is married beautifully as Gary’s falsetto drifts effortlessly alongside the instrumentation. It conjures images reminiscent of the golden age of Hollywood as the lyrics tell of the rush of love, that “money can’t buy” feeling of the experience, akin to “poetry finding its rhyme”.
‘This Is My Time’ was the first song written for ‘Music Played By Humans’ and it encapsulates Gary’s intention in creating the album: to produce a vibrant celebration of music and musicians.
2. Joiya “Come Down”
Slow Motion made his mark this year with his remix with Vintage Culture of the Maverick Sabre and Jorja Smith song “Slow Down” that quickly found its way onto many different viral charts, being #1 Viral in Brazil as well as hitting #12 on Brazilian Top 200 and still sitting at #77.
Continuing his string of remixes comes a solo remixed song “Come Down” by Toronto based R&B singer, Joyia. As personal fans of each other, the song came about naturally. The song is an upbeat, dance track that starts off slow and bright kicking into a house beat.
3. Jeremy Loops shares new single ‘Til I Found You’
With a global record deal and a sold-out headline show at Brixton Academy under his belt, South African singer, songwriter and producer Jeremy Loops shares his new single ‘Til I Found You’, out on 13 November on Decca Records.
Jeremy says,’”Til I Found You’ is about the search. For a person, for a feeling, the search for yourself, even. So there’s big themes of love and connection here, but it’s really about fulfilment.”
Brought up in a surfing village on the outskirts of Cape Town, he learned to play guitar at university. His career quickly gained momentum becoming a household name in South Africa, headlining several world tours and collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Bat For Lashes) and Cam Blackwood (Bastille, George Ezra).
4. Foushee releases new single ‘Single AF’
In honour of Singles’ Day, genre bending singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Fousheé releases her new single “single af” via Trackmasters Entertainment/RCA Records. Click HERE to listen.
In what’s been a challenging year for everyone, Fousheé continues to focus on self-love, self-care and female empowerment through her music, and “single af” is no different. To accompany the track release, she also shares her very own infomercial about how to be “single af” along with a custom hotline for tips.
Fousheé emerged this summer with the release of her track “Deep End” which earned critical attention. Since then, she’s garnered the attention of SZA and Noname, with “Deep End” hitting major milestones, including reaching #5 on the Spotify Global Viral 50 chart, landing in Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits, Pop Rising, Hot Rhythmic playlists and Top Global 200, as well as #1 on the Global Shazam chart.
5. Priscilla Block releases ‘Thick Thighs’
Mercury Nashville newcomer Priscilla Block makes a splash with her fun new video for body-positivity anthem “Thick Thighs.” Directed by Logen Christopher, this video is Priscilla’s light-hearted response to the haters and anyone who has advised that in order to “make it” in music, she would have to change her body.
“I hope that this video makes you know that you are MORE than enough,” says Priscilla. “I spent so many years of my life, nitpicking every part of my body. I’m the girl that has tried and failed every single diet out there… ESPECIALLY THROUGH QUARANTINE!! One thing I know is that life is short. Eat the damn fries… wear the bikini… and twerk in the kiddie pools!”
6. Chris Kamara releases ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ feat Roy Wood
Chris ‘Kammy’ Kamara has released the first single from his brand new album – a swing and big band cover of Wizzard’s ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ – featuring Roy Wood.
The ubiquitous hit ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ has continued to re-enter the charts every year for the last decade, including Top 10 last year.
‘I’m absolutely over the moon to share the first taste of music from my new album ‘… And A Happy New Year’. We arranged this version of ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ and asked Roy’s blessing to cover the track in this way – not only did he give it, but he asked to sing on it too! What an Unbelievable honour!’
The track is the first taste of music from Kammy’s second album ‘… And A Happy New Year’ which will now be released on 4th December 2020, following on from the unprecedented success of his debut last year. Pre-order the album HERE
7. Lilla Vargen shares new track ‘Blueprint’
Lilla Vargen is one of Ireland’s fastest rising new talents. After a break this Summer writing and recording, she now builds towards next year’s release of her eagerly anticipated debut album by sharing her new single ‘Blueprints’. Listen HE
‘Blueprints’ is already established as a fan favourite as a regular set closer at Lilla’s live shows. And it’s easy to see why. The heart-breaking pop ballad is both theatrical in its drama and candid in its intimacy. Her beautifully evocative vocals surge with the emotion of someone who has lived through everything she is expressing.
“Blueprints is a song I wrote during a time of change in my life. I was saying goodbye to someone I loved and starting a new adventure on my own. We all tend to plan ahead so much, but sometimes life can send us in a different direction. This song is about making sure you plan for yourself as well as for those you love. Life is unpredictable and people can either stick with you or leave you.
8. Alana Maria shares new single ‘My Heart’
Alana Maria is back with new single, ’My Heart’, featuring dancehall star Kranium. Produced by Tre- Jean Marie [Mabel, Little Mix, Joy Crookes].The track is available to stream here.
Following on from her debut single ‘Happier‘, ‘My Heart’ describes the journey to understanding that the heart is not to be tampered with and that moving on is sometimes for the better. With Alana’s distinct, honeyed vocals layered over a pulsating beat, the track also gives a nod to the islands via Kranium’s own now iconic flow.
Speaking on the track Alana explains,
“‘My Heart is about is about the trials and tribulations of a relationship and sometimes forgetting your worth and not remembering what you deserve, you know there are times when you go through a relationship and you forget who you are, your worth and you find yourself continuously trying to have hope in people and trying to see the best in them when really you should be focusing on yourself, guarding your heart.”
9. Waxflower release new single ‘Again’
Rising four-piece Waxflower have just released their brand new single, Again. Marking the beginning of a new era for the band, the track showcases frontman Tristan Higginson’s raw and emotive vocals, and is complimented by the band’s sheer musicianship. Waxflower have collaborated with Caitlin Henry of Australian rock band Eat Your Heart Out, who has lent her voice to Again.
Teaming up once again with producer Stevie Knight (Stand Atlantic, With Confidence) at Electric Sun Studios in Sydney, Tristan has explained, “Again is a mantra of hope. A reminder of my capacity to heal when times inevitably get tough. Although it does touch on those times, there is a vein of optimism running through the song that’s new for us.”
10. Passenger release new single ‘Suzanne’
British troubadour Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) shares new song “Suzanne” from his forthcoming album, Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted, set for release on January 8th 2021. The song’s music video picks up where “A Song for the Drunk and Broken Hearted” left off – in a half empty dive bar where the camera’s focus moves away from the sad clown band and switches to one particular drunk and broken-hearted patron named Suzanne who is reflecting on days gone by.
The majority of Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted was written when Rosenberg was newly single. “Coming out of a break-up creates such a fragile window,” he reflects. “You’re incredibly vulnerable for a few months. You’re so used to the safety of being with somebody and suddenly you’re out in the world on your own. ”
11. Lil Nas makes his highly anticipated return.
Following the epic trailer that took the internet by storm on Monday, Grammy Award-winning artist Lil Nas X has made his highly awaited return with his new single “HOLIDAY”.
The song was co-produced by Take A Daytrip and Tay Keith, and marks Lil Nas X’s first offering from his forthcoming debut album. Nas has also premiered the song’s cinematic and over-the-top official music video today, which he co-directed with acclaimed director and creative Gibson Hazard. Set on Christmas Eve of the year 2220, the video follows Nas through his futuristic North Pole workshop where he takes on the role of four different characters. Buckle up and watch Lil Nas X ride across the US in his high-tech sleigh with robo-reindeer in tow.
As part of the newly launched Amazon Music Artist Merch Shop, fans can purchase the limited-edition silver chrome Santa hat from the video HERE.
12. Arkells get festive with their new track Pub Crawl
Arkells release their first-ever penned holiday original song Pub Crawl, an Amazon Original via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. A celebration about an annual festive pilgrimage, the track takes listeners on a bit of journey – just like a proper pub crawl. “Every year my hometown pals get together for a 12 Pubs of Christmas style tradition,” band frontman, Max Kerman, explains while reflecting on the time they reconnect with friends and family and get into the holiday spirit. Recognising there are not a ton of relatable holiday songs, Arkells come out swinging, on this instant sing-along that will speak to music fans more than We Three Kings. Pub Crawl is one of many Amazon Original holiday songs announced yesterday by emerging and chart-topping artists from all around the world as part of Amazon Music’s holiday campaign. Other top artists who released Amazon Original holiday songs today include Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, Mary J Blige, Lennon Stella and more.
Earlier this week, Arkells leaked Pub Crawl to various pubs and bars across Canada in order to encourage fans to visit their local watering holes (following proper COVID guidelines and with social distancing measures in place) and support local if they wanted to hear an advanced spin of the song.
13. Avenue Beat enlist Jessie Reyez on F2020 remix
GenZennial pop trio Avenue Beat have joined forces with GRAMMY® nom Jessie Reyez for a remix of their latest single “F2020”.
On the collaboration, Reyez said, “This year acted as an equalizer for the world. When I heard the song, it felt like hearing the state of humanity sing in unison for a few minutes; like everyone was collectively holding the microphone. I was inspired, I reached out to Avenue beat to show love, found out they produced it themselves, fell in love more and the rest is history”.
“Her lyrics are otherworldly, her tone is next level and we are so excited to get to collaborate on this with her!” Savana Santos says.
As relevant today as its release earlier this year, Avenue Beat’s original track has 16+ million views on TikTok, 50 million collective streams and support from the likes of Justin Bieber, Will Smith, and Anne Marie.
14. daydream Masi shares latest track ‘Animal Style’
daydream Masi is back! He spares no time confessing his feelings on his latest offering, “Animal Style,” which is a genre-blending, alternative leaning song that merges his infectious voice on a funky deep baseline over a thumping drumbeat. He ponders a potential relationship and what and where it can lead to signing “If I took you inside my mind, would you stay or would you run and hide?” Of the track Masi says “I’m excited to be sharing music again. I never stopped but it took a year to make it out. The person who inspired me at the time didn’t particularly like it but it’s a banger so, here you go, world!” Listen to “Animal Style” HERE. Let me know if you can support the track or would like to potentially set something up, thanks!
Last year the developing crossover singer, rapper and producer released his debut The Slow Rage Project. The 7-track EP garnered recognition from Complex, Hypebeast and led the newcomer to a headline spot on Fashionably Early’s “First Impression’s” showcase where he performed to a sold-out crowd at Brooklyn’s legendary venue, Baby’s All Right. Prior to his first release the inventive artist released his debut track, “Nightlife,” a hazy and hypnotic track built on tropically inspired production and shortly after, “Stardust,” which led Lyrical Lemonade to call him “one of [their] new favorites to listen to this year.” Both tracks were featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday and effortlessly showcase his versatility and ability to make non-traditional sounds.
15. Foster release “fools (can’t help falling in love)” Featuring Sody
With today’s release of “fools (can’t help falling in love)” he takes the timeless Elvis’ staple and transforms it into an even more easy-to-love, lo-fi hip hop anthem with a little help from fast-rising British singer/songwriter Sody who features on the song, and Sarcastic Sounds who produced it. A song of mixed emotions, the original deals in lovelorn yearning, self-doubt and joy, but Foster’s rework streamlines the original track’s core message from back in 1961 into one of unrequited love for the emos of 2020. Out via Relentless Records (UK) & Columbia Records (US).
Listen to Fools below;
Speaking about fools (can’t help falling in love), songwriter Foster recounts how the song came to be “There was something about the night I first started writing ‘fools (can’t help falling in love)’. I was alone in my car parked in the rain listening to the beat (produced by Sarcastic Sounds), when the lyrics in the sample just struck a chord with me. I had heard the song [Can’t Help Falling in Love] a million times before; but, in this moment, it felt different. It sparked a lot of emotion and inspiration for me, and I started thinking about how often I “rush in” like a fool and end up falling into a one sided love-story with girls who are way out of my league. That’s something I deal with on a regular basis and it comes with a lot of emotional consequences. So I really wanted to capture exactly that, and try to add a new element to the original song that people like me could relate to on a deeper level.”