Singles Spin #37
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Major Lazer debuts a new song, Lay Your Head On Me featuring Marcus Mumford. The track, Mumford’s first ever collaboration of its kind, was co-written with MØ and premieres as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World today.
Marcus Mumford is the front man of the Grammy-award winning band Mumford & Sons. Stepping out as a featured artist for the first time with this track, Mumford also just released a new charity single – a solo cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone originally made famous Gerry and The Pacemakers in the 1960s. After striking up a friendship with Diplo, the two began experimenting in the studio together and an early demo of Lay Your Head On Me was born.
Dua Lipa’s highly anticipated new album Future Nostalgia is out now. Future Nostalgia will include the Number 1 global hit single Don’t Start Now, her smash single Physical and the latest release Break My Heart. The new album is available for download on all digital platforms as well as physical on the following formats; pink neon vinyl, CD, picture disc, gold cassette and deluxe box set.
Dua Lipa revealed the supercharged pop art video for Break My Heart. The video takes the viewer on a rollercoaster of a journey through the trials and tribulations of relationships.
Australian pop-outfit Sheppard return with the follow up to February’s inaugural release Don’t Believe In Love with their second release from their yearlong project, and forthcoming album, titled Somebody Like you.
While February’s post-valentine’s Day release acted as the band’s very own ‘anti-love’ song, speaking on the common relationship theme of ‘doubt’, the follow up track Somebody Like You see’s Sheppard peel even more layers back, revealing are far more personal and intimate relationship struggle; one that is only too common for all of us.
“Somebody Like You” is actually the first song we wrote for this year long project. It was written last year in Brisbane, about a time in my early 20’s when I lost the girl I thought was the love of my life. I’ve never been that heartbroken. She was the best thing that had ever happened to me at the time, and over the course of the next year I realised I wasn’t actually moving on and trying to look for someone new, I was looking for someone who was exactly like her.” Said George Sheppard
Steven Wilson’s new album THE FUTURE BITES is an exploration of how the human brain has evolved in the Internet era. As well as being Wilson’s phenomenal sixth album, THE FUTURE BITES is also an online portal to a world of high concept design custom built for the ultra-modern consumer.
Where 2017’s To The Bone confronted the emerging global issues of post truth and fake news, THE FUTURE BITES places the listener in a world of 21st century addictions. It’s a place where on-going, very public experiments constantly take place into the affects of nascent technology on our lives. From out of control retail therapy, manipulative social media and the loss of individuality, THE FUTURE BITES is less a bleak vision of an approaching dystopia, more a curious reading of the here and now.
The first track taken from the FUTURE BITES – the ten-minute long Moroder-esque tour de force PERSONAL SHOPPER.
Every so often a musical outfit will release a song that isn’t necessarily a component of a greater body of work. A song can sometimes be just that. A song. Not known for being profoundly enigmatic, Melbourne touring juggernaut, PRESS CLUB, release a bolt from the blue.
It was shortly after the release of their ferverously received sophomore long- play, WASTED ENERGY, that the band was approached by German publication, Visions magazine.
When prompted by Visions magazine, PRESS CLUB instantly presented the outlet with INSECURITIES, three minutes and two seconds of concise and visceral power-pop. PRESS CLUB are more melodious than ever. With shades of 1980’s North American punk rock and craftily interwoven overdrive, INSECURITIES unfurls into an anthemic chorus, with a decidedly folk sensibility. Lyrically singer, Natalie Foster, reveals self doubt, insecurities, and it is a touchstone for the band’s progress since releasing their debut record Late Teens in 2018.
JoJo has released her fiery new single Man, an empowering bop that finds her committed to enjoying being single until she finds a partner who is truly worthwhile. For the video, directed by Marc Klasfeld [Katy Perry, Jay-Z, …], she recruited friends Tinashe, Ari Lennox, Francia Raisa, JoJo Gomez, and JinJoo [of DNCE] to celebrate their independence alongside her. Watch it HERE.
Man is the official single from JoJo’s upcoming new album good to know, set for release May 1, 2020 on Clover Music / Warner Records. With production from heavy hitters Doc McKinney [The Weeknd, Santigold], Lido [Halsey, Chance The Rapper], and 30 Roc [Roddy Ricch, Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B], good to know is an R&B-infused, emotionally honest body of work centered around JoJo’s new-found confidence, both musically and personally.
Grammy Award winning singer songwriter Jackson Browne has released a new single, from his forthcoming 15th album, due out on October 9. After testing positive to COVID-19 a couple of weeks ago, Browne has been holed up in his home in California, under quarantine with mild symptoms. While there he decided to surprise fans with an early release of the new single, aptly titled A Little Soon To Say.
Australian-Japanese duo Lastlings have announced their momentous signing to Liberation Records with the first single released on the label, Take My Hand. The track arrives on the back of their biggest year to date, as siblings Amy and Josh Dowdle continue to gain global notoriety as an act to watch.
Take My Hand arrives as their first release of the year, showcasing their multi-genre sound by crafting a driving electronic beat complemented by strong pop songwriting and effortless vocals. In the emotive video, the lyricism comes alive in an Inception-esque world where the pair operate a mind-altering transportation device that sends people into moments in time that they wish they could revisit for better or worse.
Lastlings unpack the single: “‘Take My Hand’ is about two people who are unprepared to let go of each other. They both care about each other deeply, but have to go their separate ways. We took inspiration for this song from one of our favourite anime’s, ‘Your Name’ by Makoto Shinkai”.
One of Australia’s greatest country music acts, The McClymonts, return with the release of their new single I Got This, an anthemic slice of country-pop. The single is the first new music from the trio in over three years and shines a message of hope for all those dealing with life’s challenges. In a world full of mayhem and ever-growing pressure, music remains one of the few sources of assurance that we’re not in this on our own.
I Got This was co-written by Brooke, Sam & Mollie McClymont with Andy Mak (Vera Blue, Tina Arena), the award-winning producer and songwriter behind their 2017 album, Endless, which won ‘Album of the Year’ at the 2018 Golden Guitar Awards and gave them their fourth straight #1 ARIA Country Album chart debut.
Having recently signed to Golden Robot Records U.K. Rock Act HAiG are a band that will inject precious life into the music scene! After all, the industry can never get enough cutting-edge and cultured rock music and that is exactly what HAiG deliver.
Out now, HAiG’s new single Did I Just Make You Smile? is pure melodious, yet intricate rock, that has radio written all over it. It radiates a rich tapestry of interwoven influences that will definitely make you smile. British Rock at its absolute best meshing classic rock with a progressively indie vibe.
“This song started as an idea whilst I was driving late at night listening to the Mumford & Sons song Tompkin Square Park,” says Bibby. “Now, I’m not a massive Mumford fan, but that song is a masterpiece and a night-time driving song. It’s what inspired me most when writing Did I Just Make You Smile?, and I loved more than anything the atmosphere created when driving and listening to the pumping, straight-but-unique drum beat.”
Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) is gearing up to release her highly anticipated new album Saint Cloud, out now. Critics are already hailing Saint Cloud as a career-defining album with Crutchfield’s songwriting front and centre.
Previously released songs like Fire and Lilacs have set the stage for what fans can expect from this release, and today Crutchfield has released another track, Can’t Do Much, which she says is the first song she wrote for the album. Waxahatchee tells us, “It’s meant to be an extremely unsentimental love song, a love song with a strong dose of reality. It was written early on in a relationship, where the feelings were super intense, but also fear or apprehension were sort of keeping me from totally relaxing in it yet. Sort of like ‘it’s annoying that I love you so much’—totally unromantic, which sort of makes it really romantic to me.”
Signed in late 2019 to Golden Robot Records (Part of the Golden Robot Global Entertainment Group) Canadian Hard Rockers FORTUNATE LOSERS have released their new single Tidal Waves from their upcoming EP.
Tidal Waves is a soaring rock track highlighted by the Richard Patrick-esque vocals of Devon Cox. Echoes of Alice In Chains, Filter, Bush and Led Zeppelin radiate from the song. As it winds its way through an intricate and atmospheric yet authentic Rock journey, it will drag you along for the ride.
Troye Sivan releases his new single Take Yourself Home via EMI Music Australia. Reflecting on the song as he spends time at home in Australia and a period of isolation, Sivan said:
‘Take Yourself Home’ is one of my favourite songs I’ve ever written. The song is kind of a pep talk with yourself and the place you’re from. Grappling with your place in the world.
I write these songs as a diary entry, then as life and places change and relationships change, songs can take on a new meaning entirely. Clearly that has happened for this song with what is going on in the world right now.
Melbourne’s Devil Electric set the vintage rock scene alight in 2017 with the release of their mesmerising self titled debut album. The 37 minute, 9-track LP received rave reviews the world over!
In 2020, they are set to follow up that landmark album with another slab of riff heavy, doom encrusted rock n roll. To whet your appetite they have released a spellbinding first single in the shape of All My Friends Move Like The Night.
The band explain the story behind the song:
“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life”. All My Friends Move Like The Night is based on this quote from The Great Gatsby. We can all relate to being the participant and witness in our own destructive behaviour. Throughout life you find yourself swept up or surrounded by people, places, actions that are so disconnected from who you were that you don’t recognise who you are.”
Hookers & Blow, the now legendary project formed by longtime Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi, have been hitting the studio to record a covers album set for a 2020 release via Golden Robot Records.
The first single hit our ears and that is an inspired cover of the Eddie Money classic Shakin’. Hookers & Blow deliver the track with all the soul, honesty and depth of the original but in their own fashion, dripping with immaculate musicianship and flawless vocals. Shakin’ finally sees the undeniable talent of Hookers & Blow shine through on their debut single.
“We are all huge Eddie Money fans, and actually got to know him personally over the years. He was an amazing talent and an equally amazing and hysterically funny person who touched so many people. He always got a kick out of this project whenever I mentioned it to him, so this being the first release off the record seemed like a perfect tribute to him. Rest In Peace Eddie” – Alex Grossi/Hookers & Blow
A message from AS I LAY DYING:
“These are concerning and unprecedented times. Amidst the uncertainty of how long the COVID-19 pandemic will last, or how severe its impact will be, there are countless people desperately struggling to weather the storm.
In an effort to make a positive contribution to our communities and the people closest to us, we are releasing a B-side from our Shaped By Fire album sessions called Destruction or Strength. It will be available on all streaming platforms and digital retailers, including Bandcamp as a “pay what you want” download. We will also be selling a t-shirt featuring the single artwork.
After a breakout 2019 following the release of their much-loved single ‘Safe To Stay’, it’s safe to say Adelaide firecrackers TOWNS are just warming up. Today the self-professed “two-piece puzzle” release their reflective and empowering new single Stardust, premiered this week on triple j Good Nights.
Lead vocalist and guitarist Aston Valladares says while the track started off without much meaning, Stardust quickly became a therapeutic and candid reflection of his personal experience at the time:
“During the time ‘Stardust’ was created, I was on my own emotional rollercoaster – just as I feel the song moves between something calm, and something loud and present. The whole theme behind the lyrics is self-recovery and looks back on a period of time when I wasn’t sure if I was myself, or someone else, and I couldn’t find where the true version of myself had gone. I believe I’ve recovered my true self now – it’s nice to be on the other side and have this song as a reminder and proof that things do get better.”
The B Side for Suburbiopia, TFS’s new limited edition 7 inch is This Perfect Day (feat Amy Taylor)! A varied version of your favourite Fu*k Storms with some special mates…please welcome Sniff Surf Storm covering a mad 1977 jam by Australian punk legends The Saints, featuring guest vocalist Amy Taylor (Amyl and The Sniffers) and Sean Powell from Surfbort on drums.
“Amy and Sean we’re up at TFS HQ hangin’ out and Hammer was stuck up in NSW because of the fires so Sean jumped on drums and Amy grabbed a mic and we banged out our fave Saints tune for fun. Amy named the band Sniff Surf Storm!” Gareth said.
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