This Week’s New Music Round Up: Ed Sheeran, Selena Gomez, Thundercat & More
Ed Sheeran – ‘How Would You Feel (Paean)’
Kleenex at the ready, Ed Sheeran’s pulling at those heartstrings again. The third track to be released from ÷, ‘How Would You Feel (Paean)’ is, in comparison to ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Castle on the Hill’, a real change of pace.
This is a slow-burning, drums-being-played-with-brushes love song that knows exactly what it’s doing – ramping up the sales of tissues the world over (“How would you feel / If I told you I loved you / It’s just something that I want to do,” Ed sings in the chorus). How very Ed Sheeran.
To celebrate Ed’s birthday today, press play, and send him streaming royalties between $0.006 and a tasty $0.0084. Nice.
“Somewhere along the line / We stopped seeing eye to eye / You were staying out all night / And I had enough,” Selena sings on this breezy, care-free breakup track. Is she throwing shade at a certain up-and-coming singer going by the name of ‘Justin Bieber’? We'll let you decide...
Thundercat – ‘Friend Zone’
Released on Valentine’s Day, this is the most amusing Thundercat has ever been. From yearning after a love like that seen in the Mortal Kombat video games (same lol), to referencing Kendrick Lamar (who he worked with on the incredible To Pimp A Butterfly), Thundercat navigates the thin line - that we're all very familiar with - between friendship and something more (“I’m your biggest fan/But I guess that’s not just good enough/You stuck me in the friend zone”) in this melancholic, funky, swirling new track. Brilliant.
All Time Low – ‘Dirty Laundry’
Ten years since their debut album and with a huge tour on the horizon, All Time Low are operating at the peak of their powers. The band have now dropped ‘Dirty Laundry’, a song which, unfortunately, is not about airing their sweaty, worn-out socks. Maybe next time, eh?
Linkin Park & Kiiara – ‘Heavy’
We live in strange times. In fact, being ‘alive’ right now is so odd that Linkin Park have released an actual pop song - yes, Linkin Park! - that isn’t as bad as you might think. Give it a chance. Featuring vocals from rising pop singing human Kiiara and the lyrics “I drive myself crazy / Thinking everything is about me,” the new track is playing below.
Maroon 5 Ft. Future – ‘Cold’
Having somehow roped Kendrick Lamar in for ‘Don’t Wanna Know’, those Maroon 5 fellas somehow convinced Future to feature on their latest single, too. Listen below.
Disciples – ‘On My Mind’
Our Brand New For 2017 nominees, who seemingly spend their days and nights in a sausage factory, drop another banger. (Sorry for our bad jokes.)
Future - FUTURE
Future has been busy. He announced a new tour, featured on that Maroon 5 single, spent some time having a natter with Zane Lowe and has now released a 17-track album named after…himself. As he told us on Twitter earlier this week, there are no features (“NO FEATURES”). FUTURE sees Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn trying to create something special on his own.
Bebe Rexha - All Your Fault Pt. 1 EP
MTV-favourite Bebe's new album is so good she's split it in half. What a treat. Press play.
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