New Music Round-Up: Fifth Harmony, Lorde, Arcade Fire, Major Lazer & More
Also featuring alt-J, Bleachers and Halsey!
Fifth Harmony Ft. Gucci Mane – ‘Down’
The first 5H single since Camila Cabello's departure late last year is here…
Duke Dumont & Gorgon City – ‘Real Life’
Hear this performed for the first time at MTV Crashes Plymouth!
Julia Michaels – ‘Uh Huh’
Julia Michaels drops another ear-worm which, happily, sounds unlike anything else on radio.
Lorde – ‘Perfect Places’
Melodrama's final song is a dark, defiant teen party anthem.
Foo Fighters – ‘Run’
Three years later, Grohl & co are back with a thrashing, head-banging surprise new single…
Arcade Fire – ‘Everything Now’
‘Everything Now’, announced via vinyl being sold at a stall at Primavera festival in Spain, is the closest Arcade Fire have tread to releasing an all-out pop single. It’s a triumph.
Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson - 'Unpredictable'
MTV-favourite Olly Murs and X Factor winner Louisa Johnson team up for a new single. Want to catch Louisa live? You can! She'll be playing MTV Crashes Plymouth. Fore more details, head here.
Major Lazer – Know No Better
Hit play on this surprise new EP featuring Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and, obviously, Migos' Quavo.
Halsey – hopeless fountain kingdom
Opening the Romeo & Juliet prologue, this is an ambitious, melodramatic second record featuring, obviously, Migos' Quavo.
Bleachers – Gone Now
Jack Antonoff, one of the best pop writers active today, releases his second Bleachers record…
All Time Low – ‘Last Young Renegade’
The follow-up to 2015's Future Hearts is here. 'Good Times' is the one to stream.
Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
After months of delays and *6* singles, Dua Lipa's playful debut is finally here.
Alt-J – Relaxer
Relaxer is a very strange album. First of all, it’s short – there are just eight songs – a blessing when so many modern albums are 20+ tracks long and last over eighty minutes. Musically, it’s ambitious, if a little chaotic. Take ‘Hit Me Like That Snare’, for instance. It opens with cow bells, has lyrics sung in Japanese, and ends on cries of “F*ck you, I’ll do what I want to do.” The trio's willingness to embrace their oddball status, and to take risks, is the real appeal here.
“I think probably trusting our instincts is a big one,” alt-J’s Gus Unger-Hamlilton said. “We’ve always sort of done our own thing and never really tried to be anything that we’re not. And not take other people’s advice, not let other people influence our albums.
“I think we’ve learned that was a really good way to work. I think that also not trying to be wilfully unusual or different, remembering that if we’re not interested in what we’re doing then other people probably won’t be either is a really big one.”