New Music Round-Up: Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus, Calvin Harris, J Hus & Much More
Harry Styles – Harry Styles
After premiering the grand ‘Sign Of The Times’ almost over a month ago, Harry Styles has finally released his self-titled debut solo album.
“A lot of my influences, and the stuff that I love, is older,” he told Rolling Stone. “So the thing I didn't want to do was, I didn't want to put out my first album and be like, 'He's tried to re-create the Sixties, Seventies, Eighties, Nineties.' Loads of amazing music was written then, but I'm not saying I wish I lived back then. I wanted to do something that sounds like me. I just keep pushing forward.”
Styles also spoke about wanting to be seen as authentic and show a side of himself many people haven’t seen: “I wanted to write my stories, things that happened to me. The number-one thing was I wanted to be honest. I hadn't done that before.”
“I hadn’t done that before.” Did Harry feel like One Direction put him in a straightjacket artistically? Let’s find out how things have changed now that he’s ‘free’…
J Hus – Common Sense
With A MOBO nomination and a Young Thug support slot under his belt, J Hus – still only 21 – releases Common Sense, his debut album and one of the most hotly anticipated UK records of the year. Lead single, ‘Did You See’ is currently on 14 million views on YouTube and 12 million listeners on Spotify (if you’re into numbers), but J Hus’ energy, charisma and sense of humour are what’s really exciting here. Make sure you listen to ‘Like Your Style’.
Paramore - After Laughter
The wait is over; get your hands on the trio’s brand new LP now…
Machine Gun Kelly – bloom
James Arthur, Quavo (obviously. Is there a song out there right now that doesn't feature a member of Migos? Not that we're complaining, mind...) and more join the features on MGK’s new album…
Miley Cyrus – ‘Malibu’
‘Malibu’, Cyrus’ first single from her sixth album, is a warm, breezy love song – full of jangly guitars, kick drumming, hand claps and almost-whispered vocals - that the singer herself seems surprised to have written, singing in a verse: “I never would’ve believed you / if three years ago / you told I’d be here writing this song”. Miley is moving back to her roots, and we’re ready for more.
Calvin Harris ft. Future & Khalid – ‘Rollin’
As June 30 and Calvin Harris’ new album – the gloriously titled Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 - begins to rear its head, Calvin Harris releases the third single from the new record. Instead of Migos & Frank Ocean (as we had on addictive ‘Slide’), or Ariana Grande, Young Thug and Pharrell Williams (on the blissful ‘Heatstroke’), Harris joins forces with Future and Khalid for more of the same: music specifically designed to make you feel really good. We appreciate it.
Mount Kimbie ft. Micachu – ‘Marilyn’
The music video for ‘Marilyn’ choked me. An intimate portrayal of family life, director Mark Lebon takes us behind the scenes with his own children using a series of clips showing…not much at all. Which is where the beauty in this video lies. We’re seeing family life as it really is. It’s boring, silly, uneventful, funny, tiring, joyous. It’s difficult not to watch this video and find your mind gently drifting off, reminiscing about when, years ago, your family life might just have been like the one depicted in ‘Marilyn’.
Mount Kimbie, back after a four-year absence, pull in yet another heavyweight collaborator – after enlisting the haunting services of James Blake on ‘We Go Home Together’ - in the shape of Micachu (the ‘Jackie’ and ‘Under The Skin’ composer, Mica Levi). With its triumphant brass, gentle percussion, soft bass and a peppering of electronic clicks and those sensitive vocals – this is a meditative, peaceful track that’s easy to fall in love with.
Nadia Rose ft. 67 – ‘Wat Up’
This year’s MTV Brand New nominee links up with rap collective 67 for a raw new track…
Mabel – ‘Bedroom’
Shortlisted on the BBC’s Sound Of list back in 2016, R&B singer Mabel is back with a new single ahead of the release of her forthcoming EP…
Chase & Status Ft. Blossoms - 'This Moment'
Not a single person alive saw this collab coming, but we love it!
Axwell ^ Ingrosso – 'Renegade'
The dance duo just announced their debut EP and here’s your first taste…
Sub Focus Ft. ALMA - 'Don’t You Feel It'
The producer starts a new chapter teaming up with Finnish newcomer ALMA…
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