We may be getting closer to the end of 2019, but the huge new music releases are showing no signs of slowing down. So, check out our top picks for the month, including tunes from Coldplay, Dua Lupa, Kanye and more. To top it off, we’ve even treated you to a massive Spotify playlist, with 30 freshly dropped new tracks. Result!
Coldplay - Orphans
When it comes to writing a feel-good song, it’s fair to say that Coldplay are experts in that field. So, with a surprise return ahead of a newly announced eighth studio album, the band have picked just the right time to warm our hearts over the chilly winter months with comeback single, Orphans.
“I want to know when I can go back and get drunk with my friends,” is cried out in the song’s euphoric chorus, with the help of a backing choir – followed by joyous, typically Coldplay-esque “whoo whoos”. But behind the elated sound is an emotionally charged narrative, telling the bittersweet story of a father and daughter in the Syrian cold war – adding a thought-provoking dimension to the gorgeous tune.
Dua Lipa - Don’t Start Now
Off the back of her universally acclaimed debut album, Dua Lipa has undergone a transformation from aspiring solo starlet to world-beating chart superstar. Now, on a mission to seize the mantle as pop’s certified queen, she’s back with the first single from her upcoming second album.
Bringing a sound that’s unashamedly disco, Dua’s soulful voice breezes confidently over a bouncing slap bass line. Full of the empowering sass that made her first singles such a hit, the singer bites back at a former love interest to show she’s moved on and moving on up. The perfect soundtrack for turning up in style to the club.
Michael Kiwanuka - Solid Ground
Boldly self-titled as simply Kiwanuka, Michael Kiwanuka’s spectacular new album is a defiant recognition of the British singer-songwriter’s African heritage, and ultimately, his sense of self.
The latest single from the LP, Solid Ground, opens in subdued fashion with a plaintive synth track. This allows Kiwanuka’s commanding, yet somehow also vulnerable, vocals to take centre stage – as he rues feelings of loneliness and alienation. Creeping along to the final act, the song then blossoms into a sumptuous outro – bringing together a full band ensemble and backing vocals for a timeless sound that harks back to soul greats.
Mura Masa - No Hope Generation
Young British producer Mura Masa made a huge name for himself with a debut album that boasted collaborations with the likes of ASAP Rocky, Charli XCX and Damon Albarn. But on the latest taste of his sophomore album, he proves he can do it all by himself.
Anchored by a thumping drum machine beat and messy guitars, the producer takes on vocal duties – delivering brash rhymes about the issues faced by the millennial generation. Talking about the track, he explains: “It’s meant as an anthem to anxiety, but also an acknowledgment of the tongue in cheek approach that most people my age have to the universal struggles of coming of age in the twenty-tens.”
Kanye West - Closed On Sunday
Unless you’ve been in hibernation for the past month or so, you’ll have undoubtedly heard a lot of buzz around Kanye West’s new album, Jesus Is King. After multiple delays and a vow to only make gospel music going forward following a newly found focus on his faith, it’s arguably the biggest, and most talked about, album to drop in 2019.
Closed On Sunday features Kanye’s accomplished Sunday Service choir, who set a celestial tone alongside finger-picked guitar strings. While it’s a big change of pace compared to the rapper’s seminal work, the determination in his delivery remains the same – with the hard-hitting, yet short, track intensifying to an abrupt end that leaves you wanting more.
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