With so much new music coming up these days, we thought we’d highlight 5 fresh releases from the last week that you shouldn’t miss. We have compiled a list of music from various styles and genres. Keep watching this space for your weekly dose of fresh music!
Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever (Album)
Probably one of the most prominent pop culture icons of today, Billie Eilish’s second full-length album ‘Happier Than Ever’ arrived on July 30th, 2021. Co-written with producer and brother Finneas O’Connell, Happier Than Ever is loaded with songs that talk about the downside of stardom and constantly being in the public eye. A lot of self-reflection and introspection during the COVID-19 pandemic are her main inspirations for this album. Musically, it’s primarily a downtempo pop album. At a staggering 1.028 million pre-adds on Apple Music, Billie Eilish reclaimed her record for the most pre-saved album ever, taking it back from The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours’ album of 2020, who himself had taken it from Eilish’s 2019 album ‘When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’.
Pina Colada Blues, Kalumé & Double J The Rapper – Just Friends (Single)
‘Just Friends’ is a collaborative effort between Kerala-based music producer Pina Colada Blues (Kevin Shaji), multi-faceted singer-songwriter Kalumé (Bhagyanath Viswanath), and Doube J The Rapper (Joel Joe). The song starts with a teasing jazzy flute melody, reminiscent of 1940’s – 50’s ballroom dances, with a short filtered crooning section, transcending into an upbeat funk groove broken in by an abrupt drum fill. Talk about a smooth entry! It’s all move and groove from there on with Kalumé’s desperate singing and a verse from Young J The Rapper in the second half. The song sees both artists talk about the ‘friendzone’, delivering a refreshing take on this songwriting trope.
Profiler – Revert (Single)
Reminiscent with the sonic stamp of nu-metal from the early 2000s and some Breaking Benjamin-esque melodic yet chug-heavy breakdowns, ‘Revert’ is a sonic powerhouse! Packed with over-compressed rap verses and running choruses similar to those of older Deftones albums, Profiler’s new single ‘Revert’ is a petri dish of many elements that, in this era, sound like a fresh combination and a good balance of moshing and foot-tapping. To add to that, the murky music video perfectly supports the aural texture of the music.
Anyasa & Isheeta Chakrvarty – Rasiya (Single)
A prominent personality in the dance music scene in India, Anish Sood releases his first single from his upcoming EP ‘Gaya’, in this new avatar as Anyasa. This song ‘Rasiya’ features talented singer Isheeta Chakrvarty who can deliver a versatile buffet of vocal styles ranging from jazz to Hindustani classical to pop and more. This upcoming EP started off as an experimental project during lockdown, with its release marking the beginning of Anish Sood’s transition to a new artist name and signature sound. The EP ‘Gaya’ which will be out on August 12th, is a special milestone in itself since he is the first Indian artist to be signed to Anjunadeep, a globally revered label founded by Above & Beyond, and in his own words – “a dream for any electronic musician to work with!”
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – Skate (Single)
The latest release and second-ever single from the super-duo Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak titled ‘Skate’ is part of the awaited upcoming debut album which the band have been building up to since they announced it in February ’21. Both .Paak and Mars have a more old-school funk approach which is not the way most pop music is made today. Mars keeps highlighting how he loves working with and watching .Paak as a drummer, and how it’s been the main organic inspiration for the music created with Silk Sonic.
We’ll be back next week with more interesting recommendations for you to listen and / or groove to!