New Music Friday: 8/7/20

This week’s New Music Friday is nearly overwhelming. The amount of sex, seduction and raw power coming from artists only further proves the pandemic’s innate inspiration for creators across the globe. From R&B candy to blink and you miss them Hip Hop one-liners, this week has been nothing but juice.

Album(s) of the Week:

JAGUAR, Tribe Records

JAGUAR – Victoria Monét

At long last, co-writer and friend of thank u, next and Ariana Grande, respectively, Victoria Monét delivers her album JAGUAR. Vocally versatile, superior in lyricism, and enveloping in sex appeal, the concise collection is just about all Monét needs to break out.

For fans of: Ariana Grande, Khalid, SZA

Limbo, Republic Records

Limbo – Aminé

Aminé’s latest album is miles away from the sound of his debut GoodForYou. Largely constructed around the most popular hip hop renderings of the last few years, Aminé pushes himself with a more personal, at times compellingly languid, project. Deeper and more personal, it adds depth to an artist some may only know from his surface level singles.

For fans of: J.Cole, Juice WRLD


Dreamland – Glass Animals

Sad, introspective and thoughtful, Dreamland is another album that will go on to mark the times it was created in. Like how i’m feeling now and Women in Music, Pt. III before it, the album takes an approach unique to isolation and it’s impact on the psyche. The results are extremely worth it.

For fans of: Mac DeMarco, Tame Impala

Single(s) of the Week:

WAP, Atlantic

“WAP (feat. Megan Thee Stallion)” – Cardi B

Perhaps Cardi B’s most aggressively explicit single to date, “WAP” is the long awaited collaboration from the rapper and fellow rising star Megan Thee Stallion. Not only a hilarious and abrasive song, it’s also a smart business move for both women.

For fans of: Nicki Minaj, MIGOS

Daylight, Columbia

“Daylight” – Joji, Diplo

An unexpected delight, “Daylight” combines the forces of Joji and prolific producer Diplo. The song is very reminiscent of the latter’s EP California, backing melancholic lyrics with the sunny disposition that permeated throughout the aforementioned project. Another gem in a summer of incredible one-offs.

For fans of: Dominic Fike, Jaden

Impact, Jasmine Music

“Impact (feat. Robyn, Channel Tres)” – SG Lewis

The left field collaborations continue this week with this trio. Dancepop’s Robyn, house’s Channel Tres, and EDM’s SG Lewis join forces for a single that blends the sounds of each artist in a mostly successful manner. Though maybe overpacked, its another strong track from SG Lewis.

For fans of: RÜFÜS DU SOL, Jai Wolf

Monte Carlo, Island Records

“Monte Carlo” – Remi Wolf

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! Remi Wolf doesn’t sleep. Shortly after releasing her absolute smash of an EP I’m Allergic To Dogs! the creative songstress returns for a hip hop inspired jam chock full of zingers and enough charisma to make this one of a kind artist a superstar.

For fans of: Mk.gee, Ryan Beatty

Rager teenager!, Universal

“Rager teenager!” – Troye Sivan

A huge improvement over his last single “Easy,” “Rager teenager!” returns Sivan to the world of “Take Yourself Home.” Definitely inspired by his frequent collaborator Charli XCX, the single blends the complexities of the emotional spectrum through dual lyrics that feel equal parts euphoric and depressing.

For fans of: Charli XCX, FINNEAS

Aquí Yo Mando, Interscope

“Acquí Yo Mando” – Kali Uchis, Rico Nasty

Kali Uchis continues down the Spanish language route to much success. After she dropped the astonishing “Solita,” the singer enlists Rico Nasty for another absolute banger. It will be incredibly interesting to see if this sound dominates her forthcoming second LP.

For fans of: Rosalía, Jorja Smith

What U Need, Warner Records

“What U Need” – JoJo

JoJo, an often under the radar R&B/Pop force, has delivered yet again. Similar in style to her recent subtle hit “Man,” “What U Need’ is sultry, sexy and a lot of fun. JoJo deserves the comeback she’s worked so hard for.

For fans of: Cassie, Ciara


“BACK FOR ME” – Reece

Reece continues the narrative of “Boy Don’t Cry” on his latest single “BACK FOR ME;” this time with more confidence and closure. “BACK FOR ME” is a dominant kiss off to a partner who clearly regrets his decisions. Only broadened by its production, the lyricism and vocals are another showcase of an artist ready to take his audience to the next level.

For fans of: Troye Sivan, BROCKHAMPTON, FINNEAS



Author: Kieran Sweeney

Writing about entertainment for the better part of a decade and consuming it twice as much, Kieran Sweeney is "the" pop culture aficionado. A connoisseur of the intersection of art and commercialism, the USC Annenberg graduate has earned his reputation as an empathetic and thoughtful writer. His resume includes USC's The Daily Trojan, USC Viterbi News, and personal assistance for publicity and marketing companies from Drill Down Media to This Fiction. His intersectional experience in the industry points to his wit and unfiltered thoughts on the latest project in entertainment

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