Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon & More Are Spotify Editors' Picks for New Music Friday
Every week, Spotify updates their "New Music Friday" playlist, featuring 50 of the freshest new tracks hitting the service that week.
On the heels of Billboard’s partnership with the streaming giant, we’ll be tapping Spotify’s editors to sift through the soon-to-be-hits and highlight the best of the bunch.
Check out the picks and listen to the entire “New Music Friday” playlist below.
Lady Gaga - “Perfect Illusion”
Imagine the at-times elusive Lady Gaga, with a melody loud in her head, sitting behind a vintage Underwood typewriter banging away at the keys and you’ll land on the exact charming visual that helped the iconic pop singer give birth to her latest single, “Perfect Illusion.” The song marks a bit of a comeback, at least as far as Gaga crafting pop music goes, doubling as the lead single from Gaga’s upcoming fifth solo studio album. “Perfect Illusion” features untreated vocals, helping to bring an authenticity back into her music, while her lyrics also call for a #NoFilter revival. “I believe many of us are wondering why there are so many fake things around us,” she said, of the track’s concept leaning towards a commentary about our culture’s established-but-unspoken Internet rules. “How do we navigate through social media? How do we look through these images that we know are filtered and altered, and decipher what is reality and what is a perfect illusion?” Acclaimed producer Mark Ronson recruited several major players to help build the song up with Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age assisting with some guitar and Tame Impala’s frontman Kevin Parker and Blood Pop also lending their talents. With this disco-rock ditty hitting all the right, gritty notes, there’s no denying Mother Monster is back, destined to reign supreme.
Highly Suspect - “My Name Is Human”
Highly Suspect released their latest single, “My Name Is Human,” marking the first offering from their sophomore full-length album, The Boy Who Died Wolf, which recently has been confirmed for a November 18 release via 300 Entertainment. The trio is welcoming the expectedly tough challenge of filling their own shoes again, with their 2015 debut album, Mister Asylum, impressively landing them two Grammy nominations. The combination of setting their own bar high and not limiting themselves to one direction across the rock spectrum works deliciously in their favor, with their music touching on a multitude of influences and helping the group to establish themselves as an authority of the broadening genre. “I was the boy, and was a wolf,” frontman Johnny Stevens explains of the song’s perseverant tone declaring a new chapter for the group. “Everything was a fight and a struggle. I killed that part of me, and now the man is left.” A must-listen.
D.R.A.M. - “Cash Machine”
With D.R.A.M. rarely spotted without his signature ear-to-ear grin, that same light-hearted and happy-go-lucky attitude has been refreshingly woven into his music in a way that makes the 28-year-old a straight-up delight to listen to. The Ricky Reed-produced track is interestingly built on top of a strong foundation provided by a piano sample from Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah I Love Her So,” and already has fans noting the song’s probing potential to surpass the wide success of his breakout single “Broccoli,” further proving D.R.A.M. refuses to be written off as a one-hit wonder.
Kings of Leon - “Waste A Moment”
Kings of Leon took it back to familiar territory in an exciting new way on their sultry single “Waste A Moment.” The song, much to the delight of their diehard fans and new listeners alike, is the first off of their forthcoming seventh album, Walls, marking the indie rock veterans’ latest contribution since 2013’s Mechanical Bull. For this project, the group decided to shift gears and bring producer Markus Dravs on board, explaining the slightly different polish behind the track’s earnest diligence. The family band has weathered many storms together throughout their lengthy careers, with “Waste A Moment” a nod to the tried-and-true importance of slowing down every now and again, even if just for a moment.
Tritonal - “I Feel The Love” featuring Ross Lynch of R5
Tritonal deservedly secures a slot on this week’s New Music Friday playlist, with their single “I Feel The Love” showcasing how the pair’s lustrous sound has masterfully progressed over the years. The Austin-based production and DJ duo, comprised of Chad Cisneros and David Reed, have passionately and strategically spent the past two years working to amplify their sound and hone their songwriting skills for their new album Painting With Dreams. “At the end of this journey, we feel we’ve composed a body of work that is emotional, balanced and truly showcases our love of all things melodic,” Tritonal shares. The group’s perfectionist-level focus on building melody is brought to the forefront of this record, with the group’s sophomore album a brilliant display of growth and polished musicianship, as further exemplified on “I Feel The Love.” With the pop-leaning vocals of R5’s Ross Lynch helping to strengthen the track’s uplifting vibe, Tritonal has another electro-dipped dance hit on their hands.