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New Music Friday: Spotify Editors Pick Mac Miller, The Chainsmokers & More

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 each week 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.

Mac Miller -- “Dang!” featuring Anderson .Paak

“Dang!” is the latest music offering from the somewhat out-of-left-field pairing of Mac Miller and Anderson .Paak. The two pull off a song that feels exactly what fans of each artist would hope it would, with .Paak’s breezy raspy vocals opening up the track and spitting his distinctive rap-talk-singing as a welcoming introduction before passing the mic over to Mac. They goes back and forth over a bouncy, funky beat that all-in-all sets the tone for Mac Miller’s anticipated follow-up to 2015’s GO:OD AM album, announcing along with “Dang!” that his next album, The Divine Feminine, will be out this September. “Dang!” holds onto the fleeting summer and a mysterious love alike, with a clear, sunny California influence that is designed to be best enjoyed while driving down the highway with the windows down.

Ashley Wallbridge -- “Melody” featuring KARRA

England’s Ashley Wallbridge’s latest track, “Melody,” is strengthened by the hauntingly beautiful vocals of KARRA and lives up to the single’s name, slowly building wisely and deliberately before the beat drops and in turn, creates a welcoming foundation almost asking for future remixed versions. The track has a lot of versatility to it, something that only comes when you’re a seasoned producer and DJ such as Wallbridge. The 28-year-old’s innate ability to craft a song with a big room feel is something the infectious “Melody” showcases humbly, with the soaring, electronic-leaning track pulling from trance, pop and club-friendly influences, creating a vibe fit for the weekend ahead.

D.R.A.M. -- “Cute”

It’s not every day that a rapper releases a track titled, “Cute,” but D.R.A.M. is not your everyday rapper. While the track’s speculative title could suggest irony given the context of the genre’s norms, the Virgina-born rapper instead offers a love song to the quirkiest degree, including lines such as “Girl, we need to go out on a date,” and “I choose you like a Pokémon,” (really, he takes it there) that detail a relatable story that you can’t help but cheer on as it unfolds. The track is as nerdy as it is “cute,” with the rapper admitting he caught feelings on Instagram and how he could probably benefit from getting back some of his chill (once he wins over the girl in question, of course). Over production by Charlie Heat, D.R.A.M.’s falsetto helps create an uplifting, light-hearted feel that fits some of his sillier lyrics, but doesn’t take away from the confidence or cool that comes from being entirely yourself on a record.

The Chainsmokers -- “Closer” featuring Halsey

The Chainsmokers, comprised of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, are celebrating what has the potential to become one of their biggest songs to date, recruiting the likes of fellow New Yorker and beloved pop singer, Halsey. The collaborative effort is the second single off of the duo’s long awaited debut full-length, likely due out later this year, and marks a triumphant return to the guys being at the top of their game. After building a reputation as bright-eyed hitmakers following the successes of “#Seflie” (which went on to sell over ten million copies), “Don’t Let Me Down,” and “Roses,” (off of their debut Bouquet EP), The Chainsmokers look to the gritty vocal stylings of Halsey on “Closer,” as all three continue to fight the good fight and embrace the payoff that comes from taking risks, such as “[moving] to New York City in a broke down car.” The song is full of finger-snapping and head-bobbing moments hoping to preserve the magic of youth while also reflecting on how far they’ve all come and all in all, is another strong offering to add to The Chainsmoker’s already-impressive and growing discography. 

Glass Animals -- “Youth”

In advance of their forthcoming album, How To Be A Human Being, due out August 26th, the Oxford-based band Glass Animals has set free their second single, harnessing visual, story-telling lyrics to navigate through hardship and find a way to come out from a life-altering experience somewhat happy again. As frontman Dave Bayley explains the concept for the group’s latest, “Youth,” was inspired by a mother bravely sharing “the saddest story” about her son while holding back tears and saying without words that she has found a way to be optimistic despite living through a tragedy. Over blended instrumentation mixing indie guitars with glowing synths, the four-piece succeeds in what they set out to do lyrically and melodically, with “Youth” marking a second chapter to the story they are capturing, with their new pairing visuals picking up right where their first single left off conceptually. 

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