New Music Friday is intense. Hundreds of songs drop from artists around the world, and you’re supposed to somehow find the best ones. It’s fun work, but it’s time-consuming — so we at Billboard Dance want to give you a hand. Each week, we sift through the streams and dig in the digital crates to present the absolute must-hears from the wide breadth of jams.
It was a big week for inside world, full of new tunes and exciting plans. The Police classic “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” got a social distance remix by Dave Aude, while Deadmau5 and The Neptunes gave us a juicy jam for the summer. Governor’s Ball and Lightning in a Bottle announced insane livestreams for the weekend. Saint Lane gave us a thoughtful premiere, Studio 54 announced a new label, and we took some time to look inward with dance songs that get real about mental health and all the struggles therein.
That’s just the appetizer, though, as New Music Friday brings even more bounty from Kygo, Louis The Child and others. Get into these tunes below, and have a happy but safe weekend.
After dropping their Ecstasy EP earlier this year, Disclosure have resurfaced with a new single, “Energy,” the title track from their forthcoming third album. On “Energy,” the duo continue to lean into the Afro-house-inspired rhythms that have peppered much of their latest output, fusing upbeat percussion with gorgeous synths that glide across the ears. The feel-good single arrives alongside a Kid. Studio-directed visual, the duo’s first official music video in five years.
Even in this next chapter of Disclosure’s story, there’s a throwback from their earlier days: the vocalist on “Energy,” motivational speaker and pastor Eric Thomas, appeared on the duo’s blazing 2013 single “When A Fire Starts to Burn.”“When we found Eric many years ago, he was like a goldmine of inspirational quotes and motivational speeches,” Disclosure state in a press release. “What he says is basically the whole concept for the record, that’s why it became the title track.”
Energy is scheduled for release on Aug. 28, and will feature guest appearances from Common, Channel Tres, Kelis, Kehlani and more. — KRYSTAL RODRIGUEZ
Kygo, “The Truth” Feat. Valerie Broussard
You know that moment just before a sunset and just after a sunrise when all your selfies come out wildly majestic? In photography, that’s known as the golden hour, a magical window of time when light comes through the atmosphere at just the right angle to give your skin a spiritual glow. Kygo’s music has always aimed to mirror that potent feeling. No wonder he chose that as the name for his forthcoming third album, due out May 29.
Golden Hour also captures the feeling of single “The Truth” with Valeria Broussard. It’s a power ballad with soft synthwave touches and soulful groove, perfect for hanging out on the beach of your mind. When the sun sets, neon comes to life, and “The Truth” lies somewhere between those palettes. Grab yourself a fruit cocktail and dig your toes into this one. — KAT BEIN
Louis The Child, “Nobody Like You” Feat. Vera Blue
Music has the power to transport our minds to distant lands. In the case of Louis The Child’s “Nobody Like You,” the Chicago duo takes our quarantined minds and lifts them to a higher plane. Rainbow synth bleeps hit in repetitive waves to create a meditative state of absolute bliss. Australian singer Vera Blue comes in soft and throaty dropping hopeful lines about romantic realness.
Bright textures swirl in all directions until the song becomes a fluffy layer-cake of sonic goodness. It’s sweet and all, but it won’t weigh you down. It’s exactly what we’ve come to love most about LTC. “Nobody Like You” is also the first single from a forthcoming LP titled Here For Now which explores “the beauty and impermanence of our time on earth,” according to the duo’s Twitter. The album is out June 12. We can’t wait. — K. Bein
Lee Foss & Anabel Englund, “Warm Disco”
Lee Foss and Anabel Englund struck dancefloor gold in 2013 with their hit “Reverse Skydiving” (made alongside Jamie Jones as their house trio Hot Natured.) Foss and Engund reunited earlier this year on “Only The Gods,” Foss’ track with UK house trio Disciples and continue their longtime hot streak today with the very excellent, very shimmery “Warm Disco.”
Here, ’80s inspired synths and bubbly house production from Foss are layered with Englund breezily, but resolutely, singing about finding peace and not wasting any more time on BS. We feel that. Altogether, it’s an uplifting, legitimately memorable anthem that earns the right to be nearly seven minutes long. “Warm Disco” is out on MK’s Area10 label via Ultra Music. — KATIE BAIN
Oliver Heldens, “Rave Machine”
This past weekend, Oliver Heldens played Insomniac’s EDC Virtual Rave-A-Thon with some truly wacky background visuals. Set in a virtual aquarium, the Dutch producer was joined by swaying sea anemone, jellyfish and dance-music heavyweights—Afrojack, Eric Prydz and Skrillex, to name a few—photoshopped as fish (or in Steve Aoki’s case, a merman). One audio moment broke through the visual stimulant as Heldens launched into the second half of his set with a techno sprint: his new single, “Rave Machine.”
As one of the progenitors of mid-2010s craze future house, Heldens put his contemporary twist on house music for a new generation of dance newbies who came into the community via EDM and dubstep. “Rave Room” feels like another bridging moment. Its warm, diva-wailing (courtesy of Rowetta and Sweet Mercy’s 1990 hit “Reach Out”) techno is just begging to fill the main room of an Ibiza super-club… or maybe even a main stage. Though it’s certainly not Helden’s first stab at the genre, his debut on Mark Knight’s revered house and techno label, Toolroom, makes it a career milestone. — K. Rodriguez
Park Hye Jin, “Like This”
“Like This” the latest single from Korean producer Park Hye Jin, is the sonic equivalent of a long bubble bath or a warm breeze caressing your face. This is all to say the song is sensual and soothing, with the producer’s breathy lyrics, deep house beats and windchime effects having a welcome sedative effect on the amygdala.
Indeed, we can all use some anxiety relief in these anxious times, so it is thus fortuitous that Hye Jin has a new project en route, with her How can I EP out June 26 via the venerable Ninja Tune. The project is the followup to her 2018 debut EP If U Want It, which made her a rising star on the international dance circuit, with sets at Ibiza’s DC10, Berlin’s Panorama Bar and Marrakech’s Oasis Festival, where we saw her tear the place down one late night last September. — K. Bain