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.
Well folks, we got through another week — and just like always, the big Friday prize is a cache of new music. So far, the past few days have given us the hotly anticipated Blessed Madonna remix of Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” featuring Madonna and Missy Elliott, along with a fairly rote Diplo edit of Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves.” We also learned how much Kaskade was getting paid for all of those cancelled Kaos shows, and saw the 2021 incarnation of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas sell out in less than 12 hours.
And you guessed it: there’s more. Today we’ve also got a bright new single from bass don Flux Pavillion, an electronic lullaby from rising Los Angeles artist Kinney, a breezy and legitimately excellent AC Slater rework of Tokimonsta’s “Get Me Some,” Above & Beyond putting their spin on the Twin Peaks theme, Dipha Barus and Cade doing straight up dance pop, a brooding and very cool collab from Nez featuring DUCKWRTH and Saint Bodhi — along with the half-dozen fresh, genre-spanning electronic tracks below.
Ready? Us too. Let’s dig in.
Bob Moses, “The Blame”
Bob Moses could play “The Hokey Pokey” and it would sound like a come-on — so even when they’re singing about losing control, soullessness and the thornier aspects of romance, the sound is still pure seduction. “The Blame” extends the vocal deep house vibe that’s defined the entirety of the duo’s thoroughly excellent catalog and is one of six continuously mixed tracks on the duo’s upcoming concept album Desire, out August 28 via Domino. The single follows the forthcoming LP’s title track, a July collaboration with Zhu featuring one of the cooler music videos of the year thus far.
Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu, “Renegade Breakdown”
Longstanding producer Marie Davidson broke through hard in 2018 with her single “Work It,” and the track’s subsequent Grammy-nominated 2019 remix by Soulwax. Today, the Montreal-based artist returns with her new three-person band, Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu.
The group’s debut single, and the title track from a forthcoming album out September 25 via Ninja Tune, is “Renegade Breakdown” — a sort of rock, sort of opera and altogether super swaggery synth-heavy cut reminiscent of peak-era Kavinsky and all those late and occasionally blurry nights you used to spend in that sweaty basement dance club. The song is inspired by Davidson’s own years on the global club and festival circuit and the effects this lifestyle, paired with her insomnia, had on her health. As with “Work It,” Davidson’s lyrics have as much impact as the production itself, with her delivering lines like “the uglier I feel, the better my lyrics get, and I feel disgraceful whenever you’re around” with an admirable balance of humor and contempt.
After previewing the song over on the Billboard Dance Instagram earlier this week, New York duo Memba are releasing their newest single, “Strider.” The song starts with simple guitar and flute before launching into a complex, polyrhythmic and in moments grandiose production reminiscent of the sound and emotional depth of Odesza, whose Foreign Family Collective label is releasing the song. “Strider” was inspired by a recent venture into nature, with the duo reporting in a press release that, “We were on a kayak trip paddles [sic] in stride, when the idea hit. Went home and recorded the wonky guitar intro instantly. The rest took a lot of trial and error and a trip to LA to finish.”
Moore Kismet, Revenge Of the Unicorns
It’s not necessarily exceptional that Moore Kismet has been crafting their sound for eight years, until you consider that the producer, DJ, and visual artist is just 15-years-old. Born Omar Davis, the nonbinary producer choose the name Moore Kismet — “more than fate” — to represent following their destiny, which in near recent history has included delivering an excellent set for June’s Digital Mirage livestream festival and today releasing of their Revenge Of the Unicorns EP.
Following Kismet’s 2018 debut album Trials, this new project is a half-dozen bass bombs with a heft and melodic flair, evocative of Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites-era Skrillex, and featuring collaborators including Kismet’s mother. The music itself — particularly the wind-up track “Convulsion Therapy” — is as exciting to listen to as it is to consider how Kismet’s work will develop as they mature into legal driving age and beyond.
Magugu & Famous Eno, “Big Don”
Europe and Africa unite on this powerhouse collab from Nigerian born, U.K.-based MC Magugu and Ireland’s Famous Eno. There’s a spareness to this track — despite that it also has a whole lot going on, with a drumline, a sort of ominous beat evocative of John Carpenter’s score for Halloween, and Magugu delivering chant-like rhymes in pidgin. Wild in all the right ways, “Big Don” is out via NLV Records.
4B Feat. Trippie Redd, “Going Nowhere”
There’s something vaguely apocalyptic about Trippie Redd‘s chainsaw wail of a voice, so when he assures that he “ain’t going nowhere” on this darkly hyphy collab with New Jersey producer 4B, it’s hard to ascertain whether that’s a good or a bad thing. What’s certain is that it’s catchy, with the vocals bouncing off of the cleanly heavy trap beats that have made 4B a favored collaborator for Flosstradamus (following Josh Young’s departure from the group), and an artist of note in the Jersey Club scene.
“I wanted to bring someone out for my set at Nocturnal Wonderland,” the producer says in a statement. “At that time I finished the first version of the demo with Trippie. He didn’t even hear it yet at that time. Last minute we were able to bring him out and to perform ‘F–k Love,’ and then right after I dropped ‘Going Nowhere.’ The first time he heard it was on stage.”