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.
Gucci Mane – Guwop Home (feat. Young Thug)
Guwop’s back! Gucci Mane is making up for lost time following his release out tha feds. Continuing to make the most of his current house arrest status, the rapper recruits longtime collaborator Young Thug and the trusty production talents of Mike Will Made-It and Zaytoven on “Guwop Home.” Gliding into his signature trap sound over a smooth beat, the track is a declaration that not only is he home from prison, but he’s working his way back to his rightful position atop the throne. Gucci’s new album, Everybody Looking, is slated for a July 22 release.
Hailee Steinfeld – Starving (feat. Zedd and Grey)
After making a splash in the acting world, with her role in 2010’s True Grit earning her a nomination for an Academy Award, Hailee Steinfeld is trying her hand at what is already looking like a promising music career. After seeing success with tracks such as “Love Yourself” and “Rock Bottom,” the 19-year-old is re-releasing her debut EP, Haiz, on Friday (July 15), sharing her first collaborative track with electro-house heavyweight Zedd, by way of Republic Records. A self-described daydreamer and night thinker, Steinfeld is figuring out who she is and the vulnerability behind that shines through in an honest way, laying a strong foundation for her to continue building upon and evolve as a recording artist. Her vocals are strengthened by Zedd’s guidance on the boards, offering the song an EDM flavoring that gives the song a little edge all can appreciate.
Phonte and Eric Roberson — “It’s So Easy”
While Phonte and Eric Roberson have collaborated in the past, their forthcoming joint album, Tigallerro, takes their mutually beneficial partnership to the next level. In advance of the project dropping next week, the duo shares their first single, “It’s So Easy.” The track simply oozes cool, due in part to the way they balance offering their equally infectious vocal talents, and overall makes for a finger-snapping, lighthearted tune we all desperately could use a cheering up from. A welcome return for these two.
Chris Lane — “Let Me Love You”
Over a decade after Mario released his hit single, “Let Me Love You,” country pop singer Chris Lane puts his spin on the now-classic tune originally penned by Ne-Yo. Showing off his vocal range and his natural ability to flip a staple of the R&B genre without losing the elements of what garners the song a timeless success, the 31-year-old creates a beautiful rendition of the song that makes you wonder if Mario’s version could have benefitted from using more guitars. His subtle falsetto laced over sensibly minimal instrumentation helps take the guilty-pleasure tune to a new place in a way that updates it for fans of both his distinctive country-leaning style and good music alike.
Felix Jaehn — “Bonfire”
While en route to support Avicii at his stadium show Friday night in Poland, German producer Felix Jaehn is celebrating the release of his new single, “Bonfire.” The 21-year-old is joined by ALMA, who recently made our New Music Friday playlist with her debut song “Karma,” and together, the two create an inquisitive track full of looming, haunting moments precariously crafted to create an enigmatic vibe easy to get lost in. Jaehn exists somewhere between deep house and tropical house, creating an interesting soundscape that at times manages to exude a downtempo ambience. Overall, “Bonfire” plays up to its name, with Jaehn and ALMA feeding a contained fire and dancing around its embers as the dark mysteries of the night surround them.