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.
Tove Lo – “Cool Girl”
Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo speaks her deeper truth on “Cool Girl.” The song reveas that while she loves the playful grey area of a relationship mutually not confined by a label, she privately — so as to not break her assumedly desired ‘cool girl’ demeanor — craves more than just a spark beneath the surface. “Cool Girl” is for fans of deliciously guilty pleasure upbeat pop music with cryptic lyrical substance, as Tove Lo flawlessly weaves her way back into the spotlight following her 2014 debut, Queen Of The Clouds. Citing the celebrated psychological thriller Gone Girl as inspiration, the track marks the first single from her forthcoming sophomore album, Ladywood, due out October 28. It couldn’t be a more fitting self-declaration that she’s back and better than ever. As fellow dark pop songstress Lorde put it best, Tove Lo just “casually” dropped the pop song of the summer.
DJ Snake – “Let Me Love You” featuring Justin Bieber
DJ Snake’s debut studio album, Encore, finally arrived today (August 5) via Interscope Records. It follows in the same vein as his previous releases — absolute fire. Curating a list of brilliantly selected features, the 30-year-old DJ/producer rounds up a generous handful of collaborators, several of whom have frequented our New Music Friday playlist, including the untouchable Justin Bieber, the EDM staple Skrillex, the alluring George Maple, the promising talent of rising artist G4SHi, the essential hooks of Jeremih and blessings from the likes of hip hop heavyweights Migos, Travi$ Scott, Swizz Beatz and Young Thug alike. With his promotional single “Middle” featuring Bipolar Sunshine already hitting over 320 million streams on Spotify, not many can be left questioning Snake’s authoritative ear for piecing together incredible music. While the album is packed with different vibes fit for different moods, with Bieber’s “Let Me Love You” even inspiring Selena Gomez to record her own version, Snake’s collaboration with the pop prince makes for an interesting offering that could arguably inspire an entire joint album on its own.
Moose Blood – “Sway”
Proudly carrying the emo flag, Canterbury England’s Moose Blood have just released their sophomore LP Blush. The lead single, “Sway,” showcases the band’s dreamy guitars, catchy hooks and all of the feels that made you fall in love with bands like Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday and Brand New. As the four-piece paves their own way under the alternative genre’s umbrella, spending time on the road and signing to Hopeless Records earlier this year, Moose Blood’s ability to bring something innovative to a genre that has soundtracked so many of our coming-of-age moments shines through with ease. “Sway” makes for a wonderful introduction to the group as they embrace their distinctive and welcome melancholy-but-still-in-good-spirits approach to updating the celebrated genre.
Michael Brun – “All I Ever Wanted” featuring Louie
Michael Brun’s latest single, “All I Ever Wanted,” marks an exciting milestone in his burgeoning career, as the song doubles as the lead track from the Netflix original movie, XOXO. The 24-year-old producer/DJ recruited Louie for the track’s vocals, and together the two create a song drawing directly from the motivation and experiences of the film’s main character, Ethan Shaw, who, like Brun, finds himself working to make a name for himself in the electronic dance music scene. The film follows the lead character throughout his journey performing an EDC-esque level festival and dealing with some grim realities of the music industry, (all while falling in love, of course) with Brun’s song “All I Ever Wanted” perfectly capturing the sentiment that goes along with anyone who’s ever found themselves caught up in the dreamy magic a large-scare music festival can conjure up.
The Band Perry – “Come Back Kid”
After freshly penning a new record deal and readying their next studio album, the Grammy-winning trio, The Band Perry, shares their new track “Come Back Kid.” Much like the unapologetic title suggests, the country-leaning song promises that during their once-unforeseeable transitory period, the siblings have been fighting the good fight the entire time with no intention of ever giving up. The trio stated that the song is both a personal response to admirably handling their business in the industry, while also aiming to encourage their fans to do the same in order to get closer to making their dreams come true. The undeniable victory-is-ours theme makes for another anthem in the group’s impressive catalog and fittingly soundtracks what happens when you overcome a difficult time and take with you a new wisdom and strength to handle whatever is up next.