New Music Sunday

New Music Sunday – 1/28/2018

Lesson 2.8-7

We’re back with another Sunday full of great new music! As always, you can see the previous NMS posts by clicking here.

You can follow the current playlist here.

Here is the archived version. Thanks for reading!

As I continue doing these posts every Sunday, I have started to receive a few emails/direct messages/etc. with new songs looking for some promotion. If you are a musician and want your song to be featured, don’t hesitate to reach out via email ( or you can reach me via Twitter. Thank you!

“Ruin Me” – ROULES
Release Date – January 11

I’ve found myself to be increasingly more intrigued by pop songs with a somewhat dark undertone, and I think this song is a perfect example of that. I hear a lot of Troye Sivan meets Porches influences which I think is an interesting combination.

“Drive” – Hazers
Release Date – January 19

This song teeters on sounding like a Chainsmokers x Twenty One Pilots song but I think the female vocals really saves it, honestly. I just find it to be super catchy and will probably be adding it to my forever growing workout playlist.

“&Run (K.Flay Remix)” – Sir Sly, K. Flay
Release Date – January 19

I believe that this is a new version of a song that Sir Sly had originally released on their own but I really like this remix. I enjoy K.Flay’s music and think she adds an extra dimension to this song. I think they work well together (which is cool because they are about to tour together). I think Sir Sly will be at Lollapalooza so maybe she will be too – and she’s from Illinois, so that’s a bonus reason for her to play.

“‘I’m a Sailor Not a Salesman” – Lostboycrow
Release Date – January 19

Lostboycrow’s sound is SO interesting to me and I think he does a really great job at meshing a lot of different genres together to create his own sounds. I like the idea in this song that he wears his heart on his sleeve and that he has a hard time hiding his emotions – I think that is something that a lot of people can relate to.

“83 Days” – Wafia
Release Date – January 19

Wafia dropped her new EP on the 19th, and I finally got around to listening to it in its entirety. I really do love every song on featured, but “83 Days” is probably my favorite one. I think she does a great job giving off this super ethereal vibe but does a good job combining it with songs that are, well, sort of sad in nature, which is a cool combination. She’s playing a show in Chicago tomorrow – I would definitely check it out if you’re free!

“Water Baby” – Tom Misch, Loyle Carner
Release Date – January 22

I heard Tom Misch maybe two months ago and fell in love with his sound and style. He reminds me a bit of Jack Garratt but a little more laid back. I think the rap verse adds a unique point of view to the sound as well. His debut album is out in April and he’s only 22…if you wanted to feel super unaccomplished.

“Fake Nice” – The Aces
Release Date – January 24

I’ve been following The Aces for just about a year and a half (click here and here to see just a couple posts I’ve written on them) and I always get excited when I see new music released. They just announced the release of their debut album, When My Heart Felt Volcanic – coming April 6th. When I first read the title of this song, I immediately thought of Paramore’s “Fake Happy” but I honestly like this song better.

“On Hold” – Fenne Lily
Release Date – January 24

Well this isn’t a cover from The xx, this is Fenne’s own song, and I love it! She really has a beautiful voice and she reminds me a lot of Wolf Alice meets Middle Kids (two rock bands with female singers).

“Lie” – Shallou, Riah
Release Date – January 25

I’ve loved everything that Shallou has put out and it’s also awesome that he’s a Chicago native. He included some really cool technological elements on the Spotify presentation of the song that gives the music an extra element which is really cool. He’s playing a show here in March and you should definitely go! I would be going but I ironically have tickets to see someone else on the same night.

“Moonlight Baby” – The Dig
Release Date – January 25

There’s something that sounds super intriguing and mysterious about this song that just completely draws me in. It sounds a little more like old fashion rock to me and that may be what makes it stand out for me. I also hear a lot of Arctic Monkeys.

“Fuck Your Money” – Elohim
Release Date – January 26

I’m seriously OBSESSED with everything Elohim releases and I’m a huge fan of her. I remember her performing this song at Lollapalooza and wondering why it wasn’t released anywhere…so I’m happy that it’s here now!

“Just The Same” – Charlotte Lawrence
Release Date – January 26

I feel super old but I had never heard of Charlotte Lawrence before this song and it turns out she’s pretty popular on social media. I really like this song and it definitely follows popular elements of current pop music, but I still enjoy it. AND she is only 17 so I just don’t understand how such young people are so talented nowadays.

“Sunnyside” – Cuco
Release Date – January 26

I find this song to be very interesting sonically because I can’t really pinpoint the genre of it. I think that’s enough encouragement to get you to listen to it!

“To Chicago” – Ciaran Lavery
Release Date – January 26

It would be a lie if I didn’t mention that this song drew me in because of the title. Then I realized after a few listens it reminds me so much of the song “Good Things” by Bodeans – which is a super old song from the 90s that I have vivid childhood memories attached to. Google has taught me that Lavery has had a successful career in music in his home country of Ireland and released a new single ahead of his next album, out in April.

“High For Me” – Olivia Noelle ft. Kid Ink 
Release Date – January 26

At first listen, this song can come off as a little one-dimensional, but I actually really enjoy the message of the song and think it has a great beat. I think I could do without the rap verses, but that is probably just be my personally preference.


Thanks for reading!

– Kristin

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