It’s that time of the week once again; welcome to New Music Sunday! Members of our team have deliberated over five new tracks that must make their way into a playlist of yours.
Noteworthy albums & EP releases:
Man’s Best Friend, Caveman
Jubilee, Japanese Breakfast
Used To Be Scared of The Dark, Overcoats
off saint dominique EP, renforshort
bb u ok?, San Holo
Off The Rails, Wallice
Blue Weekend, Wolf Alice
In chronological order:
“Show Up” – Samia
Release date – June 1
Kristin featured Samia’s debut album The Baby on our 50 Best Albums of 2020 list, signalling her talent for recognizing young vocal prodigies. The now 24-year-old songwriter returns with her second solo effort of 2021: “Show Up.” This track acts as the teaser for her upcoming EP Scout, which Samia states will release digitally on June 23. This track opens many doors as Samia chants that she is always willing to put herself forward for those she loves and cares for. While she will always go above and beyond for others, she notes the sadness she feels when that notion is not reciprocated: “But I still cry every time my dad hangs up / No good intention is ever good enough / To feel like I’ve done nothing wrong.” Samia thrives most when she opens up for her fans, as this experience is extremely relatable for most.
“Lost Cause” – Billie Eilish
Release date – June 2
It’s no secret that Billie Eilish is launching a new campaign full of self-love and confidence. The previously abstract and seemingly distant Eilish released her second single “Lost Cause” that will most definitely appear on her next project Happier Than Ever. Gleaning 90s R&B influence, “Lost Cause” tells a glorious tale of liberation—on brand for Eilish’s new image. She frees her mind from a toxic relationship and, as highlighted by the self-directed music video, Eilish is not looking back. This is a monumental step for the musician, as she has bravely shared her experiences with anxiety, body dysmorphia, and depression in previous interviews. Fans that share similar experiences can look to Eilish as a beacon of hope and inspiration. Happier Than Ever releases on July 30.
“JEREMIAH” – BROCKHAMPTON
Release date – June 4
BROCKHAMPTON shadow dropped four additional tracks to complete the Road Runner: New Light New Machine Plus Pack. These tracks, previously limited to those who purchased a physical copy of BROCKHAMPTON’s latest album, include “PRESSURE / BOW WOW” (ft. ssgkobe), “SEX,” and two versions of “JEREMIAH” — both the remixed version and the original. Fans of the Saturation era will appreciate the build of “JEREMIAH,” as it nods back to the unit’s popular track “FAKE” from 2017. Four of the band’s vocalists appear on this track, including the iconic Kevin Abstract and Merlyn Wood.The addition of these four tracks brings Road Runner to seventeen total tracks and one hour of BROCKHAMPTON resurgence. Fans can keep their ears out for BROCKHAMPTON’s final album, set to release later this year.
“By Your Side” – Calvin Harris (ft. Tom Grennan)
Release date: June 4
Be honest, do you remember a summer that didn’t have a Calvin Harris hit? The DJ from the UK has officially cracked the summer hit formula. Simplistic and sonically rhythmic, “By Your Side” features a straightforward chorus from the sensational Tom Grennan. As Calvin Harris’ first release of 2021, it does not disappoint. We last heard from the DJ on “Over Now” with the lead act of this year’s Halftime Show, The Weeknd. While the latter was a bit more lyrically dense and follows a more somber melody, “By Your Side” is fast-paced and bouncy—the perfect rebound as Calvin Harris eyes the charts once more.
“Headspace” -Riley Clemmons
Release date – June 4
I remember the day I fell in love with Riley Clemmons. I believe I jumped up and audibly rejoiced. Clemmons’ lyricism and vocals are both charming and witty, landing her self-titled debut among one of my favorite albums to date. Now, Clemmons returns on Godsend three years later — and her vocal maturity is apparent and rightly outstanding. Among most of the new tracks on this sophomore album, “Headspace” stands out as a raidiently definitive memo that preaches how, “you can’t have my headspace / I won’t let you in my safe space.” Clemmons encourages fans to stay true to themselves and cast away doubts provoked by previous lovers.