Here are our highlights from today's album release schedule.
It’s our favourite time of the week – New Music Friday is the new release fix you need to get your weekend started. This week we’ll be listening to alt-J, All Time Low, Flogging Molly and more.
What’s even better about New Music Friday is that you can listen to a lot of the new music live. We’ve also found artists who’ve got new records out and are about to take them on tour. Double win!
Release of the week: alt-J – Relaxer
We kick off New Music Friday with indie rock band alt-J’s third studio album Relaxer. The follow-up to 2015’s This Is All Yours spans eight songs, including recently released singles 3WW and In Cold Blood. The trio from Leeds takes a leap into pop for their newest project but gives it a dash of sinister. This week the band have announced a string of seaside shows with tickets on sale now via Ticketmaster.co.uk. Grab the record here.
All Time Low – Last Young Renegade
Your favourite emo/pop-punk band from Baltimore have shared their newest record Last Young Renegade today. The record shows a new, almost grown-up side of the four boys. Lead single Dirty Laundry is surprisingly poppy with an intense build-up. It represents the new record well as the band explore a new sound. But still, All Time Low don’t lose their talent of writing catchy tunes and keep their anthemic sound their fans know and love. Grab tickets here, and buy the record here.
Flogging Molly – Life Is Good
Irish-American Celtic punk rockers Flogging Molly have today released their new album Life Is Good after 2011’s Speed Of Darkness. The record includes the recently released single Welcome To Amsterdam which tells the story of a community that was planned for the West of Dublin but never went ahead due to recession hitting the city. Frontman Dave King describes the song as “West Dublin meets East LA.” Their live shows are filled with Celtic rock anthems and a good time to be had by all. You can catch them live at the end of this month in Manchester, Birmingham and London with tickets on sale via Ticketmaster.co.uk. Grab the record here.
Bleachers – Gone Now
New pop music this week is coming from NY-based act Bleachers with his new album Gone Now. Rolling Stone calls Jack Antoff an “emo Elton John” on his new record. And that’s the best way to describe to catchy yet sad tunes with guest appearances from Lorde and Carly Ra Jepsen. You can catch him live at Bush Hall in London on 5 July with tickets still available via Ticketmaster.co.uk. Grab the record here.
Charlie Fink – Cover My Tracks
English singer-songwriter and former front man of indie folk band Noah And The Whale, Charlie Fink, has a whole new project on his hands! Cover My Tracks is Charlie’s debut album that is also accompanied by a play at The Old Vic Theatre in London. It follows the aftermath of a songwriter’s disappearance and a listener’s realisation that his lyric book contains clues about his fate. The play opens next Monday and you can get tickets via Ticketmaster.co.uk. Grab the record here.
Halsey – hopeless fountain kingdom
After releasing her debut album Badlands in 2015, Halsey has made her mark on the charts. Her pop-rebel attitude and musical talent shine through on this new project. She’ll be playing live at this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival on the August Bank Holiday weekend. Not got your tickets yet? Head here. Buy the record here.
The One Hundred – Chaos + Bliss
Genre-blenders The One Hundred have released their debut album Chaos + Bliss today. Frontman Jacob Field says: “We are excited to finally be able to announce our debut album. We know you guys have been waiting and we hope you are ready!” The cross-over band from London will also be playing this year’s Download Festival which is happening next weekend and we have a few tickets left here. Grab the record here.
Roger Waters – Is This The Life We Really Want?
It’s his first solo album in 25 years and Roger Waters’ Is This The Life We Really Want? is all the political rock album you need. The former Pink Floyd member recorded his 12-track album with the help of Radiohead-producer Nigel Godrich. Currently on tour in the US, the rocker hasn’t been shy about his political opinion on he current state of US affairs. Check out the incredible Pink Floyd Exhibition Their Mortal Remains at the Victoria & Albert Museum now with tickets available via Ticketmaster.co.uk. Grab the record here.
Saint Etienne – Home Counties
English alternative dance duo Saint Etienne have new music for you with album Home Counties out today. On the record they psycho-analyse the UK’s southern counties and their “sweet Arcadia” vision. With Sarah Cracknell’s beautiful voice, the 19-track project is the perfect easy listening to prep you for their upcoming shows across the UK. Get the last remaining tickets here. Grab the record here.
Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
Breakout star of 2017, Dua Lipa, has released her highly-anticipated, self-titled debut album today. It includes her previously released hits like Hotter Than Hell and Thinking Bout You. About the album she’s said: “All the sad things that happen are the things that linger on my mind the longest, the things that I feel like I want to write about, but then at the same time I like dancing to it.” She’s on tour with her new track this October and we have tickets available via Ticketmaster.co.uk. Grab the record here.
Benjamin Booker – Witness
American singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker follows up his 2014 self-titled debut album with Witness. The record was inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests in the US and has blessed it with ten personal songs. Benjamin will be playing London’s Moth Club on 4 July just before being part of BST Summer Time at Hyde Park with Kings of Leon. Get your tickets via Ticketmaster.co.uk. Grab the record here.
Kool G Rap – Return of the Don
New hip hop tunes this week come courtesy of old school legend Kool G Rap. It was produced entirely by Moss and features an impressive roster of rappers such as Freeway and Raekwon. The eleven-track record includes recently released single Wise Guys. You can catch Kool G Rap in the UK this month with last tickets on sale now via Ticketmaster.co.uk.
Check back next week for more new releases.