New Music Friday: Royal Blood, Fleet Foxes and more

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 Royal Blood, Fleet Foxes, Lorde 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: Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?
One of this year’s most anticipated albums, Brighton rock duo Royal Blood have released their second record How Did We Get So Dark? today. The 10  tracks are packed with melodic rock goodness and a tale of a relationship gone bad. Royal Blood will take their new record on tour this November including two massive shows at London’s Alexandra Palace. We still have a few remaining tickets on sale via Grab your copy of the album here.

Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
Crack-Up is Fleet Foxes newest release, out this week. The indie folk band deliver a complex and compelling third album that was sure worth the six year wait. “I want to be able to keep maintaining curiosity, because if that dies then our music will die, too.” front man Robin pecknold says about making the record. We sure can’t wait to hear it live with their dates for London and Manchester just announced and on sale next Friday via Grab your copy of the album here.

Lorde – Melodrama
New Zealand singer Lorde is back with her new album Melodrama. The record was produced by Jack Antonoff and it’s receiving glowing reviews left, right, and centre. And rightfully so. She captures the joys and sorrows of millennials and gives us a melodramatic party record. You can catch her live across the UK in September with tickets on ale today via Grab your copy of the album here.

Oh Wonder – Ultralife
Recorded in London and New York, Oh Wonder’s Ultralife is out today. The 12-track record adds new energy to the band’s signature sound and showcases the experimenting with various genres. Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West, aka Oh Wonder, are touring the UK this autumn and you can get your tickets here. Grab your copy of the album here.

Alison Moyet – Other
English singer-songwriter Alison Moyet released her ninth studio album today with Other. Once again, she showcases the bluesy wonders of her contralto voice. Her intelligent, adventurous electronic pop is coming to you live in the autumn when Alison embarks on a UK tour. Tickets are on sale now via Grab your copy of the album here.

Beth Ditto – Fake Sugar
American singer-songwriter and former member of indie rock band Gossip, shares her new record Fake Sugar today. Her bold voice and powerhouse sound rip through the record and it’s mix of honky-tonk, disco and soul has us hooked on Beth Ditto’s debut album. This October don’t miss your chance to see her rocking performance live with tickets still available here. Grab your copy of the album here.

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound  
Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter Jason Isbell teams up with The 400 Unit again for their new album The Nashville Sound. Isbell’s lyric-heavy storytelling shines bright on the new record with up-tempo rock and inspiring melodies. Jason and the 400 Unit play Glasgow and London this autumn, so go on and grab your tickets on and grab your copy of the album here.

Nickelback – Feed The Machine
The Canadian rockers crank it up with their new record Feed The Machine out today. About the record, Chad Kroeger has said, “There’s a lot more heavy guitars, and lots of good, crunchy screaming and fun stuff.” Nickelback are kicking off a North America tour next week. Grab your copy of the album here.

Portugal. The Man – Woodstock 
Indie veterans Portugal. The Man have releases their eight studio album Woodstock. The follow-up to 2013’s Evil Friends acts as a direct response to social and political changes both in the US and internationally. Read our interview with the band about their new record and upcoming UK tour here. And don’t forget to get your tickets for their tour via and Grab your copy of the album here.

Ride – Weather Diaries  
It’s been over two decades since Ride last released a record but today the wait is over as Weather Diaries hits the shelves. About the record, drummer Laurence Colbert said, “It’s taken the turning of great circles to get to this album. With our fifth album, we’ve gone further from our original starting point, only to bring more back into it for the future.” The goodness doesn’t stop there, the band are also touring the UK in November with tickets on sale now via Grab your copy of the album here.

The Drums – Abysmal Thoughts 
Abysmal Thoughts marks The Drum’s fourth studio album. Down to a one-man-band, Jonny Pierce delivers one of the band’s best records yet. “This album turned out to be very therapeutic for me. On all the other albums, I felt like I was almost blaming other people for the problems in my life. This is me taking responsibility,” Pierc says.  Catch The Drums on tour this October with tickets on sale here. Grab your copy of the album here.

George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now
Okay, okay, we know this isn’t technically a new album release but this single is so great we wanted to include it as a sneaky extra. George’s awesome Don’t Matter Now is a chilled, good vibe ode to checking out of the real world. “Sometimes you need to be alone, it don’t matter now,” he sings. “Shut the door, unplug the phone. It don’t matter now.” You can catch George at festivals across the UK this summer – check out his schedule here. Grab your copy of the new single here.

Check back next week for more new releases.