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 Steps, Incubus, Maxïmo Park 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!
We kick off New Music Friday with iconic British pop group Steps and their comeback album Tears On The Dancefloor. It’s their first release since 2012 and their first album of original material since 2000. With their tour just around the corner (tickets are available via Ticketmaster.co.uk) we are super excited to listen to this record today. It’s filled with all the instantly classic pop you’d expect with recent release Scared Of The Dark just one of the undeniable bangers on the record. You can grab your copy here, and check out our recent interview with Steps below.
There’s a brand new record from California rockers Incubus. 8 is the band’s eighth (duh!) studio album and their first in six years. Marking the end of their hiatus, 8 looks to be their most focused and consistent album yet. The album is filled with inspiring anthems, with energy levels to the max. With the band out of hiatus and onto new adventures together, here’s to hoping we’ll get to see them live soon. Grab your copy of the album here, and check out our recent interview with Incubus below.
Newcastle alt-rock outfit Maxïmo Park share their sixth studio album this Friday, including a special edition release for Record Store Day on Saturday. About the album, Paul Smith says: “The album is, ultimately, about empathy. Some songs are simple messages of solidarity and others are fuelled by anger at the elitist, established order of British society.” The eleven-track piece tackles the big issues of society and calls for more understanding and empathy. And though the lyrics are heavy, they’re wrapped in the energetic sounds of the band’s first two records. Grab your copy here. Maxïmo Park are headed out on tour, so don’t miss them and get your tickets via Ticketmaster.co.uk.
American singer-songwriter and folk sweetheart Sheryl Crow has released her new album Be Myself today. On her latest record she returns to her 90s pop-rock roots. Recorded in her adopted hometown of Nashville, Be Myself sounds like a weight lifted off the singer’s shoulders, and a carefree yet grown-up sound shines through. Sheryl is playing a special night at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire and we’ve a few tickets left here. Grab your copy of the album here.
Sheffield-based metalcore band While She Sleeps have a big new album out today. You Are We marks the bands’ third studio album since 2012’s debut record This Is The Six, and is the product of their decision to self-release. About the new project vocalist Lawrence ‘Loz’ Taylor says: “There’s always been a very DIY aspect to this band so going it alone a bit more now just reiterates that to everyone.” The four-piece are set to headline Reading & Leeds’ Pit this summer. Tickets for Reading and Leeds Festival are available via Ticketmaster.co.uk. Grab your copy of the album here.
Country’s latest shining star, Charlie Worsham, shared his second studio album Beginning of Things today. The Mississippi-native opened this year’s Country To Country festival with a set at BBC Radio2 Country’s stage at London’s indigo at the O2. His excellent musical skills shine bright on this second project that helped him rekindle his passion for music. “I had fallen out of love with music, and making this record put me back in love with it on a level I hadn’t felt since I was a teenager” he says. You can get your tickets for Country to Country 2018 right here.
More country music for you this Friday with Brad Paisley’s new record Love and War. The record contains a a very special song for all Johnny Cash fans. John Carter Cash, Johnny’s son, handed Paisley a poem written by Cash himself, which Brad turned into a touching ballad. After he headlined Country to Country festival this year, we sure hope he’ll be back soon to play us his new music live. Grab your copy of the album here.
Scottish pop-rockers Texas are back with new music today. Their album Jump On Board marks the band’s ninth studio album and comes just ahead of their autumn UK tour (tickets are available here). Their breakout moment at the start of the new millennium cemented their place in British pop history. After a longer hiatus, the band got back together in 2013 and are now rediscovering their passion for music on their new album. Grab your copy of the album here.
Hot Chip member and producer/DJ Joe Goddard has released Electric Lines today. The album is rooted in soul, disco and house, and marks his first official full-length solo record. Taking us on a trip down dance music memory lane, it’s the perfect debut album from a man who’s influenced music for decades. You can catch him on his UK tour next week and playing Parklife and Field day Festival this summer. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.co.uk. Grab your copy of the album here.
With his 13th studio album, The Last Rider, Ron Sexsmith delivers another quality masterpiece that will stay with you. It’s old-timey, easy-going, easy-listening that leaves a lasting impression. Next month Ron Sexsmith is heading out on his UK tour kicking off in Bristol on 21 May. You can get your tickets right here. Grab your copy of the album here.
English rock band Procol Harum celbrate their 50th anniversary with a new record. Novum takes us back to the trademark sound from 1967’s A Whiter Shade Of Pale. The eleven-track album features opener I Told On You, romantic tune Last Chance Motel and the anthemic Sunday Morning. The band are embarking on a UK tour early next month and we’ve last remaining tickets here. Grab your copy of the album here.
The Kinks songwriter and vocalist Ray Davies is back with his first album in almost a decade. For the new record he explores the American roots music, Americana with the help of backing band the Jayhawks. But the album doesn’t just take on the musical construct of Americana, it also focuses on a poetic view on the American history of rock’n’roll. If you love great story-telling and classic Ray Davies sounds, this album is for you. Grab your copy of the album here.
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