In this week's new releases, or at least the ones that have popped up on Spotify:
- Let's just start off with some housekeeping. On May 6 we brought you the sad news that tropical house had died in violent and deeply saddening circumstances. It's clear from this week's New Music Friday — which includes a tropical house version of Toto's 'Africa' and a Simon Erics song that is basically 'tropical country' — that the news did not reach all musicians. We'll go easy this week because both songs are sort of amazing but if you see any musicians please do pass on the news. There will be a memorial service next Tuesday — bring a coconut.
- The Clean Bandit & Louisa Johnson single we wrote about yesterday is still brilliant today. We'd urge all readers to refer to the pop consortium as Bandit & Johnson. (Clean Johnson briefly seemed like a viable option but might have raised some eyebrows with American readers.)
- That Dragonette song is GREAT but this is Dragonette we're talking about so it's business as usual. After ten years it would be useful if Dragonette actually released something shit for a change, just to mix things up a bit.
- Hannah & Andrea's song really is a work of wonder, isn't it? (More info about the duo here in case you missed it yesterday.)
- The Holychild and Kate Nash song's lots of fun to listen to, well done all concerned.
- The new Eric Saade song is a mess.
- MONARCHY ARE BACK. 'Dance Hell' is a bit much for a Friday morning but give it about 16 hours and it'll make a lot more sense.
- 'Dope' is the best new song on the disappointing Fifth Harmony album. But of course it's the best song: Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels and Jack Antonoff did it.
- It's a big week for incredible people being boring for the benefit of film soundtracks: Sia and Jessie Ware both have new songs out.
We didn't include the new 'Jake Bugg' song, apols.