The weekend is almost upon us, and maybe you're in search of something to soundtrack it – or perhaps you're just on the hunt for some new music.

Every Friday, we'll choose three great new release songs you should hear, from both Irish and international acts, point you in the direction of the bands or artists who created them, and send you on your merry way to investigate further.

ROISIN MURPHY – 'Something More'

The People's Queen of Pop is back with another absolute banger of a tune. 'Something More' is a more reflective offering from the Wicklow native than we're used to, but we're loving the slow throb and soulful, melancholy vibe. It's taken from her forthcoming album 'Roisin Machine' which is out on September 25th.

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ALANIS MORISSETTE – 'Ablaze'

Alanis Morissette is back with her first album in eight years, 'Such Pretty Forks in the Road', released today. It's chock-full of heart-on-sleeve songs that tackle addiction, insecurity, post-natal depression and more – but this beautiful number, written to her children, is a real emotional gut-punch.

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SAM SMITH FT. BURNA BOY – 'My Oasis'

We're still waiting for Sam Smith's new album after it was delayed because of you-know-what, but this gives a tantalising taster of what to expect. Smith has teamed up with Nigerian star Burna Boy for a moody midtempo number – described as “a beautiful release of emotions for me during this time” with their trademark soulful vocals.