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.
ANNE-MARIE FEAT. DOJA CAT – 'To Be Young'
Doja Cat's 'Say So' has been one of the biggest singles of 2020, and now the Los Angeles singer and rapper has teamed up with the brilliant Anne-Marie on her new release. This booming ballad is a reflective look at the experience of being young, with lyrics like: “Fall in love, heartbroken / Break the rules, drink too much / We are all a mess, but I guess / That’s what it’s like to be young.”
GOD KNOWS – 'We Move the Needle'
The Rusangano Family man is venturing deeper into solo territory with the release of his second EP 'Who's Asking? Vol II” next month. This song is the first cut to be taken from it and explores themes of race and politics in the wake of George Floyd's death, as well as taking ownership of your work as an artist. As the Limerick MC puts it: “For so long, we have let other people lead the conversation in terms of music when it’s us - the MC, the DJ - we’re the ones who are supposed to lead the way.... We don’t have to go by anyone’s rules; we make our own rules.”
BEABADOOBEE – 'Care'
We first heard of Beabadoobee last year when she released the song 'I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus'; her charming ode to the Pavement frontman drew lots of attention, not least from Malkmus himself. The Londoner, who just turned 20, has been prolific over the last few years and new single 'Care' is at the dreamier end of her grungey indie-pop spectrum, but no less brilliant.