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

Anderson .Paak – 'Lockdown'


If you're a fan of Anderson .Paak, you'll be aware of his natural musical talent, his ability to duck and dive and weave a thread between hip-hop, soul, jazz, r'n'b and funk like nobody's business. His new song, however, is a politically engaged track that particularly resonates with the world today, tackling the topics of police brutality, protests and racial injustice. The video is equally stirring.

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Powpig - 'Intellectual'

This young Limerick band have been on our radar for a couple of years thanks to their offbeat, occasionally punky DIY aesthetic and some clearly exciting ideas. Their latest single takes the tempo down and cleans up their scuffled indie sound for something altogether more gentle, yet still effective. What's more, all proceeds from the song will be split between MASI and the ICU of their local hospital in Limerick.

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Phoebe Bridgers – 'Chinese Satellite'


We fell hard for her 2017 debut 'Stranger in the Alps', so we've been waiting for what feels like forever for this album to drop. The insanely talented 25-year-old Bridgers is also a member of the Better Oblivion Community Center with Conor Oberst, but her second solo album 'Punisher' is out today. We can tell that the whole album is treat, after just a few listens – and this track is already becoming a favourite.