New Music Friday Arlo Parks Phoebe Bridgers

New Music Friday | Featuring ‘Pegasus’ by Arlo Parks (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)

Whilst there might not be a bank holiday this weekend, at least we can still enjoy what moment’s escapism we have with tunes from Arlo Parks and Phoebe Bridgers, Lil Durk and J. Cole, Janelle Monáe and more.

Arlo Parks (feat. Phoebe Bridgers) – Pegasus

For the latest single ahead of her sophomore album My Soft Machine, due at the end of this month, Arlo Parks has enlisted the help of Phoebe Bridgers to release a typically deft tune, ‘Pegasus’.

Lil Durk (feat. J. Cole) – All My Life

The lead single from Lil Durk’s forthcoming album, Almost Healed, also set for release on 26 May – and what a tune it is. Specifically, what a guest feature from J.Cole – admittedly, his addition always adds something special but this him at something of his flowing best.

Janelle Monáe – Lipstick Lover

Janelle Monáe’s increased foray into acting in recent years has shown there really is nothing she can’t do. And now, she’s announced a return to her other artform, by announcing a new album, The Age of Pleasure, set for release on 9 June, and shared sun-kissed single ‘Lipstick Lover’ as its lead single. 

Potter Payper – All My Life, If I Had…

There’s a tragic irony to the fact that Potter Payper is sat behind bars, for an as-yet undisclosed reason, on the day his debut full-length album is released. Real Back In Style largely contemplates the different roads taken, the different lives led, the tragedy of circumstance, expressed in no better track than ‘All My Life, If Had…’. Read our five-star review of Potter Payper’s Real Back In Style here.

Overmono – Cold Blooded

Welsh brothers Tom and Ed Russell, formerly known as Truss and Tessela, have managed to achieve that much-coveted feat in electronic music over the years: creating a sound that’s both original and palatable. Their 12-track project Good Lies manages to sound distinctly them, whilst distilling many of the best facets of UK dance music right now. Read our review of Good Lies here.

Sofie Royer – Mio

Austrian and Iranian artist Sofie Royer has released a nostalgic-sounding tune ‘Mio’. Its video, shot in the south of France, matches the sound and aura of the track to a tee, with its vintage-inspired fashion from French label Maje. ‘Mio’ follows the release of Royer’s sophomore album, Harlequin, which arrived in September via L.A.-based label Stones Throw.

Daft Punk, Julian Casablancas, The Voidz – Infinity Repeating

We might be more used to the near-ubiquitous sound of ‘Instant Crush’ when it comes to the pairing of Daft Punk and The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, but now we have a new track that combines the two – and which also adds the musicality of Casablancas’ other band The Voidz for good measure. It’s still equally as soft and serene, mind you, and well worth a listen.

James Arthur – A Year Ago

James Arthur’s new track ‘A Year Ago’ sees the singer reunite with songwriter Steve Solomon, who helped Arthur pen the massive 2016 hit ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’. With a slow incline and a steady kick drum that enters midway through, the track’s sentiment revolves around getting over a breakup – something which many of us, no doubt, can relate to. 

Maeve – Make Me Yours

‘Make Me Yours’ arrives as Maeve’s new single ahead of her sophomore EP, Hyperbloom, which is set for release on 2 June. This ethereal alt-pop tune also arrives with news that the singer-songwriter and model will be supporting Young Fathers at their Somerset House gig on 15 July. 

Sekou – Better Man

There’s a reason we shouted Sekou out as one of our ones to watch at the start of the year. Hate to say we told you so (joking, we love to say that), but the Leicestershire-born artist’s debut single – with Sekou’s almighty, at-times quivering vocals – prove us completely, utterly right.

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