Happy New Music Friday (November 30 – December 2 AKA Britney Spears’ birthday.)
Welcome back to BreatheHeavy’s weekly roundup, appropriately titled New Music Friday. My apologies for not posting one on Black Friday last week – I was comatose thanks to mom’s turkey dinner. That tryptophan, man, it’ll get ya every time. Without further adieu…
Clean Bandit – What Is Love? (Album)
Electro music group Clean Bandit, comprised of Grace Chatto, and brothers Jack and Luke Patterson, just dropped their sophomore album, What Is Love? The familiar pack of music contains songs the trio have released throughout the year, including “Tears” featuring Louisa Johnson, “Rockabye” featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, “Symphony” featuring Zara Larsson, “I Miss You” featuring Julia Michaels, “Solo” featuring Demi Lovato and “Baby” featuring Marina and the Diamonds and Luis Fonsi. It’s also sprinkled with collabos alongside Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Bhad Bhabie, Charli XCX and Tove Styrke. Bop after bop.
Cheat Codes & Kim Petras – “Feeling Of Falling” (Song)
Normally when I fire up a Kim Petras song, I expect an instant banger, but “Feeling Of Falling” is one of the singer’s more subdued songs to-date (tame compared to anything on her most-recent EP, Turn Off The Light, Vol 1). On it, Kim sings about that terrifying, unhinged feeling you get when love overpowers rational thought. Cheat Codes provide a warm, electro-beat for Kim to croon over. Happy falling:
Zayn – “Rainberry” (Song)
Zayn just announced his new sophomore album, Icarus Falls, arrives in a few short weeks (read more about that here). To entice fans to stay tuned, the singer shared one of the new cuts, “Rainberry.” On it, Zayn shows off his falsetto as he sings about looming insecurities; Zayn worries his girl is falling in love with someone else, but loses focus as he stares at her luscious lips painted in a shade of rainberry red. Show me the woman who’ll leave Zayn, I’ll slap her.
Meek Mill & Drake – “Going Bad”
For all intents and purposes, Meek reuniting with Drake on the former’s new album, Championships, is a big deal. The two beefed in 2015 after Meek accused Drake of using ghostwriters on their collab, “R.I.C.O.,” which resulted in several back-and-forth diss tracks and put Nicki Minaj in a very awkward position. Meek went on the record to say he was using drugs at the time of the feud and it impaired his better judgement. All good.
Alessia Cara – The Pains Of Growing (Album)
After Alessia Cara won Best New Artist at the Grammys earlier this year, an accolade most thought would go to SZA, the Internet went on a witch hunt. We’re almost a year away from that controversy, but Twitter never forgets. The hate became so intense this month, Alessia announced plans to take a break from social media. It didn’t last long, though, because Alessia has an album to promote. It’s called The Pains Of Growing, a reflective and explorative record about not being a girl, not yet a woman, and the very confusing, very real pain of heartbreak. Start with “Nintendo Game.”