Happy New Music Friday!
Every Friday, an avalanche of new music stampedes digital culture. It’s a full-time job to keep up with it (trust), so BreatheHeavy puts together a weekly cheat sheet for your convenience. Here are a handful of new tunes worth your undivided attention. After that, you’re on your own!
Ed Sheeran – No. 6 Collaborations Project (Album)
Ed Sheeran’s star-studded new album is jam-packed with incredible collaborations (hence the title heh). It features Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Eminem, 50 Cent, H.E.R., YEBBA, Skrillex, Ella Mai, Chris Stapleton, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber and many more. Some of the immediate standouts include “I Don’t Want Your Money,” and “Antisocial.” Normally I’m not a huge fan of collaborations, but the songwriting on No. 6 is incredible, the production even more so and because the features are intentional, it works. The songs together feel cohesive but each shine in their own right.
Jax Jones & Bebe Rexha – “Harder” (Song)
Jax Jones cooked up infectious, electro-tinged production for Bebe Rexha to croon over. On their new collab together, “Harder,” the songstress sings about l-o-v-e. “When you think you’ve done enough, can you love me harder,” she purrs. “Put in work and don’t give up. Can you love me harder. ‘Cause you know I need that.” It features some production gymnastics that I think we’re all sick of, like a warbly helium voice, but there’s no denying “Harder” is catchy.
Becky G & Myke Towers – “Dollar” (Video)
Becky G is one of the hardest working women in the game (fight me). She puts out new music like it’s nobody’s business. Recently, Becky teamed up with Anitta on “Banana,” dropped a Spanish remix of her Kane Brown duet, “Lost In The Middle,” a collab with Maluma, a banger with Digital Farm Animals and Rvssian and hopped on a re-working of “A Whole New World” with Zayn from Disney’s Aladdin soundtrack. The pop star continues her hot streak with “Dollar.” The Spanish-language bop features an entrancing beat and a verse that’ll embed itself in your brain for hours.
BANKS – III (Album)
BANKS doubles down on the dark pop esthetic with her new album, III. The 13-track collection is brimming with transformative and vulnerable cuts about the singer’s personal pain and triumphs. She taunts the listener with synth-heavy production and brooding beats. The lead single, “Gimme,” features a stuttering beat and shimmering vocals. It’s upbeat, but doesn’t stray too far from the anti-pop vibe that shines on some of the other tracks, like “Alaska” and “Stroke.” If you need to cool off this summer, give III a listen:
Sabrina Carpenter – “I’m Fakin” (Song)
You know when you really like someone, but they piss you off, so you’re stuck in this place of wanting distance and making up? Yeah, I don’t know either, but Sabrina sings about that dissonance in her new song, “I’m Fakin.” The latest release off her forthcoming album, Singular: Act II is sunny on the surface, but after dissecting the lyrics it’s pretty sad. “I roll my eyes. You check your phone / You say I’m overly dramatic, and I know,” she sings. “I’m slamming the door, but I’m staying / I make up my mind then I change it. It’s you that I want when we’re breaking. Every time I tell you that we’re done I’m faking.”