Another week comes to an end and that means it’s New Music Friday! So it’s time to share the best new releases from the Eurovision world this week. Over the following pages is everything you need to know for your weekend playlists!
Daði Freyr – ‘Something Magical’
First up on New Music Friday is Daði Freyr with ‘Something Magical’ this festive season. Since the Rotterdam contest, the ‘Think About Things‘ and ‘10 Years‘ crooner has featured on the Christmas gaming stocking fillers Just Dance 2022 and Psychonauts 2. Now he follows up last year’s holiday single ‘Every Moment Is Christmas With You‘ with his witty take on Christmas. Blending a bit of novelty and his typical retro synths, ‘Something Magical’ reminds us why we enjoy the routines and rituals that feel as though they return to us quicker every year.
Jessica Mauboy – ‘Glow’
From Down Under, Australia’s 2018 ‘We Got Love‘ singer Jessica Mauboy, returns with her latest single ‘Glow’. Although it’s been two years since the release of fourth album HILDA, Jess has kept busy coaching the next generation of talent on The Voice Australia. Now it’s time for a glow up of her own, to remind us all what she does best! New single ‘Glow’ is a soulful take on the 80s that speaks to Jess finding her freedom since departing labels from Sony to Warner, as well as freedom of expression post-lockdowns and coming of age as an artist at this stage of her career. Meanwhile you can buy tickets to the Boss Lady 2022 tour here.
Glow is like buying the most expensive champagne. That’s what it feels like and that’s my honest truth. It felt like I had spent the most time and effort with this song, so I was just sitting with it. It’s like sipping your favourite drink and you don’t want to scull it.Jessica Mauboy, (Grazia)
Kate Miller-Heidke – ‘I Am My Own Panther Now’
Another Australian with new music for us this week is ‘Zero Gravity‘ sensation, Kate Miller-Heidke. After soaring to new heights (literally!) in Tel Aviv, the Queensland native is back on Earth and has delighted fans during lockdown with the release of recent album Child In Reverse. As well as keeping every guessing and entertained as The Queen on The Masked Singer Australia. Now Kate is back in the TV world, with ‘I Am My Own Panther Now’ – from the new comedy series Preppers on ABC TV. Always exploring her eclectic depth of music range, this novelty track, with hints of Opera, suits the tone of the show perfectly. Which Kate herself also stars in with her new wild cat form.
The Mamas – ‘Won’t Let The Sun Go Down (EP)’
Over the past few weeks we have seen The Mamas showcase their individuality with the run of solo releases, ‘Say So’, ‘Just A Little’ and ‘Don’t Kill The Groove’. Much like their Christmas EP last year, ‘All I Want For December‘, the ladies each have their moments to shine, before bringing it back together in one gift for us all. In the end The Mamas are a team and that is reflected in their vocal work in each other’s songs, as well as the gospel joy in their group tracks. Each song is a message of hope, from the tropical-tinged ‘Sun Go Down’ through to the heartbreak anthem, ‘Let You Go’.
Blind Channel – ‘We Are No Saints’
When the saints went marching in, I bet you didn’t think it was with guitars and heavy metal. Well, let Blind Channel rewrite that story here on New Music Friday. Bring your mosh-pit, because the Finnish rockers are back with their latest release, ‘We Are No Saints’. Preferring to be sinners, as they revel in the grungy, underground hell-scape they’ve created, this new track reminds us why they earned their sixth place in Rotterdam. This brash, in-your-face anthem shows you can never hide from your dark side (yes, I know what I did) and people can either love or hate that. One for the wrestling fans, with its nostalgic tribute to the angry WWE Royal Rumble theme tunes of old.
Molly Hammar – ‘Love Me Blind’
A regular on New Music Friday, Molly Hammar is fresh from her latest EP God Is Lonely Too and already releasing new material. The Melodifestivalen 2015 and 2016 star and one time Eurovision performer on Malta’s 2016 entry ‘Walk On Water‘, brings the emotional ‘Love Me Blind’ this week. Going a step further to connect the message to the audience, Molly also shares an intimate live version of the single. The raw, soul of Molly’s powerful vocal is accompanied by a symphony of percussion to match her heightened emotions as she tells a story of a one sided relationship and that need to be loved.
Ryan Riback (ft. Dotter) – ‘(Just Can’t) Hate U’
No it’s not Eurovision 2009 winner Alexander Rybak posing under a new name. This is South African-born, Australian DJ Ryan Riback. Many will remember Ryan’s remix of Starley’s ‘Call On Me‘ that elevated the 2017 hit to worldwide status. Here he’s calling on Melodifestivalen star Dotter with latest single, ‘(Just Can’t) Hate U)’. Previously Dotter was trying to make us all ‘Jealous‘, now she’s full of hate. Or at least trying to be, in this summer breakup anthem that plays to a pop side of Dotter we don’t usually see, but is very welcome!
Isaiah Firebrace – ‘More Than Me’
First nations artist Isaiah Firebrace has always shown he is much more. Whether it is winning The X Factor Australia in 2016, entertaining The Masked Singer fans as The Wizard and of course, when he represented Australia on the Eurovision stage in 2017 and finished in 9th place in Kyiv. Not resting on his laurels, Isaiah wants more again and recently announced his intention to compete in Australia Decides 2022 to become the first Australian to sing for the country twice. Until then, Isaiah brings us his latest single ‘More Than Me’, a reflective soul-ballad that showcases a vulnerable side of Isaiah, as he mourns a tough break up through song.
This song is all about losing someone you care about and I feel like we’ve all been there. So I hope this can be relatable to you and also give you some healing like it did for me.Isaiah Firebrace, (Instagram)
Arilena Ara – ‘Pop Art The Album’
Although we didn’t get to see Albanian superstar Arilena Ara take to the Eurovision stage in 2020 with ‘Fall From The Sky’, that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate her music and hope she returns in the future. For now we get to enjoy the 12 tracks on new album Pop Art The Album. Despite a career spanning seven years, it is only now that Arilena releases her first album. After a year in the making, Arilena shares the art of her music and its diverse colour palette. From the emotional ‘Ke Me Mungu’ that reminds us of the lost Eurovision entry, to ‘Thirr Policine’, full of that Albanian RnB grit and the fun tropical ‘Aligator’. Meanwhile there is proof Arilena still has the contest on her mind, as she teams up with Switzerland’s third place 2021 act, Gjon’s Tears for the 80s inspired ‘Dance Me’.
We started working on this project a year ago and since then, it’s only been hard work, discipline and of course, laughter too. I’ve loved every moment of the making of the album and would never change any part of it! Move your body and dance to every single song.Arilena Ara, (Instagram)
Amir – ‘Ressources – Nouvelle Edition’
Last, but not least on New Music Friday is ‘J’ai Cherché‘ singer Amir. One year on from the release of third album Ressources, the 2016 French representative is back with an updated re-release. A very resourceful Amir gives us eight new tracks on this two disc version. Which includes recent single ‘Rétine‘, along with even more personal melodies, such as ‘Malgré moi’, ‘Ce soir’ and ‘Oubliée’ that show Amir’s maturity as an artist as he explores the music influences of his Mediterranean and Middle East heritage.
It is by far my most precious, ambitious, sincere and personal musical project. I put everything I have in it, and more than that. Now I entrust it to you, keep it for yourself, preciously.Amir, (Instagram)
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