Reader, please. We understand you’ve been waiting for pop titan Ariana Grande’s mammoth release for a while now, but it’s time to turn thank u, next off and give a nod to the five freshest hits that dropped this week – featuring Orla Gartland, Fontaines D.C, Queen Zee, Dan D’Lion and Honeyblood.
Orla Gartland – ‘Why Am I Like This?’
We can always count on the Dublin-born Orla Gartland to provide us with a relatable bop. On her new track, self-described as “existential pop”, Gartland sings about the overwhelming self-awareness of social anxiety – but make the crippling mental anguish of a generation something we can dance to, yeah? Check it out above.
You can catch Orla Gartland on tour with Dodie at these dates.
Dan D’Lion – ‘BETTERMAN’
Production powerhouse Dan D’Lion is back with his third single, ‘BETTERMAN’.
Definitive easy-listening, this latest offering shows a downtempo side to the London-based artist, featuring intricately layered electronic samples, heavenly vocals, and a softened backbeat.
D’Lion’s highly anticipated debut EP drops later this spring.
Honeyblood – ‘The Third Degree’
Glasgow indie-rock project Honeyblood return, no longer a duo but a solo endeavor from Stina Tweeddale.
Kicking off with deliciously addictive new single ‘The Third Degree’, our appetites are satiated for In Plain Sight, Tweeddale’s next full-length endeavor which is set to drop on May 24th.
Catch Honeyblood on tour here.
Queen Zee – ‘Loner’
Queen Zee have dropped their self-titled debut album via their own label, Sasstone Records.
Opening track ‘Loner’ is a heavy, infectious number; featuring strapping drumbeat, chugging guitars and some excellently chanted lyrics (“I’m alone / I’m alone / I’m a loner”).
Their debut full-length release is quickly followed by a headline tour of the UK, kicking off 12th February – get tickets here.
Fontaines D.C – ‘Big’
Aptly named ‘Big’ is the latest single from Irish punks Fontaines D.C.
The lead single is taken from their recently announced debut album Dogrel, ‘Big’ hits you in the face with a sound that’s as loud and brash as ever and infectious, chorusing lyrics (“Dublin in the rain is mine / a pregnant city with Catholic mind”).
It’s a busy year for touring for Fontaines D.C, playing a string of sold-out UK shows from April, before hitting North America through the summer and returning to the UK later this year – catch them at one of those dates here.
Soundtrack your weekend with everything above at the Music Crowns Spotify playlist, as well as our previous picks.
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