New Music Friday: January 8

Happy Friday! It’s January 8, 2021 and this week we got five amazing picks for you to check out. There’s fresh tracks from pop star Zayn, Grammy-winning rock band Kings Of Leon, 10x Grammy winner Taylor Swift, Grammy-nominated EDM duo Galantis with TikTok star JVKE & indie pop band London Grammar. All that and more in this week’s New Music Friday post here at Philip’s Music Corner.


“Vibez” by ZAYN

27-year-old singer-songwriter Zayn Malik released his latest single “Vibez,” which is the first for this year and follows last year’s release, “Better.” His highly-anticipated new album, Nobody Is Listening drops next Friday. In this song, he’s just straight up vibing (pun intended) with his girlfriend, Gigi Hadid. But for listeners/fans alike, the sensual feelings can be directed to your own respective lover. I thought the song’s lyrics were carefully thought out. It’s very intimate, passionate, and will fuel future healthy love-making sessions for days to come. A snippet of the chorus goes like this:

Don’t keep me waiting
I’ve been waiting all night to get closer
Yeah, you already know I got it for you
You know the vibes, know the vibes, put it on ya
If it movin’ too fast, we go slower

The music video opens up in a theater as if we were watching a Broadway play. It starts off with Zayn alone in a bedroom then he gets up to go for a drive in a mock mini car. It then cuts to Zayn on a treadmill walking through an imaginary forest filled with fireflies surrounding him then cuts to him on a boat named the S.S. Malik. He meets a friendly whale then goes back on land to sit on a couch which transitions back to the bedroom with another clone of Zayn watching from the theater seats. Very imaginative and an interestingly produced video. The description for the video recommends you to watch and listen to the video via headphones for a more immersive experience. How do you like the video? Share your feedback in the comments below.

Anyways, this song would make a perfect choice for your Valentine’s playlist(s) this year and beyond. It also would work well for your date night playlists. Enjoy!

You can expect a total of 11 tracks to be a part of the first time dad’s new album. Also, expect tour dates to be released once the pandemic clears. Visit his official website to stay updated on all the latest news.


“The Bandit” by Kings Of Leon

Nashville-based rock band Kings of Leon have emerged from their five year long hiatus this week with the announcement that their upcoming eighth studio album titled, When You See Yourself will be releasing on March 5th. Two new singles dropped yesterday afternoon giving fans a sampling at what’s to come.

There will be 11 new tracks on the new record. Lead single, “The Bandit” is what I would like to highlight this week. This black-and-white music video shows the band jamming out to the rocking new track. It’s another solid song from the Grammy-winning band if I do say so myself. I love the guitar melody/chord progressions. It really drives the song’s lyrics and Caleb Followill’s leading vocals.

This track was produced by Markus Dravs. For those who don’t know who Dravs is, he helped produced hit songs like “Paradise,” and “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay as well as “The Suburbs,” and “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire just to name a few.

On KOL’s Twitter page, they released the full track list plus the album art and in case you wanted to know how those look like, feel free to click here.


“it’s time to go” by Taylor Swift

Alas, the bonus tracks off Taylor Swift’s latest album, evermore are out! “it’s time to go” is about her past relationship with her old record label, Big Machine Label Group and the recent public drama surrounding her masters of her first six albums which were acquired by Scooter Braun and then later sold for profits without her consent. As we speak, she’s in the process of re-recording all her old albums so that she can claim the upper-hand again.

It’s also about when you have that gut feeling to leave, you have to listen to yourself and do so. It’s not a weak move, rather it’s the opposite as the 31-year-old sings, “Sometimes giving up is the strong thing/Sometimes to run is the brave thing/Sometimes walking out is the one thing/That will find you the right thing.”

This can also apply to a dead end job, a bad boss, a sour relationship with a friend, partner, etc. You know when your time is up in these situations and you have to cut them out of your life.

Sonically speaking, the track fits well with evermore‘s overall aesthetic. The National’s Aaron Dessner once again helped co-wrote the track with Swift and I give them both kudos for creating another smart song that’s smooth to the ears.

Feel free to check out “right where you left me,” the second bonus track off the deluxe edition of evermore. According to her Instagram post, that track is all about “a girl who stayed forever in the exact spot where her heart was broken, completely frozen in time.”


“Dandelion” by Galantis & JVKE

Swedish EDM group Galantis joins up with rising artist and TikTok star, JVKE in “Dandelion.” This is a song for those who fell in love but was dumped suddenly. The love you had was sadly just a temporary phase much like the life cycle of a real life dandelion flower. Dandelions go from flower to seeds and then disperse away with the wind in a relative short period of time.

See the chart below if you’re curious to see visuals:

Aurally speaking, the song still has an up tempo beat to it despite the heartbreaking verses. Love the overall production of this track. If you love any of Galantis’ previous work such as “Runaway (U & I)” or “Bones feat. OneRepublic,” you’ll likely enjoy this one too. It’s expected that this track will appear on Galantis’ fourth studio album which currently has no release date. Hopefully we will hear more from the hitmakers soon.

As far as JVKE’s talents, I give him props for expanding his career outside the TikTok realm by collaborating with the likes of Galantis. I wonder who he will work with next?!? What direction does he take as he enters his 20s soon? The 19-year-old artist has the potential to be the next Surf Mesa or Surfaces in my opinion.

Visually, the accompanying music video seen above shows JVKE vibing along some trippy backgrounds featuring planets, dandelions, butterflies, dolphins and more! Love the cool graphics and the colors used all throughout! How about you?

This song will definitely be on repeat for a long time! The whistling is soooo infectious! 😃


“Lose Your Head” by London Grammar

Indie pop group, London Grammar released the third track off their upcoming third album, Californian Soil. It’s called “Lose My Head,” and it’s quite an impressive track to hear.

It’s very lofty, ethereal, and pleasant for anybody to hear despite the dark undertones in the lyrics. The song itself is great for easy listening playlists, for those wake up in the morning playlists, meditation session playlists, and sitting by the fireplace kind of playlists!

Lead singer Hannah Reid stands aboard a makeshift sailboat in a sparkly outfit in the music video seen above. I love the use of the shimmery tarp-like fabrics to make it seem like she’s out in the ocean. The color scheme reminds me a lot like Taylor Swift’s Lover artwork.

From 2:45 and on in the video, it gave me chills as Reid gets swept into the proverbial “sea.” From my interpretation, this represents the risks of jumping out of your comfort zone. You don’t know what’s out there. Sometimes it can be rewarding but in this scenario, you’re left struggling. What that struggle truly is can vary depending on the listener.

I highly recommend you give this song by London Grammar a listen. I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of their new album when it drops on April 9th!


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New Music Friday: December 11

Greetings! It’s December 11, 2020 which means it’s Friday once again! This week we have an assortment of new songs to check out. There’s all new music from pop stars Taylor Swift, and Gwen Stefani, indie pop band Foster The People, Australian singer-songwriter Cody Simpson & actress and pop recording artist Victoria Justice. All that and more in this week’s post.


“willow” by Taylor Swift

Pop superstar Taylor Swift surprised the Swifties yesterday with the announcement of her ninth studio album, evermore. It will be known as the sister album to the #1 Platinum-selling album, folklore which was released back in July. This time, another 15 new songs (+2 bonus songs on the deluxe edition) are heading your way!

Swift wanted to surprise us with new music since she’s turning 31 in two days. 31 is backwards for 13 which is her favorite lucky number. Whenever something significant comes up numerology speaking, you know she wants to do something special for her fans. She also wanted to provide some additional comfort given the challenging year it’s been thus far. Music is truly the connection we all need during a pandemic!

In “willow,” the first single off the new record, Swift picks off where the “cardigan” music video left off. She re-enters the fantasy world deep inside the piano again, following a shiny sparkly golden string. The National’s Aaron Dessner returned to produce the single as well as helped co-write the song.

Directed by Swift too, the 30-year-old singer revealed that this song, “is about intrigue, desire, and the complexity that goes into wanting someone. I think it sounds like casting a spell to make somebody fall in love with you (an oddly specific visual).”

Dancer Taeok Lee joins the video as Swift’s co-star. “You’ve seen my co-star in this video somewhere before.” Do you guys know? In case you didn’t, he’s one of her tour dancers! Read more about him, here.

Swift also shared that “One scene represents how I feel about fame. There’s a scene to represent each season throughout the journey of the video.” Her imagination and vision in her music videos are truly limitless. 👏👏

Overall, I really enjoy this well thought out music video which was shot safely under COVID-19 protocols, as well as the cool scenery and effects featured all throughout. We really don’t deserve her to be honest! She’s making the Swifties feel warm and toasty this winter, that’s for sure!

She’s such a master at crafting her music from start to finish and it definitely shows again. Expect more awards and accolades in 2021 for this phenomenal piece of art!

Be sure to check out the rest of the album which has collabs from Bon Iver and The National again plus one from the hit sister trio HAIM too! Take a look at her letter on the release of the album here:


“Let Me Reintroduce Myself” by Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani, singer-songwriter and coach on the hit NBC singing competition show, The Voice, is back to her pop roots since four years ago with this new track. Released earlier this week, “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” is her way of saying she never really left. This isn’t a comeback! She sings that she’s still the “original old me,” mentioning that she’s not your dusty old records on your shelf while also referencing her famous spelled out lyric, “bananas” from her 2004 smash hit, “Hollaback Girl.” She’s here to provide a little joy in 2020.

The song is really fun and catchy to listen to just like all of her previous hits if I do say so myself. It reminds me a little bit of those No Doubt/Rock Steady days too. Do you agree? The 51-year-old singer debuted the song earlier this week on The Voice. Check out this clip of her performance and her fiancé, Black Shelton praising her new song.

Stefani still has that youthful look to her compared to 20 years ago and fans of hers will definitely dig the new track, the first of many more to come in the new year I hope. “LMRM” will be a part of her fifth solo studio album effort, whenever that comes to fruition.


“Cadillac” by Foster The People

Mark Foster and the guys of Foster The People are back with a six-track EP titled, In The Darkest Of Nights, Let The Birds Sing. All of the songs are worthy of your listen but “Cadillac” in particular is my new current fave. It has a different groove compared to their last promotional single, “Under The Moon.”

It’s safe to say this song is a nod to his newlywed wife and star of Netflix’s Ozark, Julia Garner. “Cadillac” is for all those people out there who have a significant other that they want to drive around with. They’re your soulmate for life and you want them to feel special. Foster sings, “Come with me, my queen/I wanna go with you еverywhere to lift your crown higher/You’ll always be my queen/I wanna go with you everywhere and lift your crown.” Such an empowering and sweet lyric!

Sonically, it’s an uptempo song filled with well executed layers. I especially love how Foster incorporates his vocal range — the low and high ends work well in their respective parts. The outro of the song is nothing I have ever heard from anyone else. Very unique and fresh overall!

Check out the colorful visualizer for some cool driving into the sunset vibes!

Be sure to check out the rest of the new EP which includes their previous releases “Under The Moon,” “The Things We Do,” & “Lamb’s Wool.”

You can pre-order exclusive vinyl version of the EP, here.


“Christmas Dreaming” by Cody Simpson

Get in the Christmas spirit early with Cody Simpson‘s version of Frank Sinatra’s classic 1957 holiday song, “Christmas Dreaming.” This is a lovely track to play by the fireplace with your Christmas tree lit up in the living room.

Simpson’s slow and soft baritone vocals would make the late great Sinatra proud! A very classy track from the 23-year-old Australian singer. He did this song justice in my opinion. I love the single artwork for that old-timey classic look. There’s no need for any crazy embellishments on the song, just an acoustic guitar strumming alongside his voice. It has a modern sound that even Gen-Z listeners will love and enjoy! Do you guys agree?

If you need a new holiday song to put on your playlists this month, feel free to add Simpson’s today!


“Treat Myself” by Victoria Justice

Actress Victoria Justice returns to the music scene. It’s her first new song in seven years and this time Justice is taking the steps in recording her first full length album (tentatively to be released next year).

She posted on her socials the importance of making this song:

This song is for those listeners out there who’ve been harsh critics of themselves. But the catch is, you’re taking the steps at turning over a new leaf. You want to refocus your personal or professional goals in life by letting go of that bad energy you once possessed. Hopefully this song will help you on your personal journey and as we approach the new year with new opportunities, may it help you get some much needed clarity and a boost to your self-esteem.

If you like artists like Julia Michaels or Selena Gomez, you’ll enjoy Justice’s latest tune. I feel like her voice has matured so much since her Victorious days and I’m really looking forward to hearing more songs in the coming months. How about you?


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New Music Friday: November 27

Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone! Hope you’re staying home safe with your family or close friend(s) or roommate(s) this year and enjoying each other’s company. Keep the social distancing if you’re going out for Black Friday shopping and get cozy with these latest music picks! We have all new music from pop stars Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift (feat. Bon Iver), singer-songwriter Austin Mahone (feat. Früt), Australian recording artist Sam Fischer & last but not least British DJ/producer Nathan Dawe w/ pop sensation girl group Little Mix. All that and more in this week’s edition of New Music Friday here at Philip’s Music Corner…


“Angels Like You” by Miley Cyrus

Kicking off this week’s picks with a song from Miley Cyrus’ new album, Plastic Hearts. “Angels Like You” is a nice ballad about one of her past relationships, perhaps the one with actor Liam Hemsworth. Some fans have also speculated that it’s about her relationship with fellow pop singer Cody Simpson or maybe the one with influencer/podcast producer Kaitlynn Carter.

The relationship couldn’t continue for many reasons but it’s not their fault for the downfall. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles as Cyrus emotionally sings “angels like you can’t fly down here with me.”

I love the melody of the song and Cyrus for giving it that rocker’s edge when belting out this tune. I think this should be the next single for radio, how about you?

The 28-year-old singer-songwriter crafted another solid song and I highly recommend you check out the rest of her new album too. Many of the new tracks were notably co-written by other fellow singers/producers like OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, and watt and co-produced with artists like Mark Ronson, whom worked with other others singers like Bruno Mars, Adele, and Lady Gaga in the past. Ronson himself is an established recording artist as well, in case you didn’t knew.

Listen to previous 2020 releases like the 80’s influenced dance track, “Midnight Sky,” and most recent single, “Prisoner feat. Dua Lipa (which came out last week) on the physical and digital versions of the album plus “Edge Of Midnight” feat. Stevie Nicks and her cover songs for “Heart of Glass,” and “Zombie” from the iHeart Festival and NIVA Save Our Stage Festival respectively exclusively on the digital version of the album.


“exile” feat. bon iver (folklore: the long pond studio sessions) by Taylor Swift

I really dig this version of “exile” by Taylor Swift featuring Bon Iver. The Long Pond Studio Sessions as it’s called is a concert special made for the streaming service, Disney+. A very intimate version of this collaborated song if I do say so myself. Love the harmonies and the delivery of each line of the song.

I admire and love Ms. Swift’s innovative mindset when putting this together for all her fans around the world. Since she can’t go on tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the next best thing we could’ve asked for in terms of promoting her new album, folklore.

Even though we’re not physically at her recording session, it’s almost like we’re at the studio with the video seen above. It’s cool to see all the equipment and instruments needed to put on this socially-distanced production on and I really believe folklore deserves to win big at next year’s telecast of the Grammy Awards.


“You Got Me” by Austin Mahone feat. Früt

24-year-old recording artist, Austin Mahone released his latest single/collaboration with Früt called “You Got Me.” Co-produced with rapper LunchMoney Lewis (see his hit song, “Bills”), Mahone tackles the idea of a confused relationship.

This is a song about dating someone that you’re genuinely in love with, however they don’t love you back the same way that you do. You’re left in this confused state. Are they committed to you? Are they on the same level of love?

Mahone professes in the pre-chorus part of the song, “All that chasing/Time gets wasted/You should already be my lover/And this situation/Is so heartbreaking/You’ve got me right where you wanna.”

You can sense the frustration illustrated in the music video as Mahone chases after this girl through this pretty elaborate labyrinth. Watch the ending for an interesting plot twist! Overall, I thought the visuals justified the lyrics. Share your thoughts about this single in the comments box below.


“For Now” by Sam Fischer

Australian singer-songwriter Sam Fischer has a new song out now that’s really soothing to the ears. This acoustic ditty titled “For Now,” is about a broken relationship one might experience.

Hearing the chorus will hit you deep as he sings, “I need to be lonely without you/I know that you only mean well/But I’m not used to being without you/Have to learn to be lonely myself.”

You need the time to breathe by splitting up with your boyfriend or girlfriend, perhaps on a temporary basis. A slight pause from seeing each other is what you need to get some sense of clarity in life, mentally and or emotionally speaking. But this situation can also apply on a more long-term basis. Sometime separating entirely is what’s best for both parties in life. You got to do what’s best for your own well-being!

So if you need a song to cry to post-breakup or to sway your hands to while listening with family or friends, then this song needs to go on your playlists this week! I highly recommend it!


“No More Tears” by Nathan Dawe & Little Mix

English DJ/producer Nathan Dawe teamed up with pop group, Little Mix for an epic and cool collaboration! This song will get you pumped up and ready to tackle whatever goals and challenges you have for the day and beyond! Take this song to the gym or play it at your next socially distanced mini-hangout with your friends. Save it for the clubs and big parties next year (I hope) for when you want to bust our your dance moves.

The song talks about moving on from a breakup in a rather quick fashion. You’ve cried your tears out but won’t let yourself be down forever. You’re ready to tackle whatever life hands down to you next, whether that be a new relationship or a new creative endeavor, what have you. The ladies of Little Mix have a strong vocal performance in this song and all of their voices blend quite excellently with Dawe’s uptempo beats.

Definitely go check this song out today if you’re an EDM fan, house music fan, dance pop lover, or a fan of Dawe’s and or Little Mix’s. It will make you happy after listening to it. 🙂


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