1. "Both Directions" by POP ETC
It's been two years since we had a full-length release from POP ETC, but they haven't been taking that time off. "Both Directions" is their third single this year, and their distinctive bass-led groove has never sounded so crisp. Get some friends together, crack a few beers, and dust off that grill. It's cookout weather, and POP ETC has your soundtrack.
Check out "Both Directions" below!
2. "Audio" by LSD
Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo walk into a bar. It's not the start of a bad joke, but of an unexpected supergroup. They've dropped a few singles recently, and "Audio" is the latest and greatest. Three artists, spread all across the spectrum of electronic music, coming together to mix their genres into something new. It's easy to pick out the influences from each individual artist, but all the LSD tracks end up being something wholly unique. If your cookout's dying down, let "Audio" be the soundtrack to your Friday night pregame.
Check out "Audio" below!
3. "Tiny Foldable Cities" by Orbital
Oh, what's that? "Audio" is too mainstream for your tastes? You want somethign that's still electronic, but way weirder? Kind of a specific request, but we've got you covered. Orbital, best known for "the intro music from Hackers (1994)", is back. Their signature brand of not-quite-ambient electronic jams are just upbeat enough to catch your attention, but inventive enough to keep it. Sure, this is a little too downtempo and cyberpunk to replace LSD in your pregame playlist. If you've got an Uber driver that really wants those five stars, though, ask them to throw this on the aux. You'll keep your good mood all the way to your Friday night destination, and nothing matches a night drive like Orbital.
Check out "Tiny Foldable Cities" below!
4. "Time Today" by Kero Kero Bonito
Maybe you're just looking for another kind of weird. Something fun, something upbeat. You want to reenact the gasoline fight scene from Zoolander, and you need a soundtrack. Personally, I'd advise against it, but you're probably not turning to an alternative culture magazine for the legal advice. You want song recommendations, and nothing's gonna fit your happy-go-lucky mood like Kero Kero Bonito. Jazzy drums, poppy synth, and airy vocals make "Time Today" a perfect song for a sunny day. Grab your orange mocha frappucino and dance around in your car. Summer's here, and you've got the perfect playlist.
Check out "Time Today" below!
5. "This Is America" by Childish Gambino
Oh, you thought we were gonna get all the way through New Music Friday without mentioning "This Is America"? Think again. Childish Gambino is back, with some scathing commentary on American society. Watch the video, then watch it again. Then one more time. Look for all the layers, you still won't see everything. Childish comments on police brutality, media culture, and the state of passenger cars in the late 1980s. This isn't a video you want to miss.
Check out "This Is America" below!