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New Music Friday: Lizzo, Ariana Grande and Tash Sultana

Each Friday, so much new music is dropped upon us that its hard to pick out the good songs from the mediocre. Whilst Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist is great, it’s a very select pick of artists and is usually a mixed bag.

We’ve decided to share our top picks from the newest releases this week. You might agree, you might disagree, but we hope you’ll find new artists and songs you may not have found otherwise.


We’ve also created a handy playlist on Spotify with all our faves on, you’ll find those mentioned below in it as well as a whole host of others we couldn’t fit in here!

Lizzo – Boys

Bold, brash, and brilliant, Lizzo’s ‘Boys’ is our top pick of the week. Celebrating all the kinds of men she loves (“I like big boys, iddy biddy boys, Mississippi boys, and the city boys”), the track is a bop and a half that just shows off the attitude and fun that we love Lizzo for. Try and listen to this without nodding your head and bopping along, you literally won’t be able to stay still. We’re adding this to our Pride playlist RIGHT NOW.

Maty Noyes – Spiralling Down

Mississippi singer Maty Noyes is perhaps best known for providing vocals on Kygo’s ‘Stay’. Her new track ‘Spiralling Down’ is a hazy, summer vibe out and is pure pop perfection. The track sees Noyes blend lines such as “at least I’m pretty and I get that good dick” with her airy vocals. Keep an eye on this one.

KEV – All About You Now

Swedish four-piece KEV’s latest single ‘All About You Now’ features dreamy lyrics and a subtle electronic beat that makes for an atmospheric yet upbeat track. With talk of a debut album on the way, we’re excited about what else is to come from this promising band.

Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj – The Light is Coming

The light is coming, and so is that pop princess crown for Ariana. Her new single sees her team up with Nicki Minaj for a great opening rap verse and Pharrell on production duties. The ear-worm features trademark Pharrell nooks mixed up with a funky R&B beat that’s set to take over playlists.

DAKOTA – Hate Loving You

Spotted by Fraser T. Smith, DAKOTA has been making waves thanks to her collaborations with Jonas Blue and NOT3S. Her latest single ‘Hate Loving You’ showcases DAKOTA’s distinct vocal style and is a silky R&B jam that makes a great impression.


St. Lucia – A Brighter Love

Jean-Philip Grobler’s synth-driven pop is back and we couldn’t be happier. The catchy ‘A Brighter Love’ features St. Lucia’s well-known 80’s throwback sound and a groovy house piano to really get you moving. Throw the glitter in the air and let’s get to the dance-floor.

Cosmo’s Midnight featuring Tove Styrke – Talk To Me

Swedish pop starlet Tove Styrke is already one of our faves. She’s teamed up with Australian music duo Cosmo’s Midnight to create a funky bop that’s guaranteed to bring the summer heat even on the rainiest of days. Get listening to the duo’s debut album ‘What Comes Next’, which is also released this week.

Folly Rae – You Don’t Love Me

Described as a cross between Lana Del Rey and Zara Larsson, Folly Rae is a British talent worth knowing about. ‘You Don’t Love Me’ is all about an ex who can’t return the favour, and is packed with attitude disguised by Folly’s sweet vocals.

Tash Sultana – Salvation

We’ve previously expressed our love for Tash, but she keeps on delivering the goods. ‘Salvation’ is a silky-smooth jam that just further demonstrates the rhythm guitar stylings and soulful vocals of the Melbourne singer-songwriter. Her debut album ‘Flow State’ is scheduled for release on 31st August.

Oscar Enestad – Heaven on my Skin

Featuring a synth beat that sounds like something right out of ‘Drive’ or ‘Stranger Things’, Enestad’s debut single ‘Heaven on my Skin’ is a dark, glitchy, pop smash. Fans of Years & Years and Trove Sivan will most likely be into this bop.

So, what’s your top pick for new music this week?

Don’t forget to listen to our ‘New Music Friyay’ playlist for plenty more new jams, including Years & Years, Roisin Murphy, CHIC, Kate Boy, and machineheart.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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