Friday’s are incredibly exciting here at the Warner Music South Africa office. New Music Fridays is a day when all new releases hit digital and physical stores around the world. Every week, we will showcase some of our exciting releases right here on our website as we help you get your weekend playlist sorted. These are what new releases you should check out this week:
Jason Derulo – Swalla (Feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign)
Jason Derulo is back! The crooner gets ready to start his new era and has picked a mind-blowing new single to kick it all off. ‘Swalla’ features the vocal talents of Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign. The song features a monster chorus and two fantastic verses from the featured artists and the song is expected to become a massive hit on pop radio around the world.
Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway
Rhiannon Giddens releases her highly-anticipated second studio album this week – and it’s a powerful one. On ‘Freedom Highway’, Rhiannon sings about some incredibly important topics and uses the power of music to change the world. Pitchfork calls the album “a record populated with sexual violence, police shootings, and church bombings” but it’s a lot more than that. Rhiannon has a fantastic collection of songs that need to be heard and delivers them in an effortless, emotional manner that will hook any listener in. A must-listen this week.
THEY. – Nu Religion: Hyena
After releasing the incredible EP ‘Nu Religion’ back in 2015, THEY. have been back in studio working on some new material and today, the group release a deluxe edition of their debut release. The 14-track album is an incredibly creative take on hip-hop and the genre is blended with new age, trap and alternative elements. If you were a fan of the first EP, you’re going to be incredibly proud of the new release.
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
British rapper Stormzy has quickly become one of the prominent new faces in the British grime and hip-hop scene. His debut single “Big for Your Boots” became a massive hit and he wowed audiences when he took the stage with Ed Sheeran at the BRITs. Now, the rapper has released his debut album, ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’. The album has already received rave reviews from critics. In fact, Jordan Bassett of NME stated that Stormzy “delivers a knockout debut thatâ€™s brash and pensive in equal measure.” The album is out today and trust us, you don’t want to miss it.
More Ed Sheeran Remixes
‘Shape Of You’ has quickly become one of Ed Sheeran’s biggest tracks of this career. We recently released a whole lot of remixes to the hit song and this week, we’ve got two more for you guys. The incredible Major Lazer jump on a remix and give the song an incredible twist and after smashing it together on the BRITs stage, the official Stormzy pop-rap remix is available for streaming or download today as well.