Need some new music to accompany your work-from-home sessions or just for chilling? Welcome to DA MAN‘s latest #StayHome Music Radar, where we’ll curate the best new weekly releases to keep you updated and entertained during your home isolation period.
At the beginning of 2020, we looked in anticipation at what would have been some of the biggest releases in music. Then the decade had its roughest start possible. So, we thought this would be the perfect time to start a new series where we’ll curate the hottest and latest releases from the world of music to help you stay up-to-date with the abundance of releases plus to keep you musically-entertained while you’re socially-isolated.
Be sure to check out our regular #StayAtHome Music Radar feature so you won’t stay out of tune.
The Killers Teases Upcoming Album With Electric Lead Single, “Caution”
We start out with the band that gave birth to the millennial-defining bar anthem, Mr. Brightside. Since making their debut with 2004’s “Hot Fuss,” the Las Vegas band is back with “Caution.”
The lead single which teases their sixth and upcoming studio album (“Imploding The Mirage”, releasing on May 29) offers an early 2000 reminiscence of Brit dance floor rock driven by the band’s signature high voltage drums and guitars. It also goes to show that vocalist Brandon Flowers has still got it as he provides his signature powerful wolf cry, which many fans are surely missing. Be sure to check out the music video on YouTube.
As It Turns Out, “This Is America” Was A Premonition for Childish Gambino’s Album “3.15.20”
Glover’s infamous “This Is America” makes more sense now as it comes as a confirmed-premonition after the release of his latest album, “3.15.20.” Following 2016’s “Awaken! My Love,” the actor, musical genius and fashion icon showcases his knack for producing complexly funky and hard-hitting music while spitting playfully satirical lyrics as shown in “12.38,” “Time,” “53.49” and a track that has appeared long before the album’s release in the “FIFA 19” video game, “42.26.”
Enlisting big names such Ariana Grande, 21 Savage and Kadhja Bonet to collaborate in the project, “3.15.20” is available to listen in two forms on all digital streaming platforms; one as a continuous play version under “Donald Glover Presents” and the other as a standard track-by-track version under “Childish Gambino.”
Niall Horan’s Presents A Feel-good Break-up Album Via “Heartbreak Weather”
Many One Direction fans have stated that no matter how bitter the boyband’s break up or hiatus was for them(whichever side you’re on), it managed to shine a light on the musical identity of the individual members, which they have then managed to convey via their solo careers. Two days before the release of Childish Gambino’s “3.15.20,” former One Direction member Niall Horan released his second studio album: “Heartbreak Weather.”
The albums sees Horan’s maturity in dealing with breakups and his perception of lovem as well as in terms of his lyric and songwriting. On top of that, he shows that even breakup songs can be presented with feel-good vibes through songs like the Kasabian-like “Nice To Meet Ya,” the uplifting ballad “Black and White” and the lighthearted guitar-driven “Heartbreak Weather.” In case you didn’t catch Niall’s latest album, go to your favorite streaming service for a listen.
The Weeknd Indulges ’80s Music Fans and Movie Fanatics In “After Hours”
Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, is back with more heartache and innuendos in his recent love conquest-fueled album, “After Hours.” With songs such as “Hardest To Love,” “Escape from LA” and “Blinding Lights,” the 56 minute setlist (or an hour and a half if you’re listening to the Deluxe Edition) switches between modern lo-fi trap music with a dose of new wave ambience to candid tributes to the ’80s music.
Following an appearance as himself in “Uncut Gems” and the album’s release, the Toronto singer-songwriter also showcases his acting chops by presenting a series of interconnecting cinematic videos which follows The Weeknd through a “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”-esque journey rich in film references that any movie fanatic would be sure to recognize. Be sure to check out the album which is available on music streaming platforms along with the videos on The Weeknd’s official YouTube channel.
Two Self-Quarantine Playlist By Two Fashion Greats
While he’s best known as the creative director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear, Virgil Abloh is also a multi-hyphenated artist and global-hopping DJ. And now, he has got your self-quarantine-slash-social-distancing tunes covered by sharing his own curated playlist. On the other hand, Lanvin’s creative director Bruno Sialelli also had a go at making his own playlist consisting of joy-inducing tracks to “bring joy to your home.” Both playlists offer an intimate scoop on how these two giants cope with the ongoing pandemic and also how they approach their works. Catch Virgil’s playlist above and Brino Sialelli’s playlist below.
Rich Brian Freestyles Over Iconic “Tokyo Drift” Theme Song
The theme song to 2006’s “Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift” by Teriyaki Boyz, titled “Tokyo Drift,” has garnered somewhat of a cult following in the global nightlife scene in the late 2010s. In his 10th day of social distancing, Rich Brian dropped a video via 88RISING’s YouTube channel where he shows his free-styling skills over the iconic song—which of course made everyone go bananas.
This would take along-time Rich Brian fans go through a “Dat $tick” flashback as it reminds us of Brian’s DIY aesthetic treatment of the song that made him a global phenomenon back in 2016. While its not yet on any digital streaming platform (although everybody has been demanding him to put it on Spotify), be sure to watch the video above.
Dua Lipa’s Much-Anticipated “Future Nostalgia” Gets An Early Release
Lead by the previously released single “Don’t Start Now”, Dua Lipa’s second studio album titled “Future Nostalgia” was released on March 27—a week sooner than planned. The London singer’s 11-track reflection of love and heartbreak was originally scheduled to be released on April 3, but she announced that it will have an earlier release in hopes of cheering up fans amidst the COVID-19 pandemic during a live-streaming session on YouTube.
“I hope [the album] brings you some happiness,” Lipa said on Instagram live when announcing that she moved up the album’s release date. “And I hope it makes you smile, and I hope it makes you dance. I hope I make you proud.” Back with her trademark suggestive themes and girl-to-girl lyrics for boys to overhear wrapped in heavy-pop as well as twists of nostalgic old school references, “Future Nostalgia” in now fully available on any streaming service.
Listen To A Previously Unreleased Demo of Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail” feat. The-Dream
Music producing heavyweights The-Dream and Sean Garrett got into a nearly four-hours long songwriter’s battle during the weekend which became a “Rumble In The Jungle”-like spectacle for many hip hop fans. The-Dream delivered the final blow by dropping a never-before heard demo of JAY-Z’s “Holy Grail,” which clearly set the internet off.
While the chart-topping track that appeared in Hov’s 2013 album “Magna Carta Holy Grail”is famously known to feature the vocals of former ‘N Sync member and pop icon Justin Timberlake, The-Dream debuted an unreleased initial version of the track with his vocals. The-Dream, who co-wrote and produced the song, later shared: “JAY’s probably gonna kill me for playing this.” Less than a day later, the studio version of the song was released for fans to stream, which you can listen to below.
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