Hear the hottest fresh tunes, from Foo Fighters to Niall Horan
Every Friday, artists drop anticipated albums, surprise singles, and hyped collaborations. As part of New Music Friday, EW’s music team chooses some of the essential new tunes. From Foo Fighters to Nick Jonas, here are some of the week’s most noteworthy releases. Got Spotify? Stream all of EW’s picks by following our playlist (embedded below) for this week.
1. Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold
The alt-rockers may be one of the world’s most popular bands, but they’re still experimenting. Their ninth album, Concrete and Gold — under the stewardship of superproducer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Carly Rae Jepsen) — stands as one of their most ambitious statements yet. Kurstin detailed his work on the album, along with his numerous other fall projects, in a new EW interview. —Eric Renner Brown
2. Nick Jonas, “Find You”
Nick Jonas is back with a new single one day before his 25th birthday — and he’s less “Jealous” and more introspective in the emotional “Find You.” With the mature attitude comes a new sound: Sonically reminiscent of Arizona and One Republic’s hits, Jonas’ guitar-driven tune is less for the dancefloor and more for the radio. “Knock on the door, but there’s no one listening,” Jonas sings of an out-of-touch lover in the song, which, according to Billboard, came about after he got high and danced at Coachella. (There goes his last remnants of Disney.) —Nick Maslow
3. Niall Horan, “Too Much To Ask”
Just two days after his 24th birthday, the One Direction member dropped the third single from his upcoming solo debut, Flicker. Titled “Too Much to Ask,” the entry is a melancholy piano ballad that veers in style from the acoustic folk of “This Town” and the energetic funk of “Slow Hands” without sounding like an outlier. “I wanted to make music that would come really freely to me,” Horan recently told EW of the album. Read more from EW’s interview here. —Ariana Bacle
4. Lorde feat. Khalid, Post Malone & SZA, “Homemade Dynamite [Remix])”
This standout from Lorde’s excellent Melodrama LP was already explosive enough, but now it packs extra punch thanks to a small summit of music VIPs: “Location” singer Khalid, who has landed a number of impressive features this year and will tour with Lorde in Europe this fall; SZA, whose stellar debut album CTRL has been on heavy rotation among EW staffers; and Post Malone, who scored his first Top 10 hit this year with “Congratulations.” —Nolan Feeney
5. Rostam, Half-Light
Former Vampire Weekend multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij served in one of the last decade’s most influential indie-rock bands and has produced artists including Frank Ocean and Carly Rae Jepsen — but now he’s going solo with Half-Light, a collection of ornate and personal tunes. “I have a really complicated relationship with American music,” he told EW. “This record is me exploring those relationships and doing my version of what I think of as American music. I was trying to make something honest out of my experiences.”
6. Prophets of Rage, Prophets of Rage
Members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill formed Prophets of Rage during the heated 2016 presidential election — and have continued the incendiary project in the Trump era. Rebellious cuts like “Strength in Numbers” and “The Counteroffensive” carry strong lyrical messages buttressed by guitarist Tom Morello’s molten solos. Prophets of Rage are supporting their debut on tour through November. —E.R.B.
7. Yusuf/Cat Stevens, The Laughing Apple
The pop-folk artist’s first full-length since 2014 combines three new songs with eight re-recordings of tunes from earlier in his career. For more about the project, revisit EW’s premiere of his fresh version of 1967’s “Blackness of the Night.” —E.R.B.
8. Jessie Ware, “Alone”
Ware’s 2014 song “Say You Love Me” catapulted her into singer-songwriter fame. The third single off her upcoming album Glasshouse, announced Thursday, is intimate and warm, with a bassline like a heartbeat — and it’s just as personal. “Alone” features the best parts of Ware’s voice, like during the pre-chorus, when her silky lower register flips into an emotional belt. —Eric King
9. The xx, “On Hold (Jamie xx remix)”
In addition to serving as one third of indie band the xx, Jamie xx also has an extensive solo production career — his 2015 album In Colour was one of EW’s favorites of that year. Jamie’s extended remix of this single from his group’s 2017 album I See You is nearly unrecognizable, but somehow still maintains the original’s pulsing, expectant euphoria. —E.R.B.
10. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, The Vietnam War (Original Score)
The Nine Inch Nails frontman and English composer have teamed for multiple scores, including their Grammy-winning work for 2010’s The Social Network. Their latest collaboration soundtracks Ken Burns’ new 18-hour documentary about the Vietnam War. “The gut feelings they produce are very similar to what we are hearing from our veterans in our own inherited sense of Vietnam,” Burns told EW, adding that they’re “among our greatest musical geniuses.” —E.R.B.
11. Tove Styrke, “Mistakes”
No mistaking here: Swedish singer Styrke is making some of the most interesting and daring pop songs of 2017 — first with her gummy ukulele workout “Say My Name,” and now “Mistakes,” a fluttering electro-pop sneak attack that captures the butterflies-in-your-stomach feeling of a new romance with Carly Rae Jepsen-level precision. —N.F.
12. Fall Out Boy, “The Last of the Real Ones”
The newest single off Fall Out Boy’s upcoming LP M A N I A is also the most promising. “The Last of the Real Ones” starts with enticing piano pings and before Patrick Stump starts screaming. “You’re the last of a dying breed,” he spits in the chorus. “Write our names in the wet concrete / I wonder if your therapist knows everything about me / You’re just the last of the real ones.” Driving, loud, and with lyrics crammed into the melody like sardines, it’s what Fall Out Boy should sound like. —E.K.
13. The JuJu Exchange, Exchange
Nico Segal — the trumpeter formerly known as Donnie Trumpet who is Chance the Rapper’s stalwart collaborator — explores multiple corners of the jazz sphere in his new ensemble with other mainstays of Chicago’s emergent music scene. Soulful vocalist Jamila Woods guests on one tune. —E.R.B.
14. Sofi Tukker feat. NERVO, The Knocks, Alisa Ueno, “Best Friend”
The coolest thing about the intro video for Apple’s new iPhone X isn’t the news about the lack of a home button, wireless charging, or facial recognition technology — it’s this oddball groove-athon from dance duo Sofi Tukker that’s playing in the background. (Plus, like the Knocks’ best work, you can totally do the Macarena to it.) —N.F.
- Ringo Starr’s latest star-studded album Give More Love
- Eccentric indie-rocker Ariel Pink’s Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
- Wyclef Jean’s Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee, released one decade after The Carnival II and two decades after The Carnival
- Wide Open, the new album from yacht-rock extraordinaire and former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald
- Metric singer Emily Haines’ first solo project in a decade, Choir of the Mind
- Wordy indie rapper Open Mike Eagle’s Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
- Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s latest album of early 20th century standards In Full Swing
- Seminal Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo’s third solo album Electric Trim
- Vocalist and producer Huntar’s mixtape Your Favorite Worst Mistake, including his Gucci Mane-featuring cover of Ginuwine’s “Pony”
- Viral “Friday” sensation Rebecca Black’s fresh EP RE/BL
Listen to a playlist of the tracks from this week’s New Music Friday above.