Music history happened this week. Billboard reported yesterday that beginning Friday, July 10 the global music industry will be adopting a new global weekly release day — Fridays. Up until now, different areas of the world operated on their own schedules — the U.K. and France have long released new albums on Mondays, and the U.S. and Canada followed on Tuesdays.
Since we have a few weeks until 45 countries celebrate the first New Music Friday (they’re marketing it as such), we figured we’d start the party early with this week’s best new songs…
On July 7th, DJ/producer Statik Selektah will release his seventh studio album entitled Lucky 7. Yes, his 7th LP, Lucky 7, will be released on 7/7. The album itself is overflowing with amazing collaborators like Hannibal Buress(!), Talib Qweli, Ab-Soul, Big K.R.I.T. and others. This week he shared the first single “Beautiful Life” featuring Action Bronson and Joey Bada$$ and an infectiously funky beat.
Shaun Fleming, drummer for San Francisco retro rock revivalists Foxygen, is once again ditching his kit and commanding center stage as the Diane Coffee frontman. This week, Stereogum premiered the debut single off the group’s forthcoming sophomore LP Everybody’s A Good Dog, and goddamn does that boy have soul…
Everybody’s A Good Dog is due out 9/4 on Western Vinyl.
Los Angeles noise rock quartet HEALTH unloaded the second single off Death Magic, which will be their first studio LP released in six years. The menacing new track pulses along with an alerted heart rate that’s regularly disturbed by sudden chaotic glitch.
Death Magic is due out August 7th on Loma Vista Recordings.
This week singer/songwriter Joan Shelley shared “Stay On My Shore”, the lead single off her forthcoming LP Over And Even, which will follow-up her highly acclaimed yet criminally overlooked 2014 release Electric Ursa. Whether it’s because I just overdosed on HEALTH’s virulent noise, or this week seemed like it would never end, “Stay On My Shore” just cleansed my soul.
Over And Even hits shelves 9/4 via No Quarter.
During a visit to Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nashville, Weird Al spent two minutes in White’s one-of-a-kind Voice-o-Graph machine to record a quick chunk of his epic 1985 Star Wars parody.