Post Malone, Jorja Smith & More: This Week's Best New Music

14 April 2023 | 3:49 pm | Emma Whines

Each week we track down the best new music and curate it into our 'Hit List' playlist for all our readers to enjoy. Today, we've selected our top picks of the week to celebrate the songs that stood out in the crowd.

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Post Malone - Chemical

Currently dancing his way through Europe and the UK on his massive Twelve Carat Tour, the last thing Post Malone fans expected was a fresh new tune. Chemical picks up where Posty left off in his 2022 album Twelve Carat Toothache with a brighter feeling. Starting off with a simple picking pattern on an acoustic guitar, the song then flows back into Posty’s classic pop elements. The lyrics in this song are a highlight, with the pop singer delving into the complexities of relationships and how they can make or break you. 

Dominic Fike - Dancing In The Courthouse

Dominic Fike is a killer songwriter, and his streaming stats only prove that statement, with his 2018 single 3 Nights earning him a cool 800+ million streams. Now, the rap rock genius has brought out his next hit, Dancing In The Courthouse. A deceptively feel-good song that reflects on his coming-of-age story, growing up in Florida and his run in’s with the law that resulted in a short prison sentence in his youth. Fike has also hinted that this is the first single off his upcoming sophomore album, so if you’re a fan, there’s more like this coming soon. 

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LAUREL - Change

Pop Princess LAUREL is back with another indie banger, Change, that carries the same sentiment about love and romantic relationships that her last album did, with a small homage back to her older songs like Life Worth Living. It reflects on promises made and broken, casting a light on her own wrongdoings, which is a breath of fresh air in the current music climate. Like Dominic Fike, LAUREL has hinted at a new album, noting that Change is one of her favourites from the upcoming catalogue. The artist is also performing at Groovin the Moo over the coming weeks, and we’re praying that she takes this new puppy for a test ride on Australian audiences. 

Trophy Eyes - What Hurts The Most

Aussie punk rockers Trophy Eyes have announced their new album, Suicide And Sunshine, with the first single, Blue Eyed Boy, released last month. Now the boys are back with the second single, What Hurts The Most, which details the falling apart of a tumultuous friendship. Sad, honest and vulnerable, What Hurts The Most, conveys bucketloads of emotions, with fast-paced electric guitars and steady drums carrying the heartbreak to the end. Lead vocalist John Floreani goes more in-depth about the trauma behind the song, which you can read about here

Jorja Smith - Try Me

British pop and R&B singer Jorja Smith returns to the spotlight with new single, Try Me, which goes back to her ballad roots with some essential R&B elements sticking around to keep the song evolving. Dynamics are a main feature of this song, as Smith flips in and out of interesting beats, complex strings and unusual synths, with her voice the binding element. On the opening line, it would be easier to mistake this for a Rihanna original than immediately peg it as a new Jorja Smith song, but as the song slows, Smith's vocals shine through and make the song. 

You can listen to the Hit List playlist featuring all the above songs and more on Apple Music or Spotify. We also have our Underground playlists that showcase the best of Australia's emerging artists. Find them here.