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.
Abel Tesfaye AKA The Weeknd, and longtime collaborator Future, have whipped up a new hit in the form of Double Fantasy. It’s the first track released from the highly anticipated and very controversial TV Show The Idol, where Tesfaye performs as a lead character. Dirty, moody and packed with emotion, Double Fantasy is everything you’d expect from The Weeknd. The new track sits in line with his last album, Dawn FM, which dabbled between a cyber-punk and old-school disco sound but leans more towards an edgy sound, keeping in line with the show's projected feel.
It’s official: Foo Fighters are back. After teasing a riff-laden snippet of new music last week - we now know it's Rescued, the first single from their new album, But Here We Are. Rescued is classic Foo Fighters - open, addictive power chords, resonant, shout-along vocals from Dave Grohl - it’s rock music to soothe the soul. It’s the first single since the devastating passing of Taylor Hawkins, and the band noted that But Here We Are is a “brutally honest and emotionally raw response to everything Foo Fighters endured over the last year.”
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Clea has been a steadily rising star in the Aus music industry for a while, but her new releases in 2023 have upped her game in a way we didn’t know was possible. Her newest single, Exit Game, is the latest weapon under her belt, which shows a wild side that hasn’t been unearthed before. Filled with choppy vocal takes, eerie strings, and controlled sonic choices, Exit Game delivers such a perfect capture of a moment in time that transports you to another world. Sonically, the song is complex and interesting, filled with dynamic twists and turns as you follow Clea on her frantic journey.
Milky Chance have released their second single, Golden, for 2023, ahead of their album, Living In A Haze, out June 9th. It's a track you'll certainly be adding to your playlist, with the song embodying Milky Chance’s signature sound with a fusion of idiosyncratic beats and Clemens' distinctive voice. The introspective and thoughtful lyrics, meanwhile, explore themes of love and self-discovery, delivered with a new and refreshing flair. On the new single, the duo said, “Golden is an homage to our youth, the golden time in life when a lot of things happen for the first time.”
French artist Chris Or Redcar (more commonly known as Christine and the Queens) has released the newest single, True Love, off his upcoming album, Paranoïa, Angels, True Love. The queer singer-songwriter has enlisted major icon 070 Shake to add that extra oomph to the song. Ultimately, True Love is a slow-burn beauty that allows Chris’ voice to shine over a Mark Dan beat. 070 Shake also brings dynamics to the song with a moody verse on the bridge. If this song is an accurate representation of the upcoming album, well, we’re very excited.
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.