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Fresh Finds Friday

Fresh Finds Friday

by: Jessie Harris

It’s been one heck of a week for America… from wild weather patterns to the wild actions of a President, so a good weekend playlist is just what the doctor has ordered to remedy this chaos. Sit back, enjoy your weekend, and check out my top 10 fresh finds just for you. There should be a little something for everyone.


Camila Cabello – “In the Dark”

Best known for being a part of the X Factor girl group, Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello has made a name for herself since going solo. With this track, we see a more vulnerable side to the pop star. About 2/3rds of the way through the song, I knew I’d have to put it on repeat for the rest of the day.


The Academic – “Fake ID”

Irish 4-piece The Academic are back with a new album called “Tales from the Backseat” and this is the perfect mood-setting track heading into the weekend. With a seriously catchy chorus, your head won’t stop bobbin’ to the melody.


Craig David – “Live in the Moment”

It’s been 17 years since I first fell in love with Craig David’s seductive voice and style (see “7 Days”) and now he is back with a funky jam that is an absolute anthem, beaming with positivity. I’m just excited to have this British hunk back in my life.


Fall Out Boy – “Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)”

I was lucky enough to catch this latest single live on tour a couple of months ago and have eagerly been anticipating its release, as well as the rest of the Mania album. The music video accompanying this single is very FOB, filled with tons of crazy scenarios and cryptic messages, begging fans to dive deep into their meaning. You have to love the lyric, “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color.”


David Byrne – “Everybody’s Coming To My House”

If the name David Byrne sounds remotely familiar to you, it may be because you or someone you know was heavily influenced by the Talking Heads at some point in your life. As one of the founding members of the TH, Byrne still has the new wave groove in his blood. This track is so cool, age defying, and relevant even in 2018. Fans new and old will love it.


The Neighbourhood- “Compass”

The Neighbourhood is back with a 5 song EP containing lots of good new music for fans of the band. They sound better than they ever have and this track is a testament to their ability to grow musically and lyrically. Still holding true to their form, “Compass” is a love song, with a familiar eerie edge.


Anderson East – “King For A Day”

Some may only know Anderson East as country music mega star Miranda Lambert’s boyfriend, but I promise you, he is much more than just that. Releasing his newest album, “Encore” today, East provides soul, charm, and a smokiness in his voice that’s reminiscent of an older time. In “King For A Day” we get a glimpse into just how powerful that  voice truly is. One thing is clear: this boy can SING and we need more of it.


The Black Eyed Peas- “STREET LIVIN’”

It’s been about 7 years since we’ve heard anything from this group, but we knew they would make a comeback and what a comeback they have made. Covering topics like prison, immigration, gun violence, and police brutality, the boys are back and taking a bold stand. No Fergie here, but she’s barely missed in this heavy and important track.


Franz Ferdinand – “Feel The Love Go”

2004 brought us the debut self-titled album by Franz Ferdinand and it became solidified as a classic in my personal music repertoire. The Scottish indie band is known for their heavy synthesizer sound and this new single delivers all the goods we’ve come to love. Try to not dance and sing along as you listen. Glad to have them gracing a playlist again.


Hayley Kiyoko- “Curious”

If you don’t know Hayley Kiyoko yet, I’m sure you will before too long. Getting her start with small films on Disney and the like, the singer is clearly comfortable in her own skin and looking to make a mark in the music world now. I’m a sucker for any girl-led heartfelt song,  reminiscing on old flames and what could have been. This is the perfect pop melody to fuel your weekend of fun and good trouble.


Until next time, what came out this week you enjoyed?

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