Enjoy this spooky season by enjoying this week’s Nü Music Friday, with albums from Don Toliver, James Blake, Reba McEntire and more!
James Blake – Friends That Break Your Heart
James Blake has always been a raw artist, but his fifth album Friends That Break Your Heart is so inexplicably tender, partially due to the subject matter being one of the most painful relationships to endure. Friends That Break Your Heart covers betrayal on both ends, as Blake explains with Apple Music:
“We lost some of the parameters that kept friendships together. And it’s been a time for analyzing and reflecting what the qualities in friends that you actually need in your life are– and facing up to your own failings as one.”
Oh Wonder- 22 Break
The duo Oh Wonder has been full of surprises since 2020. After announcing their engagement to almost ending their musical and personal realtionship after the world slowed down due to COVID, Oh Wonder is seemingly back with a new album. 22 Break brought more jazz into their pop/contemporary sound, utilizing more flutes and saxophones in this track. Best said and reviewed by Gigwise: “Whilst 22 Break almost destroyed the pair, its creation has lead to a long-overdue real insight into the actual two people behind the name of Oh Wonder.”
Nicki Minaj and Jesy Nelson – “Boyz”
“It’s the UK baddie and the Barbie” on the single “Boyz” this week. This is Jesy Nelson’s first solo single since leaving girl group Little Mixer. Nelson and Minaj used a sample of P.Diddy’s “Bad Boy 4 Life”, and leaves an ode to Puff Daddy & the family with the lyrics Word to Biggie, Diddy, and Ma$e/ Woah like Rob won’t find a prettier face
Reba McEntire- Revived Remixed Revisited
This week, the fiery country star takes us back to her hits with Revived Remixed Revisited. The album takes 10 Revived classics and re-records them with new additions, takes 10 other hits and makes Remixed them with dance covers, and Revisited other tracks by stripping them down. This fun concept puts life into Reba’s classics, using three different ways to step back into the spotlight.
Måneskin – “MAMMAMIA”
The Italian Eurovision visionaries Måneskin released their latest firey song “MAMMAMIA” (which isn’t an ABBA remix, sadly). The single is alternative, hard-rock and downright fun. Bassist Victoria de Angelis explained in a press conference how the song should be taken just how they wrote it:
“We didn’t take it too seriously. It’s a very silly, careless song and we’ve never done something like that before. It came together very naturally.”
Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under
This week, the matured Sam Fender released his album Seventeen Going Under. The coming-of-age album from the North Shields songwriter covers growing out and away from his hometown, while still celebrating “the backdrop of [his] life”, among other things. Still taking inspiration from Bruce Springsteen and the Killers, Sam Fender takes a topic we’ve all experienced and places it back on the shelf for us to remember again.
Don Toliver- Life Of A Don
This week, Don Toliver released his second album Life Of A Don. Featuring Kali Uchis, Travis Scott, Baby Keem and more, the album takes a closer look into the Houston rapper’s life.