Welcome back to Happy Mag’s Staff Picks, where every week we highlight our favourite new music releases.
Another week comes to pass and the weekend awaits, we’ve made it friends! Before we clock off and crack a cold one, we have got another week’s worth of amazing new music releases to share with you.
From the highly anticipated releases from blink-182, Fidlar, and Creed Tha Kid to the hypnotic ‘His Nation’ by Arig we have got some real treats for you today; so without further ado, let’s get into that sweet sweet music.
blink-182 – ONE MORE TIME / MORE THAN YOU KNOW
blink is bringing punk back with upcoming album More Than You Know and to prove it, they’ve teased 2 of the songs with a double single that invites listeners on a journey with emotional ballad paired with classic blink-182 punk.
Ruby Jackson – You’ve Changed
Ruby Jackson’s You’ve Changed is a sweet and soulful homage to growing and developing as a person and becoming your own. “When they say ‘you’ve changed’/isn’t that what we’re supposed to do?”
PANIA – WE STILL YOUNG
The latest release from PANIA, WE STILL YOUNG refers to the all-too-familiar excuse we’ve all made in our late teens and early 20s, that we’re still young.
Her feature song PLAYLIST (ROCK DA BOAT) is a nod to those themes, discussing relationships;
“You feel like my favourite song that I don’t play no more but you’re stuck in my playlist”
Celia – Fooled by your calm
In preparation for her upcoming album Complete In Box, Celia gives us a taste of what’s to come in the hard-hitting single Fooled by your calm, complete with glittery synth-wave and a buttery bass line.
Arig – His Nation
The hypnotising and crisp new release from Arig celebrates women stepping into their power and sexuality.
Using a heavy bass beat, the song truly embraces what it means to be a woman.
Toneshifterz – Wasted
“We were just looking to make a party banger” Toneshifterz explained, and it’s safe to say he did exactly that.
The track is thick with influences of Psy and UK Hardcore, which gets your adrenaline pumping almost immediately.
Fidlar – Nudge
Fidlar’s latest release, Nudge, is an Offspring-esque, Cali-surf-punk, classic Fidlar bundle of fun.
Despite the wholesome message that is giving your friend a push in the right direction, the track itself is deliciously filthy.
DJ Shadow – You Played Me
Teaming up with Blood Orange and Solange, You Played Me is dripping with 80s RnB.
“It’s one of my favourite songs I ever made”
Holysseus Fly – Teach Me
In an ocean of soulful vocals and piano, Holysseus Fly’s ‘Teach Me’ is the perfect tongue-in-cheek feminist ballad, poking fun at mansplaining.
“Teach me, teach me how to do what you do”
ScarLip – No Statements
Simply put, ScarLip’s No Statements is hard-hitting and unforgiving.
Her delivery on the Bronx anthem is both punchy and smooth, further proving her status as one of the women helping carry the NYC rap scene.
WESSON – Second Changes
The feel-good single by WESSON refers to reflecting on the past, wishing to change the outcome but ultimately coming to terms with it.
The wholesome message is accompanied by equally fun vocals and sandwiched between gritty, old-school punk instrumentals.
underscores – Wallsocket
underscores takes us on a ride through cyber-space with her album, Wallsocket.
The inspiration for her featured track, Johnny johnny johnny was a ‘Pumped Up Kicks type song: a fun pop song about something kinda fucked up’.
Lonomy – First Impressions
Lonomy’s latest release, First Impressions is a fun indie-pop ballad with a hooky beat.
The mix of upbeat sounds and self-deprecating charm makes it one for the ages.
Sydney Sprague – someone in hell loves you
Sydney Sprague is back and bringing us some 90s alt-rock goodness with her latest album someone in hell loves you.
Despite the intimate and vulnerable themes she sings about in featured song ‘terrible places’, it still has a fun, almost upbeat sound.
Creed Tha Kid – Impatient
The latest single from Creed Tha Kid, Impatient, is heavily inspired by Latin music, heard primarily on the guitar.
The smooth, slick delivery of his verses only confirms that this up-and-comer is going to keep going up.