The sun is out, and so are our headphones!

BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE VIA ITUNES

Klaxon: in case you hadn’t heard, it’s Friday! That can only mean one thing: it’s time for our weekly music round-up. Brace yourselves: this one’s particularly hot.

MUNA – Home By Now

Not long now, folks! MUNA’s self-titled third album drops on 24 June, and this week, they shared new single Home By Now. Inevitably soaked with a sad sapphic feel, the band had been teasing this one for a while, notably treating fans to a sneak preview at their intimate, mega sold-out show at The Garage, London this month. Commenting on the release, lead singer Katie Gavin revealed: “Home By Now is the song on the record that we feel might be closest to our first album in that it’s a dance song with brutal lyrics and an emo bridge.

It’s a breakup song that’s a bit more full of longing and doubt than Anything But Me. While a lot of this album does seem to be about trusting my instincts, this song acknowledges the pain of not knowing if I left a relationship that I was meant to be in.” Oof, ouch. Sounds perfect!

070 Shake – Body ft. Christine and the Queens

Ahead of her deeply anticipated sophomore album YOU CAN’T KILL ME, due for arrival on 3 June, 070 Shake has shared new track Body featuring none other than Christine and the Queens. Hailed as one of the most unique voices in contemporary rap, 070 Shake first rose to fame in 2016 with the release of Trust Nobody. This new helping is a hard-hitting, mellowed out track. What are you waiting for?

Cassyette – Sad Girl Summer

Cassyette has some serious bad bitch energy, if you will. Channelling classic punk rock and modern pop punk alike, Sad Girl Summer is the ultimate breakup anthem. With melancholy lyrics but a punching drum beat, Cassyette rises from the ashes. With repeating hook “don’t cry baby”, it’s almost an anti-sad girl song. Self-soothing with mantra “I’m sore, but I don’t wanna be a sad girl anymore”, this is an anthem for the sad queens out there seeking empowerment. You don’t need to drunk text your ex, we promise.

ABISHA – Everything Falls Into Place

Described as “a queer artist everyone should be listening to” by Buzzfeed and an “inspiration” by Gay Times, ABISHA is an intrinsic part of the new beat generation. Teaming up with Double S. to share the title track from her upcoming EP, Everything Falls Into Place, this track boasts pulsing electrobeats and dreamy synths alike. Recently signing to Select Model Management, ABISHA has used her platform for good, partnering with FootLocker EU on the #ShoesDontChangeTheWorld campaign. She is also an Ambassador for MindOut, a charity supporting LGBTQI people with their mental health.

Cassie Marin – Wow Factor

In previous single Push Me, hyperpop princess Cassie Marin addressed her mental health struggles. “When I originally wrote and produced Push Me, I was in a headspace where I felt as if the outside world was telling me ‘no’ all the time. I was abused by people in my life, then judged for my sexuality and for who I was inside.”

Now, Cassie is back with new single, Wow Factor, an empowering anthem released ahead of her first full-length record due for release this summer. In many ways, this song is for Cassie’s fans. “Wow Factor was my snapping point. Traumas and challenges could no longer stop me from reaching and accessing the power I had within. I was dealing with some seriously crazy things in my life, yet found that I could conquer them all and still be here to tell the tale. Wow Factor became the substance of this inner power. It’s a booming voice of survival instinct that can get us through any challenge with pure self-love and true pride in our individuality. We all walk our own paths, and we all deserve to feel proud of it. When listeners hear the song, I want them to summon this inner confidence that feeds them pure acceptance and conquers all barriers.”

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