New Music Friday: NORMANI! Caroline! Willow x Avril! More!

 New Music Friday: NORMANI! Caroline! Willow x Avril! More!

It’s been a few weeks since my last NMF blog; partly because I didn’t have the time, partly because… well, maybe nothing was truly exciting enough to make me find the time?! (Actually that’s not fair – the Kelly Rowland ‘Finally’ cover? Self Esteem and Tinashe last week? Stunners!).

Anyway, back to business this week – and the obvious headliner is Wild Side, the long-long-long awaited new single from Normani. She enlists Cardi B for a guest verse, and the song – complete with those angelic BVs – is brilliant, but it’s the video (the fucking VIDEO!!!) that truly ascends it to God-tier status. Look! At! It!!!

Elsewhere, Caroline Polachek returns with the brilliantly-produced Bunny Is A Rider and I’m extremely ready for her next ~era. CHVRCHES‘ Good Girls is maybe my favourite song from their recent output; and Willow has teamed up with Avril Lavigne for G R O W. Willow’s really low-key smashing 2021, isn’t she?

Shakira is back with the strut-a-long-able Don’t Wait Up; Baby Queen‘s put out another smash, called You Shaped Hole; and LANY continue the lead-up to their new album with Up To Me.

Listen to it all on the rolling 2021 playlist below, or here.

Shaun Kitchener

Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.