New Music Friday: The Weeknd x Ariana! Lauren Aquilina! unperfect! More!

 New Music Friday: The Weeknd x Ariana! Lauren Aquilina! unperfect! More!

Leading the charge this week, Ariana Grande has jumped on my personal favourite track from The Weeknd‘s After Hours era: the Max Martin semibanger Save Your Tears.

I love the low-ish register she’s in; these two compliment each-other perfectly. Which, of course, we already know from the legendary Love Me Harder!

Elsewhere, Lauren Aquilina – who, like Ariana, recently contributed some gold to the new Demi Lovato album – is back with the deliciously dark The Knife, which I LOVE on first listen. Ben Platt has also returned with Imagine, while CHVRCHES put out He Said She Said earlier in the week.

Torine has another new bop out by the name of All My Problems (123456), complete with a key change; Tinashe has joined Shift K3y for Love Line, and unperfect are back with their first new track for a couple of years: the slick Can’t Get Over It, Pt.1.

Finally, Katy Perry has put out a remix of the best song from her Smile album (Never Really Over aside, of course); Cry About It Later. It’s been reswizzled by Bruno Martini and adds the vocals of Luísa Sonza, and is nowhere bloody NEAR as good as the original; but I’m adding it anyway because it’s just nice that the song’s being kept alive.

Hear everything in the rolling 2021 playlist below, or here.

Shaun Kitchener

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