#NewMusic: Hottest Tracks of the Month

By Rachel McArthur - UAE

This isn’t a radio top 40. From Lebanese indie darling Yasmine Hamdan to one of Toronto’s hottest electronic acts, we’ve got your new playlist covered.

Austra – I Love You More Than You Love Yourself

If you like Sia and Florence and the Machine, then you will definitely like Austra. The Canadian synthpop collective, led by Katie Stelmanis, have just released their latest single from their new album, ‘Future Politics’.

The music video for ‘I Love You More Than You Love Yourself’ was inspired by the story of former American astronaut Lisa Nowak.

Ahmed Alshaiba – Cover of Closer by The Chainsmokers

We could listen to Ahmed Alshaiba’s covers all day. The New York-based, Yemeni musician garnered attention in December, when his cover of ‘Cheap Thrills’ by Sia started making the rounds online.

Now, he’s back with his latest effort. He’s promised to post more videos in 2017, so let’s see!

Tei Shi – Keep Running

It has been long overdue, but Argentine indie pop singer-songwriter Tei Shi’s debut album, ‘Crawl Space’ is scheduled for release next month (31 March).

Here’s the first single from it.

Arcade Fire – I Give You Power

The Canadian indie rock band released ‘I Give You Power’ to coincide with US President Donald Trump’s inauguration. According to the band’s YouTube page, proceeds from the track will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Cloves – Better Now

The Melbourne-based singer has been compared to Adele and Lana Del Rey, so there’s no doubt there’s a bright future ahead of her. With that voice it’s hard to believe she’s only 20.

Tronicbox – Somebody I Used To Know Back In The 80s...

Okay, we added this one for a laugh. We’re big fans of Tronicbox; in case you’re not familiar, the Canadian musician adds an eighties twist – including VHS-style music video and all – to modern-day songs. He went viral with his cover of Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean?’

Now, he’s back with an eighties makeover of ‘Somebody I Used To Know’ by Gotye feat. Kimbra. I think we like this version better.

Yasmine Hamdan – La Ba’den

Following a four-year hiatus, the Lebanese singer-songwriter is back with a new single, ‘La Ba’den’, off her upcoming second solo album, ‘Al Jamilat’.

This track – with a music video directed by her husband, Palestinian film director and actor Elia Suleiman – is a bit of a departure from her older material. Is it setting the tone for the rest of the record, we wonder?

Banks – Trainwreck

Having toured with The Weeknd twice, US singer Banks has been making a name for herself in the alt-pop scene. ‘Tranwreck’ is the fifth single off Banks’ second album, ‘The Altar’, and we can’t stop watching the music video. Very ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ don’t you think?

Fame On Fire – Cover of Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran

If you’ve been anywhere near the internet recently, then you will have read/heard that Ed Sheeran is back with new material, including ‘Shape Of You’. Naturally, the original has been blowing up the airwaves, so we’ve reserved a spot for a rockier version of the track, covered by US alternative rock band Fame On Fire.

P.s. They also do a great cover of Adele’s ‘Hello’.

Panic! At The Disco – Death of a Bachelor

 As with every #NewMusic list, we include a throwback to check out if you hadn’t at time of its release. With the 2017 Grammys round the corner, we thought we’d highlight ‘Death of a Bachelor’ by Panic! At The Disco, taken from the album of the same name. Lead singer Brandon Urie’s latest effort is up for Best Rock Album, and if we had a say in the matter, it’s the one that should win.

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