Best New Music // 7 July: Summer Music Preview!

It’s officially July! The sun is shining bright, birds are chirping, except for me in Oxford where it’s just constantly raining and wet and horrible. BUT ANYWAY, July marks the beginning of summer holiday for us young ones, and… Q3! God it felt like Rihanna released ANTi just days ago. So here is a small list of the amount of amazing, or probably not-so-amazing, music that is coming, or expecting.

Shura – Nothing’s Real – July 9

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I am so pumped for this. This is West Londoner Shura’s debut album, and she makes some retro 80s-Pop-R&B music. It’s pretty good. From FADER’s interview, Shura revealed her album is themed on her heart attack (woah.) 12 months ago, that what if her life is not a reality, one thing messes up and she’ll fade into nothing. Pretty cool concept for a pop album huh? Well it’s not necessarily a pop album, considering it features 2 ten-minute songs, with one already released. Shura’s been featured on our New Music Friday playlist for a couple of times, and you can check out all of her released singles here.

Us The Duo – Just Love – July 22

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This sweet couple started off on Vine, with 7-second covers in perfect harmony, like this one. They make folk-pop music, doesn’t sound as exciting is “retro 80s-pop-R&B”, but their voices for an hour is basically the selling point here. This is their second album, their Spotify page is right here.

NAO – For All We Know – July 29

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FINALLY. After releasing 2 amazing EPs in the span of two whole years, Neo Jessica Joshua is due to release her 18-track debut album. She is a Londoner that makes alternative R&B music, distributed from her own label, to avoid any major-label drama. Now that takes some balls to do. She’s probably known from her killer feature on Disclosure’s Caracal, but her slick solo R&B head-nodders are great as well. Check her out.

ZHU – Generationwhy – July 29

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July 29 is a big day, isn’t it? Zhu (tired of capitalising so just deal with this) started off in 2014 as a DJ (as you can probably tell from his very ~vague~ artist name), being completely anonymous – some Sia focus-on-the-music crap. But the electronic music is undeniably great, as his single “Faded” blew up, and more well-known indie artists like AlunaGeorge and Gallant swarmed to write with him. Generationwhy is Zhu’s debut album, focusing now on a more disco, less high-pitched-electronic-things sound.

DJ Khaled – Major Key – July 29

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Felt like I have to put this in. DJ Khaled is a part-time producer, full-time internet sensation and Snapchatter (if that’s a thing now) that went famous for – you know what I don’t even want to talk about it. But his album is coming out, so put that on your calendar or something, if you’re into this sort of stuff.

Suicide Squad: The Soundtrack (and the movie) – August 5

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The movie of the summer is 4 weeks away, and now you’re wondering: what the hell is a movie soundtrack album doing on here? And let me tell you exactly why – twenty one pilots. Grace. Skylar Grey (aka queen of soundtracks). Grimes. Eminem. A Queen cover from Panic! (we’re not sure if this will be good). Soundtracks like these are pumped with huge artists mid-era, and these albums quench your thirst on new music from these people. Are they going to be in the movie? Probably not. Are they bound to be amazing? Probably not. But as a fan of all these artists above, I am fucking ready.

Lindsey Stirling – Brave Enough – August 19

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Our favourite dubstep violinist Youtuber is back for her third album. From blowing our minds by combining a classical instrument with electronic music in 2012, to adding vocals into that mindblow in 2014. She’s just released her lead single along with the music video for the song a few days ago. Same old epicness, same type of absolute slayage. And she’s got sick dancing skills. What’s there not to love.

Ingrid Michaelson – It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense – August 26

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Aaaand we end the summer with a bit of singer-songwriter. A follow-up to a successful Lights Out in 2014, Ingrid is back with more or less the same stuff. Watch the lead single Hell No’s music video, which was filmed in a very cute way, here.

Bastille – Wild World – September 9

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Bonus! What a great way to go back to school, or commute to work on an everyday basis, with a bit of Bastille. These guys never disappoint.
Also, new singles and album announcements coming very probably from Olly Murs, Allie X (update that Spotify playlist of yours pls), Betty Who, Alicia Keys on Tidal (lol), OneRepublic, and so many more. Very exciting summer. And also Britney Spears, except we won’t believe anything about her anymore because all she’s put out is an unconfirmed title and random trolls of radio adds.