From Kendrick, Florence to The Black Keys, this week has seen some a wide array of artist delights.

Not to mention the dizzying heights of My Chemical Romance‘s return to emo-punk and Paolo Nutini’s highly-anticipated homecoming with TWO songs an an ALBUM, the music industry is heating up for a stellar summer – despite the cost of living crisis really impacting our live music sectors.

Following up from her stellar High As Hope in 2018, Florence embarks on a discovery of tranquility yet again with Dance Fever, showing everyone yet again that she is one of the most exciting artists of our generation. Dance Fever – featuring pre-single standouts Free and King – is set to be taken on a European tour later on this year with many dates of theirs already sold out.

The masters of swampy blues are back with their own material out of the gate with Dropiout Boogie. The Black Keys drive us over a cliff with this dirty-garage album, with Wild Child and Burn The Damn Thing Down being pivotal turning points for a band that have not lost their spark on bit from the days of Brothers.

Another one on a lot of peoples’ radar is acclaimed rap artist Kendrick Lamar‘s Mr Morale & The Big Steppers that was released today. Following from the heroics of DAMN in 2017, comes a time of family, love and grief. Whether you’re a fan of rap as a whole, parts of the album is certainly worthy of your time.

Next up we have two artists who have somewhat redeemed their artistic lifestyles fairly recently. One with a momentous reunion tour and the other declaring an album after 8 years, My Chemical Romance with The Foundations of Decay and Paolo Nutini with a double header, Through The Echoes/Lose It. Honourable mentions are Sunset Sons new eclectic work of Too Many Humans, Not Enough Souls. Alice Merton‘s Loveback, Nova Twins third pre-single for their album, Puzzles and Creeper‘s All Those Days. Quite a selection of sorts to get through this weekend. Let me know if you wish for a New Music Friday playlist for this bunch and I’ll do so. Thanks folks.

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