Another week, another new music Friday. Let’s take a look at what the hottest releases have been today from alternatives to the common.

One man maestro – Brendon Urie returns with solo project Panic at the Disco’s Viva Las Vengeance. As a follow-up from Pray For The Wicked in 2018 that cemented an already-established plaque as a defined singer-songwriter, we see Brendon unplugged and dialled down a few notches with Viva Las Vengeance. Middle of a Breakup and Local God offer a less garish, more reserved tale where Brendon is at right now. Nothing remotely revolutionary but nice to hear back from him … as ever.

Global ambition, Aitch embarks on what is set to be an unforgettable journey with his debut album, Close To Home. Rapping in the A-game is no easy feat to stay afloat amongst the giants, but Aitch is proving his muscle. Muscling with the greats all the while proudly supporting his Mancunian heritage, here comes another fresh and vibrant UK rapper instilling just how progressive and rich the Manchester music scene really is. Review out soon for this one.

Busy funk fanatical freaks, Red Hot Chilli Peppers are on a comedown from eclectic Unlimited Love released earlier this year – but are set to go back up again with the release of the next single from their 2023 album, Return of the Dream Canteen. Quite possibly seen as a B-side this close to a full studio album, Tippa My Tongue will hopefully be the start of something different from the 4-piece.

Something for the bubblegum indie lot now with both The Wombats and Circa Waves getting involved in August releases with two equally go-lucky summer bops, to say the least. Is This What It Feels Like to Feel Like This? Hell on Earth. With The Wombats set to venture on a best-of Europe tour finally finishing up in Australia and the Circa counterparts set to make an explosive return with their fifth release, there always seems to be something going on in our indie world.

Clamber aboard the joyride, this is Alvvays with Easy On Your Own? It comes off the neatly defined project of Antisocialites in 2017 and marks their 5-year pause from finding a whole new rhythm section and finding their own rhythm again from off the touring roads. A euphoric mark-up for the Canadian delights. More to come with Blue Rev in October!

Of course, how can we talk about today’s new music without talking about the main man himself; Sam Ryder. Fresh off the rocketry of SPACE MAN, Ryder has no intention of losing momentum now. Somebody is an embodiment of everything Sam Ryder. A joyous, energetic 3-minute of Summer flurry that will be sure to sell off his remaining tour tix – if they haven’t already.

Check out the curated Spotify playlist below for your listening pleasure!

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