Check out the full list of new singles, albums and DVD/Blu-rays out this week at the bottom of the page, but first, some highlights…
Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (single)
In a post on social media, Shawn said his new single is “the closest song to my hear that I’ve ever written”. It’s a familiar sentiment that’s often wheeled out by acts who are entering their coming of age phase, but it Shawn’s case it feels genuine. In My Blood features some of his most heartfelt lyrics yet (“Someone help me, I’m crawling in my skin), while the rousing and breezy rock-light production sounds across between James Bay and Kings of Leon.
Kodaline – Follow Your Fire (single)
Another act stepping things up in the lighter-waving pop rock balladry sector are Irish band Kodaline, whose new single melds their trademark folk-pop sound with the swaying electronica of their 2016 Kygo collaboration Raging. It’s produced by heavyweight hitmaker Steve Mac, whose recent credits include Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You and Clean Bandit’s Symphony, so expect Follow Your Fire to worm its way into your brain imminently.
David Guetta ft. Sia – Flames (single)
They say to never judge a book by its cover, and the same goes for single titles. Those expecting David and to deliver another Titanium complete wallpaper-peeling vocals from Sia may be surprised by their latest partnership. Flames is slinky midtempo electropop that is surprisingly restrained from the two pop powerhouses.
George Ezra – Staying At Tamara’s (single)
The Hertfordshire born singer-songwriter returns with the curiously titled Staying At Tamara’s; a collection of much-needed escapism including the warming lead single Paradise and the stirring Hold My Girl. His debut album, 2014’s Wanted On Voyage, sold over one million copies in the UK alone, so no pressure on this follow-up, George.
Toni Braxton – Sex & Cigarettes (single)
For the most part, Toni’s first album in four years continues the smoky R&B sound that shot her to global stardom in the ‘90s. Lead single Long As I Live easily sits alongside her classics like Breathe Again and He Wasn’t Man Enough, while the Tricky Stewart-produced Missin’ proves she still pull off the occasional club-thumper.