Stormzy, Sam Hunt, Avril Lavigne

This week’s New Music Friday 11/25: Stormzy, Sam Hunt, Avril Lavigne.
This week’s New Music Friday 11/25: Stormzy, Sam Hunt, Avril Lavigne.

This week’s New Music Friday 11/25: Stormzy, Sam Hunt, Avril Lavigne.

Stormzy – This Is What I Mean (0207 Def Jam/Interscope)

Stormzy’s new, highly-anticipated release This Is What I Mean marks his first release on Def Jam’s UK imprint 0207.

After the whirlwinding 2019 release of Heavy Is The Head, it can be confidently said that the new record not only fits its predecessor’s shoes, but perhaps even enlarges them. Finding new audiences for Stormzy and taking his career on an even more international level, the new record is about to spawn singles that will send him to new heights.

Sam Hunt – Start Nowhere (MCA Nashville)

Since 2017 blockbuster hit Body Like A Back Road climbed the charts with its undeniably catchy tune, Hunt overall has been relatively quiet on the music scene. Hunt definitely has the potential to break borders with his voice and songwriting, so hopefully we will see new records being broken by him soon.

His latest singles 23, Water Under The Bridge and the latest track Start Nowhere give us a good sense of what’s to come. Sonically, not a very big step away from his 2020 sophomore SOUTHSIDE. Perhaps Hunt should turn his back to his past and see what the future holds.

Avril Lavigne – Love Sux (Deluxe)

Today, Avril Lavigne gave us a chance to revisit her last effort, Love Sux, with a couple of new tracks and a major collaboration on it. 

For some, her last record might have felt like a fast need to jump on the melodic pop-rock wave that Olivia Rodrigo and others had brought back to the mainstream charts and radio. The feature line-up includes today’s heavy artillery such as blackbear, Machine Gun Kelly and most importantly, YUNGBLUD, who gives his share for the new single I’m A Mess. 

Sadly, the improvements fail to enhance the record that originally saw its release this February and did not reach an audience past her core fanbase. Nevertheless, we’ll be always keenly waiting for new Avril.

Duncan Laurence – I Want It All (Universal)

Knowing his strengths and not leaving his core audience behind, Duncan Laurence is back with a new single I Want It All. His constant focus to deliver his own stories as songs is admirable and not letting the multi-platinum (and Eurovision-winning, for God’s sake) hit Arcade distract or scare him, has really paid him off, and the results can be heard today.

Hopefully, we will see a follow-up to the 2020 album Small Town Boy soon enough.