Distract yourself from election anxiety with this playlist

The best of New Music Friday, curated by yours truly.

by Frankie Dunn
06 November 2020, 4:30pm

Image courtesy of CHAI.

On Good Morning America today, international treasure Kylie Minogue performed “Say Something” from her feel good new album DISCO, which is out now. As she seduced the camera in her rainbow striped dress, with cobalt blue eye shadow and a big smile on her face, election results updated on the screen below her. Kylie was the “This is fine” dog but, well, she really was fine. Music can do that, I guess. Taking that mood and running with it, how about you step off Twitter for an hour or so and get stuck into this playlist instead?

You know what’s guaranteed to cheer you up? The joyful sound of Japanese band CHAI, back again this week with their neo-kawaii pop song “Plastic Love”. Look! Here they are dancing to it! Next up on the playlist is Hackney talent Bree Runway, who won over Missy Elliot with “Apeshit” earlier in the year and now has the legend featuring on the very catchy “ATM”. Calling Stevie Nicks fans new and old: the Fleetwood Mac icon just collaborated with Miley Cyrus (why not!) on “Midnight Sky (Edge of Midnight)”. Read all about it here.

And if you’d rather wallow in your feelings, there’s something for you too. London artist Louis Dunford just released his debut single “London’s Requiem”, a beautiful, emotional ode to his city, his upbringing and those lost along the way. There’s a video too, if you really feel like crying. Expect big things from this truly talented songwriter.

Elsewhere, there’s a really lovely joint effort from Sega Bodega and Låpsley called “Make U Stay”; Australian artists Yibby and Angelo The Poet are “Ballin’”; Tottenham’s Oscar #Worldpeace promises to turn up at “LIGHTSPEED” whenever you need him; and Welsh popstar Elio reckons it’s “hard 2 hate somebody”. Unless that somebody is a certain politician, amirite? All that and more below!