Hello there, friends! Welcome to the first music update of 2018 from The Yorker. In case you haven’t noticed, the name of the article is not The Weekly Playlist anymore because we decided that we would do a monthly update instead of a weekly one this year. But don’t worry, I’ll make sure you will like at least one thing that’s featured here, because, as always, I try to include music from all sorts of artists and genres.
The first month of 2018 flew by as fast as it came and although I wasn’t quite happy with its rapidity, I really enjoyed the music releases that it brought. I mean, how can you not be happy when Fall Out Boy finally released their new album, Bruno Mars collaborated with Cardi B and created such a catchy tune, Taylor Swift came back with a new music video. The list goes on, but I think you get what I mean. And I hope the new music that is to come in the following 11 months will get better and better as the year progresses.
State of Sound – ‘Stardust’
My favourite song of January is ‘Stardust’ from the Swedish duo State of Sound. If you haven’t heard of them before, know that their speciality is EDM, so if this kind of music is not really your cup of tea, then you might not be as impressed by this song as I was. ‘Stardust’ follows the duo’s 2017 High on You EP which had a great success. Along with ‘Stardust’, State of Sound released ‘Give Me the Night’ which you might want to listen to as well.
30 Seconds to Mars – ‘Dangerous Night’
30 Seconds to Mars haven’t released an album in nearly 5 years but 2018 will be the year when they do. Although we don’t know the name or the due date, we have a new track from the upcoming album, ‘Dangerous Night’. If you’re a fan of the band or have heard their music before, then you know their sound falls into the alternative rock genre. However, I think that, as we’ve seen with other rock bands as well, 30 Seconds to Mars added a poppy edge to their new music which can’t be noticed in their older songs.
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – ‘Finesse’ (Remix)
Bruno Mars released the original version of ‘Finesse’ in 2016 on his album 24k Magic. While I enjoyed it back then and I thought it was catchy as it was, this year he upgraded it by adding Cardi B to the scene. And let me tell you, I think that was one of the best ideas in history because her rapping and his singing go so well together. Give it a listen, in case you haven’t already and enjoy the fun music video while you’re there.
Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey – ‘The Middle’
Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey collaborated on another great song of January, ‘The Middle’. As much as I enjoy the song, however, I enjoy more the fabulous music video that came with the song. To be honest, when I first heard that Target is a partner in the making of this video I wasn’t sure how well it will turn out. I was expecting the logo and the name of Target to be present everywhere in the video, but the presence of Target is actually very subtle, very well integrated into the whole picture. And the people, the choreography, the costumes, everything looks amazing!
Taylor Swift ft. Future, Ed Sheeran – ‘End Game’
Last month, Taylor Swift made a comeback with a brand new music video for ‘End Game’, one of the most popular songs from her latest album, Reputation. Since ‘End Game’ is featuring the rapper Future and Swift’s bestie Ed Sheeran, it was only natural that they will also appear in the music video. There is no storyline to follow here, but the video looks awesome, with fancy parties and drinks, an expensive car, a yacht and everything else that represents the high life.
Tinashe ft. Offset – ‘No Drama’
The last music video on the list is the one for Tinashe’s ‘No Drama’, featuring Offset. I wouldn’t say I’m a big fan of Tinahse, not even close, but I think in this video she looks fierce, confident, fabulous and this is the main reason why I featured her music video here. ‘No Drama’ is one of the tracks from her upcoming album, Joyride, although Tinashe hasn’t announced the release date yet. And while we’re waiting for that to happen, why not enjoy her new song and music video.
Fall Out Boy – M A N I A
On to my favourite section of the article – the albums. Obviously, I will first talk about Fall Out Boy’s M A N I A. If you followed The Weekly Playlist last year, then you probably know I am a great fan of FOB and I was very disappointed when they announced that they won’t release their seventh album in September 2017, but in January, the next year. The reason why they postponed it was because the band felt like the album wasn’t quite ready and that they wanted to provide the world only with the best. Well, I think they managed to do just that because I love every track from the album. If you are looking for new alternative rock albums to listen to, then give M A N I A a try. You won’t regret it.
Craig David – The Time is Now
My second favourite album from last month is Craig David’s seventh studio album, The Time is Now. The whole tracklist is great for a party or whenever you’re feeling in the mood to dance. David kept his 90s R&B sound while combining it with a sound that is more relevant to the music scene at the moment. I think most people will enjoy The Time is Now because it’s very easy to listen to and has a very good vibe.
Migos – Culture II
Let’s end this list with some good rap music, shall we? Culture II is the trio’s third studio album, following Culture, released in 2017. Now, these two albums have in common not only the word “culture” but also the fact that they both debuted atop Billboard 200. What can I say, these guys are really popular and successful these days. If you haven’t listened to it already and you’re a rap lover, I recommend this album.