New Music Fridays ft. Jack Ladder, Shaggy & Sting, Camp Cope and more

Your weekly guide to the best new releases, from Melbourne to the world. 

Another week has flown on by and apparently, it’s March now? Anyway, Friday is here and with it comes a barrage of hot new tunes. From a Sting & Shaggy collaboration that no one saw coming to a comeback from Joan Baez, sounding as youthful and inspired as ever, there’s a whole heap of goodies to fill your eardrums this weekend. From albums to singles and hip-hop to indie-rock, this week’s New Music Friday is a smorgasbord of talent, with loads of home-grown picks on the menu including the likes of Camp Cope and Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders. Grab your headphones or crank up your speakers as you swing into party mode with these hot off the press beats.

Sting & Shaggy - ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ (Universal Music Australia)

In what may be one of the most unexpected collaborations ever, Shaggy and Sting have teamed up for their new single ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ from their upcoming joint album ‘44/876’. The track, as with the album, is a Jamaican flavoured tune inspired by the pair’s admiration for the island's culture. In another surprising twist of events, Sting and Shaggy actually make a damn good team - their vastly different vocals complementing each other wonderfully on the ultra-groovy track. Summer may be over but ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ will transport you back there in a beat.  

Gum – ‘Blue Marble’ (Spinning Top / Caroline Australia)

One of the most creative brains bubbling away in the Australian psych-rock scene, Jay Watson has dropped a tasty new track under his solo project, Gum. ‘Blue Marble’, taken from Gum’s forthcoming album The Underdog, is funk-addled, synth-driven aural euphoria dripping with cosmic soundscapes and once again proving that the man is a genius. Backed with a brain-melting claymation video clip, ‘Blue Marble’ is the gift that just keeps on giving.

Camp Cope - How To Socialise & Make Friends (Run For Cover Records)

Following the success of their hugely successful single ‘The Opener’, Camp Cope has just dropped the track’s parent album and it is everything you could have hoped for from the powerhouse trio. Brimming with the type of unapologetic lyrics for which the band are renowned, How To Socialise & Make Friends is a blistering social commentary backed by enormous musical talent. A paramount effort from the band who are already making waves for their unique sound and powerful lyrics.

Halcyon Drive - ‘Silver Ray’ (Sony)

Melbourne’s own Halcyon Drive have well and truly delivered with ‘Silver Ray’. Taken from their upcoming album, due later this year, ‘Silver Ray’ melds twangy guitar with rippling synth-beats, creating a high-energy party track that’ll have you ready for whatever the weekend throws your way. If this track is anything to go by, you’ll want to keep an ear out for the next Halcyon Drive album.

Joan Baez - Whistle Down The Wind (Concord Records)

Marking her first album in almost a decade, Joan Baez’s Whistle Down The Wind drops today. Displaying a slightly more country inspired sound than her earlier work, the album weaves through intricate acoustic efforts whilst Baez’s vocals remain as resplendent as ever. The folk icon, famed for using her music as a political platform, hasn’t let time soften her passion for the craft. Special mention to the title track, Baez putting her own spin the stunning Tom Waits track.

Mozzy - Spiritual Conversations (Mozzy Records / Empire)

Fresh on the back of a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar for the Black Panther soundtrack and with a full album titled Gangland Landlord on the way, Mozzy has dropped an EP to tide us over between releases. Spiritual Conversations, as the name would suggest, is a collection of personal songs in which the rapper is essentially communicating to God, something he claimed in his recent open letter we don’t do enough of. Compiled of six tracks featuring collaborations with the likes of Jay Rock, DCMBR, Ravyen Justice, and more, the album is a stunning collection of hypnotic beats and intricate rhymes.

Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird - Electric Brown (Double Drummer / Sony)

Electric Brown may be Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird’s debut album, but the band already have quite the reputation, with Gang of Youth’s frontman Dave Le'aupepe joining the list of people to applaud the album. Featuring back to back bangers, including fan favourites such as ‘Morning Person’ and ‘Blaze’, Electric Brown is the kind of album everyone can enjoy, setting the bar high for whatever the band does next.

Miriam Bryant - ‘Black Car’ (Warner Music)

Swedish singer-songwriter Miriam Bryant has delivered a roadtrip-worthy anthem just in time for the weekend. Live performances of the track have been getting around on YouTube for a while, though fans can finally catch the studio version as of today. Featuring a rhythmic melody with focus on Bryant’s powerful vocals, ‘Black Car’ is the kind of track that’ll stick in your head and have you singing along with every listen.

Soccer Mummy - Clean (Fat Possum)

Soccer Mummy, AKA Nashville singer/songwriter Sophie Allison, has hit the ground running with her shining debut album Clean. Showing her range as she works her way through poppy, upbeat tracks such as ‘Still Clean’ to heartfelt rock-inspired ballads such as ‘Your Dog’, Soccer Mummy is fast making a name for herself. Heavily influenced by the disappointments of love, Clean is the perfect angry breakup album, rife with searing lyrics and angst-fuelled riffs.

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders - ‘White Flag’ (Barely Dressed Records / Remote Control)

Taken from Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders' forthcoming album Blue Poles, set for release this May, ‘White Flag’ is a melancholy ballad that’ll weasel it’s way straight into your heart. Featuring a shimmering guitar melody and Jack Ladder’s cathartically deep baritone vocals, 'White Flag’ combines the artist's dry, parodic humour with an emotional rawness that appeals on every level. Deliciously moreish, the track will have you coming back again and again.

Gena Rose Bruce - ‘The Way You Make Love’ (Independent)

Melbourne musician Gena Rose Bruce isn’t holding back with her latest track, the bold and revealingly intimate ‘The Way You Make Love’. Displaying sultry vocals reminiscent of an indie-rock Lana Del Rey combined with glimmering guitar, the single is a reminder of why we all fell for the songstress in the first place. ‘The Way You Make Love’ is a tender, empowering sample of Gena Rose Bruce’s maturing sound.

Eliot - 'Over & Over' (Island Records Australia) 

Melding keys with electric, synth-soaked layers, 'Over & Over' is an immediately hypnotic track. Showcasing Eliot's stunning vocals, the tune sits somewhere in between a love ballad and the type of ambient, electronic track you'd chuck on at a laidback house party. This is only Eliot's second single and considering what a refined, inspired effort it is, we're betting you can expect to see her name popping up more and more over the months to come.