New Music Friday is intense. Hundreds of songs drop from artists around the world, and you're supposed to somehow find the best ones? It's fun work, but it's time-consuming — so we at Billboard Dance want to give you a hand. Each week, we sift through the streams and dig into the digital crates to present absolute must-hears from the wide breadth of fresh jams.
This week is unusually-stacked, as if every producer on the planet held their releases until ADE was over. It's almost impossible to break this down in a bite-size format, but we aimed to give a diverse representation of sounds and scenes. We've got dreamy downtempo, hyphy future bass, feel-good dance-pop, and a really sweet homage to late Cassius legend Philippe Zdar.
Ain't nothing to it but to do it. Listen to our First Spin picks for Oct. 25 below.
Galantis & Dolly Parton Feat. Mr. Probz, “Faith”
Galantis know a thing or two about working with pop divas. The Grammy-nominated duo’s two members, Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw, have collectively worked solo with Madonna, Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Icona Pop. Teaming up with country legend Parton (and co-feature Mr. Probz) is just another day in the office.
An uplifting dance-pop gem, “Faith” features Galantis’ sonic hallmarks: glittery production, booming vocals and a sky-high chorus. Parton, who recorded her vocals with Karlsson in Nashville, delivers a soaring performance with just a taste of country twang. It's a single on the duo’s newly announced 2020 album, Church, and it plays up the gospel tones — the organs and vocal samples at the beginning of the track sound almost angelic — but this ain’t no sermon.
“Our album Church doesn’t necessarily refer to a building or specific religion, but instead to people banded together in similar belief for a better humanity,” Galantis said in a press release. “Whether it’s advocating peace, change, or just lifting each other up – that is our ‘Faith’ and ‘Church.’” — JOHN OCHOA
Classixx, “Love Me No More”
Los Angeles-based duo Classix turn a break-up lyric into a big boogie moment. The lush disco-house track conjures cheer and cheesy smiles with its sprightly groove and twinkling, arpeggiated synths. The titular refrain echoes from the background like a soon-to-be-forgotten memory, leaving the listener to throw sorrow to the wind and simply dance the night away.
In a press release, Classixx call the song an homage to French Touch and a dedication to their personal hero, Cassius’ Phillippe Zdar, who tragically passed away earlier this year. That context makes the song’s sense of joie de vivre even more meaningful. “If it provides anyone else with even a brief moment of escapism or happiness,” they write, “it will mean so much." — KRYSTAL RODRIGUEZ
You know how cool TNGHT is? Alison Wonderland has a freakin' TNGHT tattoo. Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke and Canadian Lunice were underground darlings, then they got together in 2011 and helped make "trap" happen. Their tune "R U Ready" was a scene anthem even before Kanye West turned it into "Blood On The Leaves." They must have made a ton of paper on that project, and they've been silent for seven years, but now they're back with a boisterous and experimental brain rattler called "Dollaz."
It's a devilish play on money-hungry street culture that both defies capitalist values while dominating the game. I mean, they're literally burning Benjamins in the music video, which is borderline uncomfortable to watch. The song is over-the-line awesome. Bump it times 100. — KAT BEIN
The Glitch Mob & Zeke Beats, “Lazer Vision”
The Glitch Mob have been stewards of the international bass scene for a decade and counting, yet they’ve always been vanguards of the genre’s future. Earlier this month, the group initiated a series of collaborations with next-gen bass producers, launching with “System Bleed,” a dark, mid-tempo bass stomper featuring rising artist Lick. Today, the trio returns “Lazer Vision,” a team-up with Australian producer Zeke Beats.
It's a slow-burning bass grenade that delivers heavy on the futuristic concept the names implies: throttling low-end covered in pew-pew laser noises straight from the Terminator saga. Bridging the now with the next, “Lazer Vision” mixes The Glitch Mob’s classic analog sound with Zeke’s future-forward style, the latter of whom revisits his turntablist past with a scratching breakdown to close out the track. — J. Ochoa
Armin van Buuren, "Song I Sing" Feat. Haliene
Dutch trance icon and EDM festival headliner van Buuren just dropped a massive double album called Balance. Much of it has been released in the form of singles these last two years, but there are some new jams yet to be discovered. "Song I Sing" with Haliene — a voice dance fans will recognize from collabs with Seven Lions, Ferry Corsten and others — is our favorite fresh tune from the flock. It gives us perfect yin and yang with an elegant vocal breakdown sandwhiched between classic trance edges. Real trance family will get down to this one. Let it ride. — K. Bein
Gramatik With Ryan Shaw & ProbCause, “Don't Give Up”
Despite all the daily angst spreading around the world, Gramatik reminds you that music will prevail. His new track, “Don't Give Up,” is the soundtrack to the happy revolution. The Slovenia-born, NYC-based producer funks up the speakers on this triple-teamer with features from soulful America's Got Talent contestant Ryan Shaw and Chicago rapper ProbCause.
“Don't Give Up” is undeniably cheerful: gospel-level organs, a future-funky bassline and woke AF lyrics from ProbCause. Shaw is the true standout. His vocal performance is outright transformational, to say nothing of his rousing lyrics, both of which are enough to inspire hope on dance floors worldwide. “Don't Give Up” is featured on Gramatik’s newly released album, Re:Coil, Pt. II, out today (Oct. 25) his own label, Lowtemp. — J. Ochoa
Otherliine, “Hates Me”
George Fitzgerald must have known he had magic on his hands when he remixed Lil Silva’s “Lines” in 2016. After linking up proper on “Roll Back” from Fitzgerald’s album All That Must Be, their partnership became official with a whole new project in August. The duo debuted as Otherliine (a nod to that fateful first interaction) with “Chimes," and now they’re back with a second serving.
“Hates Me” is a restrained piece of pop-leaning electronics that soothingly juxtaposes brooding production with Lil Silva’s light, almost angelic vocals. It’s one of those meandering, melancholic songs you can listen to. Do so in the dark, on repeat, while lying on the floor of your bedroom, spotting shapes in the ceiling. If that’s your vibe, good news: a full Otherliine album is coming in January 2020. — K. Rodriguez
Ducky, "My Flower, Your Garden"
We've been all over the rosy-cheeked producer's Optimism EP, and now that the four-song offering is here, we're shedding light on its exotic closer. "My Flower, Your Garden" has a characteristically-vibrant opener, but it's the dark techno dive at the hook that we find particularly exciting. It's like a Spice Girls fan took a wrong turn into an acid rave, and what's not to love about that weirdness? The full EP tells the chronological story of a protagonist who meets someone cool enough to lure them back into love. "My Flower, My Garden" is the happy ending with a twist, so get to body twistin' already. — K. Bein
Låpsley, “My Love Was Like The Rain”
On Tuesday (Oct. 22), Låpsley shared her first new music since 2016's debut album, Long Way Home. The time away, she explained, was spent on a journey of self-discovery and learning to love who she’s become. On “My Love Was Like the Rain,” she bares her soul with the vulnerability of standing soaking wet in the cold, addressing what a once-lover could no longer love about her: “Remember when you said / My love was like the rain / Not the sweet sound after the drought / But the pain of it hard on your back in a storm.”
Atop equally chilly production, each line feels like a knife twisted into the heart, yet the enlightened chorus melts the blades and forges a shield, creating a self-love hymn about accepting all of oneself, the sun and the storm. It's is the first taste of the British singer’s forthcoming Elements EP, due Nov. 22. She says it's about "emotional love, physical desire, depression and self-worth. Everything I’ve gone through in the last four years is in these four songs." — K. Rodriguez