After a once promising alternative R&B male up-and-comer released a new album featuring 19 similar sounding tracks, Partynextdoor came through with a better sounding, surprise-release EP.

PND’s four-track Colours 2 comes after a big year for the Toronto-bred singer/songwriter. In the past year, he has penned tracks for the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna, Usher, Drake, and Zayn, and is showing no signs of slowing down.

This fall, Partynextdoor is set to join Halsey on her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour, along with Charli XCX.

I’m the meantime, check out Colours 2‘s opening track “Peace of Mind” below.

After three years of delays, pushbacks, and title changes, SZA’s full-length debut album, CTRL, is finally set for release this coming Friday.

In her most recent promo track “Broken Clocks,” SZA sings of the struggles of breaking into the music industry.

The track opens with her describing her day-to-day life in the early beginnings of her career, beginning her day at her day job, then ending the day stripping.

“Broken Clocks’s” production is very rhythmic radio friendly, but not to the point of SZA selling out.

With the previous release of “Broken Clocks,” along with tracks like “Drew Barrymore,” and “Love Galore,” CTRL is looking to be a poignant, personal, and promising project.

Diplo and crew have a track record of releasing strong summer anthems. 2015’s “Lean On” and last year’s “Cold Water” can vouch for this.

Major Lazer’s latest effort, “Know No Better,” features Travis Scott, Quavo, and Camila Cabello.

While Cabello’s parts are more “blink-and-you-miss-it,” Scott demonstrates his star power. His heavily auto-tuned vocals are noticeably dancehall inspired, which, in this era of pop music, will allow for mainstream overlap.

Quavo’s bridge allows for comic relief, as he references the “dab of ranch” and “dat way” memes that Migos has become known for.

Aside from “Know No Better,” the Major Lazer crew has several projects set for release later in the year, including a full-length album and a four-track hip-hop EP.

For now, check out “Know No Better” below, and decide if Major Lazer will hit a three-peat for the song of the summer.

Nearly six months after announcing Camila Cabello’s departure from the group, Fifth Harmony has returned as a four-piece with their new single “Down.”

The Gucci Mane-assisted track serves as the lead single from their upcoming, as-yet-untitled third album.

“Down” is best described as a more sexed-up version of the group’s hit single “Work From Home.” The girls worked with the same production team from “Work From Home,” but this time, all four girls get a chance to shine.

Both Lauren Jauregui and Normani Kordei are the stars of the track, with Ally-Brooke Hernandez and Dinah-Jane Hamilton providing smoothly transistioned hooks.

Overall, the girls sound better without Cabello, and Cabello sounds better without the girls.

Take a listen for yourself, and decide whether or not the much publicized line-up change proved to be a win-win situation.

Leeds-based three-piece bands Alt-J has returned with their third studio album, Relaxer.

Relaxer contains eight tracks, each one containing the complex layers of sound that the band has become known and loved for.

One of the most notable tracks on the album is “Deadcrush.” Each verse on “Deadcrush” refers to a significant historical female figure. According to the band a “Deadcrush” is “someone who is no longer alive that you fancy.”

The overall vibe of Relaxer is dark, moody, and brooding. Expect to hear it streaming at a Whole Foods near you.

We are just days away from the release of Lorde’s long-anticipated sophomore album, Melodrama.

The latest cut from the record, “Perfect Places,” is a fun, happy, youthful, pop anthem, allowing for a breath of fresh air from dark tracks like “Green Light,” and “Liability.”

“Perfect Places” allows for Lorde to demonstrate her versatility and dodge the dreaded “sophomore slump.”

Melodrama is set for release this Friday, and after three years of production, Lorde’s music sounds to be worth the long wait.

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