/ JOY Music Mix / New music additions / New music to weekdays (15 January 2020)

JORDY Is It Love? (IND)
Halsey You should be sad (EMI / CAP)
The Weeknd Blinding Lights (UMA / REP)
Selena Gomez Rare (UMA / INT)
NERVO & Plastik Funk & Tim Morrison Dare Me (SPINNIN)
Alicia Keys Underdog (SME / RCA)
S O U N D S ft Brianna Corona Young (8D Tunes)
Sam Feldt & Sigma ft Gia Koka 2 Hearts (SPINNIN)
Autograf ft Jared Lee Ain’t Deep Enough (ARMADA)
Georgia 24 Hours (Edit) (DOMINO)

A new year brings a heap of fresh offerings to Melbourne’s most uplifting music mix.

Melbourne-based band MOBS have had a very busy few months as they prepare to tour the US. Thankfully they’ve had time to deliver a follow-up to ‘Find Another You’, and it’s exactly the kind of retro pop that we need right now. ‘I’ll Be Back’ pays homage to the Terminator movie, based on Kyle Reese coming back in time to protect Sarah Connor from the Terminator. Even Arnie would love this one.

Many of us find ourselves anxious occasionally, but American singer-songwriter JORDY has struggled with anxiety more than most. He’s spent years trying to manage it, all while developing his music career. Working with other queer songwriters at an LGBTIQ music event, he realised that his anxiety had been thrown in the back seat when going on dates with a new fella. From there, ‘Is It Love?’ was born – a song that you’ll be whistling for days. It’s a perfect addition to your workday.

Bisexual singer-songwriter Halsey has just finished performing in Australia at the Falls Festival, including the special Melbourne show organised after the original event was cancelled due to the fires. She’s ready to release her third studio album Maniac this Friday. ‘You should be sad’ is the third single from it, and fans have suggested that it’s all about her split from G-Eazy. Have a listen and see what you think.

The fourth studio album from Canadian singer The Weeknd should be coming soon. In the meantime, the second single has been released and has rocketed up to #3 on the Australian chart. Full of synths and made to be played loudly, ‘Blinding Lights’ will get you up and dancing from the first chord.

No one was ready for Selena Gomez to drop her third studio album last week, and we were shooketh by the title single. It’s not happy-clappy like Back to You, nor is it as earwormy as Bad Liar, but ‘Rare’ certainly delivers the Gomez goods alongside a percussion- and bass-rich instrumental. This should kick the album off with a bang.

Back in 1985, the Pointer Sisters took Dare Me to the #10 spot on the Aussie chart. Thirty-five years later, Aussie twin sisters NERVO have teamed up with Spanish DJ duo Plastik Funk and singer Tim Morrison to rework the classic into a banger made for the dance floor. It’s got enough funky guitar and personality to have you raising your hands with enjoyment.

R&B legend Alicia Keys has taken a stand for society’s dreamers in her brand-new single. Underdog was written for and about those people in society who don’t always get a fair go. We’re challenged to help everyone rise up and be their best, and this song rallies the troops. It’s a certain fit for our uplifting mix.

Friends Anders and Johann met at uni in 2016 and thought they’d try their hand at making music. After forming S O U N D S, the Norwegian duo got picked up by hitmakers KSHMR and Nicky Romero, and their latest single, ‘Young’ has been one of the most played songs on radio at home. It features Canadian singer Brianna Corona on vocals and tells a story about how millennial stress, time and ageing affect lives.

Sam Feldt is still riding the success of his last release, Post Malone, and the Dutch DJ is not slowing down. He’s teamed up with British production duo Sigma and Polish-born singer Gia Koka to serenade all the lovers out there. Grab the one you love, hold them tight and bop along to ‘2 Hearts’.

American duo Autograf released their debut album late last year and ‘Ain’t Deep Enough’ was the lead single from it. If you love a touch of house, you’ll appreciate this one. The silky vocals of American singer-songwriter Jared Lee give this banger a nice punch of pop and make it perfect for your workday.

She’s partied in Berlin and now Georgia wants the world to know just how crazy it is. Lifted from her new album Seeking Thrills, 24 Hours brings the headiness of the German capital’s party scene to a synth-rich pop gem that is made to dance to. It might not include all the sights and smells of a night out, but the frenzied vibe is certainly there.

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About the author: Michael


Liking the music you hear on JOY for your workday? You've got Michael to thank for it. He's the Music Director, and in charge of Melbourne's most uplifting music mix.
Plus he's the man behind the CBAA Award winning babblePOP! (Best New Music Show 2015) and the executive producer of the JOYEurovision team.

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