/ JOY Music Mix / New music additions / New music to weekdays (23 September 2020)

John Course Just a Little (VICIOUS)
Dami Im Paper Dragon (ABC / UMA)
Sam Smith Diamonds (UMA / CAP)
Cheat Codes ft CXLOE Between Our Hearts (WMA / 300)
220 Kid ft JC Stewart Too Many Nights (NEON)
Tyron Hapi, SUD & Sam Bruno Lonely Heart (TEAMWRK)
Delta Goodrem Solid Gold (SME)
Tvilling Dum Dum Dum (WMA / 360)
Lucas & Steve ft Alida Another Life (SPINNIN)
Saara Aalto & Baga Chipz When the Sun Goes Down (NO FEAR / PLAYGROUND MUSIC)

The world might be locked down, but that hasn’t stopped artists’ creative juices flowing. This mega list of new additions to your workday playlist is evidence of that!

Liberty X found Australian chart success in 2002 thanks to ‘Just a Little’. Melbourne-based DJ-producer John Course is hoping for something similar with his cover of the ARIA #4 hit. Coursey’s been a staple of the Melbourne scene for years and continues to entertain the masses thanks to his weekly sets streamed from home. We reckon you’ll enjoy the original’s hooks mixed with some sexy house sounds.

In the good old days, we were excited that Dami Im would be part of Eurovision: Australia Decides in 2021. Now that there won’t be a national final next year thanks to COVID-19, Dami’s entry has been released as a single. ‘Paper Dragon’ is an uplifting, fun pop song that will bring some colour to your workday. The slight electronic touches give us a ‘Gladiator’ feel, and we’re hoping there’s a throwback to Dami’s big pop days when she releases her new album next year.

Sam Smith has finally revealed the title and release date of their third studio album. Love Goes is due on 30 October, and the British singer-songwriter’s next single from it is ‘Diamonds’. Sam brings out the funk for this uplifting track, a ‘defiant tale of love lived without regret’. We reckon you’ll love it.

American production trio Cheat Codes had great success with their debut single, ‘No Promises’, which went platinum in over 15 countries. While we wait for Trevor Dahl, Matthew Russell and Kevin Ford to release their debut album, they’ve teamed up with Aussie singer-songwriter CXLOE for ‘Between Our Hearts’. This catchy ditty is all about maintaining a relationship while physically apart, and it’s made for CXLOE’s amazing vocals.

British DJ-producer 220 Kid launched himself onto the scene last year with ‘Don’t Need Love’. He’s returned with Northern Irish singer-songwriter JC Stewart for a song about some big nights in LA. ‘Too Many Nights’ is the kind of banger that is made for a party in that American city, and its deep bass line makes itself known alongside a very catchy hook.

We’re following Tyron Hapi since he moved to his current label in 2017, and we’ve been pleased by what we’ve been hearing. The latest from the Melbourne-based DJ-producer is ‘Lonely Heart’. American singer Sam Bruno provides the vocal, while Swedish producer SUD lends a hand to bring some extra polish to this bop.

It’s a classic sound for the third single from Delta Goodrem‘s forthcoming sixth album. ‘Solid Gold’ evokes memories of Fleetwood Mac with its breezy piano, jaunty guitar and expressive percussion. Delta wants this to be an ‘uplifting and empowering message reminding someone who has taken you for granted of your worth and strength’, and we reckon you’ll be smiling throughout.

Danish singer-songwriter Jon Nørgaard won the Danish version of Popstars in 2002. He had some success following the win, but then lay low and decided to start up a music label. It is now one of the largest in Denmark and Jon has returned to the singing fold as Tvilling. ‘Dum Dum Dum’ might have a familiar sound to it – the track contains a sample of Swedish artist Meja’s 1997 hit ‘All ‘Bout the Money’ – and is all about the pitfalls of worshipping material things.

Dutch duo Lucas & Steve have delivered an earworm with their latest single. Featuring the lush vocals of Norwegian singer Alida, ‘Another Life’ is a singalong bop with a chorus that we think will be playing on repeat in your head.

Queer Finnish singer-songwriter Saara Aalto is probably best known to JOY listeners as Finland’s 2018 S&M-loving Eurovision contestant. She is much better known in the UK, where she came second on The X Factor and Dancing on Ice. To celebrate Pride Month, Saara teamed up with British drag performer Baga Chipz for a banger of a single. While Baga had some viral top 10 success with Break Up (Bye Bye) as part of The Frock Destroyers on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, she’s done much betta with ‘When the Sun Goes Down’. We reckon this’ll bring a smile to your face.

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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.
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