First Stream: New music from Calvin Harris, DJ Khaled featuring Drake and Lil Baby, WILLOW & More

Billboard‘s First stream serves as a handy guide to Friday’s most essential releases – the key music that everyone will be talking about today and that will dominate playlists this weekend and beyond.

This week: Calvin Harris‘ low-rider comes bouncing back around the band, Benny Blanco makes the not so bad decision to bring BTS and Snoop Dogg together, and DJ Khaled, Drake and Lil Baby select matching casual wear. See all of this week’s First Stream picks below.

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calvin harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2

Just in time for the dog days of summer comes the follow-up to Calvin Harris’ highly acclaimed and fan-loved 2017 set Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 is finally here Vol. 2, another star-studded warm-weather set of flowing grooves and sublime melodies for your top-down cruising pleasure. Like many sequels, it’s a bit bloated and not quite as fresh as the original – but if you never quite got enough of Vol. 1there’s still plenty here to enjoy, as moped-pop faithful Charlie Puth and rising dancehall star Shenseea find common ground on the sweet melancholy of “Obsessed” or legendary MC Busta rhymes recalls how he is able to dominate the microphone like few others with the amazing solo showcase “Ready or Not”.

DJ Khaled feat. Drake & Lil Baby, “Staying Alive”

You see the song title and the understated cover art, you only have one question: Should DJ Khaled, Drake & Lil Baby power through “Staying Alive” as Tony Manero at the beginning Saturday night fever? The answer: not really, as “Staying Alive” is to the Bee Gees’ 1977 disco standard, as Drake’s “Way 2 Sexy” is to Right Said, Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy”—a borrowed chorus hook that provides a thematic leap— off point without really informing the rest of the song musically. Still, while Khaled & Co.’s “Staying Alive” wouldn’t necessarily have taken off at 2001 Odyssey , it would likely be appreciated by many of its Brooklyn neighborhood’s current tenants, for its world-weary Nyan & Tim Suby beat and proven chemistry between its galactic co-leading MCs.

Benny Blanco feat. BTS & Snoop Dogg, “Bad Decisions”

If BTS has made a single bad decision in the past seven years, it’s escaped our notice. The Korean pop superstars don’t start here with this teamup with rap all-timer Snoop Dogg (pulling double duty on New Music Friday this week following his appearance on Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2‘s “Live My Best Life”) and longtime pop power player Benny Blanco. “Bad Decisions” slips into a deliciously up-tempo pop-soul groove — the kind that made Maroon 5 inescapable on top 40 radio in the middle of the last decade — with a days-of-the-week BTS chorus hook that’s never a bad idea, and an always welcome amount of Uncle Snoop padding the edges.

WILLOW, “soaring like a GODDESS”

We have learned to expect the unexpected ARROW‘s solo material, and “soaring like a GODDESS” is no exception: a jittery, almost new wave-like jolt of impossibly tense energy – sounding like Paramore are not the only ones who’s been listening to a lot of Bloc Party lately – leading to an explosive shout-along chorus (“I’ll never be fine if you don’t be mine!”). And yet, despite a short running time of 2:23, the song finds room for not one but two beatless breakdowns, a welcome respite from the angst that gives you just enough time to wonder what the hell is going on inside each art.

“Happiness” from 1975

As it is practically company policy for 1975 at this time revealed the first track from their upcoming album – in this case “Part of the Band”, from the October day Being funny in a foreign language — was a challenging reintroduction to their new era, but their second return is a pure crowd-pleaser. “Happiness” is a dance-pop scorcher in the style of I like it when you sleepis “The Sound” or Notes on a conditional form‘If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)’ with a post-disco beat and glossy 80s production – although this time the lyrics (almost) match the unencumbered release of the music (“I’m happiest when I make something that I know is good… show me your love, why don’t you?”) Also comes in a “Dance Floor Edit”, but be sure to listen to the full version; you won’t be cheating yourself of any of the ​​that sax, right?

deciduous, All 4 Nothing

“He made a few songs and they got big/ He thought he could do whatever he wanted/ But it all left him with a hole in his heart.” Then go bleary eyes All 4 Nothing opener “26,” which sets the tone for the singer-songwriter’s second mainstream-cautious album All 4 Nothing. Released half a decade after “I Like Me Better” was briefly made Deciduous toast of top 40, All 4 Nothing is full of impeccably crafted alt-pop songs that are just a little bit rawer than most of singer-born Ari Stapr’s Leff’s contemporaries — whether he’s thanking his lucky stars he never overplayed a bad relationship in “Stay Together” or pleaded “don’t let me die in the dark” in panic on the aptly titled “Bad Trip”. Even if it doesn’t get him back to the top of his charts, it should bring him closer to himself (and his fans) as an artist.

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