New Music Friday in Brief 20/01/17: Arcade Fire, Gorillaz and more

After an incredible first two weeks of 2017, we arrive at a slight plateau this week in terms of big music releases. Nevertheless there are some standouts to note and not surprisingly, Donald Trump’s inauguration cued the release of many politically motivated songs.

Legendary Canadian band Arcade Fire return for the first time since 2013 album Reflektor, with I Give You Power which features legendary singer Mavis Staples. Also noteworthy, is the return of Gorillaz, led by Blur frontman Damon Albarn, with politically charged song Hallelujah Money.

Tinie Tempah releases two new songs in Text From Your Ex and Chasing Flies. Rock band Lower Than Atlantis release Boomarang, Ryan Adams releases Doomsday and big newcomers WSTRN release On The Go.

Kevin Garrett and Hippo Campus are two US artists to watch out for following new releases this week, following a brilliant 2016 for both artists.

Future folk/pop star Maggie Rogers will be someone to watch out for in 2017 following new release On + Off, wheareas US megastars Lady Antebellum come back with huge hitYou Look Good. American country star John Mayer releases Moving On and Getting Over.

Elsewhere there are new releases from J Cole, Big Sean, Rationale, The Pale White and Maximo Park whereas album releases this week come from Loyle Carner and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes.

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