New in music

Lovers of music have something to feast on as artists continue to release music left and right.
These fresh tracks offer different genres that can cater to all kinds of listeners.

Any Names Okay’s ‘Leaving Home’

Filipino alternative pop band Any Names Okay drops its sophomore EP Leaving Home, a six-track release that digs deeper into the journey of navigating adulthood and embracing the uncertainty that comes with the process.

Leaving Home expands on introspective and existential themes — sometimes rendered in emotionally blunt details, but most of the time, exhibiting some of the growing pains that one has to go through in their transitional period towards maturity.

Its focus track “Takbo” tackles breaking free from the socio-economic fatigue that is part of the burnout-and-hustle culture.

According to the band, the song is all about running for running’s sake: Playing with the imagery of aching muscles and exhausting activities, with its destination and goal to no avail.

The release of the song comes with a visual that encapsulates the feeling of weightlessness in all that running. Helmed by Miko Reyes, the music video depicts “a person floating in and out of their world.”
Any Name’s Okay’s Leaving Home is out on all digital music platforms.

Calvin Harris dropped ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2.’

Calvin Harris’ ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2’

Calvin Harris has released his highly anticipated sixth studio album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2.

The Grammy Award-winning artist tapped 23 of the most dynamic artists in music today to collaborate on this quintessential summer album which is full of psychedelic instrumentation and a number of exciting and unsuspecting pairings between the featured artists.

Among the collaborations is “Obsessed” feat. Charlie Puth and Shenseea; “Potion” feat. Dua Lipa and Young Thug; “New Money” feat. 21 Savage; “Stay With Me” feat. Justin Timberlake, Halsey and Pharrell; and “New To You” feat. Normani, Tinashe and Offset.

Listen to Calvin Harris’ Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2 on all streaming platforms.


NIKI’s ‘Nicole’

NIKI unveils her latest album Nicole, an ode to her roots in a carefully crafted coming-of-age juncture that sees present-day NIKI meet with her teenage self.

The album contains archived songs from the Jakarta-born, LA-based singer-songwriter’s past that have been re-imagined for the album, in addition to a number to brand-new tracks.

The 12 songs explore themes of love, heartbreak and every emotion in between.

The 23-year-old musician was slated to perform at 88rising’s 2022 Head in the Clouds Festival at Brookside at the Rose Bowl.

But on 17 August, she announced that she will be unable to do the show because she tested positive for Covid.

NIKI released ‘Nicole,’ an album that contains archived songs.

The Nicole tour will push through starting 8 September at Vancouver, BC.

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