EDGE's Music Friday: The War on Drugs, Ed Sheeran, Kylie Minogue and Jessie Ware & More

by Jason St. Amand

National News Editor

Friday October 29, 2021

Shygirl  (Source:YouTube)

Welcome to EDGE's New Music Friday, our guide to the best singles and albums released every week! This week finds new albums from indie rock band The War on Drugs and pop singer Ed Sheeran as well as new singles from rising singer Shygirl, Kylie Minogue's disco collaboration with Jessie Ware and much more!

The War on Drugs - "I Don't Live Here Anymore"

Indie rock band The War on Drugs, front by Adam Granduciel, return with their fifth album "I Don't Live Here Anymore." Often drawing on classic rock icons like Bruce Springsteen, Sonic Youth, Neil Young and more, the band's latest effort is a bit softer while sounding more grand. There are stadium-ready rock anthems here, making The War on Drugs sounding more polished than ever. Even though the edginess of the music is slightly rubbed away, singles like "Living Proof," "Change" and the title track pack a powerful punch.

Ed Sheeran - "="

Following his singles "Bad Habits" "Shivers" and "Visiting Hours," Ed Sheeran is back with his fifth album "=." The 14-track pop album finds the singer working with an array of producers and songwriters, including frequent collaborators Johnny McDaid and Foy Vance.

Shygirl - "Celo"

After being featured on Lady Gaga's "Chromatica" remix album, British singer and rapper Shygirl delivers a new hip house single called "Cleo." Opening with lovely orchestral strings, the song eventually drops a beat and transforms to a club-ready bop. On "Dawn of Chromatica," Shygirl had the pleasure of slaying her take on fan favorite "Sour Candy." "Cleo" sounds like that song's little sister, proving that Shygirl is carving out an exciting lane for herself.

Kylie Minogue, Jessie Ware - "Kiss of Life"

Kylie Minogue is sharing another song off her upcoming deluxe edition of her 2020 album "Disco." Called "Disco: Guest List Edition," the mini album finds the international pop star teaming up with a number of musicians like Olly Alexander of Years & Years. On "Kiss of Life," Kylie duets with Jessie Ware, who made a splash last year with her own fabulous disco inspired album "What's Your Pleasure?" and it is a wonderful match. "Kiss of Life" is a lovely glittery disco jam that plays to both singers' talents.

Azealia Banks - "Tarantula"

After releasing one of the best songs of the year with "Fuck Him All Night," Azealia Banks returns with the spooky and industrial lite bop "Tarantula." Unlike most of her catalogue, the new song dark and finds Banks rapping and singing with a deep voice, singing: "But he'll be the first to die tonight / He'll be the first to die tonight / Night, night, night, night, night, night." Who could she possibly be singing about...