This week’s edition of What’s Going On features the long-awaited return of Adele. Hello! And we’ve got the latest from Soleil, The Horrors, and K.Flay. Plus, the reunion of British-Irish boyband pinups The Wanted. As always, if you dig what you’re hearing, be sure to stream and follow these artists.
Adele – She’s back! Adele released her brand new single “Easy On Me” this past Thursday. “Easy On Me” is the first taste of what’s to come from her forthcoming album 30, the singer’s first new album 2015’s 25. There has been some online chatter taking shots at Adele for releasing a song that sounds so much like what she’s done before, which is wrongheaded because what makes “Easy On Me” shine is that it sounds familiar and warm. “Easy On Me” sounds like Adele giving us more of what we love from her and if the already broken streaming records are anything to go by, that’s exactly what the pop world needs right now. There’s a fun Canadian connection: the music video for “Easy On Me” was shot in Quebec by famed director Xavier Dolan.
Listen to Adele’s new single “Easy On Me” below.
The Horrors – After releasing their critically acclaimed Lout EP, The Horrors have announced that their new Against The Blade EP is due out on November 5. The EP’s title track has also been released as a single, along with a jarring and ominous music video. Gritty, raw, and dirty, “Against The Blade” sees the band going even further into the industrial sound. Discussing what listeners can expect from Against The Blade, The Horrors’ frontman Farris Badwan says: “The ‘Against the Blade’ EP is a further descent into chaos. It’s about the freedom that comes with abandoning all hope, giving up control, and accepting that you will always be at odds with the world around you.”
Listen to The Horrors’ new single “Against The Blade” below.
Soleil – Now that we’re getting further into the fall, Miami-based singer-songwriter Soleil has got the perfect anthem for cuffing season. A sultry, R&B slow jam, it’s the right song for when the nights start getting colder. There’s an accompanying sensual music video that just further drives home the point of the song. Describing what “Infatuated” is all about, Soleil says: “’Infatuated’ is about meeting someone and falling for them, either in lust or love. An unexpected meeting that turns into thinking and dreaming about the person constantly, using your imagination to create experiences with them.”
Listen to Soleil’s new single “Infatuated” below.
The Wanted – They burned bright and fast for five years, but now The Wanted are back and better than ever. The British-Irish boyband burst onto the scene in 2009, achieved huge North American success in 2012 with their hits “Glad You Came” and “Chasing The Sun” before calling it quits just two years later. Initially planning to reunite early last year before the pandemic put the world on hold, the pop group came back together when member Tom Parker was diagnosed with brain cancer. They haven’t let that get them down as they have returned with new single “Rule The World” and a forthcoming greatest hits collection. “Rule The World” is an absolute rush of euphoric energy designed to get you on the dancefloor. If you need more, The Wanted will be kicking off their 12-date UK tour in March 2022.
Listen to The Wanted’s new single “Rule The World” below.
K.Flay – Alternative superstar K.Flay is out with her brand new single “Nothing Can Kill Us.” Incredibly in-demand, the Chicago-born singer-songwriter has already popped up on songs from Arkells, Matt and Kim, and Jax Anderson this year. “Nothing Can Kill Us” is an alt-pop banger with a huge hook that is a guaranteed earworm. Speaking on what her new single is all about, K.Flay says: “‘Nothing Can Kill Us’ is about losing someone. It’s about reflecting back on a relationship and the feeling of invincibility you have while you’re in it — this will last forever!!! But also embracing the immortality of your memories, and of someone’s impact on you. A relationship might end or change, and it might hurt a lot, but nothing can destroy what it meant. Nothing can ever kill that.”
Listen to K.Flay’s new single “Nothing Can Kill Us” below.