In this week’s edition of What’s Going On, we’ve got the hottest new releases from Tank and the Bangas, PJ Morton, and GOODBADUGLY. Plus, superstar collaborations from Khruangbin & Leon Bridges and Shenseea & Megan Thee Stallion. As always, if you dig what you’re hearing, be sure to stream and follow these artists.
Tank and The Bangas – Move over Nena, Tank and The Bangas have got their own Red Balloon. The New Orleans band announced that their forthcoming album Red Balloon will be out on May 13 and with that comes the release of their new single “No ID.” Groovy, sexy, and steeped in the 70s, “No ID” is the ultimate roller skating jam. What can we expect from Red Balloon? According to the band: “This has been one of the best attempts thus far at capturing what happens when we’re all playing at the same time. Red Balloon is coming straight for your heart and your neck. It’s going to make you bop and think and love, hopefully, and even love people that look different.” Tank and The Bangas kick off their spring tour on March 9 at New York’s Webster Hall, so check them out.
Listen to Tank and The Bangas’ new single “No ID” below.
GOODBADUGLY – Toronto-based R&B trio GOODBADUGLY tap into feelings that are all too relatable on their new single “Next Man.” The nostalgic yet forward-thinking tune plays on that age-old conundrum of wanting to be more than friends. From the vibe to the sentiment of the lyrics, “Next Man” sounds like what would happen if you distilled the essence of a Toronto roadman into a song. Explaining what “Next Man” is all about, GOODBADUGLY says: “‘Next Man’ is a story of confessing the truth of where we stand and where we wanna be in a friendship. When being “just friends” isn’t enough. From kids to grown adults, a best friend is someone you rely on and trust with your feelings – I think we all want to have that in an intimate relationship too. That’s why so many can relate to the feeling.”
Listen to GOODBADUGLY’s new single “Next Man” below.
Shenseea & Megan Thee Stallion – If you had “WAP” on repeat in 2020, have I got something for you. Jamaican dancehall artist Shenseea is out with “Lick”, her first official single of 2022 and she brought Megan Thee Stallion along for the ride. “Lick” packs all the provocative energy you need, thanks to Shenseea’s seductive delivery and Megan’s rapid-fire flow. The usage of Denise Belfon’s classic hit “Work” as the hook amps up the entire affair and ensures that “Lick” will become a summer anthem. With this collaboration under her belt and her debut album in the works, Shenseea is definitely one to watch.
Listen to Shenseea’s new single “Lick” ft. Megan Thee Stallion below.
Khruangbin & Leon Bridges – What happens when you pair up two of the hottest and brightest acts coming out of Texas today? Magic. That’s what happened when genre-bending band Khruangbin and crooner Leon Bridges teamed up last year for Texas Sun, their collaborative EP. Their follow-up EP Texas Moon is due out February 18 and the latest taste of what’s to come from that is the new song “Chocolate Hills.” The slow-burning sensual groove on “Chocolate Hills” is nothing short of a vibe. We can only hope that there will be more joint projects on the way from Khruangbin and Leon Bridges after the release of Texas Moon.
Listen to Khruangbin & Leon Bridges’ new single “Chocolate Hills” below.
PJ Morton – GRAMMY darling PJ Morton is out with a brand new music video for his song “Please Don’t Walk Away” and he’s not alone. Fellow Louisiana artist and creative force Dawn Richard plays the love interest in the gorgeous new visual. Largely shot in black-and-white, the music video shifts to color as the evocative and emotional track builds. “Please Don’t Walk Away” wowed listeners when it was released as a single last fall and it’ll surely gain even more traction with its beautiful Dominic Scott and Prinsey Walker-directed music video. If you can’t get enough, you can check PJ Morton performing the song on February 9th on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Check out the new music video for PJ Morton’s “Please Don’t Walk Away” below.