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New Music Friday: Paul McCartney, J.I. The Prince, Eminem, contradash and more!

Posted on December 18, 2020

Another week has ended, it’s time for another batch of brand new music. Music releases are going to keep coming even if the year is almost ending! Speaking of year end, after discovering all the new music, why don’t you check our Best of 2020 Playlist here?

*Featured image credit: Mary McCartney*

Paul McCartney – McCartney III

“McCartney III” album artwork

The wait is finally over: Paul McCartney’s overwhelmingly anticipated all-new, all-Paul album “McCartney III” has been released. This is his first new album since 2018’s “Egypt Station” and is a stripped back, self-produced and, quite literally, solo work in the tradition of 1970’s “McCartney” and 1980’s “McCartney II”. The album was recorded earlier this year during “Rockdown”. Quite a productive year for Sir Paul indeed, and quite a celebration for all the good things that came during this bizarre and already fading year.

Listen to “McCartney III” here.

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J.I. the Prince of N.Y. – Hood Life Krisis Vol. 3 EP

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Two weeks after the release of “Excuse My Pain”, song which is also included here, J.I. has released his EP “Hood Life Krisis Vol. 3”. We thought he was done for the year, but seems like he still had a last surprise in store for us! Well, we will gladly accept new music from this rising Hip-Hop star.

Listen to “Hood Life Krisis Vol. 3 EP” here.

Follow J.I. The Prince of N.Y. on Instagram and Twitter.

Eminem – Music To Be Murdered By – Side B (Deluxe Edition)

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Eminem fans rejoice, for his latest album just came back with 16 new tracks and new artwork. You could say that this is a new album and not a deluxe version! “Music To Be Murdered By – Side B (Deluxe Edition)” includes features from DJ Premier, Dr. Dre, Ty Dolla $ign, Skylar Grey, and others, as well as a music video for “Gnat” which is live and you can watch on the link above. The holidays came one week early for Eminem’s fans!

Listen to “Music To Be Murdered By – Side B (Deluxe Edition)” here.

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contradash – all-star

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22-year-old contradash is culminating the year with his 10-track debut album “all-star”, which is full of the artist’s seamless cross-pollination of emo, pop and hip-hop into a sound tailor-made for lovelorn gen-Z’ers. Clearly 2020 has been the year for contradash, and we certainly hope that 2021 brings even better and bigger things from him!

Listen to “all-star” here.

Follow contradash on Instagram and Twitter.

Eli Rose – Alibi (Remixes)

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Eli Rose teamed up with Toronto duo Rainer + Grimm to create two remixes of her latest hit single “Alibi”. This is certainly a magnificent way for her to close this year, one that has seen her work widely recognized. Next year is going to be even better!

Listen to “Alibi (Remixes)” here.

Follow Eli Rose on Instagram and Twitter.


Zeds Dead

Zeds Dead keep expanding their discography, the Deadbeats label brand and their list of collaborations. “POWA” is their latest track alongside PEEKABOO, a fine holiday treat for the most avid fans of the Toronto duo.

Listen to “POWA” here.

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Maggie Rogers – Notes from the Archive: Recordings 2011-2016

“Notes from the Archive: Recordings 2011-2016” album artwork

Producer/songwriter/performer Maggie Rogers released “Notes from the Archive: Recordings 2011 – 2016”, a 16-track retrospective featuring remastered versions of her nascent material, including six never-before-heard songs. This is the first release on her own record label, Debay Sounds.

Listen to “Notes from the Archive: Recordings 2011-2016” here.

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renforshort – fuck, i luv my friends (with Curtis Waters) [reimagined]

Photo credit: Leeor Wild

Last week was a cover, this time it’s a “reimagination”. No matter how you call it, renforshort is surrounding herself with good company (it’s Curtis Waters’ turn this time) and putting out bops. This is a new version of one of her own creations, “fuck, i luv my friends” and is accompanied by a charming piece of artwork.

Listen to “fuck, i luv my friends (with Curtis Waters) [reimagined]” here.

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Connaisseur Ticaso – Dos large

“Dos large” single artwork

A veteran with a second coming, and yet another great example of Montreal’s thriving francophone rap scene, Connaisseur Ticaso has released a new single called “Dos large”. We know that he is working on his album, and that there’s a livestream from him coming up really soon, so those are two things to look forward to!

Listen to “Dos large” here.

Follow Connaisseur Ticaso on Instagram.

That’s our new music selection for today! Which one was your favourite of all these releases? Let us know on Instagram at @Umusic!