News 25 September 2020

#NewMusicFriday: Deftones, Machine Gun Kelly, Public Enemy and more out now

Alt-metal heavyweights lead the releases for 25 September 2020.

#NewMusicFriday: Deftones, Machine Gun Kelly, Public Enemy and more out now

It's #NewMusicFriday! Here's what's out this week.

The long wait for a new Deftones album is finally over. Fans of the band's first three releases, Adrenaline (1995), Around The Fur (1997) and White Pony (2000), will be happy to learn that the producer and engineer of those records, Terry Deer, is back on board for their latest, Ohms.

The fifth album from US rapper Machine Gun Kelly is a departure from his previous style, venturing away from hip hop and into pop-punk territory. Featuring drums and production from Blink-182's Travis Barker, Tickets To My Downfall also includes collaborations with Yungblud, Bert McCracken of The Used, Blackbear, Mod Sun, Trippie Redd and Young Thug.

Hip hop legends Public Enemy have lost none of the fire that made them cult heroes when they emerged in the '80s, using their fifteenth album, What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?, to vent about issues ranging from police brutality to government ineptitude. Joining the fight are collaborators Cypress Hill, George Clinton, Ice-T, Nas, Black Thought of The Roots, Mike D and Ad-Rock of Beastie Boys, and Run-DMC. The record features some reworkings of tracks on Public Enemy's 2017 release Nothing Is Quick In The Desert, and is the group’s first album with label Def Jam since 1994’s Muse Sick-n-Hour's Mess Age.

US country superstar Carrie Underwood mustn't be the kind of person who leaves her Christmas shopping to the last minute, if the September release of her holiday album My Gift is anything to go by. Featuring an orchestra led by the renowned David Campbell, this is a collection of classic carols and original tracks delivered via Underwood's powerhouse vocals. Prepare to hear 'Let There Be Peace' blasting through shopping centres every festive season from now until the end of time.

The eighth solo album from Sufjan Stevens, The Ascension is a typically ambitious venture, combining some of the American singer-songwriter's most introspective lyrics with uncharacteristically pop-tinged melodies. Perhaps Stevens’ most accessible body of work, this will be a welcome surprise for fans old and new alike. 

Singer-producer Joji takes another genre-bending trip on his new album, Nectar. A bold follow-up to his 2018 debut, BALLADS 1, this record is an atmospheric kaleidoscope of alt-R&B and electronic textures, featuring collaborations with the likes of Diplo and Lil Yachty.

Is 2020 the right time for a disco revival? Kylie Minogue says yes and we're not about to argue. 'Magic', the latest taste of her forthcoming fifteenth studio album, aptly titled DISCO, features mid-tempo grooves and falsettos that evoke Olivia Newton-John's most dance-able moments.

Come back Saturday to see where these albums will land in next week's ARIA Albums Chart.