EDGE's New Music Friday: ABBA Returns, 'Dawn of Chromatica' is Finally Here, Drake, Charli XCX & More

by Jason St. Amand

National News Editor

Saturday September 4, 2021
Originally published on September 3, 2021

Graphic art for Lady Gaga's "Dawn of Chromatica"
Graphic art for Lady Gaga's "Dawn of Chromatica"  

Welcome to EDGE's New Music Friday, our guide to the best singles and albums released every week! It's a stacked Friday, including the return of ABBA in nearly 40 years, Lady Gaga's long awaited "Chromatica" remix album, a brand new LP from Drake, a new Charli XCX song and much more.

ABBA - "I Still Have Faith In You" / "Don't Shut Me Down"

It's been almost 40 years since ABBA released new music but after teasing a new project, the iconic Swedish band have finally returned with two brand new songs, a tour and an album coming out this fall. The two new tracks sound ageless, and it feels like ABBA picked up right where they left off in 1982. "I Still Have Faith" is a lovely ballad but it is "Don't Shut Me Down" where ABBA finds their groove; a sad but hopeful disco-y bop that is pure joy. It's a welcomed return that proves that ABBA can still be relevant in 2021.

Kanye West - "Donda"

After much hype and much more delay, Kanye West's 10th album "Donda" is finally streaming. The 27-track 1-hour and 48-minute album is sprawling, experimental, raw and confused. Though Kanye has thrown out much of the public's good will over the last few years, the music on "Donda" is often still compelling. It's far from his best work but it might be one of his most interesting albums to date.

Lady Gaga - "Dawn of Chromatica"

It's finally here! Lady Gaga's much-talked about "Chromatica" remix album, officially called "Dawn of Chromatica," hit streaming services Friday. It features a number of guest collaborators who reimagine Mother Monster's songs from her excellent 2020 album. Charli XCX, Rina Sawayama, Bree Runway, A.G. Cook, Shygirl, Arca, Pabllo Vittar, DOSS and many more make appearances here, twisting and reshaping some of Gaga's best songs.

Drake - "Certified Lover Boy"

Drake only recently confirmed that "Certified Lover Boy," his sixth LP, would be out today. The 21-track album features a number of collaborators, including Jay-Z, Travis Scott, Future, Young Thug, 21 Savage and more. Like most his music, "Certified Lover Boy" is vast, finding Drake getting confessional and honest about his private life.

Charli XCX - "Good Ones"

Charli XCX is readying a new album, a mainstream pop-forward album similar to the music she made when she first began to get recognition like her debut "True Romance" and its follow up "Sucker." "Good Ones" marks Charli's departure from her so-called "hyper pop" sound as she reunites with Swedish producer Oscar Holter (The Weeknd, Marina, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Carly Rae Jepsen) for the new song. (The duo previously worked on Charli's less-than-great single "1999.") The result this time is a saccharine bop that will undoubtedly worm its way into your head.

Mr Twin Sister - "Polvo"

New York City based band Mr Twin Sister have shared a new single, a club bop called "Polvo," which is "Dust" in Spanish. Lead signer Estella sings in Spanish; a song about "death fuels life." Indeed this track will have you booty popping until you can't stand up any longer.

Wet - "Clementine"

The Brooklyn-based band Wet share yet another song from their forthcoming album "Letter Blue" out in October. The pleasant "Clementine" follows tracks "Larabar" and "On Your Side." Just as strange and textured as those songs, "Clementine" cements "Letter Blue" as one of the most anticipated LPs to come out this year.