11 Songs You Need In Your Life This Week

Tracks we love right now. In no particular order.

January 20, 2016

1. Deep sorrow has always lingered beneath the surface of Future’s promethazine-soaked material, but on “Never Forget” he cuts through the euphemisms to trace a family history that spans prison and addiction and, ultimately, a whole lot of regret. Expect tears.

2. Kanye uses “No More Parties In L.A.,” the Madlib-produced, Kendrick Lamar-featuring second drop in his 2016 G.O.O.D. Fridays run, to declare his writers block officially over. We couldn’t be more pleased.

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3. Tinashe linking up with Mike WiLL for understated banger, "Energy," hits all our buttons—so much so that we don't even mind Juicy J's underwhelming guest spot.

4. Naomi described the video for Whitney's "No Woman" as "what happens when cute city boys learn how to do some stuff in the country." The lilting, cozy rock song is perfect for escaping city life too.

5. "Panda" by 18-year-old Brooklyn resident Desiinger has been racking up plays in the club; listening to its familiar-feeling bounce, it's pretty easy to see why.

6. Vampire Weekend's Rostam reappeared as a solo force with "EOS," a slow-creeping track that shows off all his hats: vocalist, songwriter, and detail-oriented producer with a soft, sad touch.

7. The latest Isaiah Rashad track, "Smile,", is undeniably celebratory—We just made it back home/ pocket full of money—but its funk-sampling backbone feels designed for lighting a spliff and sinking into your mom's couch.

8. On his SoundCloud page, HOOPS mastermind Drew Auscherman reblogged Smash Mouth's take of "Under Pressure." His own cassette-quality pop songs are much better than that, I swear; check out "4U PT 2" to see for yourself.

9. According to a press release, the new album from Ivy League beatsmith The Range was inspired by Baltimore club, early ‘00s grime and mid ‘00s electronica. Those are three things we like, and from the sounds of "Florida," he's wearing them well.

10. Brooklyn label Wharf Cat will continue their under-the-radar winning streak with the new solo album from from Merchandise guitarist David Vassalotti; latest leak "Lady Day Redux” is a total jam. That guitar tone!

11. "Kill V. Maim" is not new, but its unhinged cyberpunk music video reminded us that it's one of Grimes' best, boldest songs to date.

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