12 Songs You Need In Your Life This Week

Tracks we love right now. In no particular order.

November 10, 2015

1. Grimes' Dolly Parton-channeling "California" contains Art Angels' brightest hook, but also some of its bleakest imagery: over a "Pon de Replay" drum loop, Claire Boucher waits for her adopted home state to sink into the Pacific.

2. We don't believe in love but we believe in Durk and Dej, and in their earnest romantic duet "My Beyoncé."

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3. Le1f sweetly dedicated his Lunice and Evian Christ-produced new banger, "Umami/Water," to trans poet Juliana Huxtable, the queen of New York City's art-centric, queer, music-obsessed underground.

4. Soca boss Machel Montano’s brand-new “Temperature” is his first offering for Carnival 2016, a high-octane, EDM-adjacent banger that is sure to soundtrack every fête from now until February.

5. Future harmonizes in Spanish on reggaeton big-wig Yandel's killer "Mi Combo," and that's really all you need to know.

6. We've must have watched Oneohtrix Point Never and Jon Rafman's unreal "Sticky Drama" short film like, 25 times by now: it's like a gross-out, Goosebumps version of the little-known, straight-to-VHS family movie Kids of the Round Table—perfectly set to the berserk, bizarrely catchy Garden of Delete album cut.

7. "San Diego" has been a staple in Hinds' dance party-invoking live set for a minute now. The album version is just as rousing, an impossibly sunny triumph of squirmy riffs, raspy gang vocals, and a few actual giggles.

8. Diddy's MMM tape features some gems, none more sparkly than the Future and King Los-assisted title track.

9. Another day, another release from Justin Bieber’s Purpose. “Love Yourself” sounds exactly like what you’d expect a collaboration between Bieber and Ed Sheeran to sound like—a cheeky acoustic song that will surely spawn hundreds of YouTube covers.

10. Mila J stepped up this week with "FYM," a bouncy, biting mixtape track to show you'd be a fool to try and put her in a box: I heard she rapping/ man I thought she was a singer!

11. Mobbin’ in this bitch, a hunnid deep, whole squad in this bitch. Florida’s 1 Way Frank & J $tash linked up for “Lit,” the soundtrack to your crew’s come up.

12. On the dark, lo-fi “Phone Down,” Erykah Badu turns the ubiquity of cell phones and our compulsive obsession with them into a popping proposition for the bedroom. It’s weird, yes, but it’s also super hot.

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