14 songs you need in your life this week
Tracks we love right now. In no particular order.
1. We're obsessed with Ozuna's new album, Odisea. Currently, our most cherished is the super-passionate breakup banger “El Farsante.”
2. Sound the alarms: Beyoncé jumped on J Balvin and Willy William's “Mi Gente.” It's for hurricane aid. Nothing more to be said.
3. London singer Nilufer Yanya's shimmering “Baby Luv” calls for a lover who can stand a little pain. "Call me sometime,” she chirps.
4. "I thank God for this music, that's what's savin' me," flows D.C.'s Shy Glizzy on “Take Me Away,” over a sleepy, blue-hued beat. We're thankful too!
5. Never tired of Yaeji's smoky techno tracks. “Drink I’m Sippin On” is a killer slow-burn about feeling "so fine."
6. We're still spinning Luv Is Rage 2, and it appears Dallas rapper Asian Doll is, too. Her flip of “The Way Life Goes” shifts Lil Uzi Vert's heart-broken ballad into a something more like a healing anthem.
7. Lil Durk's voice sounds especially pleasant when he's sing-rapping about his past. Exhibit here: his new song, called “Make It Out.”
8. Smerz, the Norwegian techno duo, fuck it all up again with “No Harm,” an overcast-feeling club track that's flush with unassuming hooks.
9. Brower Side, Brooklyn crew Gloss Gang come swift with boastful verses on “Laap,” a twinkly tune with gloom-and-doom undertones.
10. For a compilation of Green Day covers dedicated to rebuilding Puerto Rico, the great Cameron Boucher put his mumbly-sweet spin on American Idiot deep cut “Whatsername." And it's beautiful.
11. Pearl Charles sounds like the best early-'90s pop-rock, and her new single, “Sleepless Dreamer,” is dreamy and sexy and bouncy and kinda sad — all at the same time.
12. Still stanning after all these years: Yeah Yeah Yeahs's previously unreleased "Shake It" truly rocks.
13. Vegyn's label is rereleasing Memphis rapper Lil Sko's 1998 debut tape U Kno Tha Sko, which includes the fuzzy, shadowy “Smoke A Sack.”
14. We can't help but enjoy Miley Cyrus's “Week Without You,” the jammiest, bluesiest track from her new album, Younger Now.