Childish Gambino, "This Is America"
Childish Gambino returns with the jarring and incredible "This Is America," a whiplash of a song that jolts from celebratory to terrifying, repeatedly — a lot like the news, I guess.
Serpentwithfeet's latest is a hauntingly majestic display of a love border-lining on worship. The vocal phrase "I get to devote my life to him" is multi-tracked to the point that it sounds like it's being chanted by a choir of gothic angels.
Rae Sremmurd, Swae Lee & Slim Jxmmi, "Touchscreen Navigation"
You know those scenes in teen movies where it's midnight and all the main characters are piled in a car and the windows are down and they're speeding on a deserted road while music is playing loudly? Yeah — you should do that with this song.
Valee ft. Jeremih, "Womp Womp"
Valee's latest is crazy good. I'm not sure if it's because of his staccatoing flow, the equally disjointed beat, or the recurring "uh" sound — but I'm losing my mind here.
"Assurance," Davido's latest, is a gentle and breezy bop with enough juice to make you significantly less self-conscious about being the only one throwing down at the backyard BBQ.
I'm making the very safe prediction that Ozuna's highly addictive latest will be everywhere this summer. There is literally no wrong place to dance to this, whether you're on a picturesque beach or alone, in front of a pedestal fan.
Beach House, "Black Car"
Beach House's spellbinding "Black Car" sounds like the trippy music that plays in your dreams, except 100 times better because when it's over you won't forget it.
Rico Nasty ft. CupcakKe, "Smack A Bitch Remix"
In the biggest power move of all time, Rico Nasty and CupcakKe joined forces to slaughter us with this "Smack A Bitch" remix. I don't know what else to say besides "oh my fucking GOD." I get out of breath listening to it.
Sam Buck, "Redo"
Listen, country music is gay now, and Sam Buck is leading the charge. "Redo" is about bars, boys, and frustrations that anybody who has ever dated a man can relate to. "I am done with discreet men who never get divorced." Word.
Essex's Tirzah made a sweet little love song that feels like laying down on a soft patch of sunlit grass; your heart can't help but warm when she softly sings: "I love you, gladly, gladly, gladly."