10 songs you need in your life this week
A guide to the tracks we love right now. In no particular order.
Ciara, "Level Up"
Make Ciara's full-throttle, glo-up single "Level Up" the motivate-your-ass jam for the rest of your year.
Chance the Rapper, "I Might Need Security"
Over a beat that's just "fuck you" cheekily looped a billion times, Chance the Rapper vents his frustrations on the refreshingly relevant "I Might Need Security."
The warmth and breeziness of Buddy's "Speechless" can't be overstated enough — prime cruising-in-the-car vibes.
Popcaan, "Lef My Gun"
"Lef My Gun," though grim in its premise, is still triumphant in its bouncy dancehall execution — thanks in large part to Popcaan's impressive, elastic vocal.
London singer Tirzah's "Devotion" is a dizzyingly tender, Mica Levi-produced track that's potent enough to make you believe in love again.
Ryan Beatty, "Powerslide"
Ryan Beatty's "Powerslide" is silky-smooth and shamelessly queer: "He gave me pleasure underneath the water / And it felt so good." We stan.
Swearin', "Grow into a Ghost"
After five years, the cult DIY rock group Swearin' is back with "Grow into a Ghost," which features a riotous and rolling mesh of guitar and a delightfully chant-able chorus.
Jacquees' "WHO'S" is like a much-needed rewind to the halcyon days of R&B with his smooth-like-butter vocals and lovesick lyrics. Swoon!
Lor Choc, "Score"
The energy behind rising Baltimore rapper Lor Choc's bright, melodic flow is enough to make you want to root for her.
Waxahatchee, "Chapel of Pines"
Listening to Waxahatchee's "Chapel of Pines" is akin to experiencing a quiet and resplendent glory, like squinting into the setting sun.