10 songs you need in your life this week
A guide to the tracks we love right now. In no particular order.
Rosalía, "Pienso En Tu Mirá"
Spanish singer Rosalía fuses traditional flamenco palmas and choral backing with contemporary pop sounds in her latest single, crafting a truly breathtaking audiovisual.
DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, "No Brainer"
DJ Khaled has mastered the formula for summer bops: 1. Put a bunch of famous and talented people together. 2. Provide a stick-in-your-head beat. 3. Score big.
The 1975, "Love It If We Made It"
Props go to The 1975 for still being able to jam relevant sociopolitical messages into the euphoric electrical current that is their latest single.
Blood Orange, "Jewelry"
"Jewelry" is a moving, jazzy ballad that opens with some iconic lines from Janet Mock: "People try to put us down by saying 'She's doing the most' or 'he's way too much' / But, like, why would we want to do the least?"
Yves Tumor, "Noid"
"Noid" is a jittery explosion of sugary pop undercut by Yves Tumor's still vocals, a combination that seems held together only by sheer will, quickly disintegrating into chaotic noise in the last minute.
G Herbo & Southside ft. Young Thug, "100 Sticks"
G Herbo & Southside link up with Young Thug for "100 Sticks," an unforgettable jam that gets a lot of its personality from Thug's actually great dying cat-squeal adlibs.
SPELLLING, "My Other Voice"
Berkeley electronic artist SPELLLING covers cult art pop band Sparks, sanding down their sharp, digitized vocals into something more tender and otherworldly, but nonetheless dazzling.
Santigold, "Coo Coo Coo"
Santigold's "Coo Coo Coo" is a delightfully bright dancehall number with a cooing hook that I imagine is what Disney birds sound like in the morning.
GAIKA, "Black Empire (Killmonger Riddim)"
London experimenter GAIKA hammers out a powerful anthem complete with foot-stomping rhythms on the Black Panther inspired "Black Empire (Killmonger Riddim)."
Masayoshi Fujita, "It's Magical"
"It's Magical," Japanese vibraphonist Masayoshi Fujita's wondrous ambient composition, twinkles and drifts like an animated cloud of stars from a Miyazaki film.