10 songs you need in your life this week
A guide to the tracks we love right now. In no particular order.
Sahbabii ft. T3, "Boyfriend"
Sahbabii dropped his excellent new project Squidtastic last week, and we can't stop listening to "Boyfriend" — if only to hear the much-too-short dance breakdown at the end.
Troye Sivan, "Lucky Strike"
Even though my brain knows its technically bad, Troye Sivan telling his lover that they taste like Lucky Strike cigarettes is still the cutest metaphor, working brilliantly with the song's bright, retro-sounding production.
Yves Tumor, "All The Love We Have Right Now"
Yves Tumor dips into raucous dance-pop for "All The Love We Have Right Now," a noise-bending, funky cut from his new album Safe In The Hands of Love.
Megan Thee Stallion, "Neva"
Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion dropped off a serious new visual for "Neva" earlier this week, bringing the bad-bitch Tina Snow-cut back into rotation.
Indie pop singer DENA's new song utilizes a minimal beat that perfectly emphasizes the incantation-like quality of her delivery. Compel those DMs to come to you.
Greg Mendez, "Better"
How painful and wistful it is when Greg Mendez sings "Believe me, I've seen better days / My body starts to decay" in "Better." It's got me thinking about time.
Br3nya, "Good Food"
London rapper Br3nya oozes confidence in "Good Food," which should be mandatory listening to conquer the day: "Don't watch me, you can't afford this shit."
April + VISTA, "Fo'sho"
April + VISTA's "Fo'sho" feels like a fluid continuation of the Erykah Badu-ushered neo-soul era; it's all smooth vocal, jazzy production, and guaranteed good vibes.
L Devine, "Peer Pressure"
L Devine is the U.K.'s newest pop star and her chirpy new song "Peer Pressure" is a vocoder-laced, existential lyric-filled ("Now that I'm at 20 years Hell is where I'm living") bop I can't stop listening to.
Saintseneca, "Pillar of Na"
Folk band Saintseneca's "Pillar of Na," in its 8-minute runtime glory, meanders through several different musical movements that makes listening feel like experiencing an epic novel.