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Troye Sivan - "My My My!"
2018 only just started and Troye Sivan has already delivered one of the tastiest pop songs of the year. Its churning synths and explosive chorus is what makes "My My My!" such a cathartic blast of emotion.
Kendrick Lamar and SZA - "All The Stars"
I'm not kidding when I say I listened to this song at least 30 times yesterday -- I think it's the only
song I listened to yesterday, actually. Kendrick absolutely smashes it with the funky, futuristic beat and SZA's vocal packs so much punch and purity, it gives me goosebumps every time.
Dua Lipa - "Room For 2"
I totally binged on Dua Lipa during a two hour train ride a few days ago. She is the woman of the moment right now -- she's the most streamed artist, she's inspiring and independent, and she's simply just got the voice. This song really stood out to me on the deluxe edition of her self-titled album because of how creepy the chorus is. It's a bit out of her comfort zone but it totally works. Even though it's a bonus track, I'm secretly hoping to get a video for it.
Dua Lipa - "IDGAF"
Do you have a role model? No? Okay then Dua Lipa is here to help. On "IDGAF," Dua is quite literally telling her ex to eff off. She don't need no man, especially not her ex because she's one i.n.d.e.p.e.n.t quan
. And have you seen the music video? It's insane. If there are two Dua Lipas in one video, you can sign me up. Okay, I'm done.
Gazoline - "Sous ton lit"
No, this doesn't mean "It's lit". It means, "under your bed", which, I know, is a creepier translation than you were expecting. Anyway, I've been getting back on my French music game lately and Gazoline serves up a funky Daft Punk vibe with "Sous ton lit". You don't have to know French to enjoy this track.
Morgan Saint - "Glass House"
This song will give you chills. We had a Bands + Brews Session with Morgan Saint that will be released *soon*. Until then, listen to "Glass House." It's the type of song that will shatter your heart into a million pieces even if you're in a happy relationship. With lyrics like, "Won't you love me now, fucking love me now", it's desperate and painful. But, hey, that's art.
Kedr Livanskiy - "Ariadna"
I've waxed poetic about this song before and I'm here to sing its praises again. "Ariadna" is a track to just lose yourself in, atmospheric, with enough of a groove to move to, and an angelic chorus. 11/10, would recommend.
Grouplove - "Tongue Tied"
I hate Post Malone, but the video of him singing along to this track reminded me of why I love this song so much. There's nothing complicated to it, just a bouncing rhythm and a chorus to scream along to at the top of your lungs.
Poppy - "Lowlife"
When I heard that Poppy actually made music, I figured it would be some ASMR-level weirdness with a lot of quirkiness, but "Lowlife", along with the rest of Poppy's catalogue is actually pretty solid. There's some obvious No Doubt vibes, and I'll admit it's pretty catchy.
The Postal Service - "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight"
For me, Give Up
evokes a sense of teenage nostalgia that few other albums can manage. Which is very strange given that I was in my twenties the first time I heard it. "Such Great Heights" is probably the star of the show, but this opening track sets the tone perfectly for forty minutes of earnest emotion, wrapped up in warm, glitchy indie-pop.
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx - "I'll Take Care of U"
Jamie xx's album of Gil Scott-Heron remixes marked the British producer's first venture without his bandmates from The xx, highlighting his ability and whetting appetites for future solo releases. The album ends on a high note, with "I'll Take Care of U" exemplary of his burgeoning ability, completely reworking the original track without sacrificing the integrity of Scott-Heron's raspy vocal.
Susanne Sundfør - "Fade Away"
The Norwegian songwriter broke through internationally with her 2015 LP Ten Love Songs,
and though she released Music for People in Trouble
to acclaim last year, it's Ten Love Songs
that I keep returning to. Lead single "Fade Away" is a Nordic pop ear worm, affirming my belief that there's nothing in this world a synth solo can't fix.