Every week there are hundreds of thousands of new songs hitting the airwaves. It’s too much for just your two ears to handle. With all those options, you can’t be wasting your time on tracks worthy of a thumbs down click. But don’t worry, we’re going to save you the hassle. We listen to some of the most hyped and interesting songs each week, and tell you which are worthy of your precious listening time.
Here are our top 5 songs to stream this week:
Odd digital pan flute, a trap beat, simplistic lyrics, and … Beck? Yep. The latest single from the petite Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist is a tongue-in-cheek jab at modern music with humor that lasts until about the 2:45 mark rolls, when Wow transforms into Beck’s typical ethereal post-rock style. From that point forward it’s an excellent single, and the whole track is worth listening to at least once, but, in the immortal drawling words of Flava Flav, “wow.”
Hatian-Canadian producer Kaytranada has been on his A-game this year, releasing the critically-beloved album 99.9%, and collaborating with a who’s-who in the pop music world. But it’s his latest Rihanna remix, a four-on-the-floor version of hit song Kiss It Better, which stands as the beatmaker’s top track of the year. With cool synth breakdowns and chord reharmonization on top of Rihanna’s clear vocal runs, Kaytranada transforms the downtempo track into a Euro nightclub banger, the sort of track you put on in public and can’t help but awkwardly dance to, regardless of who’s watching.
The latest single from legendary ’90s hip-hop outfit De La Soul features the ever-smooth vocal stylings of Snoop Dogg over a classic slow-roll beat. A jam which takes its sweet time between verses — and with a rhythm this chill, we aren’t complaining — the new song is perfect for runs, drives, or any other activity which demands a steady, even pace. We look forward to hearing the rest of De La’s crowd-funded record and the Anonymous Nobody when it drops later this summer.
Israeli pop band Garden City Movement’s newest single She’s So Untouchable fills the void between Sting and Phil Collins — a groovy electro-pop hit which brushes the dust off of ’80s-era songwriting to create something new and exciting. It’s simple, it’s catchy, and it takes a lyrically nuanced look at the she’s-out-of-my-league songwriting trope.
Jay Som — I Think You’re Alright
The gentlest of summer lullabies, Jay Som’s I Think You’re Alright invites you to wake up and take a shower, but not in the typical happy-go-lucky sort of way. There’s a darkness in the midst of her casually-sung vocals, a Jekyll and Hyde element that makes songwriter Melina Duterte’s calm melodies into something deeper and more real. This song is the kind of thing you enjoy alone with a drink in the late-evening breeze, or right after your love leaves the house for a while.
BONUS: Kanye West — Untitled (Feat. 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Travis Scott, Desiigner, Yo Gotti, Gucci Mane)
A surprise single which King Ye dropped during an unscheduled Friday morning appearance on Los Angeles radio show Big Boy in the Morning, Kanye’s latest (still-untitled) track is a synth laden trap oasis with verses from a veritable smorgasbord of contemporary rap heroes. It may not be the most innovative summer jam of all time, but the new cut — said to be part of his long-anticipated Cool Winter project — is a decent-enough single, and will likely have fans of the Twitter-ranting rap star foaming at the mouth for the foreseeable future.
That’s it for now, but check back every week for more new tunes to stream!