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 — and remember to subscribe to our Spotify playlist for all of our weekly picks.
Popular indie rockers Deerhoof made a triumphant return this week, announcing the upcoming release of a new album with a perfectly distorted rock-and-roller called Plastic Thrills. The short new track features the band’s traditional back-and-forth vocals, a shredding riff in between each new phrase, and a well-placed guitar solo to close it all out. Think of these two minutes as your week’s musical appetizer.
Classic Southern rapper Big Boi — co-founder of legendary Atlanta duo Outkast — offered his services to HBO’s Game of Thrones hype album this past March, and we thought there would be nothing more appropriate than to highlight his excellent show-themed verses ahead of its premiere this Sunday. A heavy-hitting number that showcases the wordsmith’s clean rhythm, the song is a real banger — perfect to get you pumped for the unveiling of the biggest show around.
One of the first singles from songwriter Xavier Dphrepaulezz’s debut album as sonic alter-ego Fantastic Negrito, About a Bird is a brilliantly-sung soul single laden with claps, guitar solos, and musical catharsis. With a debut album full of similarly-classic soul cuts called The Last Days of Oakland launching on June 3, there is a lot to look forward to from the Northern California artist in the near future. If even half the tracks are as good as this, it could be one of the best albums out all summer.
Sizzling guitars, dirty vocals, and driving drums propel Providence-based rockers Ravi Shavi’s latest single Hot to the top of your weekly workout playlist. A single which finds itself perfectly paced for that sweaty intensity you need to sprint out the end of a long run, the track comes as part of the band’s forthcoming EP Independent, which is due out in late May and should build them a following nationwide.
Seratones — Don’t Need It (and more!)
Shreveport, Louisiana natives Seratones meld grimy garage rock with smooth soul. The band shined brightly during their recent three-song performance at NPR’s famed Tiny Desk. Riveting live players whose music is simultaneously deep and catchy, the four piece outfit will easily find a cubby hole in your musical heart — probably right next to more popular Southern stars Alabama Shakes.
That’s it for now, but check back every week for more new tunes to stream!