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 button. 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 what ones are worth using your bandwidth on.
Here are our top 5 songs to stream this week.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Growing Up (ft. Ed Sheeran)
Good luck trying to think of artists who haven taken the music world by storm with the same force as Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Ed Sheeran. The airwave presence of the two acts is completely inescapable, with tracks from their critically-acclaimed work cluttering the radio on every top-40 station.
It’s been a little while since we last got new work from the Seattle hip-hop duo. They’ve coasted comfortably on the massive success of their album the Heist, which gave the world far too many infectious tracks to dance to. Sheeran’s been steadily producing his own hits, so it only makes sense for the two stars to cross paths and loan their talents to one another. Growing Up focuses primarily on the topic of parents, as Macklemore speaks directly to his daughter and tries to impart all of the knowledge he’d want her to have, in case he isn’t there to share it with her directly. It’s touching, catchy, and everything you’ve come to expect from these acts.
Mac DeMarco – I’ve Been Waiting for Her
Mac DeMarco has made himself into a bit of an indie sensation. The off-kilter Canadian artist dropped a new mini-album this week titled Another One, which seems to feature love and heartbreak as a primary theme. I’ve Been Waiting For Her stands out on the eight-track offering, as the ’70s inspired, fuzzy guitar riff shows DeMarco in his element. It’s a snug and cozy song — a little odd, but entirely comfortable and full of the singer-songwriter’s charm.
Chelsea Wolfe – Iron Moon
If you’re setting out to try to pick a genre for Chelsea Wolfe, you’re going to need a big vocabulary. She’s created an artsy, folksy, indie, metal sound that will draw you in with its alluring tunes and keep you coming back for more. Iron Moon, the latest track to sneak out from her new album Abyss, is a haunting experience that runs the gamut from booming to whisper and back again. It’s all over the place, which is right where Wolfe is comfortable.
Kid Cudi – Confused
Kid Cudi comes from a class of Chicago rappers who aren’t afraid to speak their minds or share their feelings. Known for his introspective style, he’s back to doing what he does best on Confused. The track draws on some grunge elements with its gritty guitar riffs. Cudi does his usual self-examination on the track, riding along with the heavy bass to create a sort of Nirvana meets rap mashup.
Deradoorian – Komodo
Former Dirty Projectors bassist and vocalist Angel Deradoorian is off on her own for the first time. Her upcoming debut solo album Expanding Flower Planet is expected later this year, and Komodo shows us what we can expect from the record. If it’s any indication, we’ll get a complete showcase of Deradoorian’s incredible vocal talent, as well as her love for psychedelic rock and world music influences.
That’s it for now, but check back every week for more new tunes to stream!
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