Having trouble keeping up with new music? Same, same. So, we’re spending every Friday rounding up some of the sweetest new jams of the week.
Blood Orange, Freetown Sound
Blood Orange is one of those projects whose influence tends to manifest in other people’s albums (Solange, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sky Ferreira), but Devonté Hynes pulled everyone in his considerable orbit together for a collection of sweetly strange vignettes.
Bat For Lashes, The Bride
Natasha Khan started her career with an electro-goth image, and those her music has only (overall) brightened in its sound, her lyrics are still touched by a magical melancholy.
Clams Casino, “A Breath Away” ft. Kelela
I’ll follow anything that Kelela does, and part of that’s because she’s very good about picking her collaborators. Clams Casino’s spaced out and echoing production perfectly matches her weary, yet somehow still hopeful, voice.
Demi Lovato, “Body Say”
Lovato’s music tends toward the operatic, but this diva-in-the-making does well when she lets herself rest and kick back a little. “Body Say” is a groovy, actually sexy song, and if this is where she’s headed for her next album, sold.
Rae Sremmurd, “#DoYoga”
Everything Rae Sremmurd does is touched with joy and masterful pop writing, and everything is in order on “#DoYoga.” Can’t wait to jam out to this on long traffic stops.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, “Juno”
Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor are known for their creepy but haunting soundtracks, so it makes total sense that they teamed up again to contribute a tune to a NASA space mission documentary soundtrack. (Preview “Juno” above, download it here.)
Angel Olsen, “Shut Up Kiss Me”
This isn’t a new song, but I’m all about the twisted roller skate aesthetics backing up this twisted love-ish song. And with that, happy long weekend, American THE RAD readers! We’ll be blasting these songs and more today, and all summer long.