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.
Shura, Nothing’s Real
Is Nothing’s Real this year’s Emotion? It’ll take some more listening to find out, but from the opening imagery of “Nothing’s Real” through the glitchy goodness of “The Space Tapes,” Shura’s debut is a breath of true ’80s shine. You’ll be hearing a lot more of and from her.
Princess Nokia, “Brown Girl Blues”
As an artistic framework and tool, spoken word can be, ah, cheesy. But as a means of expressing pain, protest? Undeniable.
ScHoolboy Q, “THat Part (Black Hippy Remix)” ft. Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul
If you can get through this all-hands-on-deck remix without your jaw dropping at least once, you’re superhuman. (Q’s EP Blank Face, sans this remix, is good, but this is something else.)
Miguel, “How Many”
Miguel usually sings about sex and spirituality, but “How Many” is a swerve into explicitly addressing social change. “Brothers and sisters, it’s time to wake up” — a #BlackLivesMatter song sketch, an early meditation on mourning.
Local Natives, “Fountain of Youth”
If you can get through the whole thing without thinking of a stadium full of teens raising lighters in the air, you’re better than I am. That said, if this ~*feelings*~ anthem doesn’t get a spot in a teen movie in the next few years, I’ll, uh, admit I was wrong?
Ryan Hemsworth, “Wait” ft. Keaton Henson and Mitski
This song feels like drinking alone on a cold, moonless night, and I say that with the fullest of praise.
Francis & the Lights, “Friends” ft. Bon Iver
If you love gorgeous swelling harmonies and Bon Iver’s lilt, you can’t go wrong with this (Kanye-approved) electro-folk chorale.
The Avalanches, Wildflower
I’m gonna be honest, I h a t e “Frankie Sinatra,” but the rest of this much-beloved comeback is worth bumping this summer, and forever. (Until they release their next album. So, forever.)