Best Songs of the Week

The Five Best Dance Songs of the Week


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It’s been a super long time since I’ve done this daily special and I apologize, but I’m trying to slowly revive it! Maybe it was the cold weather, the short days, that made me realize we all might need a pick-me-up. What’s a better way to shake off the winter with some bouncing, feel-good dance songs? Be sure to add these to your weekend playlists, turn up the volume, and enjoy the vibes.

Stream the #SunsetFam’s Best Five Dance Songs of the Week below!


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Songs of the Week : September 9 – September 15


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What better way to catch up on a week of new music by starting with the very best?

1. Lorde – Team

The 16-year old musical prodigy from New Zealand is back at it. And she struck gold again. At this point, it’s not fair to the rest of the 16-year-olds in the world who at one point appeared to be standouts. Enjoy mediocrity, all-16-year-olds-minus-Lorde!

 

2. Sid Batham – All Lies

Sexy is back. This time, in the form of soaring vocals like those of Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith and John Newman. This week it’s Sid Batham who gets to make us drool with his pipes. On top of that, “All Lies” has a bit of an old school triumphant vibe to it that’s almost oddly reminiscent of Mariah Carey’s older music. It feels weird making that comparison, but I really think I hear it.

 

3. SOHN – Lessons

I felt calm when I started listening to this new song from SOHN, which features an undulating baseline that loops throughout the majority of the track. But then there’s a point right around the bridge when it swells up and catches you offguard. It’s a little unsettling, but then again, so are the closing lyrics: this time I’ll keep away from you. This is solid production from the newly signed 4AD member.

 

 

4. Until The Ribbon Breaks – Pressure

This track has been out on the market for a little bit, but with Until The Ribbon Breaks releasing his full EP last week, it’s worth calling attention back to the standout track from the EP, A Taste of Silver. The whole thing is a bit mindblowing, but this track is what started it all. Tell me your heart doesn’t flutter when you hear “maybe in another life, if we get another life, maybe in another life, I’ll learn to love you” for the first time.

 

5. Poetic (Anna Kendrick x Kendrick Lamar x Drake x Florence and the Machine) – Isonine

I’ve gotten pretty particular with my mashups these days (apologies to those who live for Mashup Mondays), because they’re kind of a thing of the past. But when a solid mashup like this one by Isonine comes along, god damn I love it. This is perfect. Mashup justice.

 

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Songs of the Week : September 2 – September 8


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School is in session but at least we’ve got some serious jams to look back at, right? Yeah!

1. [MP3] Hugh – Not Fair Too Far…

(Posted by Alicia)

Hugh randomly popped out this week with a somber, chilling track. “Not Fair Too Far…” is a twist of female and male vocals and a dash of darkness. It’s really something else and is the perfect debut.

 

2. [MP3] Seekae – Another Girl

(Posted by Lydia)

What a hauntingly beautiful track Seekae has created. It’s one of those songs that just put you into a trance, that you simply don’t even want to get out of. “Another Girl” is gorgeous in possibly the saddest way, but we’re loving it.

 

3. [MP3] Magic Man – Every Day

(Posted by Lydia)

“Every Day” is an upbeat electronic pop jam that’ll get you in a damn good mood. It’s fun, light and simply addictive as can be.  Can’t go wrong with that, right? Go ahead, groove around to this one.

 

4. [MP3] Vaults – Cry No More

(Posted by Alicia)

This is by far my personal favorite track of the week. “Cry No More”  gave me chills on first listen with its pure emotion and unique elements. It’s a bit dark yet it’s so incredibly catchy at the same time. It’s a gorgeous combination that makes this track the special piece of art that it is.

 

5. [MP3] alt-J – Breezeblocks (RZA Remix)

(Posted by Dusty)

RZA + Alt-J? Weird, but I’m down.  This RZA Remix of Alt-J’s hit “Breezeblocks” is definitely a bit odd but it works out. It’s a fresh, unique take on the tune we all fell in love with. Can’t argue with that one!

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Songs of the Week: August 26 – September 1


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Summer may be nearly over but the jams sure aren’t. Here are this weeks best tunes.

1. [Music Video] Manicanparty – Monarch

(Posted by Arjun)

This track is a dash of tropical sounds and pure uniqueness. The video happens to be the perfect match for it. Nature vibes are the way to go with this one and we love it!

 

2. [Download MP3] Chris Malinchak – So Into You

(Posted by Alicia)

So.into.this.track. DAMN. It may be a bit simple lyrically but hey it gets the job done in making us want to groove. Addictive? Why yes it is.

 

3.[MP3] Denitia and Sene – Feel Better.

(Posted by Alicia)

This duo does it so right, all the time. “Feel Better.” is chill, edgy, and cool. The usual r&b indie balance that Denitia and Sene seem to bring track after track is something to adore.

 

4.[Download MP3] Zak Waters – Penelope (Radio Edit)

(Posted by Arjun)

Can we say catchy, feel good pop at it’s finest? Oh yes, Zak Waters has it in “Penelope”. It may be made of bubblegum but it is impossible to not become hooked instantly. Delightful!

 

5.[Video] Lost Scripts – I’ll Be Watching You

(Posted by Alicia)

John Talabot and Pional together are unstoppable. We knew this before from tracks such as “Destiny”, but now we’ve got even more music to get addicted to created by these two. Keep making us dance boys, we love it.

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Songs of the Week: August 19 – August 25


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Another week, another batch of fabulous tunes that’ll have you feelin’ good.

1. [MP3] Lolo – Year Round Summer of Love

(Posted by Alicia)

Is Lolo a serious star in the making? I’m going to go ahead and say yes. “Year Round Summer of Love” is sassy, pop goodness. It’s basically impossible to not adore. I’m personally always ready for more powerful female artists, so let’s have some more of this!

 

2. [MP3] Ta-Ku – Closet Drake Fans

(Posted by Dusty)

We all love a bit of Drake deep down, whether we like to admit it or not. This revive of Drake’s “Over” is something anyone would probably go insane to in the club. It brings the original to life in a new way, in the best way possible. Thank you Ta-ku, you did this some serious justice.

 

3.[Stream + Lyrics] Sam Smith – Nirvana

(Posted by Andy)

Will Sam Smith ever disappoint? Sure he only has a couple of songs but DAMN are they amazing. “Nirvana” is sexy, smooth and just beautifully perfect. Anyone else want to be serenaded by this man? I know I do.

 

4.[MP3] Jaymes Young – One Last Time

(Posted by Lydia)

Jaymes Young has been getting our attention for the last couple of months and it’s not stopping now. He’s got that cool vibe and it definitely shows in a more tender way in “One Last Time”. It’s a calming, mesmerizing track that you can find on his equally awesome mixtape.

 

5.[MP3] Lorde – Royals (The Weeknd Remix)

(Posted by Arjun)

I think we can all agree “Royals” has become the soundtrack of the summer. Lorde is blowing up so it only makes sense someone remixes some of her pop anthems right? The Weeknd just happened to step up with this one and it sure did work out well. He takes “Royals” and gives it a new twist and flavor. Oh boy, do we love it!

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Songs of the Week: August 12 – August 18


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It’s been another wonderful week of tunes, here are some of the highlights in case you missed anything!

1. Big Sean – Control (ft. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica)

(Posted by Arjun)

Nothing better than a song that gets people talking, right? All week long people have been feeling some sort of feelings towards Kendrick Lamar’s verse in particular, so you know it did what it had to do. Whether you like this track or not, you’ll probably be hearing about it for awhile. You just can’t put out this kind of fire folks.

 

2. Galimatias – Dream (ft. Flowzart)

(Posted by Arjun)

This Galimatias track is fresh as hell, to say the least. It’s hip hop but with it’s own twist. It’s chill but the textures of “Dream” are something to marvel at. Will these artists from the UK ever put out bad music? I’m starting to think it’s impossible with what’s been coming out of there the last few years. We thank you, either way.

 

 

3. Running in the Fog – Desire

(Posted by Alicia)

Did this track come out of nowhere and sweep us off our feet? I’m going to say yes. It’s a fusion of many genres from r&b to electronic to indie, so there’s a touch of everything for everyone. It’s soothing, catchy and just fabulous in all the right ways.

 

4. Smallpools – Dreaming (Magic Man Remix)

(Posted by Lydia)

This Smallpools remix is one that makes you want to drive around and not care about anything ever again, really though. To quote Lydia “I feel invincible right now, yall.” FOR REAL THOUGH.  It’s fun, indie pop heaven. Nothing to complain about with this kind of music in our lives. Magic Man did the job with this perfect remix of “Dreaming”.

 

5. Chet Faker – Melt ft. Kilo Kish

(Posted by Alicia)

Two amazing artists doing their thing together, what more could you ask for? Smooth as can be, a blend of Chet Faker’s soul and Kilo’s edge. It’s what we like to call a match made in heaven. “Melt” will truthfully make you dissolve into your seat because it’s that good. Hey awesome artists, keep making music together because we LOVE it.

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Songs of the Week: August 5 – August 11


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1. The Head and The Heart – Shake (Posted by Lydia)

I have seen The Head and The Heart twice now, and each time, they have completely blown me away. The first time was in Chicago’s Millennium Park when they opened for Iron & Wine, and the second time was in Houston earlier this summer. They’re one of those bands who truly put a spell over their audience; their music is so gripping, emotive, and, to put it simply, damn good. This one is a little less folky and a little more rock n’ roll, but certainly has the signature H&H sound to it. The Head and the Heart’s new album, Let’s Be Still, will be released on 10/15/13.

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2. Dillon Francis ft. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Without You (Posted by Alicia)

So when this track came out, people had said that Dillon Francis was crying at the end of his set as he dropped this song for the first time, which caught my attention. Rarely is electronic music able to instill emotion in such a powerful way. In his own words: “This song is very meaningful to me because as TEED and I were working on the song, I was having relationship problems of my own. He ended up writing the song about the whole situation I was going through.” This is certainly a break of pace for Francis, and one he has said he wants to continue in. I think he should…what he has created here is as moving as it is catchy. While indie kids are going to listen to Bon Iver when they break up, EDM kids are going to listen to this.

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3. Jon Waltz – Somewhere Else (Posted by Arjun)

Jon Waltz is clearly heavily influenced by ASAP Rocky, as his style sounds pretty much directly derived from the ASAP movement. That being said, he does it well. The trippy, trap production he raps over in Somewhere Else compliments his flow, and Waltz goes hard throughout. He gained a new fan in me with this song, even though what he’s putting out does not seem to have a particularly unique sound at this point. It will be interesting to seem him evolve going forward.

4. SomeKindaWonderful – Reverse (Oliver Nelson Remix) (Posted by Arjun)

SomeKindaWonderful‘s debut track “Reverse” was an absolute jam in its own right, and got me really excited for them to release new music. Oliver Nelson‘s remix really just brings the track to a whole other level, though, and gives it an awesome disco-dance vibe. Tough to not bob my head to this and do a little chair dance as I sit down to type this. Definitely a track I will throw on at a party, this one has huge mainstream potential.

5. Denitia and Sene – It’s Your Fault (Posted by Alicia)

I’m not really sure how it happened, but this genre really snuck up on me and now I can’t stop listening to it. Each week, I seem to be including more and more glitzed out, laid back electronic music, a genre I really never listened to very much until recently. Now I seem to not be able to get enough. I think Disclosure was what got me into it in the first place, but now it seems to almost be an obsession. It just puts me in a different place, and I’m digging it.

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Songs of the Week: July 22 – 28


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I’m sorry I missed last week’s “Songs of the Week,” I was in Edinburgh for the British Open and couldn’t get back in time to put it together. Thankfully, my man Jordan was able to come through in the clutch and put together a killer list for you guys. This week I’m back in London and ready to recap the best songs released in the past 7 days.

1. Skizzy Mars – Coming Down ft. Jon Waltz (Posted by Jordan)

One of Sunset’s longstanding favorites, Skizzy Mars dropped a new track this week with collaborator Jon Waltz. “Coming Down” is almost a trap beat at heart, but with less aggressive, more melodic synths on top. Like ice cream with chocolate sauce on top, it’s tasty. I honestly think it’s just a matter of time before Skizzy really gets noticed, so show him to your friends and be the cool one in the group who knew him before everyone else.

2. The Naked and Famous – Hearts Like Ours (Posted by Lydia)

I first heard of The Naked and Famous when they released their hit “Young Blood,” which is still an absolute jam. Interestingly, Lydia compared them to another band I really love, the Head and the Heart. I have to be honest, outside of the girl’s voice, I can’t see a connection…outside of the fact that I love them both and find it difficult not to sing along to them both whenever I hear them. The Kiwis deliver another jam with “Hearts Like Ours,” a single off of their upcoming album In Rolling Waves which is set to drop September 17th.

3. Icona Pop – All Night (Posted by Lydia)

You guys are going to make fun of me for this but like honestly whatever I don’t like you either and I feel no shame announcing to the world that Icona Pop is my ish. “I Love It” is as infectious as music comes, but as Lyds pointed out, it was losing a certain…je ne sais pas. Probably a result of the fact of its rampant overplaying on every radio station in every city in every country in the world? As soon as I thought Icona Pop was a one hit wonder and a thing of the past, they released this speaker breaking killer of a song. It’s kind of like the same song but different, listen and you’ll understand.

4. Kapitals – Ms. Heartache (Posted by Arjun)

This song is quite difficult to get out of your head, so I apologize in advance if you spend the next month humming it to yourself and annoying everyone around you…remember I warned you. A young band out of Ireland (shouts out to the clan holding it down in Cork County), Kapitals really does sound like they could have been a classic 90′s band, somewhere in between Arjun’s on point comparison to Tal Bachman’s “She’s So High” and Deep Blue Something’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Just listen and hum it forever, you guys, because that’s what I think I’m going to do.

5. The 1975 – Sex (Posted by Arjun)

To be fair I only posted this song because it’s called “Sex.” Just kidding, that’s only half true…it’s also a song that is a straight up throwback to my 8-10th grade self, a fan of bands like The Kooks and The Fratellis and The Wombats. Obviously these guys are from Manchester (listen to the song, where else would they be from?), and is about potentially fornicating with a girl who has a boyfriend, which often never works out for anybody. The girl is a tramp, the boyfriend is cuckolded, the guy is punched in the face, a proper mess all around really. I do like the song a lot, though, and not just for the title, I’m not that immature come on guys.

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Songs of the Week: July 8 – July 14


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If you were slackin’ this week, let’s catch up on the best of what you missed! Songs of the Week, July 8 through July 14 edition.

1. Portugal. The Man – Purple Yellow Red & Blue (Passion Pit Remix)

Plain and simple, this one is just a proper jam. Portugal is a great band, and with the help of Passion Pit, this remix is impossible to not dance to. It’s a struggle to stay sitting just to write this post, to be honest. I saw Portugal a few years ago at Lollapalooza and have been a fan ever since–the combination of them and Passion Pit on this one is almost too much for my weak heart to handle.

2. Ghost Beach – Moon Over Japan

This is pretty much the music I would expect Passion Pit to create if they were to experience with serious hallucinogenics. Jordan calls them indietronic (indie + electronic) which I guess makes sense, but if I had to put a label on it, I think I’d call it Triptronic. It makes me think I’m Mario gokarting down rainbow road on a quarter ounce of mushrooms. Ya know?

3. King Krule – Easy Easy

I’ve seen King Krule‘s name before, but this is the first time I’ve ever actually listened to his music, and I really dig it. The minimalist, hip hop influenced (I think?) rock that he’s making is simultaneously niche and accessible. His ability to evoke emotion through such barebones musicianship is quite impressive. There’s beauty in simplicity. Well if you’re going through hell, just keep going.

4. Beach Vacation – I Saw You

So it’s no surprise here that this song sounds tailor-made for the beach. Perfect song for cruising in a Jeep Wrangler, or better yet, a Land Rover defender, just all around a pretty perfect summer sound. Beach Vacation is a definitely a newcomer to keep your eyes on.

5. as†ronomyy – Things I’d Do For You

This is also my first time hearing as†ronomyy, and to me it kind of sounds like The Weeknd meets Schlomo. Floating, ethereal, mysterious, the artists describes the track as “an escapism song, which is why it sounds a little dreamy and otherworldly.”  This is a name we will be seeing in the future, I am sure.

 

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Songs of the Week(s): June 24 – July 7


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So I apologize for missing Songs of the Week last week, I was traveling and it was just kind of impossible for me to manage to put together. Anyway, I arrived in London yesterday and will be here for the next 6 weeks or so, and will be here each Sunday to keep you updated on what you might have missed in the past 7 days. Because I missed last week, I decided I’d do a special edition of Songs of the Week and double up, showcasing what I think are the best songs of the past two weeks. Let’s get started.

1. Raleigh Ritchie – Stay Inside (Posted by Arjun)

There’s something trance-inducing and soothing about this one from UK up and comer Raleigh Ritchie. Naturally, I had to lead off with this one considering I’m living in the same city as this guy, which is kind of new and exciting. The beat and Ritchie’s complementing vocals go together perfectly, and the synthesizers in this one have the ability to put you in a distinct mood–still not sure what it is yet; something transient and floating, I think.

2. Eliza & The Bear – Friends (Written by Jordan)

So Jordan just introduced the site to Eliza & The Bear the other week, and although I don’t listen to much of this kind of music anymore, I found myself looking them up and getting into their catalog. Another band out of London (maybe I’m biased in the short term?), these guys remember me of my days as a big fan of The Kooks and The Wombats–a certain brand of British pop-punk. If you want to get into some of their other stuff, check out their Soundcloud, but in the meantime check out their single “Friends.”

3. Migos – Bandos (Ryan Hemsworth Remix) (Posted by Jordan)

So I think at this point it’s safe to say that I really, really like anything that Ryan Hemsworth puts out. Like, pretty much literally everything. The only other thing I know by Migos is the now incredibly overplayed “Versace” which is only really a good song because of Drake’s verse, which is absolute fire. In particular, Hemsworth piano melody on this one kills it, and Hemsworth delivers another fire track. The man can’t be stopped.

4. Olympic Ayres – Magic (Posted by Alicia)

This one’s kind of an undeniable summer jam. I don’t care where you are, what you’re doing, or what mood you are in when you listen to this song, I will be legitimately impressed if you are able to refrain from bobbing your head and grooving to this one. Put this on at your next summer party,  and I can guarantee you people will get out on the dance floor. Easily a top 5 jam of the entire summer so far.

5. Snakadaktal – Hung on Tight (Posted by Alicia)

The only daktal better than the pterodactyl is the Snakadaktal–that is simply science. Alicia describes their sound as a “slightly darker side of indie music,” and I agree. They’re incredibly unique, as is the mood they emanate. Hung on Tight is another one that’s tough not to want to dance to, and definitely a song I will be putting on at parties this summer.

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Songs of the Week: July 17-23


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This evening I bring to you the second installation of Sunset’s Songs of the Week, a weekly post covering our favorite songs of the week. If you ever fall behind, count on this post to get you up to date on the best releases of the past seven days.

1. Mikky Ekko – Kids

So there’s about a 100% chance that you already know Mikky Ekko from his incredibly overplayed (yet somehow still infectious) song “Stay” with Rihanna. This one is just him, and is produced by certified hitmakers Benny Blanco and John Hill. A carefree, laidback tune perfect for the summer. (Posted by Arjun)

2. José González – Crosses (Dinner Date Remix)

This is an incredibly beautiful remix of one of my favorite artists, Jose Gonzales. A light, sleep inducing, almost transient remix by Dinner Date, this one is perfect for a daydream. Lie in a field somehow, get lost, and enjoy. Thank you to Chuck from The Chuckness for bringing this to our attention via the first edition of Sunset’s “Overlooked” feature.

3. Akono Miles – Gotta Be Loved

Akono Miles recently came into the blogosphere, and his jazz infused hip hop is extremely unique. His flow and sing songy hook is both infectious and calming, and he is certainly a name to keep your eyes on going forward–the kid has some serious talent. (Posted by Arjun)

4. Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know

The Arctic Monkeys have been my jam for years. I just saw them recently at Free Press Festival (I was backstage woohoo) and they played this one live. Alex Turner and the crew always kill it, but their sound has, in some ways, transitioned from being whimsical and fun to driving and serious. One of the best contemporary rock bands in my opinion, I’m looking forward to their upcoming album. (Posted by Arjun)

5. Fjords – Observer Drift

Shouts out to Arjun for always finding music and artists that I love and have never heard of until he brings them into my world via this beautiful little thing we have here called Sunset in the Rearview. This song is a super catchy blend of folk and hip hop influenced instrumentals–definitely a must download. (Posted by Arjun)

6. Migos – Versace feat. Drake

7. Drake – Jodeci Freestyle

 

8. Drake – The Motion feat. Sampha

 

9. Party Next Door – Over Here feat. Drake

Drake kind of went ham this week, releasing a ton of new material and a couple different teasers. You can stream all 4 new tracks above–the standouts to me were Versace and the Jodeci Freestyle. Look out for Nothing Was the Same dropping September 17th. BIG year for hip hop. (Posted by Jordan)

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Songs of the Week: July 10-16


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It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post, but I am back with a new feature on the site that I will be curating each Sunday recapping Sunset’s favorite songs of the week. If you fall behind on music any given week, we hope this post will get you back in the loop!

G Eazy – I Don’t Believe You feat. Team Robot

Young Gerald dropped a new single featuring long time contributor Team Robot (you’ll know them from “Run”). This is one to get turnt to.

Avicii – Wake Me Up feat. Aloe Blacc

If you’ve been following Avicii since his controversial Ultra performance where he blended live country music with his set, you’ll know he’s going in an interesting direction as of late. This one features Aloe “Needs a Dollar” Blacc, and fuses Avicii’s club-ready instrumental’s with country guitar and Aloe’s beautiful, jazzy voice.


Vicktor Taiwo – Only Love (Ben Howard Cover)

This one is really incredible. Vicktor Taiwo, who Arjun recently introduced to the site, cover’s Ben Howard’s song “Only Love.” Vicktor’s exceptionally unique R&B combines with the instrumental to make a dreamy, driving, gorgeous song. Perhaps my favorite from the entire week.

Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind

Thanks to Dusty for bringing this to SITR, Milky Chance is an artist I had formerly been unfamiliar with. They’re kind of like Feist meets Guster meets Miike Snow, but their sound is unique and a lot of fun. With an amusing, acoustic instrumental and the lead singer’s voice that recalls Noah and the Whale, these Germans are poised to become very popular in the States.

Trails and Ways – Nunca

It’s tough not to start dancing to this one. Trails and Ways describes their sound as “bossanova dreampop,” and I think that’s really the best description possible for what they have released on their new album, Trilingual. Listen to my favorite track off of that EP below, and hit the link above to stream the new EP.


Paul Otten – Breeze

Paul Otten’s “Breeze” sounds like a song that could be a breakout single this summer. Perfect for the beach and backyard barbeques, this song is simple, fun, and guarantees a good mood. Breeze will certainly be in heavy rotation in the weeks to come.
Schoolboy Q – Collard Greens feat. Kendrick Lamar

Given that this one features two of my favorite MCs of the moment, it almost makes the list by default. That being said, it clearly came with high expectations, and in my mind, it exceeded them. With great verses from the two of them, TDE kills it as always.

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