"The Leather One" by King Dude
King Dude is no stranger to dark places, but he gets particularly foreboding here. "I don't care if we live or die, I feel alright," he bellows in his distinctive, gravelly baritone. "And if you want to go for a ride, step inside / And if you want to take a life, that's alright." Uh, we're good, dude. But that doesn't mean we don't love what you're doing here.
"Love Somebody" (Mr. Carmack remix) by Ta-Ku & Wafia
Leave it to Mr. Carmack to take a song about a rough breakup and turn it into an absolute jam. The production is sweepy and smooth as hell, the synths are blippy and melodic, and the beat is irresistibly bounce-worthy. Perfect for Friday night hangs, post-relationship catharsis, and everything in between.
"After the Afterparty" by Charli XCX ft. Lil Yachty
After bonding over their shared love for Panic at the Disco, Charli XCX and hip-hop artist Lil Yachty decided to collaborate. They teamed up with PC Music's Sophie to create a playful anthem about a party that never ends. Sounds a little exhausting, but this track is so good that it makes us want to give it a shot, at least.
"Someone Like You" by Mayer Hawthorne
"Baby, you could be my Jane B / And I could be your Serge Gainsbourg," Mayer Hawthorne croons soulfully. "Well, I don't know what you heard / But lately, I've been thinking you / should date me / But I can't seem to find the words." Oh, but we think you just did, Mayer. That's the best pickup line we've heard in a long time.
"Dead Alive" by The Shins
It's been a long time since the majority of us were introduced to The Shins by way of a certain scene in a certain little movie starring Natalie Portman and Zach Braff. They're back with this new single that not only stays true to their roots, feeding our nostalgia, but also brings a new texture to the table, thanks to the spooky production. The release date for their full-length hasn't yet been announced, but it's due out sometime next year.
"Make America Great Again" by Pussy Riot
It's probably no surprise to any of us that Pussy Riot are anti-Trump. "Let other people in / Listen to your women / Stop killing black children / Make America great again," the Russian punkers sing. A simple message, but one that packs more than one punch (and they're not only swinging at Trump).
"Father, Father" by Jay Prince
This track from London rapper Jay Prince's new album could pass for early Kanye if you weren't listening closely. But Kanye's more apt to claim he's God than to write a song about religion. "That's your light / I been wondering what my purpose is at night," Jay raps, lamenting the struggles of making art. "As soon as I got all the answers it's nothing but love."