"Love Incredible" by Cashmere Cat ft. Camila Cabello
Typically known for his eclectic live sets and rap production, Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat's career took a surprising turn a couple years ago when he decided to collaborate with pop star Ariana Grande on some slinky, R&B lite jams. This tune, with former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello, further situates the producer in the pop realm—but before the tranquil song comes to a close, it's upended in the closing seconds by some off-kilter vocal distortion, showing that the producer still hasn't fully crossed over.
"It Ain't Me" by Kygo ft. Selena Gomez
Tropical house was the genre of 2015, with previously little-known producers like Robin Schulz ("Waves") and Felix Jaehn ("Cheerleader") scoring major pop hits. The rapid pace at which electronic music evolves puts "It Ain't Me"—a collaboration between trop house king Kygo and Selena Gomez—in danger of sounding a bit dated, but the alluring track instantly overrides any such concerns.
"Tunnel Vision" by Kodak Black
The haunting, echo-drenched production from Southside and Metro Boomin' on "Tunnel Vision" plays nicely against Kodak Black's own world-weary voice. Kodak Black, who is just 19, has been on the come-up since 2014, with each new single (this one included) further proving how much he's been honing his craft.
"Hip Hopper" by Blac Youngsta ft. Lil Yachty
Even though both Blac Youngsta and Lil Yachty hail from the South, their approaches to rap couldn't be more distinct. Over a minimalist, old-school Bass beat, Youngsta takes a gangster rap pose, while Yachty—even at his most aggressive—remains a gleeful prankster.
"Sorry for Myself" by CADE
With the help of producers Skrillex and Diplo, Justin Bieber took serious inspiration from the world of tropical house for his 2015 Grammy-nominated album, Purpose. In a moment of the underground borrowing back from the mainstream, singer CADE borrows Bieber's self-loathing pose for his own moody single, "Sorry for Myself."
"Love" by Lana Del Rey
Four albums in, Lana Del Rey's musical formula can be easily summarized: an on-the-nose title, majestic, sweeping production, melancholy lyrics, and an obsession with youth. "Love" checks all of these boxes, and yet, it remains as alluring and intriguing as her earliest work. Some formulas are simply worth repeating.
"POA" by Future
On his most recent, self-titled album, Atlanta rapper Future locked into a fairly dour trap mindset, where emotions run cold, with life offering little reason for any depth of feeling. "POA" is a rare moment of unrestrained excitement on the album, and finds Future speeding up his flow and proving that he can switch up his style if need be.
"Nobody Hangs Out Anymore" by London O'Connor
Part-time rapper and part-time singer London O'Connor takes a wide-eyed look at the world in "Nobody Hangs Out Anymore." Over a simple drum loop and saccharine keyboards, he laments how people in the modern era spend so much time inside, glued to their screens. He also implicates himself in an effort to shake us out of this toxic rhythm of living.
"Peak Magnetic" by Clark
Back in 2014, the English producer Clark released a self-titled album that felt like a joyous tour of minimalist techno that hurtled listeners to the stars. His latest single, "Peak Magnetic," has a more grounded, jogger-esque pace, with synths that build and stack up on top of one another with each lap the song takes.
"Heavy" by Linkin Park ft. Kiiara
In the early 2000s, Linkin Park was known for an aggressive mix of quasi-metal and rap, but in recent years the band has begun to dabble in various EDM motifs. Despite being called "Heavy," this song is in fact a fairly featherweight effort compared to the band's typical fare—and while still known for their more aggressive side, Linkin Park has never been one to shy away from a ballad.
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