"Lose Myself" by k?d
The reclusive Florida producer k?d finds new ground with "Lose Myself." k?d's older music may have had an angsty industrial sound, but "Lose Myself" finds him working with an easygoing pop groove much closer in spirit to the work of the electronic duo Porter Robinson and Madeon.
"Beautiful Little Fools" by Jorja Smith
You may have first heard of British singer Jorja Smith through her appearance on more than one track on Drake's latest album, More Life. She provided an effortless cool to the Canadian pop star's new record, but that was no surprise to her fans—and her new single "Beautiful Little Fools" offers up another dose of that same alluring vibe.
"2 Good 2 Be True" by Nite Jewel
Nite Jewel's meditative R&B has often been best listened to after sundown, ideally in the early a.m. hours. "2 Good 2 Be True" is a hard pivot that has her recalling the high-energy crossover house hits of the early '90s, from Crystal Waters to Robin S.
"XO Tour Llif3" by Lil Uzi Vert
Last year, through relentless touring and a few excellent mixtapes, Lil Uzi Vert suddenly found himself inching ever closer to rap's upper echelon. That's what makes "XO Tour Llif3" such a strange release, one that finds him digging even deeper and arriving at what is essentially an emo song. How else can we describe a song with lyrics like, "Push me to the edge / all my friends dead," sung in a charming, nasally whine.
"Still Got Time" by Zayn & PartyNextDoor
A year after the release of his debut album, Mind of Mine, Zayn Malik remains the only former member of One Direction still making waves on the pop scene. His new track "Still Got Time" featuring PartyNextDoor shows that he isn't slowing down. Here, he makes a welcome shift to more upbeat terrain, after spending 2016 deep in the land of bleak R&B.
"The Heart Part 4" by Kendrick Lamar
On To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar took on a broader political identity after years of focusing on his home of Compton. With "The Heart Part 4," he returns to his competitive rap roots, letting people know that he's back to reclaim the rap throne.
"Todo Cambio" by Becky G
Becky G scored a surprise pop hit in 2014 with "Shower," her ode to spontaneous shower singing. Her new single "Todo Cambio" may not have the novelty appeal of her last hit, but it's another energetic romp from the actress/singer you'll soon be seeing on screen as the Yellow Ranger in the new Power Rangers movie.
"Looks Like That" by Sneaks
At three minutes and seventeen seconds, "Looks Like That" is nearly a double album compared to the minute-long poetic sketches you're likely to hear from Brooklyn-based singer Sneaks. While it may be a bit of a departure, the song retains her sparse, early '80s-inspired, post-punk style, and signature deadpan vocal delivery.
"From The D To The A" by Tee Grizzley (feat. Lil Yatchy)
The Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley scored a viral hit late last year, launched his career, and landed him this collaboration with Lil Yatchy. "From the D to the A" opens with Yachty spitting pretty harsh rhymes—compared to his cuddly public persona, at least—before Grizzley tears into this devastating beat, reminiscent of a classic Cash Money Records track.
"Get What You Give" by Felix Cartal
Felix Cartal's "Get What You Give" wistfully opens with the line, "Wake up kids, we've got a dreamer's disease." That hopeful, wide-eyed perspective carries through the song, as guitars drift in to interplay with the ever-present rays of tropical house sunshine.