"Godzilla" by Anna Luno
The Beats 1 DJ unleashed a monster of a track with her latest single, "Godzilla." The song bursts right in with a stomp that definitely evokes the titular creature—and that brashness keeps the song at a peak energy the entire time.
"First Time" by Kygo ft. Ellie Goulding
Last year, Kygo released his debut album Cloud Nine, a record that was firmly within the tropical house style that he helped popularized over the last few years. This track featuring Ellie Goulding sees the Norwegian producer pivoting into the pop world. Sonically, the same chill vibes are achieved, but pulling in big pop stars and showcasing their prominent vocals shows Kygo's interest in mining the space between straight-up pop and EDM.
"J-Boy" by Phoenix
Phoenix, the French rock band with a penchant for pop hooks, are back with a warm spring single. Eight years ago, the French band first broke into the mainstream with their album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, a collection of near-perfect pop-rock gems. "J-Boy" keeps the tight song structure that gave them so much success, but adds a welcome touch of distortion and mess to the mix.
"Did You See" by J Hus
On More Life, Drake pulled from various musical influences—one of the most overlooked being the British sub-genre of road rap. That's the lane in which young British rapper J Hus operates, weaving in hooks that pull in from Afrobeats, and verses that hint at grime. But you don't need to know all that to enjoy this one—this is simply a catchy song that will stay with you from the moment you press play.
"Room" by Palehound
The singer Ellen Kempner, who performs under the name Palehound, offers a bit of domestic reflection on her latest song, "Room." It's an effective little love song that chooses to focus on life's smaller moments instead of grandiose gestures of affection.
"I'm The One" by DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo, Lil Wayne
DJ Khaled might be known now for his memes and catchphrases, but the reason he's endured in the rap world is his ability to optimize talent. That is exactly what he does on "I'm The One," getting Justin Bieber to provide a hook that sounds like the singer might've actually enjoyed being the studio, and pairing it with humorous verses from Chance the Rapper, Quavo, and Lil Wayne—all rappers who relish the opportunity to shine within 16 bars.
"What in The XXXTarnation" by XXXtentation ft. Ski Mask The Slump God
XXXtentation and Ski Mask The Slump God might technically be rappers, but their music feels more than a hop, skip, and a jump away from the conventions of the genre. "What In The XXXTarnation" is much closer to a distorted punk song, evoking rap provocateurs Death Grips—but where there was an art-school wink to the music of that band, XXXTentation and Ski Mask sincerely revel in the chaos and noise of their music.
"Line Of Sight" by ODESZA ft. WYNNE & Mansionair
The Seattle duo ODESZA are ready to make 2017 their year. Their newest single "Line of Sight" is a grandiose pop statement that signals that the mega-popular EDM act is ready to take on the pop world. When you hear the song's uplifting closing lines, "Help me out / To let me down / I could learn from you," it's easy to picture them echoing across festival sites this summer.
"Body" by Sean Paul ft. Migos
With the increased mainstream interest in dancehall over the last couple of years, it's not surprising that Sean Paul, who was around when the genre first crossed over into the United States, would see his profile rise. "Body" is a warm-weather track that sounds like it could've been pulled from Sean Paul's earlier records, but guest verses from the cheerful Migos trio help update it for 2017.
"Sound of Walking Away" by Illenium ft. Kerli
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