If you're looking for new songs, you've come to the right place. We've got elegant jazz, sunny pop-punk and dreamy electronica. We've even got great new tracks featuring Lana Del Rey and Frank Ocean.
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Not only can you stream the tracks here as YouTube videos, but you can also get these songs on Spotify with our playlist, which will be updated weekly. That way you can play them on your Bluetooth speakers or wireless headphones or save them for offline moments.
Paramore, "Hard Times"
Tropicalia is the last sound I expected to hear from the alt/pop rock trio Paramore, but "Hard Times" is one of the better kinds of surprises. This track takes an art-rock funk more commonly associated with Tune-Yards and pairs it with relatable lyrics about life getting you down. Whether or not the title and "rock bottom" referencing chorus are intended to evoke Dusty Rhodes and Dwayne Johnson is up for discussion, but this song is an undoubtable earworm.
Kamasi Washington, "Truth"
Before now, I only knew Kamasi Washington as a collaborator of Kendrick Lamar's and Run the Jewels. After having heard this wonderful 12-minute jazz track, though, I stand corrected of my ignorance. Bask in the song's wonderfully frenetic horns, elegant piano keys and plentiful drum cymbals.
J. Dilla, "Motor City 1"
The recently-released Motor City beat collection is the latest piece of proof that Detroit's J. Dilla (aka James Yancey) worked at an unrivaled, prodigious pace. The beatsmith passed away from Lupus in 2006, but only three years have passed since without the release of a solid record. While Motor City doesn't hit the heights of, say, 2006's Donuts, the album is still worth checking out.
MØ, "Nights with You"
This bouncy track tells the tale of trying to get a lady to forget a boyfriend, but it's not a romantic song. Singer MØ has been quick to explain in interviews that it's about her best friend, who has been going through so much worry and nonsense when dealing with her boyfriend.
Lana Del Rey feat. The Weeknd, "Lust for Life"
It's a marvel that it took until 2015's "Prisoner" for Lana Del Rey to collaborate with The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) as their sounds fit together so smoothly. "Lust for Life," their fourth latest collaboration, brings the lyrically-star-crossed singers together as they find the will to go on - in lust.
Joe Goddard, "Human Heart"
Now that Hot Chip's synth-master Joe Goddard's solo record Electric Lines is out, we're happy to report that it's a delight. And if the high-tempo energy of the single "Home" didn't grab you, you might be happy to hear that the record's slower jams also rock. This track features a strong bassline that thumps much like, you guessed it, a human heart, and pairs it with lyrics from an uncredited female vocalist.
Frank Ocean, "Lens"
Note: Frank Ocean hasn't released this song on YouTube, so check it out on our Spotify playlist.
Maybe I wouldn't be so fond of "Lens" - which feels a little aimless - if it weren't for "Biking," an all-too-crowded featuring Jay Z and Tyler, The Creator. Ocean debuted both on his Beats 1 "blonded RADIO" show this month (April 2017), but there's Lens allows me to focus, pun not-intended, on well-autotuned lyrics. Here, Frank's talking about all of the attention (lenses, eyes and smiles) he's getting and how he thinks his ancestors are proud.
Kendrick Lamar, "DNA."
Yes, it's the third week in a row that this column has suggested you listen to a track from Kendrick Lamar's new album DAMN. Yes, that's how damn good the record is. Also, the video for "DNA." begins with the spirit of Lamar filling a cop (portrayed by Don Cheadle), compelling him to rap (okay, lip-synch) the song's words.
Little Dragon's "High"
The beat of Little Dragon "High" starts with a clear, sharp synth that caught me off-guard, and had me waiting it to take a turn to west coast rap. Instead, we're treated to a silky-smooth R&B gem featuring a rattling drum cymbal bass.