With so much good music steadily coming through, it’s easy to miss some of the best. To help prevent this, we’ve rounded up the best songs from the past week. Here are the songs you can’t afford to skip, in no particular order.
Young Thug – “Family Don’t Matter”
The first words on Young Thug’s new Beautiful Thugger Girls album are: “What up? I’m tryin’ to put my dick inside your panties.” Before the drums kick in, Thug yells “yee haw.” And right when you think the song is about to end, an unfamiliar British female voice sings a bridge about purple dreams and human-shaped clouds of smoke. And just like that, the tone is set for the strange and wonderful BTG.—Jacob Moore
Lorde – “Hard Feelings / Loveless”
I was worried that Lorde would have a hard time following up an album as beautiful as Pure Heroine. I thought this the other day as I gave that album another spin. But rest assured, Lorde fans who’ve yet to dive into Melodrama: she’s done it again. The album is supposed to be a celebration of growing up, and that’s a great way to handle growing up, but I get the sense that there were some growing pains that may have taken her a little while to get over before she could fully embrace it.
“Hard Feelings / Loveless” encompasses that idea well, with the former, a gut-wrenching breakup song as she comes to terms with a crumbling relationship, and the latter an upbeat offering that dares a lover to “rip [her] heart out.” The two parts provide an interesting juxtaposition, melodramatic sadness with a cool, calm angst. Lorde paints an oddly familiar picture, and it’s because these intense feelings are what growing up is all about.—Joyce
Denzel Curry ft. Lil Ugly Mane – “Deltron 6 Billion”
Toro y Moi – “Girl Like You”
But let’s be honest. The Anything in Return/Under the Pine Toro is the Chaz we love best. The wonky synths, the shy, romantic lyrics, the irresistible hook—Toro is at his indie electronic finest on “Girl Like You,” and while it’s only the first single, I say with absolute confidence that the accompanying album Boo Boo is going to be incredible.—Graham Corrigan
2 Chainz ft. Monica – “Burglar Bars”
2 Chainz’ new album has its fair share of turned up tracks (“Riverdale Rd,” “Sleep When You Die”) but it’s the slower moments when he gets to fully flex his incredible rapping skills that are the most impressive. “Good Drank” is one of those moments and “Poor Fool” is too, but Chainz might have saved the best song on Pretty Girls Like Trap Music until last.
“Burglar Bars” has a warm, soulful beat (Mike Dean was one of the producers) and lyrics about 2 Chainz’ past, his come up, and his successes. It has that real classic album outro feel, and if you thought 2 Chainz only sounded good over trap beats…well, you’re wrong.—Alex Gardner
smrtdeath – “Let It Bleed”
I’m excited to hear more from 25-year-old Canadian artist smrtdeath. “Let It Bleed” is impressive and I can see this guy’s look and brand catching on with bigger audiences over time. The taxpurposes-produced single has elements of both rock and hip-hop and fits right in with the new style of music being pioneered by guys like Lil Peep. Smrtdeath’s EP Sethany is set to release this summer and I have confidence that this will the beginning of what turns into a solid run for the young artist.—Eric Isom
Action Bronson – “Let Me Breathe”
Max Wonders – “Child”
Portugal. The Man – “Tidal Wave”
Fortunately, the band’s natural ear for catchy, blissful sounds cut through the dark source material for an immediately enjoyable, summer-ready listen. “Tidal Wave” might capture this feeling the best, somehow turning heavy lines like “Hit me like a tidal wave, triggered by the aftershock” into something you’ll want to yell out of your car window on a late night joyride.—Eric Skelton
Post Malone ft. Quavo & Future – “Congratulations (Remix)”
Nate Dae – “Nobody”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
The sample of Carlos Santana and The Product G&B’s 1999 hit single “Maria Maria” will instantly pull everyone in with feelings of nostalgia, but this new collaboration “Wild Thoughts” brings a fresh perspective to the rhythm. Tiller and Rihanna compliment each other well, and Rihanna can’t help but make a chorus you immediately want to sing along to. This is a collaboration I didn’t know I needed, thanks Khaled.—Adrienne Black