Vagrant Records / The Verve Music Group / Atlantic Records
Lilian Min
February 27, 2016 4:00 pm
Vagrant Records / The Verve Music Group / Atlantic Records

Having a hard time keeping up with all the new music that drops every week? Us too — which is why we’re rounding up the best new music of the week every Saturday evening.

Icona Pop — “Someone Who Can Dance”

Have you ever heard something so viscerally “YAAASSSS” that you want to faint? Icona Pop’s latest is just that — and, it also offers the best pop music Pirate Bay reference ever.

Zayn — “It’s You”

Pop’s most interesting bad boy (come at me, Bieber stans) gives his voice full range on this breathy, vocally bold tune. Sing it together: “It’s youuuuOOOOOOOOoooOOOOOOOooooOOOooooOOooooOOO…”

Santigold — 99 Cents

We got a hint of all the pop goodness Santigold was set to unleash in the run-up to 99 Cents, but the actual breadth of the album is, well, breath-taking. (Though, we’ll be saving these songs for summer, where they truly belong.)

Stream 99 Cents here

Yuna — “Crush” ft. Usher

Two of modern R&B’s most consistent voices have finally teamed up together for one all-star effort, and it’s smoother than one of those screensaver videos of a lush perpetual waterfall.

Charli XCX — Vroom Vroom

Charli XCX is no stranger to changing up her musical style, and her latest flip — from saccharine-tart pop to sleek but chaotic electro — offers up a taste of what could possibly be on her Sucker follow-up.

Miguel — “Waves (Tame Impala Remix)”

Miguel’s “Waves” is one of the best pieces of music to come out from 2015, period, and his new EP of remixes on the song is packed with some great takes. Kacey Musgraves in particular flips the tune well too, but this Tame Impala remix amps up those hazy ’70s vibes to destructive (in a good way) levels.

NAO — “Fool To Love”

NAO keeps releasing these unpredictable, dense, dance meditations; it shouldn’t work every single time, and yet it does, and spectacularly so.

School of Seven Bells — SVIIB

School of Seven Bells band member Benjamin Curtis passed away from lymphoma from 2013, but for the band’s first post-Curtis release, they’ve turned his final work into not somber elegy, but stunning celebration.

Stream SVIIB here

The Knocks — “Love Me Like That” ft. Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen really should’ve been born in the ’80s; her voice sounds like the equivalent of a wind machine blowing back feathered bangs, especially so when paired with The Knocks’ excellent production on this teen dream track. (It’s not hard to hear “thunder” and think immediately of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” — not a bad callback.)

KYYN — “In My Dreams”

We’d been jamming out to singer-songwriter KYYN’s “Walk On Water,” and her second song “In My Dreams” keeps the lusciously good vibes going.

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