This week we have new tracks from remix wunderkind Ryan Hemsworth, a "dumb" party tune from Brooklyn's Holy Ghost, some perfectly anthemic pop punk courtesy of Aye Nako, and much more. We start things off, though, with a collaboration between two of our favorite artists — the ever-impressive Solange and virtuosic rapper Kendrick Lamar. Enjoy!
"Looks Good With Trouble (feat. Kendrick Lamar)"
"Looks Good With Trouble" was already a breezy highlight from Solange's recent True EP, but Kendrick Lamar's guest appearance at the end of the remix makes it all the better. Here's hoping this isn't the last time they collaborate.
Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth is readying the much-anticipated Still Awake EP, and "Perfectly" is the latest track to drop from that release. Highlighting Hemsworth's woozy production, the track is bouncy dance-floor bliss. "Perfectly" is right.
"Dumb Disco Ideas"
Brooklyn duo Holy Ghost dropped the awesomely titled "Dumb Disco Ideas" out of the blue this week, along with a wonderfully simple video. Disco the track may be, but the the track's slinky pop is anything but dumb.
"Please Don't Leave"
Octo Octa does a great job mixing '90s house with warehouse-ready bass music. "Please Don't Leave" sees the Brooklyn producer in a romantic state of mind, sampling the phrase "I don't want you to go" ad nauseum amongst new age-indebted synths and a pitter-patter of programmed beats.
“For The Inverted”
Aye Nako is an all-female four-piece that specializes in big pop-punk hooks that sound best when chanted by giant crowd of sweaty teenagers. The band calls its music "queercore" and "homo-pop," and feminist themes run throughout its tunes, but the band's gleeful calls to embrace the moment and yourself should translate to people of every creed, gender, and orientation.
Janine and the Mixtape
New Zealand-born newcomer Janine and the Mixtape sings woozy R&B that she also writes, plays, and produces herself. New single "Hold Me" is foggy slow burner from her upcoming Dark Mind EP.
"Sea of Love"
The big story this week may have been Daft Punk's new album, but everyone's favorite chamber-rockers The National also quietly previewed its new record, Trouble Will Find Me. "Sea of Love" is a brooding highlight from the LP about aging, apologizing, and the trials and tribulations of love.
Photos, Clockwise From Left: The National, Ryan Hemsworth, Janine and the Mixtape, Solange