With so much new music coming out every week, it can be hard to know what to listen to first. Every week, we highlight some of our favorite tracks to kick off your weekend. The best way to keep up with our selections is by following our ‘New Music On-Repeat’ playlist on Spotify. This week’s picks include tracks from Big Thief, Mitski, LP, and more!
- PinkPantheress – “I must apologize”
PinkPantheress’s low-key dance music found a home on TikTok this year with a string of viral singles that propelled her towards success. Even as she prepares to release her debut mixtape in the coming week, these singles have collectively garnered hundreds of millions of streams, a truly impressive rise. If your ears are having a hard time adjusting to the heavy industrial barrage of hyperpop, PinkPantheress is an artist who bridges the gap between a futuristic sonic palate and a sweet fresh sound that is both easy to listen to and fascinating.
- HONNE – “BACK ON TOP” ft. Griff
English electronic duo HONNE have been working with some of the most exciting artists on the rise. Today, they team up with recent Brit Rising Star Award winner Griff to create this love song with an unmistakable swinging groove. Co-written by Sam Smith and Reuben James, the tight lyricism and clean production makes for pop excellence.
- COIN – “Chapstick”
Pop outfit COIN have proven time and time again that they can harness the most alluring trends in pop music to create immaculate tracks fit for the festival stage. This new track “Chapstick” is one of their most compelling, opening with a classic distorted guitar riff and Chase Lawrence’s rhythmic verses that feel reminiscent of some of Beck’s earlier catalogue.
- Sam Fender – “Long Way Off”
Newcastle rocker Sam Fender just released his second album Seventeen Going Under, a sprawling alt-rock record tackling the anxiety of transitioning from a boy to a man. The coming-of-age ethos of the record is perfectly encapsulated on the cinematic rock ballad “Long Way Off”, where Fender explores his frustration with the state of the world. The dazzling looped instrumental has a flavor of The War On Drugs, with keen lyricism a la Matt Berninger of The National.
- Oberhofer – “SUNSHiiNE” (feat. Shamir & Nick Valensi)
Brad Oberhofer just announced his first full length album in six years will be released next month. Smothered will feature this summer’s single “What Does It Mean To Me?” and contributions from everyone from Girlpool to King Princess. “SUNSHiiNE” is the latest single from the record, and only builds our excitement for the new project with its delicate balancing of sonic elements and fun synth melodies.
- LP – “Angels”
Laura Pergolizzi Ruffo, aka acclaimed singer and songwriter LP, has shared a new track “Angels” to the delight of fans everywhere. LP knows how to craft truly exceptional songs, which employ masterful dynamics and precise, earnest songwriting. This talent shines on “Angels” as LP shows off the soaring rasp of her voice amidst grand nostalgic drums.
- Dua Saleh – “fav flav” ft. Duckwrth
Minneapolis based musician Dua Saleh partners with rapper/songwriter Duckwrth on this new swirling dance track “fav flav”. The subject matter in this song is lighter than Saleh’s usual work, but the fun instrumental and delightful production makes this one of their best tracks yet. The focal point of the instrumental lies in a distant flute, which gives the song an otherworldly feel as Saleh dances across gorgeous Arabic lyrics.
- Big Thief – “Change”
A warm acoustic guitar folds us into another peaceful spell four-piece rock band Big Thief seamlessly cast. The assured strumming and whispering drums orbit around frontwoman Adrianne Lenker’s captivating voice, somehow chittering in your ear and creeping into your bones at the same time. It’s this bewitching quality of Big Thief that keeps me coming back for more, unable to resist that lovely trance they pull you into.
- Mitski – “Working for the Knife”
What does it mean to make music in the modern media landscape? “I always knew the world moves on/I just didn’t know it would go without me” sings beloved singer, songwriter, and composer Mitski on her new single “Working for the Knife”. In 2019, just off the heels of her widely acclaimed record Be the Cowboy, Mitski announced she would be taking an indefinite break from performing, fearing the daily grind of being a working musician would start to consume her identity. Now, she has returned with this new single that dives into the inner conflict arising from that hiatus, with “the Knife” serving as a metaphor for the cultural, economic, and social systems that confine us. It’s as if Mitski is both reluctant and hopeful in her return, as if calling out the economic tides and pressures of the music industry can free her from their grasp.
- SEB – “god of the sunsets”
SEB’s “seaside_demo” absolutely skyrocketed earlier this year due to its viral success on TikTok. With so many viral success stories, the initial hype fades and the artist is never able to replicate that same endearing quality that garnered them so many listeners in the first place. SEB is clearly not one of those artists. With each track he puts out, SEB defines his sunny sound with more clarity and depth. On this new track, his laid back attitude and seamless melodicism is absolutely irresistible.