1. Hercules & Love Affair – “Omnion”
Andy Butler is back with a brand new album titled Omnion, an electronic music adventure that’s a bit more straight forward pop than his previous albums. The first track, also titled “Omnion,” features stunning vocals from Sharon Van Etten, backed by a lush horn section and twinkling synths. The combination is breathtaking.
2. Frank Ocean – “Provider”
Frank Ocean keeps bringing the singles one after another (this is the 5th post-Blonde if you count “Slide”) and I love it. His latest is “Provider,” a track that sounds like he’s trying to figure out his relationship with a close friend, which rumor has it maybe Memo Guzman. I listen to Frank Ocean constantly and this track brings more of the chill R&B energy that he’s perfected.
3. Wiki – “Made For This” feat. Ghostface Killah
Heard this track on Beats One the other day and it immediately took me back. Wiki brings legit New York rap into the spotlight with this track, which is only made better by Wu Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah. The combination creates a timeless rap track that you have to nod to.
4. Adrian Underhill – “Cruel”
Tornoto based musician Adrian Underhill released his new sone “Cruel” and it’s so damn catchy, I can’t get it out of my head. It’s a sexy little pop track about two lovers trying to understand one another in a cruel world. Lots of 70’s inflected guitars paired with Underhill’s sweet as sugar vocals make this a true hit.
5. Matthew Dear – “Bad Ones” feat. Tegan and Sarah
I’m a big fan of Matthew Dear’s and was surprised and elated to hear did a collaboration with Tegan and Sarah. The track sounds like it should be the end scene music for a John Hughes movie, and I mean that in the best way possible. With adorable lyrics like “I’m one of the bad ones, And that’s why you feel lucky” you can’t help but bop along to this track.
6. King Krule – “Czech One”
Archy Marshall is back performing as King Krule (a moniker he had seemingly abandoned) with a track called “Czech One”, the single coming out on the 4-year anniversary of Krule’s debut studio album 6 Feet Beneath the Moon. It’s a beautifully haunting track, a dark jazz adventure with Marshall’s voice floating over the whole thing like a dream.