As music listening habits become more specialized, it's easier than ever to miss a new song. Unless it gets put in constant rotation on the radio, earns a coveted spot on your favorite playlist, or pops up on the soundtrack to that hot new TV show, most tracks -- even from big artists -- fly under the radar for the casual music fan. Thankfully, we've got you covered. Below, you'll find five new songs of the moment that are worth taking time out of your busy day for. It doesn't matter what genre the song comes from or how popular the artist is. If it's good, we want you to hear it -- and then listen again.
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Rapper Danny Brown's lead single off his upcoming record uknowhatimsayin¿, out October 4, is like an unfiltered stand-up set or deranged skit from The Eric Andre Show in the form of a hip-hop song. His life coming out of dealing in Detroit to a career as one of rap's greatest alt stars has certainly been a wild ride, and his brazen personality has only made the journey all the more interesting. He embraces this debauchery on "Dirty Laundry," chronicling a series of ridiculous sexcapades delivered in a snarky, comical tone over '90s-bumping production from A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip. Brown sounds his best bonkers, and the punchline, carried all the way to the final verse, slaps on this one.
ATL hip-hop duo EARTHGANG theatrically croons, "just another day in these filthy, sweet Atlanta streets," to kick off their track "UP" -- as if peeling back the curtain on the circus of a track that's about to play, and the allure of their hometown scene. Officially released on their new major label debut, Mirrorland, out on J. Cole's imprint, the song is like a showcase of the tenacity of the Southern sound and the up-and-comers themselves. They mercilessly play with funk and keep you on your toes by swerving between R&B swoons and ghastly, screeching bars. It pulsates with OutKast's influence, but largely relays how much these two are the next Atlanta artists to watch. EARTHGANG knows they're on the up and up.
Electropop experimentalist Grimes blew critics away with her 2015 record Art Angels, and after four years, her new album Miss_Anthrop0cene is finally on the way. By no means has she been quiet in the interim, though. Rather, she's been making headlines for reasons that can only be described as a glitch in the simulation, like dating Elon Musk and feuding with outspoken rapper Azeaelia Banks for locking her out of Musk's home. But now she's doubling down on music in the most majestic way that only a strange alien princess turned sort of household name like her could. The forthcoming record is said to be "a concept album about the anthropomorphic goddess of climate change" (because of course), and "Violence" definitely embraces that allegory with lyrics about complacency in an abusive relationship. It's melodic and her breathy, girlish vocals sound manufactured to mirror a cookie-cutter pop star, making that intentional toxicity all the more tangible.
Some of the pop songs that tend to dazzle us the most are the ones that see beyond the saccharine and instead try to make sense of tragedy, or at least find a sort of solace. It's something the LA-based, three-piece pop band MUNA recognizes, making a somber but euphoric record like Saves the World about their lifelong journeys growing beyond trauma. "Taken" is one of the album's most beautiful offerings, with sprawling synthesizers and guitars like a '90s alt-pop band and lyrics about the desperation reaching for someone who isn't yours to have. (A second verse has seriously never sounded more brutal than it does here). Harry Styles co-signed the group a couple years ago, bringing them on the road for his stadium tour, so take the contemporary rock prince's advice and lend your tears to MUNA. Their hearts are on their sleeves begging for someone to heal along with them.
"My Way to You," Somos
One of the most poignant rock songs of the year unequivocally goes to Boston's pop-punk/activist hometown heroes Somos. Their track "My Way to You" off this year's recent Prison on a Hill finds the band pondering how they hope their relationships with loved ones turn out when life reaches its final hour. For a band known for brash punk sounds, it's as if this number was pulled in from another ethereal dimension with its synthesizers and chorus that builds like the final cinematic sequence of a classic movie when the hero is running into the arms of the one they love. And it all plays out with a particular heartbreak, considering the group's founding member and guitarist Phil Haggerty died ahead of the record's official release. A lovely emo ballad, and a reminder to forever work your way to the ones you love.
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