Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the last 24 hours. Today, Mac DeMarco gives us — for better or worse — more trademark Mac, Metric will have you dancing at your desk, and a leaked Jamie xx-Young Thug collab is high-strength, all-purpose summer music.
Mac DeMarco, "The Way You'd Love Her"
Mac DeMarco has refined his laid-back wobbly-sincere guitar ballad sound to an instantly recognizable signature, which unfortunately means his new jealous guy single sounds a bit Mac-by-numbers. And that's a great outline to trace, but it's reaching saturation. You can even picture the dirtbag grin he'll make during the guitar solo at next year's Coachella. And the way it'll reappear in Indie Band X's new EP by 2016. At this point it seems like his public goofball persona is becoming a wholly separate entity from his records. It's a strange thing to say about Mac DeMarco, but he could stand to be a bit weirder. Here's hoping the name of his new mini-LP isn't an indicator of its place in his growing catalogue. - Richard Trapunski
Mac DeMarco's new record Another One will be out August 7th on Captured Tracks.
Metric, "The Shade"
An 8-bit arcade game has found its way into the new Metric single. That celebratory electronic synth wobble must be the winner of Addictive Bleep-Bloops 2015. I can’t get enough of it. I welcome the unabashed pop music route that Emily Haines & Friends have taken with a chorus that shimmers and gleams like a radioactive rainbow. If you share a cubicle with anyone you should tell them to reserve their judgment of your improv desk-dance until they listen to "The Shade." Good luck getting “I want it all, I want it all, I want it all” out of your head. It’s now stuck there. I want it all. Forever. - Ryan Parker
Metric's upcoming album will be released this September
Jamie xx ft. Young Thug, "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)"
An unfinished version of "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" from The xx drummer's upcoming In Colour surfaced online, slicked over by Young Thug's trademark slur. The song plays minimal and cool, it's bell shots pitch-bent and made woozy by the sun. It's all pulled together by a sample from The Persuasions' "Good Times." This is all-purpose summer music — the kinda tune that could handily travel from the beach to your car to the backyard BBQ party, on to the club, and again at the comedown. - Chris Hampton