This week's 5 best songs run the gamut from hip-house to orchestrated indie pop, slacker rock and more. They're waiting for you to hit play.
Dan Boeckner and Devojka's synth pop outfit deliver a serpentine, four-on-the-floor rave-up for Boeckner's plaintive cry. Not every dance is a celebration; sometimes it's an exorcism.
Here, Cronin channels Evan Dando, where even this stew of sunny licks manages to sound bittersweet, as if good times themselves portend rain clouds. No reason why melancholia can't be crazy catchy though, right?
Montreal producer Kaytranada made his name with remixes, but as he moves into full-scale collaborations (let's call them "pre-mixes"), he's showing what he can really do. Vic Mensa is at his best over neon electronic beats (the rap flow every DJ dreams of), so this is a natural fit.
“Put me on a pedestal, and I’ll only disappoint you,” rolls off her tongue, dripping in desperation and self-deprecation. In quick succession, she spews everything an over-self-conscious 20-something has bottled inside after a shitty day.
"Sarah" is an unreleased song from Trick, a 2012 album getting a re-release, and it's a gem, occupying the space between a softly-strummed indie ballad and a woozy lie-back-and-watch-the-ceiling-spin stunner.