Rihanna could not have taken a harder left turn from her last song, dropped on the internet this week. That's obviously the biggest song of the week, but there were also some other great ones from No Joy, Shamir and more.
Rihanna reclaims her bad gal status with the "trap goddess" banger "Bitch Better Have My Money." BBHMM is hard and fierce — a complete 180 from her latest collaborative soft-rock, semi-experimental hit "FourFiveSeconds" and her rudest track yet.
"Everything New" moves like ocean surf: Laura Lloyd and Jasamine White-Gluz's twin vocals roll in and wash up and recede into lace; guitar strings twinkle like bits of spray scattering sunlight; the bass is the undercurrent, the engine that keeps the tune's whole ebb and flow in motion.
Shamir's bouyant, bouncy vogue-maker isn't about new love. It's not a party anthem (though it might sound like it). Nope, "Call It Off," is an empowerment track dressed up in club wear.
These are bodies behaving in ways they shouldn't. It's a glimpse into a totally unfamiliar world — fantastic, frightening.
The Manchester Glower — maybe the most contagious disease affecting bands in the 21st century — has claimed another. These guys happen to wear it quite well. Gimme this over new Interpol.