Buzzing Music: 19 New Songs You Need To Stream In April
1 April 2016, 13:00 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09
Banging tracks and remixes from all over the internet in one place.
Alright then, who wants all the hottest music online from the world of pop, indie, R&B, rap, electronica, pop-punk, funk (okay, I'm getting bored now...) in one supa dupa playlist?
Great! Here you go:
A.K. Paul - "Landcruisin"
Jai Paul's brother makes futuristic soul music? Who knew! And it's, like, really good! This doesn't let you off the hook though, Jai. Hurry the F- up.
ANOHNI - "Drone Bomb Me"
Antony (of Antony & the Johnsons) has done a Bob Dylan and 'gone electric'. Well, kinda. Anyway, Antony is making the best music of her career since the Mercury Prize winning album I Am A Bird Now. We are completely obsessed with this.
Ariana Grande - "Dangerous Woman"
This is, quite simply, the best song of Ariana's career and a slow burner to end all slow burners. If James Bond was a woman, this would be her theme song. SLAY ME ARIANA!!!!!
Brodka - "Horses"
Pop music and Poland didn't necessarily correlate in our mind but now they do thanks to Brodka, who has made an impressive start to her first English-language CLASHES album with this pop gem.
Chase Atlantic - "Obsessive"
There's more than a whiff of The 1975 to this indie-pop track but we don't care. It's catchy AF and the saxophone is EXQUISITE.
Hundred Waters - "Show Me Love" (Skrillex remix)
The Chance the Rapper/Skrillex/Hundred Waters remix, "Show Me Love", is the perfect example of how three wildly different genres can come together and live in perfect harmony. Hundred Waters’ vocal led "Show Me Love" creates the backbone of the entire track while Skrillex’s masterful production blends in the always charismatic Chance the Rapper. If there is anything you need to hear this month, it’s certainly this gem of a remix.
Jessy Lanza - "VV Violence"
Signed to legendary label Hyper Dub, Jessy Lanza is a Canadian songwriter and producer who mixes everything from soul, funk, 2-step and house into something really unique, as demonstrated by this straight-up banger "VV Violence".
Kiiara - "Hang Up Tha Phone"
We don't know how many times we've written about Kiiara this year but we don't intend on stopping. The bleepy electro-pop princess has finally delivered her first EP Low Kii Savage and this is definitely a stand out. We are so ready for that album!
Kamaiyah - "How Does It Feel"
The internet had a meltdown last month because of the debut mixtape, A Good Night in the Ghetto, from 21-year-old Oakland rapper Kamaiyah. Mixing 90s rap and R&B, Kamaiyah is carving out a comfortable niche for herself. The lead single "How Does It Feel" is one of the stand out moments.
Kill J - "Back Home"
If you haven't heard the sultry, succulent tunes of Kill J, picture me violently shaking your shoulders and repeating "why why why" over and over again. The Copenhagen based artist falls somewhere between a Grimes and a Kiiara which, to be honest, is an ideal place to live, musically. Her latest, "Back Home", is a warm, intensely satisfying hip hop/trap adjacent number with serious appeal. Check out "Back Home" and don't say I never gave you anything.
LANY - "WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS"
Meet LANY, writers of your summer anthem-in-waiting. Formed in Nashville and now living in Los Angeles, this track has got enough breezy indie-pop vibes to give Empire Of The Sun a run for their money.
Lisa Prank - "Starting Again"
Lo-fi meets pop-punk, what could go wrong? Almost everything. But somehow it doesn't in the hands Robin Edwards, who's got an eye for a killer chorus hook that will make this a go-to-banger for the pop punk kids this summer.
M83 - "Do It, Try It"
He's back! And it doesn't suck! #PraiseTheLord
Mura Masa - "What If I Go?"
Mura Masa, aka Alex Crossan, is an electronic producer from Guernsey, a small British Island where literally nothing ever happens. This has absolutely nothing to do with the song but we felt it was important to bring this fact to your attention.
"What If I Go?" instantly makes us think of BBQs, jorts and getting sunburn. All great things, so this song has definitely achieved it's primary aim of making us long for the summer.
Pretty Sister - "Come To L.A"
If you can kind anything funkier released this month then I will eat my entire collection of James Brown vinyls.
Pumarosa - "Cecile"
Despite the somewhat chaotic opening to this track, "Cecile" is a slick 80s new-wave pop masterclass. If "Cecile" was a person, we'd imagine he'd be a sexy French man who could seduce you with a mere wink of his eye and a shimmy of his hips. Oh, Cecile...stop it.
The Ready Set - "Swim"
Hopeless Records is usually the home to pop-punk purists but their latest signing The Ready Set are taking the label deep into pop terriority. And that's a good thing. "Swim" is a beaut of a song. New album Will Be Nothing Without Your Love is out April 8.
Rostam - "Gravity Don't Pull Me"
Rostam Batmanglij has been carving out a name for himself as a record producer for the likes of Sky Ferreira and Charli XCX in recent years. This is his first solo single since announcing his departure from Vampire Weekend and we're completely smitten.
Layers of synths circle Rostam's sweetly-sung delivery but there's a dark core to this song. "And the worst way I ever felt was from this same boy that I still miss, cause I messed it up, and it broke my heart." FYI don't listen to this if you're already feeling like an emotional wreck.
Soft Lit - "U Up"
New York indie label behemoths Godmode released the self-titled debut EP from electro duo Soft Lit earlier this month and it doesn't disappoint. Driving-synths, catchy vocals and the most hipster band name we've heard all year, what more could you want?