Once upon a time, the only way you could find out about new music was by being a mag head. Flipping through pages took you away from the Top 40 and introduced the Toro Y Mois, the Joyce Manors and the Big K.R.I.T.s of the world. For most, nothing felt better than throwing a new artist onto their third generation iPod and falling into the deep end of a different sound, and that’s where this feature comes in. Every month, we’ll mess with nostalgia and generate a staff-selected mix of new tracks and re-works that you may have missed, introducing a goodie bag of vices that deserve a spot in your rotation. Unfolding every genre, here are 20 Songs You Need To Listen To Now.
WASHED OUT – “IT ALL FEELS RIGHT”
Coming from the Class Of ’09, Ernest Greene dips into psychedelia that bleeds summer vibes.
SCHOOLBOY Q – “COLLARD GREENS” (ft. KENDRICK LAMAR)
TDE’s second coming hotwires reggae dub and lets his counterpart get raw and español all over it.
BONDAX – “GIVING IT ALL”
The Lancaster duo lay down a floor-filling retro cut with an unnamed vocalist and set the room on fire.
DAVID LYNCH – “I’M WAITING HERE” (FT. LYKKE LI)
The Big Dream bonus cut ties Lykke Li’s doo-wop style around Lynch’s “modernized form of low-down blues”.
DEER TICK – “THE ROCK”
McCauley: “a song about being in love with an artist and subsequently having your heart broken by that artist”.
NUDE BEACH – “WHAT CAN YA DO”
Jangling the keys to punk, surf pop and wholesome coyness, the Brooklyn outfit hit you in all the right places.
BLOUSE – “NO SHELTER”
There’s indie pop and then there’s the kind that opens and folds your emotions like an origami seminar.
ARCTIC MONKEYS – “DO I WANNA KNOW?”
Five albums deep and the fellows from Sheffield are still making knees collapse with intangible songwriting.
DADS – “INVISIBLE BLOUSE”
The Florida version of Dads (featuring members of Merchandise) ditch the polish and blow out every amp in sight.
O’BROTHER – “CONTEXT”
Ever wondered what tour jam sessions sound like when they’re given more grit, muscle and volume? Hit play.
MACHINE GUN KELLY – “PE$O” (ft. PUSHA T & MEEK MILL)
Kels one-ups with a middle finger salute that flows with guest bars and the intensity that outlines Black Flag.
2 CHAINZ – “FEDS WATCHING” (ft. PHARRELL)
Pharrell jumps on and 2 Chainz’s new album single jumps off while hanging on designer everything.
ANGEL HAZE – “INITIATION”
Haze’s Dirty Gold outtake hits hell and heaven on the way to offing everything you know about 2013 hip hop.
BLACK ATLASS – “PARIS”
Fools Gold’s latest signee, Alex Fleming, brushes off his age (19) and hometown (London, ON) for some serious soul.
DANNY BROWN – “KUSH COMA” (ft. A$AP ROCKY & ZELOOPERZ)
The Internet-riddled track makes another round with a 100% more A$AP Rocky and Bruiser Brigade.
JOEY BADA$$ – “AMETHYST ROCKSTAR” (ft. KIRK KNIGHT)
The newest leak from Joey’s Summer Knights tape hits rewind and fast forward over MF DOOM production.
JOHNATHAN RICE – “MY HEART BELONGS TO YOU”
The other half of Jenny & Johnny unboxes love in its most powerful form and lets chords do the talking.
NINE INCH NAILS – “CAME BACK HAUNTED”
Trent Reznor and co. may not be the same band but their return literally handcuffs your attention.
WEEKEND – “IT’S ALRIGHT”
Post-punk is actually a thing again, and this San Francisco trio use it to punish you from every imaginable angle.
PITY SEX – “SEDATED”
The Run For Cover Records band layer shoegaze over shoegaze and sober it up with a stained dose of alt punk.