Here are 10 tracks to carry you to the weekend:
1. “Love Is Alive” – Louis the Child (featuring Elohim)
Freddy Kennett and Robby Hauldren, the duo behind Louis The Child, started performing together in 2013, while still in high school. “Love Is Alive” is dreamlike and addictive, with Elohim’s echoey vocals countered by a rumbling bass line.
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2. “No Talk” – River Tiber
River Tiber, also known as Toronto musician Tommy Paxton-Beesley, creates songs made for darkened rooms and hazy nights. Paxton-Beesley lends his mysterious R&B vibes to many other artists as a producer and collaborator – “No Talk” was first sampled on Drake’s “No Tellin’.”
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3. “BagBak” – Vince Staples
“BagBak,” the newest single from Long Beach rapper Vince Staples, is a furious song, in both sound and content. Listen as Staples speaks out against important social issues, like racial profiling and the lack of diversity in politics.
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4. “Cute” – D.R.A.M.
Big Baby D.R.A.M.’s single “Cute” is feel-good and funny. The accompanying music video is true to D.R.A.M.’s playful style – check it out to see his Muppet doppelgänger find love.
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5. “27 Club” – Ivy Levan (Goshfather & Jinco Remix)
Ivy Levan’s “27 Club” is reminiscent of an Amy Winehouse song, and it’s great on its own. The track becomes arguably even better with Goshfather & Jinco’s take on it. G&J provide a trappy soundscape that pairs unbelievably well with Levan’s rich voice.
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6. “Give Me Something” – Jarryd James
With soulful vocals and synth based tracks, the music of Australian artist Jarryd James sounds both retro and current. “Give Me Something” is a prime example of this unique melding of eras.
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7. “Issues” – Julia Michaels
23-year-old Julia Michaels is a gifted songwriter, having penned tracks for artists like Gwen Stefani and Justin Bieber, but she also has a gorgeous voice of her own. Michaels’s debut single, “Issues,” is a beautiful introduction to her as an artist.
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8. “Just the Same” – Bruno Major
Bruno Major, an English singer-songwriter, wrote “Just the Same” only about a month ago, in early February. The raw track he released showcases his powerful vocals over a melancholic, piano-centered foundation.
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9. “Killing Me to Love You” – Vancouver Sleep Clinic
Born in 1996, Australia native Tim Bettinson began Vancouver Sleep Clinic at only 17 years old. His atmospheric music possesses the maturity of one much older, and the single “Killing Me to Love You” is mournfully stunning.
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10. “Alpine” – Linying
It is nearly impossible to listen to Singapore musician Linying’s song “Alpine” without getting the chills. Her voice starts out delicate and haunting before its emotional swell midway through the track.
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