Here are 10 tracks to carry you to the weekend:
1. “You Can Cry Tomorrow” – Betty Who
One of the many highlights from Australian singer-songwriter Betty Who’s recently released sophomore album, The Valley, is “You Can Cry Tomorrow,” a shimmering and optimistic anthem about dancing through the throes of heartbreak.
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2. “Tribulation” – Matt Maeson
Matt Maeson had a more unique upbringing than most musicians. The son of two reformed outlaws, Maeson spent his childhood performing songs of salvation for prisoners through his parents’ ministry. He’s now on a musical path of his own – “Tribulation,” from his upcoming debut EP, shows him navigating the confusions of love.
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3. “Stay for Real” – Young Galaxy
In the wake of recent global occurrences, Montreal band Young Galaxy released “Stay for Real” to encourage people to show love in this uncertain political climate. The track is released independently of a label, and all net proceeds go to the PIVOT, ACLU, and W.A.V.E. organizations.
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4. “Mirror Love” – The Family Crest
Another song with an important political message is “Mirror Love” by San Francisco based group The Family Crest. The track, which explores a ’70s soundscape while enveloped in the gorgeous melodic style the band is known for, inspires us to look beyond ourselves, and to participate in social change.
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5. “Saturnz Barz” – Gorillaz (featuring Popcaan)
Gorillaz fans are ecstatic: the famous British virtual band (created by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett) have announced that their much anticipated new album, Humanz, will be released on April 28th. “Saturnz Barz” is bass-heavy and hauntingly groovy. In the accompanying music video, the Gorillaz visit a decrepit house, and a creepy journey ensues.
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6. “Wicked” – mansionz (featuring G-Eazy)
Mansionz is the side project of Mike Posner and Matthew “blackbear” Musto, who co-wrote Justin Bieber’s song “Boyfriend” together back in 2011. As a whole, their recently released self-titled debut album doesn’t take itself too seriously, though the ’80s-tinged “Wicked” has a little bite behind its lighthearted vibe.
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7. “Push” – Flint Eastwood
Detroit based musician Jax Anderson, also known as Flint Eastwood, links talents with fellow Michigan artist Tunde Olaniran on the invigorating, synth laden “Push.” Look out for the release of Anderson’s EP, Broke Royalty, on April 14th.
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8. “Everyone’s Talking” – James Hersey
Musician James Hersey was raised in Austria, but he attended an American school, and picked up on influences like Bob Dylan and John Mayer. Like those artists, his songs are developed around the guitar, but he also uses an electro pop palette. His music has been remixed by such EDM giants as Kygo, Dillon Francis, and filous.
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9. “Settle” – Vera Blue
Australian singer Vera Blue’s singular voice is one that will stop you in your tracks with its graceful timbre. Blue (née Celia Pavey) uses her folk music background in a compelling way on the electro woven “Settle.”
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10. “Good Girls” – LANY
L.A. based trio LANY (whose band name is comprised of their two favorite U.S. cities) delivers a fun, ’80s style dance track with “Good Girls.” Keep your eye out for their upcoming self-titled debut album.
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