It's impossible to be across all the new music out each Friday. 2020 has proven that, even in the face of hundreds of crises, there's little that can stop artists the world over from releasing hits week-in, week-out. Luckily, PAPER is here to help you out: each week, we round up 10 of our favorite new songs from artists — emerging and established — to soundtrack your life. From the surreal to the sublime, these songs cover every corner of the music world. The only criteria: they all have to absolutely rip.
BLACKPINK & Cardi B — "Bet You Wanna"
This collaboration between BLACKPINK and Cardi B, taken from the K-pop four-piece's debut album THE ALBUM, makes a lot out of its minimal, percussive production.
There's an organic, encompassing warmth to Mallrat's music; her songs are pop polished, but nearly always break through to complex, unvarnished emotion. "Rockstar" is an addictive, breathtaking kiss-off — Mallrat's vocal may be more muted than usual, but a line like "Don't think you're slick for cashing in on my magic" cuts deep.
HTRK — "Real Headfuck"
HTRK's latest single is delirious and romantic, an ode to dangerous, overpowering desire. The lyrics on "Real Headfuck" are evocative, simple and iconic: "Here's an ice breaker/ You gonna turn into a heartbreaker/ Don't mess around with young girls' hearts."
Dua Lipa & DaBaby — "Levitating (Remix)"
I thought I didn't need any more DaBaby features in 2020, but his verse on this remix of Dua Lipa's "Levitating" gives him a much-needed chance to shake up his flow. The result for the song as a whole is inspired.