Sound Off: 10 Songs You Need to Hear Now

Sound Off: 10 Songs You Need to Hear Now

by Shaad D'Souza

It's impossible to be across all the new music out each Friday. 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.

Elton John & Britney Spears — "Hold Me Closer"

Britney’s back! Her first song after being released from her years-long conservatorship is an ebullient, beachy dance update of some of Elton John’s biggest hits. It’s a celebratory comeback.

Julia Wolf — "Virginity"

“Virginity,” the latest single from Julia Wolf, is a dusty, oscillating pop song — the kind of tune that might play out of an ancient, carefully wound music box.

Alice Boman & Perfume Genius — "Feels Like A Dream"

Cult Swedish singer-songwriter Alice Boman has returned with “Feels Like A Dream,” a delicate, silken piano ballad featuring Perfume Genius. It’s equal parts Sufjan Stevens and Anna Domino.

Magdalena Bay — "All You Do"

Magdalena Bay channel Unknown Mortal Orchestra on “All You Do,” a soft, guitar-led new song from their forthcoming Mercurial World reissue. It’s a lush pop lullaby.

Ezra Collective & Sampa The Great — "Life Goes On"

Rising British jazz group Ezra Collective team up with Zambian firebrand Sampa The Great on “Life Goes On,” a sinewy piece of jazz-rap with an electric, unpredictable atmosphere.

SOYUZ & Kate NV — "I Knew It"

Kate NV links up with Belarusian collective on this sweet, delicate chanson, a song animated by trills of flute and a disarming, totally alluring airiness.

DJ Khaled, Future & SZA — "Beautiful"

Future and SZA sound totally at ease on “Beautiful,” a slick, end-of-summer R&B highlight from DJ Khaled’s latest album that’s breezy and unlabored.

Julia Jacklin — "Be Careful With Yourself"

“Be Careful With Yourself” is a beautifully neurotic love song, a track about the feeling of falling in love with someone and realising that their wellbeing is suddenly inextricably tied to yours.

The National & Bon Iver — "Weird Goodbyes"

The National and Bon Iver’s new track moves at an easy clip. It’s an unassuming, but carefully assembled pop song powered by Matt Berninger’s understated vocal performance.

KYE — "Bossin'"

KYE’s latest single is a glamorous house ode to doing and getting whatever the hell you want. It’s a slice of shiny, empowered dance music.

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