Sound Off: 10 Songs You Need to Hear Now

Sound Off: 10 Songs You Need to Hear Now

By Shaad D'Souza
Apr 05, 2024

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.

Subscribe to our Sound Off Spotify playlist here and check out this week's tracks below.

Chappell Roan - "Good Luck, Babe!"

Chappell Roan’s new single is a sweetly-delivered kiss-off that hides its poison under a candy coating, building on the emotionally knotty pop songs on her great debut record.

Vampire Weekend - "Ice Cream Piano"

The opener of Vampire Weekend’s long-awaited Only God Was Above Us foreshadows the acidic tang and roughly-rendered cynicism of the album to come.

Doja Cat and A$AP Rocky - "URGE!!!!!!!!!!"

Doja Cat delights in making gleefully nasty music and “URRRGE!!!!!!” finds her on prime form, taunting and teasing with the reckless abandon of a playground bully.

GloRilla, Megan Thee Stallion - "Wanna Be"

Megan Thee Stallion sounds great in this mode: uncaring, almost drowsy in her delivery at first, trading bars with GloRilla coolly and casually.

Young Miko - "Princess Peach"

Rising Puerto Rican star Young Miko keeps releasing addictively listenable hits at an alarming rate; “Princess Peach” is a summer anthem in the making.

Mount Kimbie - "Shipwreck"

I am so pleased Mount Kimbie has shifted form into a four-piece. Their new album The Sunset Violent is a spiritual follow-up to their great post-punk record Love What Survives and “Shipwreck” is the sneakily tight pop song at the record’s core.

Snow Strippers - "So What If I'm A Freak"

Listening to this shitposty piano-trance track made me weirdly emotional – I can’t explain the feeling other than it’s how the Zac Efron film We Are Your Friends made me feel. Kind of fauxstalgia vibes? Really good stuff.

Fabiana Palladino - "Can You Look In The Mirror?"

A funky, Janet Jackson-style highlight from Fabiana Palladino’s great self-titled debut.

Charli XCX - "Club classics"

A skronky, euphoric post-post-post dubstep track that only Charli could pull off. Makes you wonder what other freaky stuff she has in store for Brat.

Kacy Hill - "Damn"

“Damn” is lovely and rough, smartly contrasting Kacy Hill’s delicate voice with crumbly guitar lines and softly padding drums.

Photography: Ryan Clemens