Sound Off: 10 New Songs You Need to Hear Now

Sound Off: 10 New 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.

Lana Del Rey — "Dealer"

On the spectacular "Dealer," featuring Miles Kane, Lana shows us the versatility and range of her voice, breaking into a wild wail towards the song's end. It's a looser, warmer vibe than anything on Chemtrails, and it's a clear highlight of the already-thrilling Blue Banisters.

Wet — "Bound (with Blood Orange)"

Wet is back with a record that's sleeker and vibier than ever. "Bound," with Blood Orange, is as tight as anything on commercial radio, and feels destined for hugeness.


It's great to hear JPEGMAFIA and Tkay Maidza reunite on "THE GHOST OF RANKING DREAD," a sweet, gossamer highlight from JPEGMAFIA's new record LP!.

TOPS — "Waiting"

The new TOPS single is a bright, smooth follow-up to "Party Again," the kind of late-night R&B that defined albums like Sugar At The Gate and Picture You Staring.

ABBA — "Just A Notion"

"Just A Notion" is vintage ABBA, following in the tradition of songs like "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do," channelling pure schmaltz while staying in tune with the kind of tight pop songcraft that made them one of the world's most iconic bands.

Duran Duran & Tove Lo — "GIVE IT ALL UP"

Duran Duran and Tove Lo are a surprising combination, but it totally works on "GIVE IT ALL UP," a sleek synth-pop track that plays to Tove Lo's sultry strengths while pulling Duran Duran into the modern era.

Peach PRC — "Christmas Kinda Sucks"

It's rare to hear a modern Christmas track that delivers, but "Christmas Kinda Sucks" is perfect through and through, Peach PRC giving "Last Christmas" for the TikTok generation.

Parquet Courts — "Homo Sapien"

"Homo Sapien" is a raucous highlight of Parquet Courts' party-inspired new record Sympathy For Life. It's kind of a wild ride, recalling 2000s rock-like Jet as much as it does classic Parquet Courts.

Swedish House Mafia & The Weeknd — "Moth To A Flame"

The Weeknd has many, many dance hits to his own name, but there's something massive about a collaboration like this, with EDM dons Swedish House Mafia. Combining his aptitude for melody with their sense for build and tension, it's a surefire hit.

Michete — "Hard"

The pounding deep house cut "Hard" is a perfect showcase of Michete's strengths. Combining deadpan rap with abrasive, club-ready rhythms, it's a wild, infectious banger.

Photo courtesy of Lana Del Rey