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. 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.

Slayyyter — "Self Destruct (feat. Wuki)"

Slayyyter's first new music since her 2019 self-titled mixtape is a raucous track that ratchets everything up to 11. Would you expect anything less?

Ariana Grande — "Positions"

It's been nearly two years since we heard new solo music from Ariana Grande — a lifetime when you consider her extraordinary one-two punch of Sweetenerand thank u, next— but if "Positions" is anything to go by, the wait was worth it. This song, produced by London On Da Track, Tommy Brown and Mr. Franks, takes its cues from the darker sections of thank u, next, and is an extremely promising look at what's to come.

Sada Baby & Nicki Minaj — "Whole Lotta Choppas (Remix)"

Nicki Minaj recorded this verse nine months pregnant, and yet it goes harder than anything she's put to tape in recent memory. Let's hope she was joking about her retirement from music — "Whole Lotta Choppas" says she's still as sharp as ever.

Smerz — "I don’t talk about that much"

A far cry from the arcane "The favourite," "I don't talk about that much" is a return to the Smerz we know and love, with its whiplash-inducing synths and frenetic pacing.

Sloan Peterson — "Nightmare"

The moniker Sloan Peterson is taken from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and, considering the immersive, cinematic "Nightmare," it's an appropriate reference point. This is a zany, blue-skies — and hugely enjoyable — rendition of a tumultuous relationship.

Sarah Mary Chadwick — "Every Loser Needs A Mother"

Sarah Mary Chadwick announced her third album in as many years earlier this week, a record titled Me and Ennui Are Friends, Baby. Completing a trilogy of thematically linked records, "Every Loser Needs A Mother" splits the difference between the full-band immediacy of this year's Please Daddy and last year's bracingly confessional The Queen Who Stole The Sky.

Ashnikko — "Halloweenie III: Seven Days"

Ashnikko's third annual halloween track is a tormented and demented holiday carol, running through a litany of gruesome scenes before going for the big scare with an existentially horrific chorus.

Rico Nasty — "Don’t Like Me (feat. Gucci Mane and Don Toliver)"

Gucci Mane and Don Toliver, who usually exude personality and style, fade into the background here when pitted against the song's lead artist — it's Rico Nasty's world, we're just living in it.

Yaeji — "When In Summer, I Forget About The Winter"

Yaeji drops deep house for a minute to go full Unknown Mortal Orchestra-style hallucinatory indie-pop. It's a good look for the ever-talented producer.

The Merindas — "Deja Vu"

The Merindas give full-on space fantasy on "Deja Vu," singers Candice Lorrae and Kristel Kickett floating over the top of a plinking, bass-heavy beat that wouldn't feel out of place on Lil Uzi Vert's Eternal Atake.

Photo courtesy of Brent McKeever