Sound Off: 10 Songs You Need to Hear Right Now

Sound Off: 10 Songs You Need to Hear Right 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.

Steve Lacy — “Mercury”

“Mercury” is a total trip — a five-minute odyssey of bossa nova, psych-rock, R&B and electropop tied together into one gloriously Frankenstein’d pop song. Listening to this song feels a little like tumbling down a never-ending rabbit hole, in the best way possible.

Drake — “Falling Back”

One of a few highlights from the surprise new Drake album, “Falling Life” encompasses Honestly, Nevermind’s More Life 2 vibes; vibrant but mournful, it’s another glorious tears-in-the-club (or in the day party) banger.

FKA Twigs — “Killer”

FKA Twigs’ new one is about feeling a love so strong it hurts — about wanting to deny yourself any pleasure just in order to rid your memory of an ex. It’s a typically ingratiating track that fuses the experimentalism of Magdalene with the pop structures of Caprisongs.

Marlon Williams — “Thinking of Nina”

Marlon Williams’ old-soul crooner vibes are well and truly gone on “Thinking of Nina,” a lithe '80s-style rock ballad that’s an exciting indicator of where his new album My Boy might go.

Flo Milli — “Conceited”

Flo Milli is well and truly at the top of her game on “Conceited,” a hard-as-nails rap song about how Flo Milli is better than you. She’s not wrong!

Tei Shi — “Grip”

Tei Shi reclaims her agency on “Grip.” Her first track as a fully independent artist, it’s a typically sleek R&B song that finds her reflecting on the strife she had with a former label and stepping boldly and defiantly into independence.

WONHO — “Close”

WONHO’s “Close”, a highlight from his new EP, is a lush and lovelorn R&B song that expands the rising star’s universe greatly, the song’s sleek production befitting its deft lyricism.

Lana Del Rey & Father John Misty — “Buddy’s Rendezvous”

Lana was born to record this kind of song; a cover of a track from the latest Father John Misty album, it’s a bittersweet vision of lost love, an ambling last-drinks song that’s resigned and airy.

Perfume Genius — “Hellbent”

“Hellbent” is a twisted highlight from Perfume Genius’ new album Ugly Season, a freaky free-jazz experiment that manages to capture shades of minimal techno and righteous exclamation.

Chlöe — “Surprise”

The bright, electro-tinted “Surprise” is yet another show of Chlöe’s versatility, an upbeat display of love and devotion that’s embodied and totally fresh.

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