Sound Off: 10 New Songs You Need to Hear Now
by Shaad D'SouzaApr 21, 2023
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.
The latest single from The Japanese House’s forthcoming album is a delicate, piano-led breakup ballad that masterfully builds into fleet 80s-indebted pop.
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Taking its name from a classic John Lennon / Yoko Ono song, “Double Fantasy” is another sparkling dive into The Weeknd’s freestyle-influenced direction he first took on Dawn FM.
The B-side to Sabrina’s recent single “Something New” forgoes that song's emotive, tear-jerking atmosphere in favor of something frenetic and euphoric.
This new deep cut “from the world of Dance Fever” is foreboding and ominous, and it features some of Florence’s classic killer lyrical instinct: “You haven’t seen nothin’ til you’ve seen an English girl drink.”
Another stellar single from Christine and the Queens’ forthcoming album PARANOIA. ANGELS. TRUE LOVE. which showcases Chris’ stunning falsetto.
The latest single from Rita Ora’s third album pays tribute to Fatboy Slim’s iconic single “Praise You," interpolating that track to create a house banger that’s defiant and cheeky.
A highlight from Mac’s 199-song, 9-hour album – a wistful, quietly-sung indie rock track that’s unfussy but extremely catchy.
SBTRKT reunites with Sampha and links with rising UK dance star George Riley on this off-kilter, wobbly electronic song, which recaptures the highs of the enigmatic producer’s 2010s output.
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