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.

PNAU and Troye Sivan — "You Know What I Need"

Breezy poolside deep house from Australian dance music legends PNAU and Troye Sivan. It takes the warped, summery vibe of some of Sivan’s In A Dream EP and makes it stadium-sized.

100 gecs feat. Skrillex — "Torture Me"

This highlight from 100 gecs’ surprise new EP is propulsive and endearing, a miniaturized version of a 100 gecs song given a booming dubstep edge courtesy of Skrillex.

Arcangel and Bad Bunny — "La Jumpa"

Arcangel and Bad Bunny link up on this darkly-tinged, pulsating house track, a freaky and free-flowing stream of charisma and confidence.

Snakehips with BIA and Lucky Daye — "Solitude"

Loungey, sentimental piano house from Snakehips, BIA and Lucky Daye, a perfectly 6 AM-ready Balearic cut to reel in the feelings after a long night out or unite a crying-in-the-club dancefloor.

Metro Boomin' with The Weeknd and 21 Savage — "Creepin'"

A slinkier, more meditative cut than usual from Metro, 21 and The Weeknd, but one no less atmospheric and foreboding. Featuring The Weeknd in full-blown crooner mode, it’s clear-eyed and mournful.

PinkPantheress — "Boy's a liar"

With “Boy’s a liar”, Pinkpantheress reiterates the timeless adage that ‘men ain’t shit’ for a brand new generation, over warm bedroom pop synths and a bouncing beat.

Latto feat. GloRilla and Gangsta Boo — "FTCU"

It’s glorious to hear three iconic, tough-talking rappers unite on this brutal, shellac-coated flex track, with Gangsta Boo passing the baton to two of this generation’s finest.

Katie Gregson-MacLeod — "white lies"

Queen of TikTok sadgirls Katie Gregson-Macleod has returned with this graceful and heartbroken new ballad, a spare song that makes good on the promise of her earlier material.

A$AP Rocky — "Shittin' Me"

A$AP Rocky gets in his Travis Scott back on this fleet-footed, shit-talking — literally — new track, his first new music in a while and a welcome throwback to his earliest mixtapes.

RM with Erykah Badu — "Yun"

​The queen of neo-soul links up with BTS’s resident rapper on this sleek, languid piece of soul-rap, a remarkable hybrid of K-pop and spiritual, seductive R&B music.

Photo by Cybele Malinowski and Joe Brennan