ScHoolboy Q – Numb Numb Juice (RAP)
Top Dawg Entertainment’s ScHoolboy Q released “Numb Numb Juice,” the first single for an upcoming album. This is his first solo release since his 2016 album Blank Face LP. After a two year layoff, the Black Hippy member delayed his upcoming project’s release following friend and frequent collaborator Mac Miller’s death in 2018. Q has now come back swinging with a hard-hitting song and music video to generate hype for his next project.
By Theo Bloom
Vampire Weekend – Sunflower (feat. Steve Lacy) (BRIGHT)
College students who used to be repressed indie heads on Tumblr rejoice! Vampire Weekend has returned and released their newest single, “Sunflower.” This is the first song they have recorded with a feature, and none other than the not-so-newcomer Steve Lacy. “Sunflower” gives a taste into VW’s brighter new sound, much different from 2013’s darker Modern Vampires of the City. Vampire Weekend’s Father of the Bride releases May 9.
By Cleo Norman
Anderson .Paak – King James (SUMMER GROOVE)
Anderson .Paak’s new single, “King James,” is a great segue into the songs of spring and summertime. The new song is mostly driven by the track’s catchy bassline and hook, and it definitely gives off the artist’s signature groove. Anderson .Paak delivers meaningful lyrics about America and inequality on the track, making it a must-listen. The track is off his upcoming album, Ventura, coming April 12.
By Ally Friend
Weyes Blood – Movies (FUTURISTIC)
“I love movies,” Natalie Mering, known as Weyes Blood, sings on her hypnotic new track from the upcoming Titanic Rising. The song delivers a stirring emotional climax that delivers on its title’s cinematic promise. The music of Weyes Blood has often evoked the sounds of past eras while looking forward to the future, and “Movies” is no exception – opening with a haunting 70s-style synth, the song drifts on casually before exploding into an emotional finish reminiscent of a great film score. Titanic Rising will be released April 5 on Sub Pop Records.
By Joe Cross
Denzel Curry – Bulls on Parade (SLUDGY)
Florida’s finest, Denzel Curry isn’t afraid to wear his influences on his sleeve as he aggressively raps, screams, and bangs his head on this cover of Rage Against the Machine’s classic rap/rock anthem “Bulls on Parade.” In this simplistic and sludgy track, Curry’s malicious flows and vocals tackle every musical moment perfectly, resulting in a classic crossover jam. This original segment of “Like a Version” is now available all major streaming services.
By Sam Koske
Avey Tare – HORS_ (DREAMY)
Avey Tare is a boy from Animal Collective. He made a song that is about horses. It sounds like what a watercolor painting would sound like. The beat throughout the song sounds like variations on hooves…”clopping”? It’s dreamy and nostalgic, calling back to the freak-folk days of Animal Collective while still sounding fresh and unique. The humming bits at the end are also a great touch. Give it a try if you liked Sung Tongs and Feels, or if you’re a horse girl.
By Ben Luty