CURRENT: Selena Gomez – “Good For You” [ft. A$AP Rocky]

Late last year, Selena Gomez came out of nowhere with the release of “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” a song that showcased a marked maturation and evolution in Gomez’s songwriting and performance. With a new album on the way, the former Disney star continues towards a more adult, personal sound on “Good For You,” […]

CURRENT: Janet Jackson – “No Sleeep”

It’s been a long 7 years since Janet Jackson’s last LP, 2008’s Discipline, but Miss Jackson finally returns with “No Sleeep,” the smoothest of slow jams, produced alongside longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The song features Janet Jackson’s trademarked sensuality, and is refreshingly downbeat for a superstar musical comeback. This is more The Velvet Rope than Discipline. “You missin’ […]

CURRENT: Total Makeover – “Different Shapes”

Noah Stitleman’s Neighbors released their debut LP last year, but the Brooklyn singer-songwriter is already returning with a side project, Total Makeover. “Different Shapes” is refreshingly forceful, taking cues from late-00s indie rock and making them sound as vital in 2015. Ultimately, the song succeeds on the back of its assured, forward-thinking delivery, even as […]

CURRENT: Diane Coffee – “Everyday”

Foxygen made their name based on the surprisingly authentic takes they gave on 1960s and 70s rock, and following solo efforts from bandmates Jonathan Rado and Sam France, the band’s drummer, Shaun Fleming, is set to release his debut solo LP under the Diane Coffee moniker in September. The record, called Everybody’s a Good Dog, features the […]

CURRENT: Amateur Best – “Marzipan”

Joe Flory’s Amateur Best project returns with “Marzipan,” the followup to 2013’s No Thrills. The track is pushed by its kinetic, restless synthesizers, and Flory’s breathy vocals adds a fascinating ingredient to the equation. While the instrumental behind him swirls, he becomes a steadying force on the track. “I guess people hurt each other,” he nonchalantly […]

CURRENT: Class Actress – “GFE”

Slowly but surely, Class Actress’s Elizabeth Harper is making a push towards pop music’s inner-circle. She’s off to a great start, as her forthcoming Movies EP is executive produced by the star producer Giorgio Moroder, who has just released his own LP of some of the year’s most entertaining pop music. Class Actress’s EP is already responsible […]

CURRENT: The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”

On “Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd’s Abel Tesfaye jumps out of his comfort zone by delivering a song that is prime for the party and the after-party. His House of Balloons mixtape was one of 2011’s biggest revelations, a fully immersive collection of R&B with a fatalistic, grimy exterior, showing a darker side to contemporary R&B’s […]

CURRENT: Vince Staples – “Get Paid” [ft. Desi Mo]

Vince Staples returns this summer with Summertime ’06, the follow-up to his Hell Can Wait EP released last year.  Today, he unveiled a teaser for his new disc, the Desi Mo-assisted cut “Get Paid.” The song works both as something to get faded to and as a clarifying remark. “Get paid, get paid, get paid,” repeats Staples on […]

CURRENT: Jaakko Eino Kalevi – “Hush Down”

Finnish musician Jaako Eino Kalevi is set to release his debut, self-titled LP later this month, and he’s released the album’s penultimate track in anticipation for its release. “Hush Down” is as hook-laden and refined as pop songs get, yet Kalevi inserts enough quirks into the structure and presentation to differentiate it from a crowded […]