New music this year continues to bloom, and from a diverse array of artists. Some cultivate music by drawing inspiration from the past while others aspire to create something completely new. Whatever the case, each artist on this song list is worth exploring.
5. “Kick Jump Twist” by Sylvan Esso
“Kick Jump Twist” is one of many great songs off Sylvan Esso’s newest album ‘What Now.’ “Kick Jump Twist” is the most electronic sounding single on the album, melding together singer Amelia Meath’s mighty vocals and Nick Sanborn’s skills to combine the right electronic sounds.
4. “In the End” by Wake Child
Wake Child, a band cultured through several home states, has only been around for a little while, but their new single “In the End,” is a good opening statement to their future work. “In the End” is a psychedelic R&B mix that seamlessly weaves the two genres together. Band members Danny Silberstein, Terrell Hines and Austin Max hail from California, Georgia and Tennessee respectively, blend together their hometown sounds to create something warm and velvety.
3. “Ya Veran” by Quitapenas
Under the Californian sun band Quitapenas grew to become just like the light that provided them with inspiration. That band, whose name means “to remove worries,” is Quitapenas, an Afro-Latin inspired ensemble bringing smiles to all its listeners. “Ya Veran” is the band’s latest single, a toe-tapping, hip swinging number you could find at any reputable dance club or playing in the background at Abuelita’s house. Through the band’s diverse backgrounds, Quitapenas is a melting pot of sounds and influences that appeal to anyone with a lively side.
2. “Andromeda” by Gorillaz
“Andromeda” is one of four singles that prelude Gorillaz newest studio album, out April 28. The single features D.R.A.M. and is a retrofitted disco dreamland. The song is sharp, groovy and perfectly calculated to make you move. As a band that has been around for nearly two decades, “Andromeda” is the starry-eyed anomaly you’d expect from Gorillaz.
1. “Shine on Me” by Dan Auerbach
“Shine On Me” is the newest single for Dan Auerbach. Auerbach has a few years of solo work under his belt after co-founding The Black Keys and other musical projects, and “Shine On Me” is a sunny uptempo tune forecasting a bright new album for Auerbach, out in June. Also included, is a goofy music video playing up the song’s carefree tone.