alt-J – “Every Other Freckle”
Lyrically creepy, yet sonically cool.
Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”
A pragmatic proposal from Toronto newcomers, you’d be wise to accept.
Annabel Jones – “Magnetic”
An irresistible hook, bubbling synth and charming vocals make for a shimmering ethereal pop tune, worthy of Jones’ musical pedigree. “Magnetic” is a better Imogen Heap impersonation than Imogen herself.
Beck – “Blue Moon”
Beck laments his loneliness on his lush, captivating folk single from Morning Phase.
Beverly – “Honey Do”
Sweet, distorted garage-pop fit for suburban summers.
Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”
For Millennials, who long for a John Hughes soundtrack of their own.
Christine and the Queens – “Saint Claude”
Heloise Letissier’s got the moves of MJ, subversive asexual style inspired by London drag queens and polished Bilingual pop, what’s not to love?!
Daniel Wilson – “Heartbreaker”
Newcomer Daniel Wilson, gives Sam Smith a run for his money with the anthemic “Heartbreaker.”
Dum Dum Girls – “Under These Hands”
Dee Dee Penny’s hazy pop embraces ’80s influences like Siouxsie And the Banshee’s and Chrissie Hynde.
Elle Varner – “I Don’t Wanna Dance (feat. A$AP Ferg)”
A sticky hook about a night that’s long since over, thanks to refreshingly simple and direct narration.