Thumpers – “Unkinder (A Tougher Love)”

If Animal Collective were just a touch more pop friendly.

Tove Lo – “Habits (Stay High)”

Bad Habits never sounded so good.

Trust – “Capitol”

Toronto’s underrated Trust mixes cool electronic, dirty synths and odd vocal twists. “Capitol” finds Robert Alfons at his best.

Tune-Yards – “Water Fountain”

Merrill Garbus at her finest, building a wall of frenzied sounds on the irresistible “Water Fountain.”

TV On The Radio – “Happy Idiot”

Accessible, fresh and one of TV’s best singles to date.

Wake Owl – “Candy”

The Vancouver/Portland outfit offer rich ’70s-swagger.

The War On Drugs – “Red Eyes”

Channeling John Cougar-Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen, it’s the best of both worlds.

Warpaint – “Love Is To Die”

A muted, lurching and hypnotic single, that’s their most commercial yet.

Years & Years – “Take Shelter”

A serpentine rhythm drives the UK trio’s danceable synth-pop.

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