Okay, so maybe this is cheating since Endless technically isn't a song, but a visual album consisting of 18 separate tracks. We don't care. We've waited over four years for any new music from Frank Ocean so we're putting it ALL on this list. This set of tunes finds the the R&B crooner collaborating with Jazmine Sullivan, Arca and Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood. Plus we've heard even more new music's on the way this weekend.
Watch it all on Apple Music.
Carly Rae Jepsen's buoyant vocals and shiny optimism pair perfectly with the manic energy of producer Danny L. Harle's compositions. As a member of experimental collective PC Music, Harle's always had a knack for glossy electro-pop, but the addition of Jepsen helps "Super Natural" achieve an earthier feel, one that could land the pair a bonafide hit.
Justin Vernon spent a lengthy hiatus away from Bon Iver and in the five years that followed since the 2011 release of his last album he's worked with the like of Kanye West and James Blake. The influence of the latter is definitely heard on "22 (Over S∞∞N)". If you look beyond the
dopey title (and you really should), you'll hear eerie drones over the usual the swooping falsetto and atmospheric harmonies that made Bon Iver so beloved in the first place. This bodes well for a more futuristic iteration of the band.
For over twenty years, Lambchop have blended country, folk and R&B influences in odd and unexpected ways. However no one could have predicted the curveball that is "The Hustle," an eighteen minute-long track grounded by a stuttering electronic beat, muted brass and Kurt Wagner's exquisite baritone voice. It's sparse, somber and alarmingly human, making its daunting run-time worth every second.
Netflix's Stranger Things is the summer's breakout hit, and even if you haven't watched a second of the show, you'll know exactly what it's about within a earful of its score. The opening theme is a lush two minutes of 80s horror-indebted synths. While John Carpenter and Giorgio Moroder are the obvious points of comparison, Dixon and Stein's composition still sounds refreshing, perhaps because nothing like it has gained mainstream traction in such a long time.
Twist - Bleached
With lo-fi fuzz and hazy vocals, Twist released one of the summer's best songs, a rarity in this late in the season. The Toronto band sound oddly Californian on this sunny ode to fresh starts that wouldn't feel out of place on a Best Coast album. What better way to end your August.