So we have to be completely honest: there has, as per usual, been a true bounty of great music that came out over the past seven days, but this week must be marked first and foremost as the week in which Charli XCX blessed us with her surprise new single “Boys.” It is a stunner, helped in large part by it’s endlessly gif-able music video starring just about every remotely cute male musician.
But there were plenty of non-Charli songs that soundtracked our week, with some offerings from Future & Nicki Minaj, D.R.A.M., Purity Ring and Jessie Ware being among the highlights. See all of those and more below in our picks for Best Track of the Week.
Aminé – “STFU”
Aminé just dropped his debut album today, and while there are plenty of bops to be had, we’re particularly diggin’ “STFU,” an anthem applicable to most life situations. The song’s incredibly cute melodies are complemented with plenty of sweet, sweet autotune, and needless to say we can’t wait for the opportunity to send this to someone who needs to shut the eff up.
Belle & Sebastian – “We Were Beautiful”
One of our all-time favorite bands to silently sob to is back. Belle & Sebastian’s head honco Stuart Murdoch narrates another surreal situation over breakbeats and dreamy synths, leaving us as awash in nostalgia as ever.
Charli XCX – “Boys”
Yes, this video has racked up nearly 5 million views in 24 hours, and yes, it is delightful to see cameos from Diplo and Joe Jonas and Mac DeMarco, etc. And as iconic as this visual already is, it is but an added bonus to the strength of this mammoth bubblegum pop masterpiece. This is the surefire hit that has been escaping Charli since first linking up with the PC Music crew for last year’s highly underrated Vroom Vroom EP. And now that said hit has arrived, it is clear it was well worth the wait.
Chelsea Wolfe – “Vex”
Empress of darkness Chelsea Wolfe fully embraces doom metal on her latest track “Vex” and we’re obsessed. Smash that play button and bliss out to some ethereal vocals, fuzzy guitars, and the occasional growl while you wait for her forthcoming album Hiss Spun.
DRAM – “Cute” (Remix) ft. Cardi B
Initially appearing on DRAM’s first album proper from last year, “Cute” has been given a fresh breath of life thanks to a crisp reworking of the original production and a subtly disarming verse from Cardi B. Like the above Charli song, this is another pitch-perfect paean to finding someone so adorable you want to cover their face with little kisses, a trend of songs that seem to fit perfectly with the fleeting latter half of summer.
Future – “You Da Baddest” ft. Nicki Minaj
In their latest track and video, Future and Nicki Minaj prove once again that they are a duo as iconic as percocets and molly. Nicki could merely breathe on a track and it would be amazing, but her verse is solid and “You Da Baddest” is incredibly vibey on the whole.
Jessie Ware – “Midnight”
For those of us who like our R&B as airy and ethereal as a kiss in a cloud, the return of Jessie Ware is one of the most exciting musical moments of the year thus far. But don’t expect a slumber-like track; Jessie’s first new song in years sneakily delivers a chorus that is earth-shattering in its intensity.
Kesha – “Learn to Let Go”
Kesha dropped yet another song from her highly anticipated album Rainbow, and once again it’s incredibly inspiring. With booming drums, soaring vocals, and slamming guitar, Kesha reminds us all to choose redemption and don’t let the haters get you down.
Purity Ring – “Asido”
It has been five years since Purity Ring released their landmark debut Shrines, an album whose subtle influence only continues to be felt across a huge swath of genres. To commemorate the occasion, the band released this little treat of a song, one that is already better than anything that appeared on their sophomore effort. Here’s hoping their third is arriving sooner rather than later.
YG – “Fuck It Up”
YG gives us approximately eight seconds of calm, measured piano chords to prepare for the ensuing two-minute onslaught that is his new single “Fuck It Up,” but it really does little to prepare the senses for what lies ahead. Whether it’s intercourse or getting crunk or taking heads or all the above and something else, this is about as concise as an ode to turning shit out could possibly get.
Be sure to check out last week’s edition of Best Tracks of the Week right here.
- Text: Jake Boyer, Bianca Giulione