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Maybe it’s because we’re getting ever closer to year’s end, but it feels like we have a glut of great projects suddenly arriving out of the blue. This week’s best new songs are punctuated by releases from the likes of Vince Staples and Metro Boomin, both of whom dropped serious heat.

We’ve also been blessed with tracks from Carly Rae Jepsen, Thundercat, and Rosalia. And with a crucial Election Day just days away, LCD Soundsystem could not have been more timely with the release of “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang.”

All those and more make this edition of Best Tracks of the Week.

Bali Baby – “Big Bad Wolf”

Just in time for spoopy season, Bali Baby dropped her RESURRECTION project. “Big Bad Wolf” is a definite highlight, with sinister production courtesy of Sulton and the bragadocious bars Bali Baby has become known for. She should probably rename this one “Big Bad Bop.” – B

Boy Harsher – “Face the Fire”

Living in the past is often ill advised, but there’s something magnetic about the ’80s that continues to give me major FOMO. Whether or not Boy Harsher was born in the wrong era, the influence for the duo’s darkwave music obviously stems from this synth-pop centered period. “Face the Fire” is five and a half minutes of danceable bliss, your one-way ticket to the darkest depths of a club somewhere like Berlin. Boy Harsher’s sophomore album Careful – a project packaged with “fear and joy, tenderness and pain” along with “the enveloping trauma of loss combined with the fantasy of escape” – is due out on February 1, 2019 via Nude Club Records. – S

Carly Rae Jepsen – “Party For One”

We need more self-love anthems in this sick, sad world because they are truly the greatest force of all. I was extremely sleep deprived when I started listening to this song, and not only did it awaken my senses but it turned my day around. You can ignore the production because the focus should be on the message that CRJ is delivering with power and poise. Why force yourself to get over someone by getting under someone else when you can just masturbate and call it a night? Take care of yourself and let the cycle of healing begin! – S

King Princess – “Pussy Is God”

Honestly, there’s really nothing I can say to explain how amazing this track is because it speaks for itself… It’s a straight up JAM. Ariana Grande insisted that “God is a woman” and King Princess took that undeniable truth and ran even further with it over the rainbow. (Janelle Monáe must be so proud!) This is a message that we wholeheartedly support. – S

LCD Soundsystem – “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang”

In terms of timeliness, this may be the most important damn song released this week, if not the whole month (or year). LCD Soundsystem have a storied history of dropping groovealicious covers of their favorite influences, but their frenetic take on Heaven 17’s “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang” may be the most angry, overtly political of the bunch. In case this song doesn’t remind you, GO VOTE ON TUESDAY. – J

Metro Boomin – “Only You” ft. Wizkid, Offset, J Balvin

Imma be real with y’all… I haven’t yet gotten a chance to listen to Metro Boomin’s NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES in its entirety. Yes, I’m a fraud. No, I will not apologize. Alas, I knew when I pressed play on “Only You” featuring Offset, Wizkid, and J Balvin, I would not be disappointed. We got Offset on the rapid fire flow, J Balvin on the sensual pre-chorus croons and bars, and the one and only Wizkid doing his thing. Issa bop, friends. – B

Poppy – “Play Destroy” ft. Grimes

The latter half of Poppy’s sophomore project Am I A Girl? morphs into a hybridized hardcore thrash metal dance pop suite, the apex of which being “Play Destroy.” It’s also something that featured artist Grimes knows more than a thing or two about, planting the seeds of the genre on her 2015 album Art Angels. It somehow works, with both fierce femmes cooing about the destruction of corporations and wreaking havoc upon the earth. You know, classic weekend turn up vibes. – J

ROSALÍA – “DI MI NOMBRE (Cap.8: Éxtasis)”

We love a global pop star and ROSALÍA couldn’t have pulled up at a better time. The singer-songwriter and producer hails from Spain and has been churning out hits that are deeply rooted in flamenco with a dash of R&B and hip-hop tossed in the mix. Her latest single will have you clapping your hands, shaking your hips, and wiggling your body in ways that you didn’t know it could move before. It’s impossible to sleep on this rising star because her radiance is blinding. ROSALÍA’s debut album El Mal Querer is out now. – S

Thundercat – “King of the Hill” ft. Flying Lotus & BADBADNOTGOOD

Without a doubt, there’s now a corner of heaven that has this track on their good vibes playlist. How could you go wrong with the incredible combination of Thundercat, Flying Lotus and BADBADNOTGOOD? Impossible. The only criticism I have is that this song should be at least twice as long, because lord knows I could always use a slow-release dose of auditory CBD. – B

Vince Staples – “FUN!”

Surprise albums are a dime a dozen these days (shoutout to disrupting the album cycle industrial complex), but we must say, we were actually shook at Vince Staples’ casual Twitter announcement earlier this week. Our boy always delivers, and “FUN!” is but one mere example of 11 on FM! that he’s still got it, and will probably never lose it. It’s basically the sonic embodiment of fun… I’m not sure what else to say, except for that E-40 unsurprisingly kills it on the guest verse, and the extremely meta Google Earth music video is incredible. – B

Be sure to check out last week’s edition of our Best Tracks round up right here.

  • Words:Jake Boyer, Bianca Giulione, Sydney Gore
Associate Music Editor

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