|BEST NEW SONGS: ARIZONA - CROSS MY MIND|
New Jersey trio A R I Z O N A's latest offering, Cross My Mind, has the feel of an instant pop classic. This coming on the heels of I Was Wrong, a track with over 16 million streams, and you begin to realize that A R I Z O N A is a band on the verge of taking over 2016.
Best New Tracks
|BEST NEW SONGS: FIL BO RIVA - LIKE EYE DID|
Fill Bo Riva hails from Berlin, Dublin, and Rome. His second single, Like Eye Did, is pure fire. Featuring vocals that sound like they made their way here from a portal to a different time or dimension, Like Eye Did is probably one of those songs you’ll either immediately love or hate. If you’re in the market for a distinctive, instantly recognizable voice, we’ve got a doozy of one for you.
|BEST NEW SONGS: WHITE - I LIKED YOU BETTER WHEN YOU NEEDED ME|
Just like that, the competition for song title of the year is over. It helps that White’s latest, I Liked You Better When You Needed Me, is also a great cut too. White has been one of the biggest buzz bands of Europe’s festival circle this summer, and with I Liked You Better When You Needed Me you can understand why.
|BEST NEW SONGS: DENM - UNDER PRESSURE (ACOUSTIC)|
Earlier this month we brought you our main man DENM’s new cut, Under Pressure, and today we’ve got an acoustic version of the song that highlights its dexterity. The pulsing electronics and bass-driven beat are replaced by shimmering guitars. This change in scenery recasts the lyrics and shines a light on the raw nerves being struck.
|BEST NEW SONGS: ERYKAH BADU - THIS BITTER LAND|
Save your snark and ‘these folks are old’ jokes for another time, because This Bitter Land, a collaboration between Nas and Erykah Badu, is pure fire. From the star-studded soundtrack of The Land, for which Ms. Badu stars and Nas is the executive producer, This Bitter Land is a string-driven ballad.
|BEST NEW SONGS: TERROR JR - COME FIRST|
We still don’t know who the mysterious new band Terror Jr is, but we now know that they Come First. The new single was produced by the red-hot Felix Snow and Jerker Hansson. The 5th single from the American-based band, Come First feels like the perfect anthem for dating in the entitled-identity-politics era in which we find ourselves. It’s also absurdly catching.
|BEST NEW SONGS: MATY NOYES - IN MY MIND|
Maty Noyes is currently best-known, if she’s known at all, for her vocals that close out The Weeknd’s last LP, Beauty Behind the Madness. Based on her newest single, In My Mind, she’s about to be a household name. At the risk of over-exaggerating, In My Mind is a perfect slice of pop.
|BEST NEW COVERS: MISTERWIVES - SAME DRUGS (CHANCE THE RAPPER COVER)|
If you haven’t listened to Chance The Rapper’s latest mixtape, Coloring Book, you’re really missing out. The best thing to come from it just may be this cover of Same Drugs by New York quintet MisterWives. The indie pop cover has everyone raving, including the man who wrote the original.
|BEST NEW SONGS: CRYSTAL CASTLES - CHAR|
New-look Crystal Castles are back with another new single, and CHAR is the best thing we’ve heard thus far off their upcoming LP, Amnesty (I). Once again this tune features vocals from the newest member of the CC family, Edith Frances, although these are more hushed and subdued compared to the aggression on display in Concrete.