No genre, no rules. Songs we love that we think you will too.
“Cool” / Zach Villere: If you haven’t heard of Zach Villere just yet, keep an eye on him. The 21-year old L.A. native is making a name for himself with his abstract, quirky yet contagious aesthetic and sound. “Cool” is a lonely, friendly song, as Zach shamelessly explains to listeners, “I just want to be cool.”
“You Said” / Young Thug: Of course, we need to throw a Thugger track on this list. His recently released project Beautiful Thugger Girls is nearly as exciting and diverse as Thug himself. On “You Said,” Thug channels his classic Atlanta flow over a guitar-infused, slower trap beat.
“That Far” / 6LACK: Fresh off tour with The Weeknd and Nav, 6LACK shows that he’s taking no breaks, and playing no games with his new song “That Far.” The Atlanta native doesn’t hold back on the first record since his 2016 debut, FREE 6LACK. Ready to come for the top, he sings “Cause I’m too busy focused on my own sh*t, // I’m on that ‘Who the f*ck came for the throne’ sh*t.”
“Wild Thoughts” / DJ Khaled (feat. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller): Khaled is back at it again, with another summer jam in “Wild Thoughts.” Featured artists Rihanna and Tiller can both do no wrong, as they lead the song with infectious melodies over a Latin influenced guitar hook.
“Love N Hennessy” / A.CHAL: Up and coming urban artist A.CHAL has been making a lot of noise in the hip-hop community with the release of his second album, ON GAZ. “Love N Hennessy” serves as A.CHAL’s way of showing his versatility as an artist, bringing down the tempo and providing listeners with a great track for a night ride.
“GOLD” / BROCKHAMPTON: A lead single off their new album Saturation, “GOLD” serves as the collectives’ hottest track to date. The infectious hook led by Kevin Abstract rings, “Keep a gold chain ‘round my neck, fly as a jet // Boy, better treat me with respect.” This tune is a weekend necessity.
“BabyWipe” / Ski Mask the Slump God: With a personality as big as his tracks, Ski Mask the Slump God hits listeners with a new Summer banger in “BabyWipe.” The heavy 808’s and classic Southeast triplet flow are sure signs of a track to turn up to. Shouting out Post Malone and exclaiming how ‘fantastic’ he feels, the Slump God will definitely be playing on repeat this Summer.
“Blue Cheese” / 2 Chainz (feat. Migos): “Blue Cheese” serves as an undeniable jam, coming off of 2 Chainz recent album Pretty Girls Like Trap Music. Is there anything better than the veteran 16-spitter bringing along Quavo for the hook and partnering up with the rest of Migos to provide us with yet another Summer hit?
“Feels” / Calvin Harris (feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, & Big Sean): Calvin Harris’s upcoming project Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 might just be the summer album to end all summer albums. Following up hit singles “Slide,” “Rollin,” and “Heat Stroke,” “Feels” embodies a familiar summer vibe layered over a catchy, Caribbean-influenced guitar.
“Supercut” / Lorde: “Supercut” stands alongside “Green Light” and a handful of other tracks that fuel Lorde’s crossover to pop radio. With the release of her album Melodrama, Lorde’s transition seems like it will mirror that of close-friend’s Taylor Swift’s journey from country to pop. Lower the windows and blast this 80’s influenced jam on every highway cruise this summer.
“13” / Lany: A trio from Los Angeles, Lany has been releasing music since 2015. Following a string of thoughtful singles, “13” is a mournful yet catchy song about losing love. If you’re having tough time in your relationship, this just might be the track for you.
“Strange Things” / B. Lewis: “Strange Things” takes the most anthemic slow jam on this list. After hearing the first few seconds and chord hits, it’s hard not to be sucked in for the entire track.
“Doves in the Wind” / SZA: SZA’s recent debut album Ctrl has been making waves among the music community since its release just over a week ago. Among the standout songs is the perfectly melo “Doves in the Wind,” featuring a verse by Kendrick Lamar. The two blend perfectly on top of a slow, chill instrumental.
“Fool’s Errand” / Fleet Foxes: Veteran Americana band Fleet Foxes has made a return with their long awaited album Crack-Up. Standout song “Fool’s Errand” acts as a soft, lonely jam, as expected from the Seattle crooners.
By PJ Walshe