Charli XCX - “Trophy”
Welcome back, queen! Late in 2015, Charli announced that she would be launching her own label, Vroom Vroom Recordings, and the tracks she will release via said label have been dropping, as well. Her latest reveal is “Trophy”, one of four collaborations with producer SOPHIE, premiered on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe. “Trophy” is a grittier banger for Charli, with beats a bit more chaotic and less poppy punk than anything off Sucker. You’re more likely to hear this track at 4AM in some warehouse rather than pouring out of high school girls car windows–but that doesn’t make it any less killer.
Car Seat Headrest - “Vincent”
I love everything about this band. Maybe it’s because they remind me of house parties with emo boys playing in garage bands from 2005–but I think they know that. Fronted by Will Toldeo, Car Seat Headrest just seems to get it. They aren’t about trying to be cool or badass–they are what all of us are; trying to figure it out and find some little space in the world that is theirs. In new track “Vincent” off their album Teens of Style out on Matador Records, they navigate having a lame time at the party and not finding anyone to connect with. More relatable musings from these gents, please.
Junior Boys - “Big Black Coat”
Being the title track off their latest album, Junior Boys give us a clean, tight dance hit with “Big Black Coat.” Smooth from beginning to end, “Big Black Coat” might reach over 7 minutes in track time–but you’ll never wish it was over. Don’t frequent dark trance night clubs? Same. I listen to it on repeat while I'm working and zone in. Versatility is key, and Junior Boys have it. Big Black Coat is out now via City Slang.
Ra Ra Riot - “Foreign Lovers”
Their fourth full-length release Need Your Light was just released last week–and it’s already the most added album at CMJ, and is climbing radio charts left and right. It’s easy to see we were ready for the return of Ra Ra Riot. The breeziest single from the record “Foreign Lovers,” is short and snappy, a easy addition to any playlist. Remind yourself why you first started listening to them years ago by catching them on their US tour starting in March.
TEEN - “Free Time”
Brooklyn prodigies TEEN released Love Now (Carpark Records) to immediate critical praise. The complicated rhythms mixed with vocalist Teeny Lieberson adding interesting layers to every verse. Fun but sophisticatedly arrange, “Free Time” is a track for anyone with a pension for St. Vincent or the Talking Heads. Spend time with TEEN’s entire album–but make sure not to miss the 80’s spectacle that is the “Free Time” music video (those red suits!)