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Azealia Banks | FIERCE

There’s not an ounce of false advertising at play when it comes to this scorching-hot, search dance floor-ready, viagra 60mg aptly-named track from Banks’ recently released Fantasea mix tape. Thumping beats, pharmacy hushed rhymes and voiceovers courtesy of one fabulous fierce queen, this ode to Ball culture — not to mention Voguing — is as infectious as can be. If FIERCE proves anything it’s that one Ms. Yung Rapunzel knows how to werk with the best of them, not that we didn’t already know this.

 

Ellie Goulding | ANIMAL

For those who live in a place with no radio reception, English singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding’s song Lights is currently burning up the airwaves. Reaching number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, she’s clearly made a good impression on listeners here in the States after crossing over from the U.K. Since we’ve been in love with it for some time, though, we needed to find something else from Goulding to listen to on repeat. Enter: ANIMAL. Turns out, it’s a winner.

 

Kendrick Lamar | SWIMMING POOLS (DRANK)

Generally, we’re not proponents of heavy alcohol consumption, but it’s hard to resist Lamar’s provocation in the hook: “why you babysittin’ only two or three shots? / I’mma show you how to turn it up a notch.” Structured as a dialogue between the rapper and his conscience, the song raises heavy questions regarding the origins of alcohol abuse and addiction, but doesn’t sound the slightest bit like a preachy PSA. Turn it on, turn it up and dive right in.

 

M83 | STEVE MCQUEEN

Don’t ask us what the title is in reference to, because we’re as stumped as you are, but this track off of the French electronic band’s critically acclaimed (and, as it’s turned out, hugely popular) album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is too good to spend time pondering over. Radiant synths, pulsating drums and a driving guitar melt into an otherwordly symphony that channels the most epic side of the 80s with dazzling, utterly infectious results. You know, we always did love Steve McQueen.

Mark Ronson & The Business Intl | BANG BANG BANG

This song has been our new go-to after we heard it at the end of an episode of HBO’s new series “Girls”. Upbeat and catchy as hell, it gets bonus points for creating a fabulous radio station on Pandora or Spotify. Every time we listen to this song it puts us smack dab in the middle of our favorite dive bars. Is there a better feeling a song could give you when you want to have fun.?

 

MNDR | FEED ME DIAMONDS

We must admit, we’ve been fiending for the next big anthemic dance track in the vein of Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” for quite some time, and we’re relieved to report we may have found it in FEED ME DIAMONDS by MNDA (aka Amanda Warner). Instead of high-energy beats, this song is propelled by its pulsating, heavy bassline and lurching, dark aesthetic, playing against Warner’s vocals. It’s also inspired by performance artist Marina Abramovic and medieval murder methods; if that alone doesn’t pique your curiosity, then what will?

Nero | MUST BE THE FEELING

Being that the first line of this song consists of the lyrics “Every time, I hear this grove, it makes me want to move”, you can imagine how addictive and exciting the song must be. Best known for their contributions to house and dubstep music, the duo’s MUST BE THE FEELING just makes us want to dance, which could explain why we love it. Perfect for that late-summer party or the perfect night out, this track is perfect for getting you in the mood. Must be the feeling, after all.

No Doubt | SETTLE DOWN

Don’t call it a comeback, but one of the most eagerly anticipated new releases in years comes courtesy of none other than No Doubt after a seemingly eternal hiatus for the group. Picking up where 2001’s Rock Steady left off, their brand-spanking-new SETTLE DOWN is 100% them. A perfect mash-up of the ska from their earliest days with the funky-punk garage rock of Tragic Kingdom and topping it off with a smidge of something electronic and a hefty dose of Carribean flair, we simply can’t resist its charms. Oh, and did we mention it’s hella fun?

TNGHT | GOOOO

The brainchild of producers Hudson Mohawke and Lunice, TNGHT’s self-titled EP is bombastic and brazen. Clocking in at a dizzying 16 minutes long, the 5-song release would make for a perfect soundtrack to your most rollicking summer bash. Although we’re also partial to “Higher Ground,” this particular cut stopped us in our tracks with its hypnotic looping of acutely tuned sounds that render the line between hip-hop and electronica not only blurred, but bludgeoned.