Every week, Vulture highlights the best new music with song worthy to get attention,
on Iver, “22 (OVER S∞∞N)”
A friend of mine once asked me, with no context, “Who is that musician that literally everyone likes?” I paused for a few beats before offering up, “Maybe Bon Iver?” I was right. He was asking about Bon Iver, and knew nothing about the band besides the fact that everyone liked them and he wanted to find their music. And at that moment I realized I actually didn’t know anyone with a dissenting opinion on Bon Iver. Surely they exist, but considering everyone’s a critic, it’s shocking how beloved the group is.
Carly Rae Jepsen and PC Music, together at last! Rumors of a collaboration between the Canadian bubblegum-pop sweetheart and the enigmatic avant-pop collective have been flying for awhile, and the first official track, Danny L. Harle’s “Super Natural,” is a buoyant marriage of CRJ’s sincerity and Harle’s winking nods to traditional pop and EDM tropes.
I can’t think of two more opposite worlds colliding and, yet, they gel nicely. Swae and Slim don’t even have to sample the Beatles or mention them, really (though kudos to Swae Lee for this: “Rockin John Lennon lenses like to see ‘em spread eagle”); it’s the mere idea planted so firmly in Rae Sremmurd’s head that they already compare to the greatest band ever that make this song such a revelation.
Can’t Hide” is a kicky pop track about new romantic beginnings from 17-year-old producer Whethan, with vocals from Ashe, that sound like summer nights and Halsey. Imagine a sad-faced boy at a party, milling about in a corner with other things on his mind, when a curious girl walks up to him and says, “Hell, I know how it is sometimes. You’re holding on trying to forget them all night.
“Ball of Confusion” (Temptations cover)
I’ve always felt Leon Bridges was a man well beyond his years — finally, it’s confirmed. For Netflix’s The Get Down, he’s covered the Temptations’ “Ball of Confusion,” a quintessential ’70s protest song. It was produced by Kendrick Lamar collaborator Terrace Martin, and it’s a dream.