10 songs that are so unbelievably good they could be an April Fools joke…
10. Terror Jr
We owe this killer find to Disconaievete who came across this “enigmatic” new artist by watching Kylie Jenner’s very odd video for her lip gloss which was soundtracked by this. Basically, we know nothing about who Terror Jr is but they/he/she has uploaded this sole track onto Soundcloud and it’s a slam-dunk pop tune. It’s very much a Kiiara-esque tune and that makes sense because apparently it’s being released off the same label as Kiiara and was potentially produced by Felix Snow who has done a lot of the Kiiara stuff.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/terrorjr/3-strikes[/soundcloud]
Local producer Ribongia is bringing the tropical vibes on his brand new EP ESCAPISMS. Like the name of the EP suggests this track Downstream, one of the EP highlights, is a total escape. It’s relaxing, transcending and yet totally danceable at the same time. There are a lot of producers laying down tropical beats but none taking us to the jungle as vividly as Ribongia.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/octoberrecords/ribongia-downstream?in=ribongia/sets/escapisms[/soundcloud]
8. Mick Jenkins
The Artful Dodger
Kaytranada is on fire right now. He’s prepping his debut album, co-produced River Tiba’s track (on this list) and has also had a hand in this new Mick Jenkins cut. Also co-produced by THEMpeople this may be one of the most immediate Jenkins tracks yet. It’s effortlessly groovy but it also has this darkness running through it thanks to Jenkins’ deep-voiced bars.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/mickjenkinsmusic/the-artful-dodger-prod-by-kaytranada-thempeople[/soundcloud]
7. River Tiber
Local Melbourne label Good Manners have an impressive roster that includes LUCIANBLOMKAMP, Banoffee and Kllo but they’ve gone and nabbed themselves an impressive international in Riber Tiber. The Canadian artist has recruited an all-star cast for his latest track Illusions. It’s been co-produced with Kaytranada and Don McKinney and features a verse by G.O.O.D. Music president Pusha T. It’s all good to have a great list of artists but does it live up to the hype? Absolutely. It’s an after-dark knockout.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/redbullsoundselect/river-tiber-illusions-feat-pusha-t[/soundcloud]
6. Holy Fuck
Toronto electronica band Holy Fuck have released the second track from their upcoming album Congrats, due out May 27. The band is well-known for their strange performative style, whereby the four members stand in a partial circle crouched over various pieces of hardware.
This latest track is called Xed Eyes, and is a typically clusterfuck-sounding mesh of beats, sound, and amazingness. – Zanda Wilson
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/innovativeleisure/holy-fuck-xed-eyes-2[/soundcloud]
You Don’t Have To Be Alone (Charlie Wilson Version)
This is an excellent story the likes of which you don’t hear often enough. DJDS sampled Charlie Wilson on the original of this and he was so chuffed with it that he decided to offer his real-life vocals to an extended version. “We owe that to the man himself who heard the song and thought we could expand on it together,” DJDS said about the collaboration which delivers even more heart than the original.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/djdodgerstadium/djds-you-dont-have-to-be-alone-charlie-wilson-version[/soundcloud]
4. Big Wild/Tove Styrke
Californian producer Big Wild nabbed himself a big internet hit with the instrumental of Aftergold pulling in a casual 3.6 million plays on Soundcloud and now he’s pulled in Tove Styrketo renovate it. She’s Swedish, so she’s obviously come in and transformed it into a massive pop song and now it sounds even more bolstered and euphoric.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/foreignfamily/big-wild-aftergold-tove-styrke[/soundcloud]
Hoax is built on a steely, industrial beat produced by Novelist himself and PREM. Novelist raps over it bringing skill and ego in abundance all at the ripe age of 19. He’s one of the brightest in the grime game now and has the whole world waiting on a full-length project.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/novelist/novelist-hoax[/soundcloud]
Money On Me (Feat. Anderson .Paak)
Snakehips last track All My Friends was an unexpected massive hit around the world and they’ve done a pretty good job following it up. Anderson .Paak‘s voice is unquestionably good so it’s understandable that he’s the go to feature guy right now and he excels here. It’s definitely not as radio-friendly as their previous track but it’s going back to their cruisy, R&B-electronica vibes and it feels so good.
[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/snakehips-1/money-on-me-2[/soundcloud]
NZ duo Broods are back and what a supermassive single to return with. Free is a pop anthem for the ages complete with a soaring chorus, and a bridge that’ll run goosebumps up your arm. What’s even better is they’ve delivered a proper popstar video. Their debut was great but by the looks of it they’ve come leaps and bounds and that’s going to be very exciting to watch as LP 2 unfolds.