Can’t decide what to listen to today? No sweat. We’ve rounded up a collection of what is, in our opinion, the best music currently offered on the interwebs below.
22-year-old Sam Smith of the strapping voice and broken-hearted ballads has one of the most talked-about debut’s of the year, let alone this summer, on his hands. Stream In The Lonely Hour in advance of its 6/17 release over at NPR.
Brooklyn electropop trio Little Daylight have released a little tune to help get your summer rolling. Give “Mona Lisa” from their upcoming debut, Hello Memory, a spin and let their enunciated bass refrain suck you right back into the feeling of knowing school’s about to be out and long, sunny days are right around the corner.
Oooh yes, you heard right: La Roux’s new album Trouble in Paradise is coming out July 7 and yesterday she released its shimmery, downtempo third track “Tropical Chancer.” It’s no “Bulletproof” but it sure contains its own disco-kissed charm.
Next to Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour, perhaps The most talked-about release of the summer is Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence, the long-awaited, red carpet-announced, Dan Auerbach-produced followup to her requiem for an indie teen dream debut of an album, Born To Die. Listen to the latest track released, “Brooklyn Baby.”
Josh Tillman’s inimitable, existentially-fraught musical alter-ego Father John Misty recently covered Cat Stevens’ “Trouble” for the new documentary, Once I Was: The Hal Ashby Story, about the late filmmaker and director of Harold & Maude. You can listen to and download Misty’s version over at Stereogum.
Last but not least, the lovechild of two musical forces: Disclosure and Pharrell. The electronic duo recently shared a lounge-ready revamp of Pharrell’s sexy 2003 single, “Frontin’”. Listen below, and like the band on Facebook to help contribute to the free download fund, wherein they’ll give the song away for free once they hit 1m likes.