Is it just us, or is summer already somehow…starting to slip away? No. Can’t be. Won’t let it happen. These five songs will help distract you from the quick passage of time. Check out the 4.5 Songs You Need to Hear This Week below.
GoldLink feat. Tyler, the Creator and Jay Prince, “U Say”
Lately I’ve been far too eager to anoint anything that sounds/looks/smells like summer as summer-worthy. But damnit, “U Say” is summer-worthy-you can’t lead off with the verse “Push out your back, put ya butt in it”-and then transition to a chorus about partying all day-without evoking images of a humid July night on a crowded dance floor. Summer! Is! Almost! Here!- Alex Shultz, editorial assistant
MUNA, “Number One Fan”
Finally, the stan culture thinkpiece we’ve all been waiting for!
In all seriousness, though, this song is the only stan-related writing anyone should be paying attention to right now. It’s got all the boxes of a perfectly addictive pop song checked-its bouncy, head-bobbing rhythm, an earwormy hook, a badass electric-guitar-backed bridge. But it’s really in the lyrics that MUNA cinch the deal here, opening with a gloomy fake-out verse before toying with the language of diehard shippers in the chorus by directing those teenage-fanatic words at…well, themselves: “Oh my God, like, I’m your number one fan / So iconic, like, big, like, stan.” Plus, the track’s grungy music video features the most iconic Dance Dance Revolution scene since Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Stanning yourself? Great. Stanning MUNA? Even better. Also, we should all be playing way more DDR. Just a suggestion.- Danielle Cohen, editorial business assistant
The press release for K.Flay’s new single references “never-ending sleepovers and singing Ace of Base in the living room, and too much Mountain Dew and not being lonely,” and damn if that isn’t just exactly what this gorgeous, wriggling song sounds like. And sure, on the one hand, “Sister” could play like a story about family, but instead, lyrically it reads much more about chosen family and surrounding yourself with the people you actually want to be there. Her new album, Solutions, is out on July 13. Color us intrigued.- Brennan Carley, associate editor
Future, “Please Tell Me”
The incredible power that Future is able to harness when he’s deep in his feelings is second to none-a true blues icon.- Gabe Conte, digital producer