From Lorde to Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar to Michelle Branch.
Lorde — “Green Light”
Continuing in the grand old tradition of songs titled “Green Light” being very good (see also: Pitbull, Beyoncé, John Legend), Lorde’s first single off of her follow-up to her 2013 debut Pure Heroine is already the unofficial Song of Spring. As the temperature outside rises, there’s no time like the present to dramatically dance around on the street.
Melodrama is out June 16 on Republic Records.
Kendrick Lamar — “Humble”
Not one to shy away from grandiose statements, Kendrick Lamar’s video for “Humble” is already being declared a visual masterpiece. A perfectionist, Lamar can seemingly only be topped by himself, and the run-up to his TBD 2017 album should be one hell of a spectacle.
Kendrick Lamar’s new album could be out at any moment, so prepare yourself accordingly.
Lana Del Rey — “Love”
According to her cinematic and happy-sad new single, “Love” is… well, whatever Lana Del Rey says inspires you to get up in the morning. In about three months or so the inevitable dance remix of this will no doubt leave people in tears at the club.
Lust for Life is “coming soon” on Interscope/Polydor.
Gorillaz feat. Vince Staples — “Ascension”
Damon Albarn have Jamie Hewlett have thankfilly decided to put their differences aside to bestow upon us the gift of a new Gorillaz album. Of the five tracks that have been released so far, “Ascension” is the most immediately attention-grabbing, due in no small part to guest rapper Vince Staples.
Humanz is out April 28 on Parlophone/Warner Bros.