The 8 Best New Songs of the Week: Radiohead, James Blake, Justin Timberlake, and More

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So much new music is released each week that it’s impossible to hear it all. Not that you’d want to; a lot of it isn’t so hot. But let us help simplify your search for new sounds with a roundup of the week’s 8 best new songs. Trust us. We have good taste. (And check out last week’s collection if your hunger has still not been sated.)

Ariana Grande – “Into You”

I haven’t listened to this much Ariana Grande… ever. But with her new tracks from her upcoming album rolling out (“Dangerous Woman,” “Be Alright,” “Let Me Love You”) and now her newest, “Into You,” I’m feeling it and I’ll continue to be playing her through the summer. I think “Into You” is my favorite so far, surely a head bopper in the club. – Kaitlyn

Radiohead – “Identikit”

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Radiohead’s ninth album, A Moon Shaped Pool, was released Sunday, more than five years after 2011’s The King of Limbs. As with most Radiohead releases, there is a lot to unpack and digest; four days is hardly enough time to even begin. Stilll, immediately, the listener could understand that it is a stunning album: beautiful, sad, complicated, and vastly superior to their last release. Also immediately, “Identikit,” stepped forward as a standout (alongside “True Love Waits,” “Ful Stop,” Decks Dark,” and, hell, the whole album, honestly). Like many of the songs on the album, Radiohead had been playing “Indentikit” live for a few years, so to finally have a studio version is a blessing, especially since it’s just so f***ing good. By the time you get to the “broken hearts make it rain” refrain, it may in fact be raining. On your face. I’m talking about crying. From the sheer beauty of it all. – Matt

James Blake – “Points”

This song fits into my strange niche of pet songs that are appropriate backdrop music to any combination of yoga, meditation, draining a bottle of pinot noir or staring at a wall. It’s one of my favorite moments on Blake’s album, though I forecast that it will take some time to sift through the breath that he’s cast upon us. – Mia

Justin Timberlake – “Can’t Stop the Feeling”

What a disappoinment. After three years of silence from Justin Timberlake, I expected much more from him, especially as a follow up to The 20/20 Experience which is in my eyes, perfect. Instead, we got actual troll music. If this is Timberlake’s new sound, I have a feeling I won’t be adding his new album to my collection. – Jelani

ANOHNI – “Crisis”

Like choosing a favorite song off the new Radiohead album, picking just one track from ANOHNI’s, Hopelessness was a difficult task. “Crisis” is one of many songs on the album that could work as a thesis statement for the project, which sees ANOHNI sing of war and world issues (and her own complicity in tragedy) over dark electronics and dance beats. It is a departure from her previous albums (released under the Antony and the Johnsons moniker), orchestral chamber pop masterpieces that were ultimately more intangible and less immediate. Over an anthemic, almost “Halo“-esque drumbeat, “Crisis” begins: “Crisis / If I killed your father with a drone bomb / how would you feel?” From there, I will let the song — and the rest of the album — speak for itself.  – Matt

Mike Posner – “Silence” (Sluggo x Loote Remix feat. Labrinth)

Off his new album At Night, Alone, this remix of Mike Posner’s “Silence” is just soooo smooth. I literally just stumbled upon the song when I clicked shuffle on his new album and by far it’s my one and only favorite. – Kaitlyn

Radiohead – “Burn the Witch”

Radiohead is back with “Burn the Witch!” It’s an orchestral pop song, but the orchestra is taking cues from heavy metal. The song starts off with a Doppler pulse of guitar and orchestral strings, contrasted by a low bass. It moves along at a brisk clip, and is kind of catchy. But underneath that pop sensibility is a very serious message: Thom Yorke sings, “Stay in the shadows/Cheer at the gallows/This is a round up/This is a low flying panic attack/Sing a song on the jukebox that goes/Burn the witch/Burn the witch/We know where you live.” This is classic Radiohead. – Michael

James Blake – “Radio Silence”

Blake’s new album, The Colour in Anything, is a long, dense affair, and it will take time and attention for me to properly explore. Over a handful of listens, songs and moments have jumped out at me, though I’ve had some trouble recalling which songs and moments, exactly. It’s a lot to take in. But one thing I am not unsure about is the album opener, “Radio Silence.” It begins with piano, ghostly wails, and soulful yelps of “I don’t know how you feel!.” About a minute-and-a-half into the song, the eerie electronics ratchet things up, and the magic grows darker. – Matt

Come back next week (and not a moment before then! JK!) for another batch of fresh music.