The 7 Best New Songs of the Week: Banks, Jennifer Lopez, Shura, PJ Harvey, 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 seven best new songs. Trust us. We have good taste. (And check out last week’s collection if your hunger has still not been sated.)

Banks – “Fuck With Myself”

Banks is back, bitches! Her futuristic take on minimalistic R&B has for several years influenced the music of more popular artists — seriously, the marks of “This Is What It Feels Like” and “Beggin for Thread” are all over the Hot 100 — so it is with open arms we welcome her back to the stage she helped set. “Fuck With Myself” is 100% true to the Banks brand, but, refreshingly, she opted to push her sound into weirder, more experimental territory instead of in the opposite, poppier direction. Alien it may be, but it’s still a banger. – Matt

Calvin Harris and John Newman – “Olé”

“Olé” is possibly a song about Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston, but according to John Newman this song was recorded months ago. Or could it be about Harris’ breakup with Rita Ora? “You’ve hidden my name on your phone so you can call me to tell me you’ve been going through hell, left him alone and you booked in a hotel,” Newman sings in one of the verses. Regardless, the “reggae” influenced track is an easy, breezy bop that will get people on to the dance floor. – Michael

Jennifer Lopez & Lin-Manuel Miranda – “Love Makes the World Go Round”

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It’s so nice to see celebrities coming together for a good cause. Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda hit the studio to record this collaboration just days after the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Not only is this song a testament to Miranda’s song-writing abilities, but it helps people in need in more ways than one. All proceeds from each sale of the track on iTunes will be donated to Hispanic Federation for the Somos Orlando Fund. Who says music can’t save lives? – Gabi

Shura – “Nothing’s Real”

Shura’s debut album, Nothing’s Real, is finally here and I’m am fully comitted to listening to it until the end of summer. The vibe of her entire album is ’80s pop with crazy-relatable lyrics for the 20-something crowd. Title track “Nothing’s Real” is soothing but also makes me want to dance along. Incidentally, Shura wrote the track after having a panic attack one night. Also check out: “Make It Up,” “What Happened to Us,” and the previously-released “Indecision.” – Kaitlyn

PJ Harvey – “Guilty”

Just three months after releasing her excellent ninth album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, PJ Harvey has blessed the world with more new music. “Guilty” was recorded during the same sessions as Hope Six but was left off the record because Harvey felt it didn’t quite fit. And true, it is more of a whirlwind blues stomper than anything on the album (except, maybe, lead single “The Wheel”). Still, the Hope Six DNA is clearly present both lyrically (“Guilty” takes on drone warfare) and sonically (the horns!). It is absolutely good enough to have made the album, even if it wasn’t the exact right tone, so it is nothing less than a gift that we get to hear it. – Matt

 Shawn Mendes – “Ruin”

How do we count the ways that this song is essentially a carbon copy of John Mayer‘s “Gravity”? Let’s start with its rolling drum hits, then recognize its similar lazy guitar call in between verses before we acknowledge the parallel “soulful” adolescent male angst. I quite enjoy Mayer’s “Gravity”, so by transitive property, I like “Ruin” too. Not to mention, Mendes’ cover art is similar to that of Mayer’s for Heavier Things. We all have our influences; some are just more overt than others. – Mia

Róisín Murphy – “Lip Service”

Róisín Murphy’s music has only gotten stranger with time, and though I miss the more-accessible-though-still-delightfully-odd days of Ruby Blue and Overpowered, any new Murphy music is cause for celebration. After taking eight years in between Overpowered and last year’s Hairless Toys, Murphy returns just 14 months after the latter with another new album, Take Her Up to Monto. The songs were recorded during the Hairless Toys sessions, though Monto hardly feels like a collection of rejects. The music is still mercurial and challenging, though Monto feels a little more listener-friendly than its predecessor. “Lip Service” is space-age bossa nova that feels just right for the summer of 2016. – Matt