At the end of each calendar month, Artsweek takes a look at new tracks that stood out and made a place in our playlists.

The xx — On Hold

The xx returns with their third studio album, and this single is vibrant, vivid dream pop chock-full of mellow yet uplifting instrumentation.

Matt Martians — “Diamond In Da Ruff”

Matt Martians of the internet brings funky, colorful solo tracks from his debut, The Drum Chord Theory. Check this one out for an amalgamation of funk, soul and colorfully rich composition.


Thundercat — “Show You The Way” (feat. Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins)

Fresh from the buzz of working with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus, Thundercat releases an intoxicating and lovely electronic R&B single from his upcoming album, Drunk.

Joey Bada$$ — “Land of the Free”

Though somewhat antithetical to the style Joey has come to cultivate, “Land of the Free” offers soulful instrumentation and thoughtful political lyrics in his anti-Trump-themed single.


The Avalanches — “Bad Day” (feat. Freddie Gibbs)

Legendary production group the Avalanches teams up with rapper Freddie Gibbs to construct a jazzy and vivacious cut that brings some neo-psychedelia sounds in a masterful collaboration.


William Emmons
Will is an Artsweek Editor. In his free time he enjoys listening to Death Grips and having heated discussions about the legitimacy of astrology.