Here are current tracks that have been wracking up spins on my iTunes and Spotify account lately:
The 1975 - Head.Cars.Bending. Unfortunately this gem won't be featured on the English bands upcoming self-titled debut album. It's a brooding, downbeat number, driven with moody undertones, beat and synth-heavy compassion. It's also slightly psychedelic with its layered vocal work.
Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know? The first Arctic Monkeys track I've been excited about in a while. The guitar work, the persistent drum beat and distinctive chorus--with the production becoming amplified during the second half of the chorus. It's perfect.
Ariana Grande - Right There (feat. Big Sean). Sampling Lil Kim's "Crush on You," Ariana takes another step into capturing the mid '90s R&B essence that the sound of her forthcoming debut album Yours Truly is being built around.
Jay-Z - Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit (feat. Rick Ross). This moody number--layered with a skittering beat and quiet synth tones is one of the highlights from Jay-Z's latest LP, Magna Carter... Holy Grail.
Avicii - Wake Me Up. The folksy guitar against the euphoric dance-floor synths makes this one of the most interesting dance tracks in quite a while.
Lorde - Royals. New Zealand singer/songwriter's debut single, "Royals" is a nice mid-tempo, backed with prominent clicks and beats, quiet warbling synths. The song has landed her first chart-topper in New Zealand and now sits atop of the US Alternative charts--making her the first female alternative musician to do so in 17 years.
MKS - Flatline. The reformed original lineup of the Sugababes--now under the name MKS--initially felt a little half-baked and nothing I'd ever take seriously, but the first since 2001 is a corker, particularly the harmonies on that blustery chorus.