Discovery and rediscovery coat this week’s MP3 countdown with some new, shiny gloss. Whether it’s the vocal glam of Mac DeMarco, aggressive rock drive of TV on the Radio, or impressive debuts from Nathan Salsburg and Die Mason Die, it’s easy to walk away with some new favorites. Kick back with your morning/afternoon joe and open your ears to some new sounds.
10. Braids – “Hossak”
Braids’ most recent unveiling is a short-and-sweet mystery that bewilders your sense of comfort. Raphaelle Standelle-Preston’s airy vocals draw a simple child’s tale, serving as an interesting contradiction against the nightmare manifesting in the background. The outfit exhibit flourishing percussion loops and vocal manipulation that wind the track’s foundation far enough for it to spin into space, exactly where it belongs. Braids’ sophomore effort, Flourish//Perish, will cloud earbuds everywhere on August 20th.–Sam Willett
9. R. Kelly feat. 2 Chainz – “My Story”
2 Chainz has been on this countdown a lot, but not because he’s done anything to deserve it. He’s almost comically bad — which is exactly what he’s going for — and happens to guest appear on tons of quality songs, such as R. Kelly‘s latest single, “My Story”. Chainz’ verse here is surprisingly passable until the line, “Drop her ass in the chocolate factory.” Um, a subtle reference to R. Kelly’s fifth album? The R. Kelly parts of the song evolve from the kind of sing-talk narrative of the Closet series into a danceable braggadocio. He flaunts his bank account (“Eight digits“) and tells you how he earned it, describing an ascent to fame that’s heavy on the narcissism swag. This one will undoubtedly find its way to nightclub dance floors.–Jon Hadusek
8. Nothankyou – “Oyster”
While Olga Bell’s vocals mix into perfectly obscure harmonies with Dirty Projectors, she confidently takes the mic with her newest side project, Nothankyou, evoking smooth tones similar to the likes of St. Vincent. “Oyster” travels along bumping electronic beats, an array of percussion that rings like pots and pans, and synthesized guitar lines to energize the track’s chorus. The duo’s second single demonstrates their ambition to experiment with the indie pop genre and succeeds in catching ears left and right. —Sam Willett