While Arcade Fire tops this week’s list with their most contagious single yet, it seems that the rest followed suit, naturally. Synthesizers reach soaring highs with Cut Copy, SOHN, and Active Child’s newest releases, while Kelley Stoltz and Miguel coat their tracks with guitar accents that aspire to find the same groove. Have fun tapping your shoes to this countdown.
10. Blitzen Trapper – “Shine On”
Channeling Little Feat circa mid-’70s, Blitzen Trapper inject a little funk into their southern rock on “Shine On”, a new track from their forthcoming LP, VII (out October 1st via Vagrant Records). “I’ve written a lot of songs with a lot of words,” frontman Eric Earley said in the track commentary. “But for this one, I just wanted to do something that was simple, straightforward.” With a steady groove and some wily harmonica playing by Earley, this one hits that southern-boogie sweet spot unlike anything in a very long time. –Jon Hadusek
9. Ducktails – “Honey Tiger Eyes”
Matt Mondanile’s return to Ducktails reveals a psychedelic haze over the smooth slacker tones that he’s most well-known from his summer-loving main band, Real Estate. “Honey Tiger Eyes” kicks off immediately into a lush groove, spanning from dreamy guitar waves and bold bass tones. Every second of the track brings smooth athleticism, whether it’s Mondanile’s dreamy croon or the capitalizing guitar solo that defines the track’s outro. Ducktails’ follow-up EP, Wish Hotel, is due October 22nd. –Sam Willett