“Touch’n You” — Rick Ross ft. Usher
Rick Ross shows off his softer side with Usher by his side in the music video for “Touch’n You,” the first single off the upcoming album God Forgives I Don’t. It’s a little weird seeing Rozay doing something other than rapping about guns and drugs, but he wines and dines his lady convincingly enough, playing chess and lounging by the pool together. Meanwhile, Usher whispers and croons sweet nothings causing women everywhere to get weak in the knees. God Forgives I Don’t drops on July 31.
“Good Girls (Don’t Grow on Trees)” — Cris Cab ft. Big Sean
Nineteen-year-old Cris Cab is probably the world’s happiest up and coming artist right now. Not only did Pharell co-write his first single “Good Girls (Don’t Grow on Trees)” and Big Sean lend his talent to the single, but Wyclef Jean also produced this great reggae-inspired track. That’s three hip-hop powerhouses putting faith in a kid from Miami whose claim to fame is quirky covers of hip hop songs and the result is wonderful. Cab sings about treating his woman right, since good girls are special and hard to find. It’s nice to see a young man brought up so well…I wonder if he’s single…
“Good Time” — Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
Electro-pop outfit Owl City, made up of solo artist Adam Young, joined forces with summer It girl Carly Rae Jepsen to create “Good Time,” the latest single from his upcoming album The Midsummer Station. And a good time shall be had by all who listen to this single, with both artists’ cheerful vocals blending together perfectly with just the right amount of catchy synth lines thrown in. While Justin Bieber hasn’t personally endorsed the track yet, it’s sure to be a hit for summer parties! You can pick up a copy of The Midsummer Station on August 14.
“The Theory of Relativity” — Stars
Montreal indie group Stars hasn’t released any new material in two years, and this year will mark the release of their sixth studio album, The North. “The Theory of Relativity” is the first single off the album and longtime Stars fans will be glad to hear the band in all their electro-poppy glory. Torquil Campbell sings the lead vocals with his hauntingly beautiful voice as usual, with counterpart Amy Millan’s ghostly voice backing him up in the chorus. Alas, we will have to wait until September 4 to grab the album, but until then this great jam will just have to tide us over.
“California Feeling” — AB and the Sea
Lately I’ve been obsessed with songs about California…it’s probably because of my innate desire to move to the Sunshine State forever. Either way, San Francisco surf-pop band AB and the Sea are the latest group to come out with a feel good jam about California — this time they sing it a capella. Off their debut album Constant Vacation, “California Feeling” is filled with gentle harmonies and catchy hooks perfect for the summertime, which makes sense since they personally cite “bonfires on the beach” as one of their musical influences.