“I Will Wait” — Mumford & Sons
If you’re looking for a new song to add to that lay-in-bed-stare-at-the-ceiling-and-dream-about-my-crush playlist, look no further! English folk rockers Mumford & Sons’ new single “I Will Wait” is a bluegrass, banjo-y track filled with soft harmonies and earnest vocals that will cut straight to your heart. Ah, if only my (nonexistent) boyfriend would write music like this and sing it to me…and maybe bring me flowers every night, new jewelry once in a while, and look like Ryan Gosling. Pick up Mumford & Sons’ second album Babel on Sept. 24.
“Glow” — Mac Miller ft. Pharell
Mac Miller and Pharell Williams get glossy in their new track “Glow,” off the two artists’ upcoming EP Pink Slime. The duo released “Onaroll” back in June, and it would appear that Mac Millions and Skateboard P are a collaborative force to be reckoned with. Backed by ethnic-inspired violins, and a hyper beat, the boys lay down their rhymes, sounding confident and smooth. Sidenote: Mac Miller manages to yell “Mother f**ker” for ten seconds straight. If that’s not talent, I don’t know what is.
“Anything Could Happen” — Ellie Goulding
Anything can happen for Ellie Goulding fans…including getting their own Instagram picture included in the music video for Goulding’s new single! For “Anything Could Happen,” Goulding asked her fans to send in creative Instagram photos, which she spliced together to create a 500-picture collage video. While Ms. Skrillex hasn’t let herself get too influenced by her famous DJ boyfriend (no bass dropping in this track), the new single is a synth-pop gem. It’s more upbeat than her first big single “Lights,” but just as heartfelt. Catch “Anything Could Happen” on Goulding’s upcoming album Halycon, released Oct. 9.
“Pumped Up Kicks (Like Me)” — Jaden Smith
Foster the People’s mega hit was so popular, it was only a matter of time before someone snatched up the instrumentals for the song and created a rap rendition of it. And that person is Fresh Prince Jr. himself, Jaden Smith. Since he appeared in The Karate Kid, Smith lost his braids, gained a deeper voice, and added a pair of leopard print skinny jeans to his closet, which he rocks in Noisey‘s “Pumped Up Kicks (Like Me).” The track is catchy and fun. Sure, Smith is way too arrogant for his 14-year-old self, but if my parents were Will and Jada Pinkett Smith I’d probably be just as cocky. You go, Jaden!
“Unsustainable” — Muse
I never thought I would ever associate Muse with dubstep, but stranger things have happened! The British band’s new track “Unsustainable” is an apocalyptic anthem about the earth running out of renewable resources. It starts off with the usual Muse-esque soaring violins with sound bites of a news anchor, then an angry robot face starts talking and suddenly all hell breaks loose. It’s definitely a different sound for the boys, but they still manage to maintain the dramatic mood they’re known for. Muse’s sixth album The 2nd Law drops Oct. 2.