Congrats folks, you made it: Tomorrow is officially the first day of summer. This week’s 4.5 songs have nothing to do with that fact, but there is a video of a chill dog playing some top-notch tunes. Enjoy.
Your Old Droog, “Train Love”
There are only so many topics deep enough for musicians to dedicate entire albums exploring, like love, loss, and sex. But Your Old Droog, the mysterious MC who some (wrong) conspiracy theorists believed was secretly Nas rapping under an alias, focused on something a little different: Transportation. Literally, that’s the name of his new album. More specifically, Your Old Droog raps about life passing by while navigating around New York City, and the album’s best song, “Train Love,” is about developing an unattainable crush on the subway. It’s a ‘90s-esque old-school bop (think LL Cool J’s “Hey Lover”), overlaying the always sample-able “Oh Honey” by Delegation.—Alex Shultz, editorial assistant
Mannequin Pussy, “Cream”
Mannequin Pussy recently released a third single ahead of their third album, Patience, out tomorrow (June 21). It rips just as hard as the first two tracks they graced us with. I highly recommend checking out the horror-inspired music video so you can properly rock out through the weekend.—Colin Groundwater, assistant to the editor in chief
My favorite house music is heavily influenced by Jet Set Radio and the future-facing techno of the late ’90s/early 2000s, and that’s exactly what “If” delivers. Daphni, a.k.a. Dan Snaith, a.k.a. Caribou, released a five-track EP called Sizzling this week; yes, the name is entirely accurate, as these songs are HOT! BABY! “If” stands out for its frantic jazz samples and [Berlin club manager voice] heavy drums and bass. When I listen to “If,” I want to dance for an entire day, or at least run as fast as I can in a straight line for an hour. —Gabe Conte, digital producer
Devendra Banhart, “Kantori Ongaku”
Devandra Banhart has been busy. He published a book of poetry, Weeping Gang Bliss Void Yab-Yum, in April, and he has a new album, Ma, due out in September. Ahead of that drop, he’s shared a mellow single to soundtrack your Sunday morning. It’s called “Kantori Ongaku” (Japanese for country music), and it’s meant as a tribute to the Japanese legend Haruomi Hosono, (who counts Mac DeMarco as a fan as well). Come and get your vibes. —C.G.