The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, humidity is rearing its head all signs that summer has officially arrived. Any other year we’d normally be at outdoor concerts, backyard barbecues or dancing at rooftop bars until closing time. While things may be different this year, however, there’s still good music to be enjoyed wherever you may be. 

We’ve made some fresh additions to our Emerging Playlist to kick off your summer soundtrack. Keep scrolling to see what the best new songs of the week are and, when you’re done, subscribe to the playlist so you don’t miss out on our daily music recommendations.

 

 


 

Leon Bridges - Best New Songs

Leon Bridges – Sweeter (Ft. Terrance Martin)

Grammy award-winner Leon Bridges joins forces with LA jazz musician and hip-hop artist Terrance Martin on this soulful and powerful track. Bridges notes on his Instagram that his experiences with racism greatly influenced the song. Originally the single was to be featured on Bridges’ upcoming album, but in response to the recent murder of George Floyd the duo decided to release it early. Bridges’ signature smooth vocals cut over a melancholy beat with reflective lyrics calling, and hoping, for a “life more sweeter.”

 

 


 

Shamir - Best New Songs

Shamir – On My Own

For those fresh out of a relationship or for those who love listening to music about break-ups just to feel angsty Shamir gave us the break-up anthem of the summer with “On My Own”. The Vegas artist’s latest track is a dream-pop tune that’ll remind you of simpler times, complete with lyrics to assure you that you’re better off without them and breathtaking vocals that you’ll try (and fail) to sing along to.

 

 


 

RMR - Best New Songs

RMR – Welfare (Ft. Westside Gunn)

Chances are you know RMR from his viral debut “Rascal.” You might not know, however, that he just dropped a stellar debut EP, DRUG DEALING IS A LOST ART. One of our favorite tracks on the release is the opener “Welfare,” a soulful and reflective number with piano instrumentals and lyrical professions of the masked artist’s success.

 


 

Fred again

Fred again.. – Adam (Act Like)

Pulling from Aminé’s 2017 XXL Freshman freestyle, Fred again.. creates a pulsing dance beat that calls for blasting on a late-night driving sesh with your windows rolled down. On “Adam (Act Like)”, Fred uses smooth transitions and a flawless mix of samplings make it obvious why the artist was named the 2020 Brit Award Producer of the Year. The track appears on his new Actual Life EP, which we know will be a staple at our dance parties in the near future.

 

 


 

Gordi

Gordi – Unready

Call us ironic, but we’re quite prepared to listen to “Unready.” The new single from Gordi comes off her upcoming album Our Two Skins, set to be released June 26. The Australian singer-songwriter’s ethereal voice glides over an energizing pop-rock beat, giving us major HAIM vibes. If the rest of the album is anything like this single, we know what we’ll be listening to all summer.

 

 


 

Roosevelt

Roosevelt – Sign

If all you want to do is dance, turn on Roosevelt‘s “Sign.” The artist born Marius Lauber is back with a fun pop hit, his first new single since his 2018 sophomore album Young Romance. Reminiscent of early house music with its plaintive lyrics and hypnotizing beat, “Sign” is sure to get you moving on the dance or your bedroom floor again.

 


 

Henry Green

Henry Green – All

On his Instagram, Henry Green told us that his new track “All” was written in defiance of writer’s block. If this is what Green can come up when he hits a creative hurdle, it’s time for everyone else to stop using it as an excuse. Green’s crisp vocals cut over a simple, melodic track that’ll have you hitting the play button over and over again. This is the final single from his new album Half-Life, set to be released on July 3.

 

 


 

Still want more? Check out the rest of our Emerging Playlist below, which is updated daily with the best new songs.