Every week, members of the Vulture staff highlight the best new music of 2015. We do not discriminate; as long as the song is worthy of your ears and attention, you will find it here. Read our picks below, share yours in the comments, and subscribe to the Vulture 2015 Playlist for a comprehensive guide to the year's best new tunes.
The Arcs, "Outta My Mind"
This mod-influenced track is the latest from Dan Auerbach's side project the Arcs, a new collaboration between the Black Keys singer-guitarist and his buddies Leon Michels, Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss, and Nick Movshon. The band's debut, Yours, Dreamily, is out this September. All 13 songs were recorded at various informal sessions across the country over the course of two weeks, giving songs like "Outta My Mind" a raw, bare-bones appeal. —Lauretta Charlton (LaurettaLand)
Bad Bad Hats, “Fight Song”
Do you like indie-pop music? This is probably the best version of it I’ve heard in a long time. For bands like this, there is a danger of being too cute, too charming. “Fight Song” has just the right amount of bite. —Jesse David Fox (@JesseDavidFox)
Barack Obama, "Amazing Grace"
The realest political and musical moment of 2015 comes courtesy of Reverend POTUS. Where can I buy this on vinyl? —LC
Flying Saucer Attack, "Instrumental 4"
A new release off of the legendary Bristol-based band's first album in 15 years, Instrumentals 2015. Recorded on tape and CD-R, it's loud, experimental rock that makes feedback sound like a diaphanous lullaby. —LC
Krept and Konan ft. Jeremih, Beenie Man, and Popcaan, "Freak of the Week (Remix)"
Krept & Konan's "Freak of the Week" is already a certified banger overseas with more than 4 million streams on YouTube, thanks in part to hitmakers Jeremih and DJ Mustard. Now that rumblings of a dancehall comeback have sprung up on music blogs, the London duo have cashed in on the buzz with a monster remix from two of the genre's biggest names: Beenie Man and Popcaan. The song already samples Beenie Man's "Who I Am (Sim Simma), so it's only right. If you're still missing a Song of Summer to blast during your Fourth of July festivities, it doesn't get much better than this. —Dee Lockett (@Dee_Lockett)
True story: Santigold has never made a bad song. Granted, she's also not released much music since 2008's Santogold (she's since swapped the "o" for an "i"), but both it and her 2012 follow-up Master of My Make-Believe offer a deep well of exceptional sleeper hits. Her latest, "Radio," delivers more of the same — but since it's for the Paper Towns soundtrack, it's guaranteed to be streamed millions of times by an army of John Green fans. It's booming, anthemic, and — if you can believe it — potentially better than "Boom Clap." Rumor has it, she's close to finishing her third album. Can Santi finally become a star in 2015? —DL
Vince Staples, "Norf Norf"
Vince Staples isn't for the faint of heart. His candor about Crippin' requires listeners to dismiss whatever it is we think we know about gang culture; it's the only way you can approach his stunning debut. But if the content of Summertime '06 feels intimidating, ease into it with "Norf Norf," a titanic Clams Casino production over which Vince takes you for a walk down the perilous streets of Long Beach, California. Just try not to get lost. —DL
Wavves x Cloud Nothings, “No Life for Me”
Though big-time collaborations are commonplace in pop, hip-hop, and dance music, you almost never see it in rock music. Wavves and Cloud Nothings have always been kindred spirits, which makes their collaboration — the recently released No Life for Me — such a perfect match. Being that both are makers of shambolic, driving, pop-punk, their styles blend in a fun way, especially on the title track that somehow manages to be both the poppiest and grungiest song on the record. —JDF