Every week, members of the Vulture staff highlight the best new music of 2015. If 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 music.
Bas feat. J. Cole, “Night Job”
Revenge of the Dreamers II, the latest compilation from J. Cole’s Dreamville Records, dropped a little earlier than expected, clocking in with just nine tracks from various artists, including features from Cole and Donnie Trumpet. I’m especially enamored with the beat on this one. It’s sexy, relaxed, and exactly what you want to hear during cuffing season. —Lauretta Charlton (@laurettaland)
Jeremih feat. Juicy J and Twista, "Woosah"
Did Jeremih deserve better than a last-minute release with next to no press? Sure. Did he need it? Nah. Jeremih's the kind of R&B star who could have a fruitful career with limited output because he's that good. He got his breakthrough with a song called "Birthday Sex," and he hasn't shied from carnal subject matter since. "Woosah" is the kind of shameless nightcap I think Miguel fans probably wanted on his latest. Don't worry, Jeremih's got you. His best songs make being in love sound deliciously NSFW. Here he's serving all kinds of falsetto I forgot he had, while Juicy J commands "Ride this bone, f**k me to this song," like that isn't that the natural impulse once you press play. And just when you think the song cuts out, another of Chi-town's finest, Twista, slides in for those dizzying verbal acrobatics you love to hear from him. Just yes. —Dee Lockett (@Dee_Lockett)
KING, “The Greatest”
To prepare you for the goodness that will be We Are KING, the debut album from this ethereal Minneapolis dream-soul trio consisting of twins Paris and Amber Strother and Anita Bias, listen to the group’s first new song since their breakout 2011 EP The Story. It’s got a little bit of Sade, a little bit "Ain't Nobody"–era Chaka Khan, and one penetrating groove. (The 8-bit video is pretty cute, too. And say, while you're at it, listen to KING's new extended version of “Hey” as well.) —LC
Nashville Cast feat. Aubrey Peeples, “Too Far From You”
Aubrey Peeples is hitting her stride. The 21-year-old with a voice beyond her years has been added to Nashville as series regular Layla Grant, and she’s also in the Jem and the Holograms reboot. On "Too Far From You," from The Music of Nashville: Season 4, she'll woo fans of Brandi Carlile with her sad and folksy twang. —Eric King (@erickingdavid)
P Reign feat. Young Thug and T.I., "Dipped in Gold"
P Reign is a rapper out of Toronto signed to Drake's label who, like iLoveMakonnen, has yet to see a debut album materialize. But he does have a new mixtape out. Too much of it sounds like P Reign trying on other rappers' styles, and it hurts him for most of the tape — except on "Dipped in Gold," which reunites Young Thug and T.I. over a London on da Track beat. (Remember how fire "About the Money" was?!) I expected P Reign to be totally overshadowed, but he holds his own with references to that Atlanta lifestyle Young Thug once big-upped with his Rich Gang ex-family. Once again, it's Thugger who provides the memorable slurred hook ("I just bought a rollie just to dip in it in gold") that clears the way for T.I. to fire more shots at the young'uns who think he fell off. —DL
Troye Sivan feat. Betty Who, “Heaven”
Some of the best songs from Troye’s debut studio album, Blue Neighborhood, capture the thrill and the comfort of very young love, but on “Heaven” he pivots, writing instead about being raised Jewish while also realizing he was gay. “Without losing a piece of me / How can I get to heaven? / Without changing a part of me / How do I get to heaven?” It’s a dreamy song that deals with inner turmoil and will surely be reassuring to a lot of insecure queer kids figuring everything out. —EK
Wiki feat. Sporting Life and Skepta, "God Bless Me"
New York rap's dry spell has been long argued, but Ratking could care less. On rapper Wiki's debut solo project, he continues to experiment with what defines New York rap these days, anyway, mixing his old-school flow with progressive beats from Kaytranada, SKYWLKR, Harry Fraud, and more. The highlight for me is a collaboration with Ratking member Sporting Life and grime's anointed savior Skepta. They each count the ways they've been #blessed, but they're not necessarily gloating; they're just more focused on the haves than have-nots, and it makes for a pretty joyful listen. Plus, SKYWLKR murdered that beat. —DL
Shanice Williams, "Home" (The Wiz Live!)
Yes, yes, I know. There is already a definitive version of "Home" from The Wiz (surely not Diana Ross's, but I still love you, girl): Whitney Houston's live rendition during her first televised performance on The Merv Griffin Show in 1985. But when I tell you that Shanice Williams brought tears to my eyes with this song during NBC's The Wiz Live, it's no joke. She poured every inch of her heart into this song, and just like with Whitney's performance, a star was born. —Ira Madison III (@ira)