Throughout the week, we update our Best New Songs playlist with the new releases that caught our attention the most, be it a single leading up to the release of an album or a newly unveiled deep cut. And each Monday, we round up the best new songs released over the past week (the eligibility period begins on Monday and ends Sunday night) in this segment.
Last week, Sarah Tudzin’s “tenderpunk” outfit illuminati hotties returned with their first piece of new music since 2020’s FREE I.H.: This Is Not the One You’ve Been Waiting For, bringing back that insane energy on the sneering and infectiously chaotic ‘MMMOOOAAAAAYAYA’. Tudzin also produced Pom Pom Squad’s latest single, the fiery ‘Head Cheerleader’, taken from their recently announced full-length debut and featuring vocals from Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara. UK rapper Little Simz announced the follow-up to 2019’s GREY Area with the strikingly cinematic ‘Introvert’, in which she reflects on the events of the past year as well as her mental state with a mix of urgency and vulnerability; Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Rosie Tucker shared one of the strongest singles from their upcoming third album, Sucker Supreme, the charming and catchy ‘Barbara Ann’; New York City trio UV-TV also delivered a great teaser from their third LP with the driving ‘Back to Nowhere’; and finally, Wolf Alice previewed their forthcoming album Blue Weekend with its second single, the searing, grungy ‘Smile’.
Best New Songs: April 26, 2021
Song of the Week: illuminati hotties, ‘MMMOOOAAAAAYAYA’
Pom Pom Squad, ‘Head Cheerleader’
Little Simz, ‘Introvert’
UV-TV, ‘Back to Nowhere’
Rosie Tucker, ‘Barbara Ann’
Wolf Alice, ‘Smile’