Rye Rye: “New Thing”
Baltimore’s perennial Next Big Thing channels the diva holy trinity of M.I.A., Missy Elliott and Gwen Stefani on this stuttery banger.
Kendrick Lamar featuring RZA: “Ronald Reagan Era”
It’s an ’80s nostalgia triple whammy when the Compton rapper enlists the Wu-Tang master for a track (ostensibly) about the legacy of Reaganomics.
Future Islands: “Before the Bridge”
This killer exercise in fidgety synth-pop is set to be released as the A-side of the Baltimore trio’s limited-edition seven-inch next month.
Little Roy: “Sliver” and “Dive” (Nirvana covers)
The reggae icon tackles two Nirvana classics with fascinating, if uneven, results. These tracks hail from Roy’s upcoming tribute to the band, also rumored to include a cover of “Polly.”
William Elliott Whitmore: “Everything Gets Gone”
More exquisite back porch folk from the depressingly unfamous punk-blues flamethrower.