Besides quality, there aren’t many threads that connect this week’s batch of top songs. Each track occupies its own genre niche and career trajectory. Sure, there are the grungy and acerbic offerings from Courtney Barnett and Torres, but the rest are little more varied. Meanwhile, rocker Mikal Cronin seems to be jumping away from his Dinosaur Jr. fuzz-laden sensibility to something more jubilantly pop-oriented. There’s Dan Boeckner, who’s sounding revitalized as he’s indulging his synthpop impulses with Operators, and Ryshon Jones, a hardworking rapper who seems pegged to finally have his moment. Even though these tracks may not be related, diversity and change are good things, and these artists prove it.
10. Lapalux feat. Szjerdene – “Closure”
The warm female voice that wanders through Lapalux’s “Closure” will be familiar to fans of downtempo electronica: London’s Szjerdene has been Bonobo’s preferred live vocalist for years. Like Bonobo, Essex’s Lapalux is never in a hurry to deliver his beautiful motives to the yearning masses. Coming from one of the more accessible producers on the Brainfeeder roster, this single, off Lapalux’s Lustmore LP (out April 7th), infuses some depressed R&B stylings into the imprint’s expected broken textures and interstellar musings. Delicate, passionate, and unexpected, this is the love so many look for. –Derek Staples