Best New Tracks: Charli xcx x Lorde, Post Malone x Blake Shelton and More

Dive into the weekend with these 10 music projects.

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As the week in music comes to a close, Hypebeast has rounded up the best projects for the latest installment of Best New Tracks.

This week’s lineup is led by Charli xcx x Lorde and Post Malone x Blake Shelton, who released the collabs “The girl, so confusing version with lorde” and “Pour Me A Drink,” respectively. Also joining this selection are offerings from 6LACK, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Kronos Quartet & Friends, Jay Worthy with DāM-FunKk, Kali Uchis, Jaden, Kehlani and Suki Waterhouse.

Charli xcx x Lorde – “The girl, so confusing version with lorde”

Charli xcx and Lorde put their “feud” to bed with “The girl, so confusing version with lorde.” A remix of the cut on Charli’s critically-acclaimed album BRAT, the heartfelt cut hears the pair clear the air while raising each other up — an important move in a space that normally sees two women getting pitted against each other.

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Post Malone x Blake Shelton – “Pour Me A Drink”

No matter the occasion, Post Malone and Blake Shelton will always want to pop open a cold one. In their country collab “Pour Me A Drink,” the two open up about how any issue can be solved and any major highlights can be celebrated with a drink in their hand.

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

6LACK – “F*ck The Rap Game”

6LACK takes the gloves off in his newest single, “F*ck The Rap Game.” The four-minute cut hears him open up about his thoughts on the industry, as well as his journey as a human being. “I came into the industry before the streaming era, and I’ve witnessed a lot of change since then. Over the last few years there seems to be a lot more moments where it feels like being an artist is about everything besides the actual music,” he says in a statement. “I consider myself very fortunate to do what I love for a living. But I say f*ck the rap ‘game’ because that’s the part I don’t love. The part that has nothing to do with artistic expression and makes being an artist feel like a job. This song is a personal reflection about distractions within the music industry that detract from what this art form was created for. I’m distancing myself from the politics and reminding myself what my purpose is within the genre.”

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

RÜFÜS DU SOL – “Music is Better”

RÜFÜS DU SOL is back with “Music is Better,” the Australian trio’s first new music since their 2021 GRAMMY-nominated album Surrender. The cut, which was premiered during their headlining DJ set at Coachella, “captures the themes of hope, intimacy, and connection that have long defined the RÜFÜS universe” and offers a peak into their expansive sound.

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Kronos Quartet & Friends - Outer Spaceways Incorporated

Kronos Quartet celebrates their 50th anniversary with the Red Hot Organization as they release Outer Spaceways Incorporated: Kronos Quartet & Friends Meet Sun Ra. The record includes everyone from Jlin to Moor Mother, DJ Haram, Laurie Anderson, Terry Riley, 700 Bliss and Armand Hammer, and is inspired by the vision and music of Sun Ra.

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Kali Uchis – “Never Be Yours”

More than 10 years since dropping the demo, Kali Uchis officially releases “Never Be Yours.” The track marked one of the artist’s first ever demos, and is just as magical as fans heard it over a decade ago.

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Jaden – “Roses”

Multi-hyphenate Jaden returns to music with his newest single “Roses,” marking his first release since CTV3: Day Tripper’s Edition in 2021. He describes the track as “a Therapy Session set to the key of Bb Major and at the tempo of 165 Bpm,” and serves as a prelude to cuts that will “soundtrack every pool party, bbq, and sunset at the beach.”

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Kehlani - Crash

Kehlani delivers their first album in two years, Crash. The 13-track effort features guest appearances from from Jill Scott, Young Miko and Omah Lay, with the artist stating, “A crash, in any form, is the peak height of the moment. It isn’t the anxiety of the before or the lament after. It’s the ever so imperative present.”

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Suki Waterhouse – “Supersad”

Suki Waterhouse officially announces her upcoming double album Sparklemuffin, out September 13, with her new single “Supersad.” She says of the track, “I tried to write a nineties song you could hear playing at the mall in Clueless or as an opening track for Legally Blonde.”

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Jay Worthy x DāM-FunkK – “105 West”

Jay Worthy and DāM-FunkK follow up their performance at Kendrick Lamar’s “The Pop Out: Ken & Friends” show with the announcement of their upcoming album Magic Hour, which pays homage to the musical tapestry of the West Coast. The duo also share the track “105 West” with A-Trak, Ty Dolla $ign, Channel Tres and DJ Quik.

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

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