Jidenna Sound Drop Performance at Kola House
Jidenna performs for Pepsi's The Sound Drop at Kola House on February 16, 2017 in New York City.  Brian Killian—Getty Images for Pepsi

5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week

Feb 17, 2017

From Selena Gomez's return to the world of pop alongside Kygo to rapper Jidenna's haunting meditation on police violence, here's a playlist for your weekend listening consideration. Also in the lineup: a new trap track from producer Flume, rock band COIN's toe-tapper of a tune and a new pop obsession in the form of singer TOTEM's single "Up & Down."

"It Ain't Me," Kygo feat. Selena Gomez

After a break during the latter part of 2016, Selena Gomez is back with the help of Norwegian DJ and producer Kygo, whose tropical house touch turns "It Ain't Me" into a moody electro-ballad and takes Gomez's voice in a new direction. “I had a dream we were back to seventeen, summer nights and the liberties, never growing up," she sings, reflecting on a relationship gone awry. "I'll take with me the polaroids and the memories, but you know I'm going to leave behind the worst of us.” File this one under Gomez: all grown up.

"Helicopters / Beware," Jidenna

The American-Nigerian rapper behind 2015's hit single "Classic Man" turns his attention to police violence in this incisive new song off of debut album The Chief. A rich melody opens up into a slow and reflective rap track, using the metaphor of helicopters as an entry point to explore the challenges of being black in America. "They'll shoot you down without warning/ When they see you shining bright," he sings melodically, in a chorus that's at once beautiful and deeply sad.

"Up & Down," TOTEM

Zayn meets Nick Jonas meets Justin Bieber in rising pop and R&B singer TOTEM's catchy new single, "Up & Down." His voice winds smoothly through the choppy electronic beat, finding an easy falsetto amid the driving bass. "I’m alright, not recovered/ It got me high to try and love her," he croons in a song that reflects on the rollercoaster that is romance.

"Enough," Flume feat. Pusha T

Riding high after Grammy wins for Best Dance/Electronic Album and Best Dance Record, Aussie producer Flume dropped a handful of sonically challenging, but still very engrossing, new songs this week. "Enough" is the unexpected standout, a trap track that continues with Flume's smart habit of collaborating with rappers to give his electronic beats organic energy. Pusha T's slow, emphatic rhymes roll over a beat that's gritty and haunting.

"I Don't Wanna Dance," COIN

Nashville-based alt-rock band COIN is quickly establishing its brand as upbeat-with-a-twist songwriters. "I Don't Wanna Dance" pulls on retro sounds and the sunniness of toe-tapping rock from the likes of Vampire Weekend, with relatable lyrics, to boot. "Darling if I'm being honest/ honestly, I should go," sings lead vocalist Chase Lawrence. "I'll let you down, I know it." Luckily, the song doesn't.

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