Were at the halfway degree of 2017, so all this week Mashable entertainment will be rolling out our 8.5( Get it, half of 17 ?) selects for the best of the year in so far! in movies, TV, music, and more. Its our eight best picks for you, along with a bonus option that, while not strictly one of the largest, deserves a guilty amusement mention. Enjoy . em>
1. Slide by Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean and Migos
Throw the most wonderful artists on the same trail and regrettably, most of the time it does not work (* cough* Katy Perry* cough *). That’s not the case with “Slide, ” which came out in February and will probably be the chant of the summer. Frank Ocean’s silky voice pairs perfectly with Calvin Harris’ sunny production, and the add-on of Atlanta’s Migos make it perfect for any period that ends with the letter “y.”
2. “Perfect Places” by Lorde
Lorde’s been proceeded for three years, and in that time has lived thousands and thousands of lives and developed exponentially as both an artist and a normal human beingbecause that’s what happens when you leave teenage-hood. She portrays all the stormy emotions on Melodrama , and “Perfect Places” is the boisterous thesis of the entire project.
3. “Everything Now” by Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire is back, and we’re so very “re ready for” it. “Everything Now” is the band’s firstly single since 2013 ‘s Reflektor and is the name racetrack off of their upcoming album.The track was initially a vinyl-only liberation, because, well, they’re Arcade Fire. But in this progression of the band, they’re amply espousing the need to bust a move( analogies to ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” “ve already” madeoh and there’s a pan flute) while still remaining their insightful selves.
4. “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller
The world could do without some of Bryson Tiller’s verse, sure, but DJ Khaled manages to strike gold with this collaboration. Of course, Rihanna steals the present( did you expect anything else ?) and her vocals are dedicating us Operate 2.0 vibes.
5. “Cut To The Feeling” by Carly Rae Jepsen
There’s no way one can listen to this song and not seem inclined to listen again. It’s an electric shock in a pop sung, a experiencing simply Carly Rae Jepsen can manage to muster out of even the most reserved of folks.
6. “DNA” by Kendrick Lamar
The return of Kendrick Lamar was felt ’round the world. With “DNA, ” the Compton rapper gave a thundering line to the masses( and spoiler, the one and only Don Cheadle in the video ). The bass lines are heavy, explosion between his electrifying barrooms. The flow switching alone deserves all the accolades. For anyone who doubted Kendrick, I dare you to listen.
7. “Bad Liar” by Selena Gomez
It’s the perfect carol to listen to while you’re sauntering down the street trying to distract yourself and play it cool, and that’s not only because that’s the first pipeline of the ballad. Selena Gomez has gone through a lot of phases over her long career, each one more powerful than the last, and this does not mess up her trajectory. It’s a breezy trail that’s a wonderful sign of her forthcoming album, maybe because it does not try hard to be anything other than it is.
8. “Drew Barrymore” by SZA
It’s SZA’s time to shine and no one could be happier than I am. You might not have heard of her, but rest assured, she’s merely getting started. “Drew Barrymore” is a perfect representation of her debut album Ctrl and the raw vulnerability that she manages to spin into a catchy anthems.
8. 5. “REDMERCEDES” by Amin
Portland rapper Amin is young and fresh to the mainstream panorama but every single he’s declined during the course of its lead-up to his debut album Good For You has been the perfect tinder for what’s sure to be a blowout album. The line “REDMERCEDES” isn’t necessarily special, but there’s an infectious tone that experiences similar to his breakout reached “Caroline.” The laid-back confidence he manages to exude is infectious; there’s no way to stop your brain from bobbing, and the music video( which features Kari Faux and Leon Bridges) is a hoot, too.