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15 songs EW's music staff is loving this winter: Stream them all here

EW‘s music staff dug into the best of what’s new and next this January, from crisp electro jams to pop stompers and rising indie-blog anthems.

Stream them all via our Spotify playlist below (minus a few currently only available online; we’ve provided separate links for those).

Miguel — “Coffee”

On this slinky number from his new EP, the R&B virtuoso manages a nearly impossible feat—murmuring “I just wanna watch you sleep” without making us want to file a restraining order.

Listen on Soundcloud.

Tove Lo — “Talking Body”

Upholding her rep as radio’s raunchy new darling, the Swedish nymphet trills about the bedroom activities on her docket. Hint: Neither HBO Go nor napping is involved.

Purity Ring — “Begin Again”

Glitchy and gorgeous, the latest off the Canadian synth duo’s second LP is like a dying star: a mixture of gloom and shimmering sweetness.

Nicki Minaj — “Four Door Aventador”

Rappers can be demanding, but on her woozy trip-hop track, Nicki merely asks that you double-tap her Instagram pics… while she cruises the Sunset Strip with Shia LaBeouf and Donna Karan.

Petite Noir — “Chess”

The much-buzzed Cape Town, South Africa resident’s otherworldly voice swoops from fluttering falsetto to creamy baritone on this thrumming slow-burn ballad. Checkmate, new friend. Checkmate.

Waxahatchee — “Air”

“I left you out like a carton of milk,” the Alabama-bred songwriter born Katie Crutchfield coos on this cinematic beauty. With a song so hauntingly pretty, how mad can you get that she’s careless with dairy?

Johnny Flynn — “In April”

Song partners and real-life paramours Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice penned this yearning, folksy ramble for the Anne Hathaway indie drama Song One.

Tink feat. Charlamagne Tha God — “Around the Clock”

Quoting Wu-Tang lines older than she is over a swaying Timbaland beat, the 19-year-old Chi-town native stakes out her territory with raspy try-and-step-to-me defiance.

Heems — “Sometimes”

The newly solo MC, formerly of rap hucksters Das Racist, spits light-speed low-self-esteem boasts (“Sometimes I hate compliments/They make me blush!”) over a fidgety electro-hop backdrop.

Listen on YouTube.

Hanni El Khatib — “The Teeth”

While the Black Keys are busier these days tumbling down psychedelic rabbit holes, fans of oil-stained garage blues can hop aboard this chugging scuzz-rock express.

Rae Sremmurd — “My X”

The purest yawp in youth culture currently belongs to the barely legal Sremmurd boys. Producer Young Chop’s doomsday drums perfectly match their primal bellows.

Charli XCX — “Gold Coins”

The bratty Brit doesn’t mean to brag, but she’s got “offshore bank accounts,” Bentleys, and one hell of a knack for pop hooks.

Mark Ronson feat. Mystikal — “Feel Right”

Growling with delight over strutting horns, Mystikal sounds like rap’s answer to the Muppets’ Animal on this funk-filled call-and-response banger.

Jazmine Sullivan — “Mascara”

Her melting ballad about superficiality may seem satirical, but with lines like “My tits give me trips to places I can’t pronounce,” we really want to hack her Orbitz account.

Modest Mouse — “Lampshades on Fire”

The long-absent indie titans unfurl their first official single since 2007, a bouncing tale about humanity destroying then abandoning the Earth. (Way more fun than it sounds.)

Rae Sremmurd is leading rap's new wave

“These are late night/early morning goggles,” says Slim Jimmy, one-half of the young rap duo Rae Sremmurd, indicating the tinted ski goggles that he’s wearing. Considering that Slim, 23, is in the lobby of a boutique hotel, that it’s nearer to lunchtime than early morning, and that his partner Swae Lee, 21, has just asked him the name of the guy who quoted one of their songs on ESPN the other day, his announcement says a lot about his state of mind at the moment.

The Rae Sremmurd boys are living in heady times, though, and they’ve arguably earned the right to be fragrantly befuddled in the a.m. in a fancy hotel lobby. Over the summer their debut single “No Flex Zone” rocketed to viral popularity and a No. 36 spot on the Hot 100, boosted by Nicki Minaj (who gave her stamp of approval by dropping her own remix of it) and Solange Knowles (who danced along to it with her son at her sci-fi fashion spread of a wedding). Its follow-up, “No Type,” made it all the way to No. 16, with help from Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak, the guy who unexpectedly busted out a couple bars of it during an appearance on ESPN’s Highly Questionable.

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The 9 best things we saw at this year's CMJ Music Marathon

The latest annual CMJ Music Marathon took over the live music venues of New York City for the better part of last week, showcasing a new batch of talent in pretty much every genre that falls under pop’s broad umbrella. During the grueling, well, marathon does seem pretty much the right word for it, EW saw more acts than we can remember, but these nine made a particular impression. All of them are destined for big things, so here’s a good chance to catch them on the way up.

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'Billboard' Hot 100 recap: Internet rap freshens up the chart

At long last, the Hot 100, which has been jammed with just a handful of artists all summer—especially at the top—has started to break up. Like a breath of fresh air, a clutch of new songs debuted on the chart this week, including three that have benefitted greatly from the attention of obsessive internet rap fans.

The big news this week is the appearance of “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj at number 6, the second-highest Hot 100 debut of the year. It’s not surprising that the single opened strongly—Grande’s Iggy Azalea-featuring “Problem” currently sits at number 5, while her track with EDM producer Zedd, “Break Free,” rose to number 18 (from 21) this week, and Minaj’s “Pills N Potions” climbed to number 41 (from 48). While Grande and Azalea have been sort of cooperatively battling to be the biggest star of the summer, Minaj has spent the past few months waging an internet-based viral campaign. While it incorporates official singles like “Pills N Potions” and her upcoming Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampling “Anaconda, she’s been generating more buzz–especially among her more rap-leaning base–with unofficial releases alongside rappers like Soulja Boy and Lil Herb, who qualify as stars in certain corners of the hip-hop world despite the fact that the mainstream doesn’t know (or in Soulja Boy’s case, has forgotten) that they exist.

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