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The Best Songs of the Month

Picture of Ann Lee
Music Editor
Updated: 29 March 2017
After January and February started off the year in music with a bang, March has miraculously managed to up the ante once again. While some new faces are emerging and getting their due recognition, March was all about the headliners, seeing releases from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Frank Ocean, Perfume Genius, and Gorillaz. Check out the month’s top 10 tracks below.

Perfume Genius – “Slip Away”

Singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas is back as Perfume Genius with this shimmering new track about breaking free from the haters. Bold and ambitious, its soaring melody bursts into life with pulsating beats and a glittering explosion of instrumentals. —Ann Lee (AL)

Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 4”

It’s been impossible to predict when Kendrick Lamar’s follow-up to To Pimp a Butterfly would arrive and what it would sound like, but few could have guessed that his solo return would come with the fire-and-brimstone attacks on the game that that marked his “Control” verse and flipped the hip-hop on its head. April 7th can’t come any sooner. —Ryan Kristobak (RK)

Cigarettes After Sex – “Apocalypse”

There’s a melancholy haze that pervades Brooklyn band Cigarettes After Sex’s music that’s quietly hypnotic. In this tender ballad, they croon with languid sensuality over hushed instrumentals. —AL

Frank Ocean – “Chanel”

After the release of Channel Orange, the world was left in Frank Ocean limbo for what seemed like eternity; based on the start of 2017, it doesn’t seem like Ocean will be making us wait for new music that long again. Sure, we had our issues with the obnoxiously uniform praise Blond received, but now we just wish more of that album sounded like “Chanel”. —RK

Lorde – “Green Light”

New Zealand singer Lorde has been away for four long years. She makes her comeback with this thrilling post-breakup anthem, which channels snarling rage, tiny betrayals and heartbreak into joyous euphoria. —AL

Slowdive – “Sugar for the Pill”

Slowdive’s first new album in 22 years is set to arrive in the beginning of May, and the second track off it, “Sugar for the Pill”, will remind you exactly why this band’s legacy has endured so long after their initial demise. —RK

Forest Swords – “The Highest Flood”

Artist and producer Matthew Barnes’ follow up to 2013’s Engravings is stripped back dub embellished with primitive beats, swirling horns and choppy choral samples to create an altogether more elegant offering. One for These New Puritans fans. —AL

Cat Clyde – “The Meadow”

The bluesy-folk ‘foot-stomp’ track has been done before and then some, but Cat Clyde’s take is full of moxie right from the get-go. You won’t find too much sunshine here – “You were born in a river that was made to take you under / The rocks made jagged just to cut you up / And I can see all the blood you swallow while you’re singing into bottles” – but in Clyde’s mighty voice you will find empowerment. —RK

Gangly – “Whole Again”

Icelandic trio Gangly offer up a bittersweet slice of dreamy pop in Whole Again featuring singer Jófríður Ákadóttir sounding like a cross between Bjork and Bat For Lashes. Electronica at its most ethereal. —AL

Gorillaz – “Saturnz Barz”

It’s difficult to choose just one of the four new Gorillaz songs that were released at the end of last week, but the Popcaan-featuring “Saturnz Barz”, a delightfully spooky head-bobber, just might be the catchiest of the crop. The track also arrived with an accompanying haunted house short film, full of bathtub space flights, murderous pizza, and creatures straight out of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. —RK

Check out more of our favourite songs from March in the playlist below and make sure to follow Culture Trip on Spotify.

You should also check out our Best Songs of February and Best Songs of January lists.