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Jay Z, Dinosaur Jr., Flume: Grading the week's best (and worst) singles

EW's staff sizes up the biggest new music of the week

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Shura, “What’s It Gonna Be?”

Think you’ve filled your appetite for ’80s-inspired synth-pop in 2016? Think again: British songwriter Shura teams up with producer Greg Kurstin—who knows a thing or two about glossy earworms thanks to his work with bands like Tegan and Sara—for a butterflies-in-the-stomach tune about putting love on the line. “If you let me down, let me down slow,” Shura quietly pleads. (A familiar message to fans of Kurstin’s other notable client.) With songs as hypnotizing as this one, it’s doubtful Shura will let anyone down when her debut drops July 8. A- —Nolan Feeney

Rihanna, “Kiss It Better”(Kaytranada Remix)

Rihanna’s “Kiss It Better” is a major highlight off ANTI, so when Hatian-Canadian producer Kaytranada set out to remix the bleeding-heart guitar ballad, the task was a tall order. Lucky for dance floors everywhere, his take, featuring sped-up guitars, a bubbling bassline, and some seriously summery sheen, positively flourishes. A- —Madison Vain

Whitney, “No Matter Where We Go”

Chicago indie rockers Whitney introduced themselves in summer 2015 with “No Matter Where We Go.” But the spit-shined new version — which appears on the band’s debut Light Upon the Lake, out Friday — surpasses its (still very good) lo-fi precursor, buttressing languid Mac DeMarco-style guitar licks with gleaming horns. A –Eric Renner Brown

HOLYCHILD featuring Kate Nash, “Rotten Teeth”

There’s been a shortage of HOLYCHILD’s self-proclaimed “brat pop” in 2016, but the duo remedied that situation with an exuberant new single. Assisted by Kate Nash, “Rotten Teeth” features frontwoman Liz Nistico singing about gender and freedom, like she did on their debut album, The Shape of Brat Pop To Come. The tune transitions from commanding, percussive verses to a more soaring, sing-songy chorus. Their enthusiasm is as addictive as candy, which is probably why it’s called “Rotten Teeth.” B+ –Dylan Kickham

Dinosaur Jr., “Tiny”

The ’90s alt-rock icons announced their eleventh studio album Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, out in August, with this intoxicatingly melodic single. Frontman J Mascis still wails his axe like it’s 1986, and with a style this singular, why not? A –Eric Renner Brown

Hanna & Andrea, “Always On My Mind”

If the next big thing out of Sweden is “Never Forget You” singer Zara Larsson, the next next big thing out of Sweden might just be her younger sister, Hanna Larsson. She’s one half of the new duo Hanna & Andrea, and their first single sounds like Icona Pop covering Rihanna’s “Diamonds.” What more do you need? Let these pop siblings be the next generation Solange and Bey. A-—Nolan Feeney

Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring Jay Z, French Montana, Infared, “All The Way Up (Remix)”

Though Fat Joe and Remy Ma debut new verses on this remix, we’re all here for the much anticipated, first post-Lemonade rhymes from Jay Z. He comes out firing: “You know you made it when the fact/Your marriage made it is worth millions/Lemonade is a popular drink and it still is.” But he then raps about how rich he is before making a Tupac/ Blue Ivy comparison, and mentioning Prince and an “elevator.” These lines just make fans hope the Jay Z-Beyoncé album rumors are true. A- – Derek Lawrence

Flume, “Tiny Cities (ft. Beck)”

Twenty-four-year-old Australian producer Flume teamed up with Beck to create one of the dreamiest electro tunes of the season. Divided into two parts – the first is a whimsical look back at a failed relationship and the second is a throbbing tale of romance – “Tiny Cities” follows a journey through the emotional spectrum in just under four minutes. “It was never meant to last,” Beck repeats over lush atmospherics at the halfway point—and though that’s true his vocals make a good case for why it should. A- —Madison Vain

The Kills, “Siberian Nights”

Tacky, Psycho-copping strings mar the Kills’ third single from their upcoming album Ash & Ice. That’s especially apparent because propulsive drums and Alison Mosshart’s signature snarl give “Siberian Nights” all the suspense it needs. B –Eric Renner Brown

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “First World Problem”

The psych-rock trio had a tall order with their first new song since last year’s brilliant LP Multi-Love — their glitchy take on the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street” doesn’t count — and while “First World Problem” offers up plenty of interesting sounds, it doesn’t hit the intersection of funk and psychedelia that defines their best work. But give ‘em credit for the tune’s syncopated rhythm guitar and the continued lyrical focus on modernity’s ills. B –Eric Renner Brown