"Compound Fracture"
MY MORNING JACKET
(ATO/Capitol)

Dressed with an Eighties New Wave gloss and a rollicking chorus that rings with the fibers of Curtis Mayfield preachiness, “Compound Fracture” pushed the boundaries of this dreamy alt-rock band. There's even a cute, synth-y Giorgio Moroder remix worth checking out.

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"Run Away With Me"
CARLY RAE JEPSEN
(School Boy/Interscope)

Absorbed by magical synthpop and excellent EDM gravitas, “Run Away With Me” opens Jepsen's ignored third album with all the glitter of a newborn pop princess at a Cinderella ball.

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"Can't Deny My Love"
BRANDON FLOWERS
(Island)

The Killers' frontman discovers a hypnotic groove and a sumptuous chorus that houses the excess of Eighties rock-pop, as if it climbed out the chamber of Ocean Drive coolness.

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"Satisfy Me"
ANDERSON EAST
(Elektra/Warner Music Group)

Sweeping through the backrooms of Stax and Fame Studios, under-the-radar blue-eyed soul gent Anderson East carefully transports back to the era of classic R&B. Making things even more momentous on this cut is his companionship with warm girl background vocals and a blistering brass section.

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"Here"
ALESSIA CARA
(Def Jam)

Using old school neo-soul vibes akin to Alicia Keys, the 19-year old Alessia Cara ushers in a river of hip-hop edge and furious lyrics to a song showcasing the strength of a street anthem.

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"Scared"
DELTA RAE
(Sire)

North Carolina folk rock band Delta Rae hit a glowing crescendo on “Scared,” a tune peppered with gorgeous harmonies, industrial tints, urban spice and a dash of haunting opera. The end result, a two-minute and forty second adventure into dexterous 21st century blues rock fusion, is quite breathtaking.

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"Gimme All Your Love"
ALABAMA SHAKES
(ATO)

Shakes' frontwoman Brittany Howard empties her soul out on this firestorm ballad, a song that marinates Prince's “Purple Rain” into Aretha drama.

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"Leave a Trace"
CHVRCHES
(Virgin EMI)

The winning synthpop flavor of the Scottish electro trio CHVRCHES hits a career-high with “Leave a Trace,” a tune stoked with Cyndi Lauper-like shininess and synth grandeur.

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"I Really Like You"
CARLY RAE JEPSEN
(School Boy/Interscope)

On Jepsen's 2015 best single, cute synthpop riffs and flirty magic take precedence and proves the “Call Me Maybe” singer was more than just a fluke. A travesty this was so embarrassingly ignored by radio.

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"You Can Feel It"
YOUNG GUN SILVER FOX
(Légère)

Dreamy AM gold yacht rock takes over this offering by this new duo formed by Mamas Gun frontman Andy Platts and producer Shawn Lee. It's a sweet trip back to the sunny California soul of the Doobies and the buoyant AC appeal of Steely Dan's poppier sides.

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