Pigeons & Planes' Best Songs of the Week

May's off to a strong start.

With so much good music steadily coming through, it's easy to miss some of the best. To help prevent this, we've rounded up the best songs from the past week. Here are the songs you can't afford to skip, in no particular order.

LCD Soundsystem - "Call The Police"

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So, it really seemed like the legendary run of LCD Soundsystem was coming to an end in 2016, but in 2016 they reunited, signed to Columbia Records, and now we've got two new songs, "Call The Police" and "American Dream." In true LCD Soundsystem, they're both epic, 6-minute-plus songs that expand in a series of controlled explosions and end up bright enough to light up the sky. It's good to have LCD Soundsystem back. Album coming soon, but no release date on that yet. Check out "Call The Police" below, and listen to "American Dream" here.—Jacob Moore

J Hus - "Common Sense"

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British rapper and singer J Hus is the next to blow from the U.K. He's releasing his debut album this month, and if you're not familiar with his many styles—or expect all British rap to sound the same—prepare to be surprised. J Hus has grown up hearing Afrobeats, dancehall, grime, rap, R&B, and more, and he blends this multitude of styles into his own unique sound.

Part polished contemporary pop music and part rap, album opener "Common Sense" includes buoyant live instrumentation and personality packed verses from J Hus. The Common Sense album is out May 12. Don't sleep.—Alex Gardner

Mac DeMarco - "Baby You're Out"

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Mac DeMarco's new album is full of the most relaxing, mellow moments of his career, but "Baby You're Alright" is his chance to kick up the energy on a joyful acoustic jam that would have fit perfectly on his BBQ soundtrack. If This Old Dog is a sleepy golden retriever slowly making his way though a long afternoon, this is one moment where he jumped up and wagged his tail a little. Or something like that. Woof.—Eric Skelton

Cousin Stizz - "Jo Bros"

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Cousin Stizz is pushing his One Night Only project back a little from it's original May 12 release date, but he's keeping fans happy with a new track in the meantime. "Jo Bros" is produced by Wondagurl and Frank Dukes and it's a strong follow-up to the Boston rapper's biggest song to date, "Headlock" with Offset.—Alex Gardner

HAIM - "Want You Back"

As happy as I was about HAIM's return, I was surprised by their choice of comeback track. The sisters can write the hell out of a power ballad, and I did like "Right Now," but I was hoping for more of that lively vibe that made Days Are Gone so much fun. I know, I know—it's never fair to an artist when the listener has such expectations going into a new album. But ask, and you shall receive, as with "Want You Back," the sisters Haim prove that they haven't lost their knack for catchy and infectious pop gems. Along with "Right Now," it's safe to say that HAIM's forthcoming album is shaping up nicely.—Joyce

Tove Styrke - "Say My Name"

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It's the return of the Tove. This is the Swedish singer's first new music since 2015's groundbreaking Kiddo, and it goes—"Say My Name" is the kind of jaunty pop we've been missing in 2017. A massive hook, creative riffs, and polished production all contribute to the replayability of Tove Styrke's comeback track, though it's a decidedly different vibe than some of her earlier work.

"It’s quite the opposite of what I did last time," Styrke said. "It’s important for me to always keep reinventing myself and challenging myself creatively. I think that’s important in life in general."—Graham Corrigan

Kyo-Ken ft. MistaDC & Elujay - "Most Beautiful Ride"

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There's a lot of different factors that go into what makes a good song. For me personally, I just want something that makes me feel good or that I can dance to. Luckily, Seattle-based producer Kyo-Ken recruited Elujay and MistaDC to create a song that checks off both of those categories.

Kyo-Ken's latest single "Most Beautiful Ride" is the soundtrack for a simple but perfect day, featuring production that blends house and R&B influences with sunny results.—Adrienne Black

Grizzly Bear - "Three Rings"

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After a number of teasers, Brooklyn's Grizzly Bear have returned with their first new song since 2012. Just as hinted at, "Three Rings" is a sonically ambitious return. Those familiar elements remain, but there's a lot more urgency than one might expect from their usual sound. As an exciting indication of what's to come from their next full-length, "Three Rings" is very promising indeed.—Joe Price

Ninajirachi ft. Yates - "Same World"

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Ninajirachi is only 17, but she's already producing some insane electronic music. First came "Pure Luck," then a Zane Lowe cosign, and now this: "Same World" is a collaboration with labelmate Yates, who sings over more electric hypnosis from Ninajirachi, the latest Australian musician worthy of our collective attentions. The bounce and energy of her tracks are a breath of fresh air, an optimism conveyed by this latest track's message of universal love. “When writing ‘Same World,’" Yates said, "I simply wanted to promote the beauty of diversity but also the importance of self-reflection.”​—Graham Corrigan