Pretty Sick: Black Tar

Last month, NYC-based outfit Pretty Sick released “Human Condition,” a frenetic, grungy single from their upcoming debut album, Makes Me Sick Makes Me Smile (out 30 September). Today, the indie-rock band shares a mellower side with the LP’s second single, “Black Tar.” Creeping forward on ’90s-leaning guitar riffs and dark lyrics about a toxic relationship, the track is a soft yet haunting listen.

Mallrat: Teeth

Quite the divergence for Brisbane, Australia-based artist Mallrat (aka Grace Shaw), “Teeth” sets a different tone from her other work and also teases her highly anticipated debut LP, Butterfly Blue. This new track is saturated in ‘90s alt-rock and grunge influences, but as Shaw says, “I like to think that if ‘Teeth’ was out in 2004 it would be on The OC soundtrack.” Equal parts …

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MEYY feat. Jelani Blackman: Rain Belgian-born, London-based R&B artist MEYY teams up with British rapper, singer and songwriter Jelani Blackman on the mesmerizing “Rain.” The track languidly flows across four minutes, with smooth verses from Blackman and ethereal vocals by MEYY. The late-night tune appears on her Neon Angel EP. She says, “It’s about diving into a new love story after a break up as …