September 25, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT


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The early part of the week brought us all of Ryan Adams’ 1989 covers and the collaborative mixtape from Drake and Future. But that’s not all we listened to this week. Here’s what else we loved.

“Hangin” by Bastille

Now that we’ve finally got “Pompeii” out of our heads, the British group returns with “Hangin,” an angsty rock cut that’s only slightly less catchy than their mega-hit. “I’m coming for you,” frontman Dan Smith threatens on the track. Throaty vocals feel familiar, but some soft syncopation creates a dynamic, pure rock track true to the foursome’s roots. —Dana Rose Falcone

“Love Me Like You” by Little Mix

For anyone who’s ever thought the grass would be greener on the other side, the 2011X Factor winners preach otherwise on the second single from their forthcoming album. Complete with some “Sha-la-la-las” and a quick spelling lesson, the sing-songy cut features a ’50s pop and Motown feel as the ladies come to a harsh realization that their new lover pales in comparison to their last. —DRF

“Wolves” by AllDay

Ease into the weekend with a soft, smooth, sunny flow from Aussie rapper AllDay (Tom Gaynor). Oh, and don’t be afraid to give into that melody — not to mention that tropical house-tinged backing — we know it’s irresistible.—Madison Vain

“Born to Shine” by Big Grams ft. Run the Jewels

The 26-minute debut EP from Big Grams—a long-in-the-works collaboration between Big Boi and electro-pop duo Phantogram—doesn’t cover the same sort of ground as seminal 2015 hip-hop albums like Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly or Vince Staples’ Summertime ’06. That’s because it doesn’t have to. Big Grams is the party put on by the affable and cool kids, and on this standout cut, rap duo of the moment Run the Jewels is also invited. —Eric Renner Brown

“Nelly” by Isaiah Rashad

Rashad is an outlier in Kendrick Lamar’s Top Dawg Entertainment. Besides being the youngest of the crew, he hails from Chattanooga, Tenn. Southern influences are present in “Nelly,” his pseudo ode to the St. Louis rapper-singer of the same name. It’s too bad summer is over: This is a sleepy track fitting for a hot weekend kickback. —Will Robinson

“Madrid” by Saint Sister

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The melodic “atmosfolk” duo from Derry and Belfast, Ireland has an upcoming EP that was produced by someone close to their country’s most enormous current export, Hozier. His bassist, Alex Ryan, took the reigns and helps the track succeed in ways similar to his tour boss, letting a delicate, full, desperate vocal shine — well, in this case, two vocals. —MV

“Regular World,” by Spirit Animal

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What do you get when you mix one part rock, one part blues, and one part rap? Spirit Animal! This Brooklyn outfit is does a bunch of things you’ve heard before (Clashing symbols! Garage-rock riffs! Grungy vocals! Anthemic chant!) but mixes them in ways that feel new. —MV

“Renegades,” by X Ambassadors (Great Good Fine Ok remix)

The Jeep Commercial that went to the top of the rock charts gets a twinkling facelift from the dance music duo. It stays pretty true for the first trip through the chorus but it’s not long before they’re using cuts straight out of Porter Robinson’s playbook. —MV

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