By Madison VainDana Rose Falcone and Eric Renner Brown
Updated January 22, 2016 at 06:51 PM EST
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The Eagles’ founder Glenn Frey died Monday at 67, and rightfully, many have spent the week spinning “Take It Easy” or “Lyin Eyes.” But in that midst, some great music came out. Here are the best new tracks of the week.

Charles Kelley, “Leaving Nashville”

Charles Kelley has one of the best voices in Music City and there’s a very simple beauty in this homage to his adopted hometown. Here, he takes listeners through the ups, downs, hopes, dreams, sorrows, and successes of trying to break big. —Madison Vain—

Future, “Inside the Mattress”

The perky-loving rapper continued his string of frequent, stellar mixtapes when he dropped his latest, Purple Reign, early Sunday. At this point the Atlanta rapper is locked into his winning sound — skittering drums and menacing instrumentals to underscore his signature drawl — that Purple Reign doesn’t offer much new, but just more of what Future has already proved are his strengths. Enter highlight cut “Inside the Mattress,” which is mostly filled with Future’s typical ruminating about Xans and cough syrup, but also includes clever turns of phrase like “Hit an island like Gilligan / not just a regular civilian.” —Eric Renner Brown

The Claypool Lennon Delirium, “Cricket And The Geanie”

The first half of this eight-minute psychedelic jam proves Sean Lennon learned a lot from his legendary father, including how to imitate the Beatles’ trippy guitar rock sound. After a railing guitar line topped by some chirping birds, Les Claypool — the duo’s other half — gets to show off his bass chops as their first single descends into a dark musical funk. —Dana Rose Falcone

Wild Nothing, “Life of Pause”

The dream-poppers release Life of Pause, which follows 2012’s sophomore effort Nocturne, in February, and this week they put out the collection’s fourth song: The synth-laden, euphoric title track. The ‘80s-indebted song keeps things light while maintaining a solid groove. —ERB

Dierks Bentley, “Somewhere On A Beach”

While someone should probably tell Bentley to quit buying non-refundable plane tickets, the play worked out for him this time. His salty new tune sees the star licking his wounds from his ex along with the rim of several (hundred) margarita glasses and it’s not more than one trip through the sexy chorus before you’re on a kayak, trying to find a way to do the same. —MV

The Range, “Florida”

After a three year absence, the Range (real name James Hinton) announced Potential, the follow-up to his excellent 2013 album Nonfiction. He also shared Potential’s first single, “Florida,” and the track contains the instrumental hip-hop influences that made Nonfiction such a success. But this time, Hinton has put a slightly poppier spin on his winning formula, adding a catchy dimension to his insular aesthetic. —ERB

Hoodie Allen ft. Meghan Tonjes, “Are U Having Any Fun?”

The Long Island native treats dating like a real life video game in the music video for the lead single off his latest album Happy Camper. He mixes references to The Graduate and Dance Dance Revolution with mellow beats and a catchy chorus. —DRF

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