EW's staff sizes up the biggest new music of the week

By Nolan FeeneyEric Renner BrownDana Getz and Derek Lawrence
June 28, 2016 at 06:25 PM EDT
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Every week, EW's music staff takes a hard listen to the biggest new tracks and offers up our unfiltered opinions. Read on for reviews of new tracks by Sia, Miguel, DJ Khaled, and more.

Sia ft. Diplo, "Waving Goodbye"

As she proved on This Is Acting—a collection of reject tracks penned for other artists—Sia's titanic vocals can transform almost anything into an anthem. Her signature trill sounds particularly epic on "Waving Goodbye," a Diplo-assisted single from Neon Demon's soundtrack. On it, the Aussie powerhouse triumphantly breaks a bad lover's heart, practically forcing Diplo's surging production to take a backseat in the process. A-Dana Getz

Schoolboy Q, "By Any Means"

Kendrick Lamar may be Top Dawg Entertainment's resident superstar, but label peer Schoolboy Q is one of hip-hop's most promising rising stars — and his upcoming fourth studio album, Blank Face, should cement the reputation he built with 2014's Oxymoron. On the spacey and reflective "By Any Means," Q repurposes Malcolm X's "By Any Means Necessary" speech to apply to the dire circumstances he encountered growing up in South Central L.A. A- –Eric Renner Brown

Metronomy featuring Robyn, "Hang Me Out to Dry"

Robyn has been performing remixes of her old material at music festivals this summer, but fear not—the season is not entirely without new music from the Swedish pop star. She shows up on a new song from English electronic group Metronomy, whose new album, Summer 08, drops this Friday. The tempo-shifting track finds Robyn and vocalist Joseph Mount going back and forth about love and teenage dreams in the time of newly minted drivers license—a good thing, considering the song's grooving synth bass probably sounds great blasting out of a car. B+ —Nolan Feeney

Vic Mensa ft. Le1f, Halsey, Lil B, Malik Yusef, "Free Love"

The young Chicago MC just released his powerhouse There's Alot Going On, but he returned over the weekend with "Free Love," a loosie celebrating Pride Day. The song cycles through styles — from radio-rap grandiosity to Jason Mraz-inspired acoustic-pop strumming — at an uncomfortable pace, but it's tough to argue with the pro-equality message Mensa and his collaborators sing about. And quintessential Mensa lines like "Lesbians is put parallel with Jeffrey Dahmer / Eating people, eating p—y, there's a difference, your honor" make "Free Love" instantly memorable. B+ –Eric Renner Brown

Miguel, "Come Through and Chill"

One year after sharing his excellent third LP, Wildheart, Miguel rechristens his seductive R&B throne with a summery, blissed out ode to ex sex. "Just say you will, will, will / Come through and chill, chill, chill," he beckons across a quivering, come-hither beat from Salaam Remi (Amy Winehouse, Nas, Fergie). His silky tenor definitely has us begging for something: more Miguel. B+Dana Getz

Rihanna, "Sledgehammer"

Rihanna spends her entire Star Trek Beyond contribution trying to earn a blue ribbon for Best Sia Imitation, while Sia, who co-wrote the song, brings her fondness for metaphors only to forget the magic of her other soundtrack contributions of recent weeks. If you're going to try and dethrone Peter Gabriel—or, heck, even Fifth Harmony—as the owner of pop music's definitive "Sledgehammer," you're going to need to pack a bigger wallop. B —Nolan Feeney

DJ Khaled feat. Jay Z and Future, "I Got the Keys"

After recovering from the wrath of Lemonade, Jay Z has put out new music in the form of guest verses on tracks from Pusha T and Fat Joe. And on DJ Khaled's "I Got the Keys," Jay takes center stage while Khaled and Future become his glorified hype men. The hip-hop legend too often finds himself spitting his usual spiel about how great his life is, especially considering that his best material comes when he gets more aggressive with lyrics like, "N—- always asking me the key/'Til you own your own you can't be free/'Til you're on your own you can't be me/How we still slaves in 2016?" B –Derek Lawrence