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Our Favorite Songs and Videos Right Now: Beck, Jay Z and More

Also: Kaytranada remixes Rihanna, Angel Olsen returns

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The wave of 2016 mega-albums (The Life of Pablo, Lemonade, Views) has slowed somewhat, but great music is still pouring forth from both huge stars and cutting-edge indie artists. Here are the songs we currently have in heavy rotation, including a gem from the Monkees' surprising comeback and the latest compelling dispatch from Jay Z.

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Beck, “Wow”

Beck's next album will be out in the fall, and if this new single is any indication, it might be the sweetest mix of his lovingly absurdist hip-hop side and his slyly gorgeous singer-songwriter side since Odelay. On "Wow," Beck drops lyrics such as "Standing on the lawn doin' jujitsu/Girl in a bikini with the Lamborghini Shih Tzu" over a springy surreal beat that sounds like trap music, if the lord of the trap were Willy Wonka.

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Pusha T feat. Jay Z, “Drug Dealers Anonymous”

Alongside Pusha T, our coke-rap laureate, Jay gets off the La-Z-Boy to deliver his best bars in ages: "Ambidextrous/Countin' with my right, whippin' white with my left wrist." Nice job, Dad.

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The Shelters, “Rebel Heart”

The first band Tom Petty has ever produced, and you can tell why: These L.A. rockers are the spitting image of the Byrds-Beatles garage rock he grew up on.

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The Monkees, “Me & Magdalena”

The surviving Monkees just celebrated their 50th anniversary with a fantastic new LP, Good Times!, and this autumnal ballad (written by Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard) is a gorgeous display of their ageless harmonies. The late Davy Jones is up there smiling.

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Band of Horses, “Whatever, Wherever”

There are many kinds of summer jams. This is one for your hot, lazy Sundays: an ocean-breeze bit of Beach Boys-tinged doo-wop folk that will make you want to murder an afternoon drinking IPAs in a seaside hammock.

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Angel Olsen, “Intern”

This high-drama indie-folk artist tries out dreamy synth balladry, and the results are softly slamming. Olsen imagines romance as the ultimate no-pay résumé-builder, delivering each lyric like she's performing an emotional high-wire act.

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Rihanna, “Kiss It Better (Kaytranada Remix)”

The original – a highlight from Anti – was a steel-hearted shape-shifter full of gauzy Seventies rock guitar. Canadian producer Kaytranada flips it into a beautiful house-music hallucination, making for one of the sweeter remixes we've heard this year.

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