As we near 2016's halfway mark, this year is shaping up to be one of the most eventful in recent pop history. We've lost icons, seen legendary bands reunite and, thankfully, enjoyed a steady stream of new music from some of the biggest acts in the world. Here's what's currently spinning at Rolling Stone.
After Chance brought life to The Life of Pablo's "Ultralight Beam," West returns the favor by adding some robotic soul to the younger rapper's righteous, joyful reflection on falling in love, fatherhood, success and the future.
The five-year wait for Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool was more than worth it, and this somber Nick Drake-style acoustic bliss-out might be the album's haunting high point: "The wind rushing around my open heart," Thom Yorke sings, "totally alive!" You said it, man.
A highlight from downtempo soulman Blake's new album, The Colour in Anything: He teams up with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon for a slow-burn ballad custom-made to soundtrack depressive booty calls.
The Chicago rapper gets unconscionably fired up over a beat that sounds like James Brown and the Famous Flames playing a party barge along the River Styx.
Beyoncé's gun-toting country jam, "Daddy Lessons," was one of the finest surprises on Lemonade. Just a few days after the record came out, the Dixie Chicks knocked out a killer bluegrass version of the song at a show in England. Bey should return the favor and take an R&B shot at "Goodbye Earl."
Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs get together for a perfect countrypolitan jangle-pop ode to an unnamed sensitive guy who is the "best-kept secret in Silver Lake." He must be to get a song this great.
Adventurous U.K. soulstress Mvula exudes pure joy on this summer-splash track, a tribute to Maya Angelou with a giddy electro-funk groove. The video is so radiantly colorful, you might need to turn your brightness down when you watch it.
The first thing we've heard from the Chili Peppers' new album, The Getaway, is a pretty dreamy beast, coating the band's bedrock funk attack in guitar shimmer, poignant pianos and strings. It lands somewhere between U2 and Superfly soul – definitely a good look for them.