As Halloween approaches, pop artists are embracing the spirit of the season. The latest playlist of current Rolling Stone favorites starts by plunging you into gloom courtesy of tracks from respective prince and king of darkness the Weeknd and Leonard Cohen. Below you'll also hear the latest offerings from Beck and Danny Brown, and should-be hits from up-and-comers like Prep and Goat Girl.
The king of sulky R&B sensuality is back with a new LP (out this fall) and a darkly burbling Daft Punk–produced jam that works a sweet spot between hot and creepy like only the Weeknd can. "I'm tryna put you in the worst mood," he croons. Mission accomplished! And it's awesome.
At 82 years old, Cohen can still bring the late-night black magic, and rarely has he been this heavy. His voice rumbles over goth-gospel backing as he seduces his demons (and us) into sunless submission.
Buy a boat and learn how to make a good piña colada before slipping into this butter-smooth yacht-pop from some very slick British dudes.
Two Nashville electro-pop bros and a Southern-rap vet team up on a dance track that'll make you want to stay on the floor until you pass out.
A nice, Beckishly weird surprise: Our boy does summery Timberlakean pop so straight-ahead catchy, a few people online assumed that it had to be some sort of pokerfaced parody. If so, the joke is on them, because he's laughing all the way to the beach.
These precocious kids nail vintage post-punk with guitars so grimy you may need to hose off when it's over.
Kendrick Lamar helps out the Detroit rapper as he gives the fine art of running shit a manic, existential intensity.