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Seeking saucy new study tunes? Appropriate additions to your pre-game playlist? Something soulful to drown out the sound of your roommate’s snoring? Check out The Arcade’s Discover Weekly, where we introduce you to sick new jams based on the songs you know and love.

If you liked anything from “2” by Mac Demarco, then check out “Weeping Willow” by Mild High Club.

Mac DeMarco is forever the king of 17-year-old, baseball-cap-wearing boys and their girlfriends with baby bangs, but if you haven’t checked out Mild High Club yet, you definitely should in order to truly consider yourself a fully evolved indie teen. Mild High Club definitely sounds influenced by the sleepy guitar sounds of DeMarco tracks like “Dreamin'” and “Stars Keep on Calling My Name,” as shown by Mild High Club’s “Weeping Willow.” While the lyrical content is a bit darker than most DeMarco songs, you can still enjoy those “can-barely-carry-a-tune-but-somehow-it-works-for-me” vocals that Mac DeMarco fans know and love.

If you liked “Same Ol’ Mistakes” by Rihanna, then check out “Feather” by Little Dragon.

If you enjoyed the synthy instrumentals and ethereal vocals in RihRih’s “Same Ol’ Mistakes,” you’ll probably dig Little Dragon’s performance of its song “Feather.” Back when Rihanna was still rocking the pop charts, Little Dragon was honing their unique fusion of R&B and dream pop that the bad gal ventured into on “ANTI.” The upbeat percussion on “Feather” makes it super danceable and the simple but beautiful vocals make it prime shower-singing material.

If you liked “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” by The Beatles, then check out “Maggot Brain” by Funkadelic.

It’s no secret that John Lennon wrote this love song for/about Yoko Ono, but he didn’t have to call it “She’s so Heavy” for the weight of his emotions to be felt, from the wailing guitar at the start of the song, to his screaming vocals at the end of it. “Maggot Brain” tugs at your heartstrings in a similar way. The song is basically 10 minutes of Eddie Hazel, guitarist for Funkadelic, belting out “an emotional apocalypse of sound” through his instrument and it has taken The Arcade on many an emotional rollercoaster. 

If you liked “Bartier Cardi” by Cardi B, then check out “Brujas” by Princess Nokia.

Cardi B and Princess Nokia happen to both come from similar backgrounds (Afro-Latinas from NYC) and both make bop after bop. Aside from having impeccable personal style, Princess Nokia manages to make catchy music with really good production that is also kind of woke. “I’m that Black-a-Rican bruja straight out from the Yoruba/And my ancestors Nigerian, my grandmas was brujas,” she says. Her unapologetic pride in her roots and where she came from are super empowering and make twerking to it alone in your room a much more gratifying experience. What an icon.

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Discover Weekly: The Arcade’s guide to new music