Any time Prince releases a song, it deserves your attention. This week he released one that deserves your attention because it’s really good. It doesn’t stop there. Roxbury-native Michael Christmas put out another tune that goes hard and still gets laughs, Solange continues to be one of the more likeable artists out there, and a group of jolly Vermonters take to Bandcamp to release a new album that definitely should be on your radar. Pump these tunes through the weekend.


1. Prince – “Da Bourgeoisie”
His pinkness never seems to disappoint. “Da Bourgeoisie” is a bass poppin’ funk jam that draws back to “Alphabet St.”-era Prince. In what has become typical fashion for the artist, he released this jam by tweeting it at a dedicated Twitter follower.

2. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Lariat”
Ex-Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus is readying a new album, “Wig Out at Jagbags,” in January and this is the lead single. In signature “Shady Lane” fashion, Malkmus’ scattered songwriting (that somehow ends up making sense) features namechecks of the Grateful Dead and Mudhoney, among others.

3. Solange – “Cash In”
Solange contributes this new slow-cooker to an R&B compilation entitled “Saint Heron” on her brand new boutique label Saint Records. Inspired harmonies showcase her voice in more than a few ways on this tune.

4. Michael Christmas (prod. Jasper Sheff) – “Kunishi”
Local slacker-rap sensation Michael Christmas proves he can spit over harder beats in the clanky “Kunishi.” Christmas’ flow reflects a laid-back confidence, but he still finds ways to insert humor, especially in the Kendrick Lamar-inspired, “Christmas had a dream / First I gotta pee.”

5. Empress Of – “Realize You”
Lorely Rodriguez has been churning out tasteful dream pop from Brooklyn the past year under the name Empress Of. “Realize You” is probably her catchiest yet, with her tempered croons of “Freedom ain’t free if I can’t be free with you.” They’re cooked just right to keep it rattling in your head all day.

6. Paper Castles – “Thirty Weeks”
Burlington, Vt., group Paper Castles has been quietly releasing tunes since 2009, but the bands latest, “Vague Era,” out today, is a huge step toward wide appeal. “Thirty Weeks” is just one of many harmony-driven garage rock stompers on the album that maintains palatability and a certain laid-back Vermont vibe.

7. ScHoolboy Q – “Man Of The Year”
The LA-born lyricist samples Chromatics’ “Cherry” for a spaced-out beat on “Man Of The Year,” which will appear on his new album “Oxymoron” in January. There’s nothing too genius about this cut, but it goes off in an endearingly cocky way for a classically accessible hip-hop tune.

8. Clare Maguire – Half Hearted Love”
British songwriter Clare Maguire has grown accustomed to releasing songs quietly on her Soundcloud and then blowing peoples’ minds once they hear them. “Half Hearted Love” sounds like Annie Lennox or Nico got a hold of a Motown backing band and a bottle of red wine and proceeded to create an eerily catchy jaunt.