The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, Jan. 18, 2019

Jan 18, 2019

The staff at our sister station KUTX scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Each Friday, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition.

"Leave Me Be" by Shy Beast

Let’s start things off with our current KUTX Artist of the Month, Austin's Shy Beast. These wonderful humans have spent the last year or so putting all their energy into an important question: How do we create that song? The kind you immediately turn up the first time you hear it? "Leave Me Be" is that kind of song, and it's about giving your heart a break between loves and learning how to exist without always having that space filled. Check out the band's guest DJ set Saturday on KUTX, starting at 6 p.m.

"Sisters" by Natalie Prass

Next, we move on to another pop gem: "Sisters" by Natalie Prass. Backed by longtime pal and master collaborator Matthew E. White, the message here is clear: Keep toxic people at bay by keeping your sisters close.

"The Way It Goes" by Sneaks

Now for something totally different. D.C.’s Eva Moolchan performs under the name Sneaks, and historically her approach to hip-hop has been all about brevity and minimalism. But her third album, Highway Hypnosis, seems to be trending away from both of those things. "The Way It Goes," in particular, screams of M.I.A. influences.

Produced by Art Levy