Javelin, "Oh! Centra"
If vintage Nintendo 64 characters Yoshi and Donkey Kong convened in a Brooklyn junk shop and concocted a bouncy summer anthem from found parts, the result might sound something like "Oh! Centra." Javelin's debut single wastes no time in flaunting its punchy, 8-bit beat from the start. Cousins George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk weld danceable percussion with flute-like blips and an unapologetic nod to Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It," while delivering helium-toned verses about Cranston, R.I., and kangaroos. The outcome is as infectious as it is peculiar. Javelin gathers the pop scrap metal left behind by MGMT and Islands and fuses it with the lightheartedness all too absent in modern hip-hop. And with Star Fox 64 throwback references ("Let's do the barrel roll!") thrown into the mix, the track is hard to resist.--Lindsey Fortier