ROCK

30 SECONDS TO MARS

"Up in the Air" (4:35)

Producers: Steve Lillywhite, Jared Leto

Writer: Jared Leto

Publishers: Apocraphex Music/Universal Music-Z Tunes (ASCAP)

Virgin Records

"Is this the end I feel?" Jared Leto cries on his band's new single, as blaring synths and choral chants shroud his anguished yelp in dramatic excess. No, this isn't the end--"Up in the Air" is an understandable progression, blowing up the group's arena-friendly alt-rock to even grander, more deafening proportions. The act may not be the most nuanced in modern rock, but it is starving to sound like the ­biggest. -RR

 

ALTERNATIVE

VAMPIRE WEEKEND

"Diane Young" (2:44)

Producers: Rostam Batmanglij, Ariel Rechtshaid

Writers: Rostam Batmanglij, Ezra Koenig

Publishers: Vampire ­Weekend Music (ASCAP)/Imagem Music

XL Recordings

A disorienting ode to a car-torching vixen, Vampire Weekend's frenetic new single features soulful ­crooning, pitch-shifting Auto-Tune, bar-room piano, punk drums and synthesizers that sound like melted saxophones. In spite of the zaniness, "Diane Young" is one of the group's catchiest songs. -RR

 

HIP-HOP

JUICY J FEATuring BIG

SEAN & YOUNG JEEZY

"Show Out" (4:33)

Producer: Mike WiLL Made-It

Writers: Jordan Houston, Jay Jenkins, Sean Anderson

Publishers: various

Kemosabe/Columbia

Mike WiLL made another killer instrumental as Juicy J, Big Sean and Young Jeezy "Show Out" for both the clubs and the trap. Swollen pockets, Ace of Spades champagne and deflecting haters is the mission of this boisterous tune, and regardless of your tax bracket, Juicy J offers the good life. -KI

 

R&B

KING

"In the Meantime" (4:40)

Producer: Paris Strother

Writers: Amber Strother, Paris Strother

Publisher: not listed

Self-released

A Prince co-sign can go quite far, but Los Angeles trio King earns every ounce of that praise on "In the Meantime," a minimalist love jam so steamy it could conceivably warm the coldest of hearts. With smooth keys and fluid harmonies, King conjures up a number of gentle moods on its breakout track. -KI

 

ALTERNATIVE

MAJICAL CLOUDZ

"Childhood's End" (3:49)

Producers: Matthew Otto Kolaitis, Devon Walsh

Writer: Devon Walsh

Publisher: Copyright Control (SOCAN)

Matador

The first glimpse of Majical Cloudz' new album is a stark one, with gurgling beats and string dirges supporting singer Devon Welsh's canned anguish. "Someone died/Gunshot, right outside/Your father, he is dead/I see him, in my head," the song begins, as if shaking the listener out of the relaxed atmosphere created by its opening 15 seconds. The gritty lyrics fill every corner of the song, and those who weren't aware of Welsh's commanding presence soon will be. -JL

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