12 Best Songs of the Week: Billboard Editors' Picks -- April 1

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Best of The Week, April 1, 2016.

Billboard is sharing staffer's favorite tunes of the week. Spanning genres from dance to country, Latin to rap, R&B and more -- here are Billboard.com editors' picks for best songs of the week, in no particular order.

"Tornado Alley," Trapper Schoepp

With a knack for deft turns of phrase that are decidedly Midwestern ("blow your house around the block, it'll toss you like a tomahawk"), Trapper Schoepp is a Wisconsin singer-songwriter whose latest album, Rangers and Valentines, boasts a fresh, warm take on the '70s singer-songwriter sounds. With its buoyant backing brass, "Tornado Alley" is a highlight.

"Inside Out," The Chainsmokers ft. Charlee

?Steam-gaining single "Don't Let Me Down" (No. 31 on the Hot 100 this week) was a natural follow-up punch to the Smokers' radio hit "Roses," but the New York duo signal a welcome shift with this softer-edged song, which features Swedish crooner Charlee and arresting artwork by Impossible Brief's James Zwadlo (Zola) and Chris Levitt.

“Presidents," A$AP Rocky, A$AP Nast & A$AP Twelvyy 

The Harlem Mob carry on their weekly Wavy Wednesdays tradition by flipping the Nas classic “The World Is Yours,” where the Queens MC spits, “I’m out for presidents to represent me.” The so-called Cozy Boyz turn dough boys as they brag about their cash flow over a smooth beat. 

“No Te Lloro Más," La Santa Cecilia 

This upbeat break-up song is the latest from the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles pop band  La Santa Cecilia. “No Te Lloro Más” is the Spanish version for their track “I Won’t Cry For You,” included in their latest album Buenaventura. Like most of their songs, “No Te Lloro Más” is a mix of cumbia, norteño and pop sounds accompanied by the powerful vocals of Marisol Hernández, but here everything clicks perfectly. 
 

"Starchild," Boys Noize feat. Poliça

?Berlin’s Alex Ridha has never cared much for musical classification. Boasting compelling vocals from Poliça singer Channy Leaneagh, the third track off the producer’s forthcoming Mayday LP starts like some kind of ambient-folk mash, with strummed guitar and shimmering pads, before erupting onto the dance floor with a strident bass groove.

“Encantadora” (Remix), Yandel feat. Farruko and Zion & Lennox

Puerto Rican reggaetonero Yandel partnered up with the right artists to take his song “Encantadora” to the next level. Starting with a slow and ballad-like beat, the song gains rhythm when Farruko and Zion & Lennox's rapping skills are introduced in the track. The release of this remix also helped the original track to life 5-3 on Hot Latin Songs and earned Yandel a new solo career peak. 

“2 Minute Warning," Big Sean & Jhene Aiko feat. K-Ci & JoJo 

R&B junkies travel back in time to the the freaky deaky sounds of the ‘90s with the late night slow jam “2 Minute Warning.” With Sean detailing his bedroom agenda and Jhene channeling R. Kelly's “Your Body’s Callin’,” R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo add their signature falsettos to a slinky Detail-produced beat, worthy of a standing O (or a laying-down one, if you prefer). 

“Rambo (Remix)," The Weeknd

Bryson Tiller’s “Rambo” earns a 1-2 rap/sung punch from The Weeknd. The Toronto hit maker tip-toes between crooner and MC with tequila-drenched vocals that toot his own horn: “I had to kill the pop game so they know what’s up/ Now I’m poppin’ back swift, time to shake it off.” 

“Sticks And Stones,” Big K.R.I.T. 

Mississippi MC Big K.R.I.T. spotlights his country boy roots on “Sticks & Stones,” a poignant offering pieced together for Mass Appeal’s “Rhythm Roulette” series where blindfolded producers select records and create songs based off the hand-picked cuts. “Sticks & Stones” is just another remind Krit is a master of words.

“Blood on the Sand," Thrice

Attention all who grew up loving bands like Deftones, Thursday and Refused  — Thrice is back! The Orange County band took a break after its 2011 album Major/Minor, but proclaims its return with this smoldering new single. “Blood on the Sand” should particularly appeal to those who prefer Thrice’s rockers to its proggier, conceptual stuff; if you wish Foo Fighters repped their punk roots a little more, this is for you. The new album To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere is due May 27.

“Kiss Me When I Bleed," White Lung

Vancouver punks White Lung has been providing the shred since 2010’s self-titled debut, methodically cleaning up their hardcore hooks with each release. Their forthcoming album promises to feature frontwoman Mish Barber-Way’s deadliest vocal delivery to date, which she flashes over this three-minute tale of potentially-deadly romance. Paradise, their fourth LP, arrives May 6 via Domino. 

“This Old Thing," Kree Harrison

The Idol alum shares her second official single, an uptempo, New Orleans funk-tinged tribute to good old-fashioned courtship. Harrison, one of Kacey Musgraves’s close friends and a stalwart in Nashville’s songwriting scene, has the vocal prowess to ensure this isn’t just another country party song.

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