Jon Caramanica is a pop-music critic for the New York Times. He has selected notable vocals—spoken or sung utterances—from songs released this year.
The Weeknd, “In the Night,” 2:47. When he jumps up high to hit “tears,” it’s a precise shriek, triumphant and euphoric.
Keith Ape, “It G Ma,” 0:31. “Orca ninjas go Rambo,” he barks, and it makes perfect sense in this Korean fun-house-mirror version of Atlanta turn-up trap music.