Top 10 MP3s of the Week (8/16)
This week served as a huge week for MP3s, spanning for a multitude of massive returns (Eminem and Prince), a series of much-anticipated fresh cuts (Volcano Choir and Nine Inch Nails), and even collaborations that you thought could be dreamt of (Phoenix & R. Kelly, YACHT & Mac Maron). Some MP3s even sparked a degree of controversy across the music scene, such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry’s strides to be Pop Queen or Kendrick Lamar’s audacity to be the top man of hip-hop. It’s impossible not to find something to tickle your fancy in this batch.
10. Phoenix & R.Kelly – “Trying to Be Cool” (Remix)
After revving “Ignition” through the outfit’s legendary single, and our personal favorite, “1901″, as part of a surprise performance at Coachella 2013, the extremely-random-but-amazing collaboration of Phoenix and R. Kelly was bound to go a second round. Unconsciously considering the R&B crooner’s social personal, “Trying to Be Cool” is a hilarious and perfect foundation to resurrect such a beautiful moment. Kells assists the outift in returning the band’s soulful tones of Alphabetical with his bold vocals, delicate back-up assistance, and impressive falsetto croons that bring the track into a completely new dimension. His sexy verse sounds like a typical R. Kelly song and nothing like Thomas’ more insightful lyrics, but that’s what makes it even better. –Sam Willett
Big Sean, Eminem, Jay Electronica, Katy Perry, Kendrick Lamar, Marc Maron, Neko Case, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Prince, R Kelly, Toro Y Moi, Volcano Choir, YACHT