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Top 10 mp3s of the Week (4/20)

on April 20, 2012, 12:00pm
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It’s finally Record Store Eve, everyone! The night in which, uh, Record Santa, throws records down a chimney — or something. While we can’t promise you a visit from some made-up record-slinging fat man, we can promise you that we’ve got another batch of big tunes from heavy hitters including Beach House, The Walkmen, and Hot Chip. So, sit tight, take a listen to these ten tracks, and keep the anticipation going for tomorrow’s big day.

-Adam Kivel

Senior Editor

A.Dd+ – “When Paris Smokes”

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This feature’s obligatory 4/20 jam, “When Paris Smokes”, finds Dallas duo A.Dd+ weaving unsurprisingly impressive verses around the topic of Miss Mary Jane. It takes awhile for the track to really kick in, but when it does, Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy cast their early-Outkast-biting tendencies into something elegantly stoned; I can practically smell smoke seeping out of my speakers when it’s on. One issue, though: Shouldn’t these guys be referencing Nowitzki and Terry instead of Parker and Ginobili? -Mike Madden

Arctic Monkeys – “Electricity”

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The B-side to Record Store Day single “R U Mine?”, “Electricity” blends dark pseudo-psychedelia with the umpteenth flaunt of Alex Turner’s melodic gifts. Neither the riffs nor the solos feel indulgent, and the track is a perfect example of the band’s currently manifesting maturation; there’s not much negative to say about the Monkeys’ compulsively listenable first few years, but the stuff they’ve been putting out lately has had the potential to satisfy much wider audiences. So you’ll be at your local mom-and-pop tomorrow, right? -Mike Madden

ASAP Rocky – “Goldie”

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The first taste of ASAP’s forthcoming LongLiveASAP LP, “Goldie” was produced by “Niggas in Paris” sculptor Hit-Boy and bears no provincial sonic ties (unless you count the somewhat Houstonian chorus). Still, the Harlem native ASAP makes his own world out of the track, flexing his chameleonic flow throughout. Some of the brags and subject matter are rote, sure (“Call me Billy Gates, got a crib in every state“), but that doesn’t really matter when everything else is centered on a backdrop as luxuriating as this one. -Mike Madden

ASAP Rocky – “Goldie”

Beach House – “Lazuli”

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This cut from Maryland dream poppers Beach House comes from their soon-to-be-released LP, Bloom (May 15, via Sub Pop), but it’s also one you can pick up on snazzy white vinyl for Record Store Day. It’s entirely possible to picture that 7″ slab spinning like a lost cloud as the chilly synths, lolling vocals, and marshy percussion waft away. There’s a hazy power to this track, hinting at what is one of the most hotly anticipated albums of the year. -Adam Kivel

Beck – “I Only Have Eyes for You”

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Between producing LPs like Thurston Moore’s Demolished Thoughts and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks‘ Mirror Traffic, most of Beck’s recent musical output has been through helping others. However, that doesn’t mean dude hasn’t been willing to put out a song or two of his own. On “I Only Have Eyes for You”, a rendering of the Flamingos’ 1959 cover of the post-Tin Pan Alley classic, Beck waxes sweet and soulful atop steady piano plunks and crisp major guitar chords, not to mention the enveloping production. Finger-snapping is all but required. -Mike Madden

Doug Paisley – “Sad Sinner”

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The extent of an acoustic singer-songwriter’s talent might best be determined by how willingly, and deftly, he or she embraces vulnerability. This is something Doug Paisley knows full well. On the countrified dirge “Sad Sinner”, the Toronto denizen recruits the likes of timeless mandolin and wistful fiddle to guide him through a lament on his faults and limits. Don’t expect too telling a glimpse into Paisley’s theology, but between the quietly melodious riffs and verses, the whole thing’s a small thrill. Paisley’s five-song Golden Embers EP, from which “Sad Sinner” comes, is out now on No Quarter. -Mike Madden

Doug Paisley – “Sad Sinner”

Hot Chip – “Night and Day”

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London electro-poppers Hot Chip have been releasing critically well-received albums every two years, and 2012 doesn’t seem like it’s going to end that streak. “Night and Day” is the lead single from In Our Heads (due June 12 from Domino), the band’s fifth record. The plonky, smoky, synth-laden track seems made for a crowded dance floor. The syncopation and insistent rhythm flow by under Alexis Taylor’s deadpan lines. This track will find its way onto plenty of summer dance party mixes. -Adam Kivel

Major Lazer (Feat. Amber Coffman) – “Get Free”

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It’s been three years since we’ve heard an LP from the production/DJ dream team of Diplo and Switch, and they’ve heralded their return in a big way. Not only did they release the first track from their as yet untitled upcoming LP, “Get Free” (which features Dirty Projector Amber Coffman), they’ve given a Bondo de Rolê remix and a sort of sing-along video to go along with it. Coffman’s working on the same sort of weirdo-soul kick as she did on “Stillness is the Move”, and the production is low-slung, even subdued, a strange but alluring change from these notorious party-starters. -Adam Kivel

Shmu – “House of Stares”

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One half of Austin, TX psych-rockers Zorch, Sam Chown has developed his own singular voice under the name of Shmu. The multi-instrumentalist sounds at home on “House of Stares” despite its utter left-turn from the material of his other project. The groovy, bouncing rhythm (even including a lithe xylophone) makes for one jazzy, smooth track. Chown’s multi-layered pop sensibility sounds inspired by ’70s pop-rock, the song coming together to make a breezy jam for a sunny afternoon. -Adam Kivel

Shmu – “House of Stares”

The Walkmen – “Heaven”

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The Walkmen have spent the last ten years seemingly on the cusp of being the biggest band in indie rock. They’ve done pretty much everything, including Harry Nilsson covers, bar-room stomp, and ripping indie rock. After all of that, though, they’re still rocking here on the title track to their soon-to-be-released 7th LP, Heaven (due June 5 from Fat Possum). The super-jangly guitars and kinetic vocals should make for a live staple, and a blast to hear recorded as well. -Adam Kivel

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