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Top 10 mp3s of the Week (5/4)

on May 04, 2012, 12:00pm
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There’s no better way to kickstart the weekend than with some fresh tunes. In our selections this week, we’ve got both great music and G.O.O.D. Music, including a teaser for Twin Shadow’s new disc and a remix from Kanye West’s dream team. If you’re more in the mood for some new discoveries, we’ve got those as well. Whatever your plans for the weekend, you’ll need these ten tracks to accomplish them; we are sure of it.

-Adam Kivel

Senior Editor

Beak> – “Yatton”

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The latest cut from Portishead member Geoff Barrow’s Beak> side project, “Yatton” is five and a half minutes of impenetrable krautrocking groove. Rarely do riffs this skeletal equal such captivation, and it all gets better with repeated listens. Rock steady. Beak>’s new one, Beak >>, is due June 2nd. -Mike Madden

Chief Keef – “I Don’t Like” (G.O.O.D. Music Remix)

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One of the catchiest (if practically mindless) rap singles of the year, Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like”– a song very much in the same lane as any number of thundering Lex Luger productions — has made a somewhat unlikely star out of the 16-year-old Chicago MC. And now that Kanye West and some of his G.O.O.D. Music buddies have given the cut a reworking, there’s no way the kid is going away anytime soon. Like some other G.O.O.D. singles, this one isn’t without incongruity (see Jadakiss’ too-coarse verse). But if Yeezy’s bars aren’t some of the most entertaining you’ve heard all year, please let us know what amazing planet you’ve been living on. Also, the Chi-Town pride is nice, but the D-Rose shout is, of course, less than timely-Mike Madden

Drake feat. The Weeknd – “Crew Love” (Star Slinger Remix)

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Drake grabbed The Weeknd R&B bro Abel Tesfaye for the gliding Take Care joint ”Crew Love”, and now UK producer Star Slinger (born Darren Williams) has taken the track for a club-happy spin. Structurally, it’s more or less the same as the original, but Williams delightfully colors it all by adding some highly danceable nuance and slowing down Drizzy’s rhyming. What we’ve got here is another testament to Slinger’s versatility, as it follows dude’s also-dope reworkings of everyone from Childish Gambino to The Cocteau Twins. -Mike Madden

Drake feat. The Weeknd – “Crew_Love” (Star_Slinger Remix)

Metric – “Youth Without Youth”

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It’s been a long time since 2009’s Fantasies for Metric fans, but their wait is almost over. June 12th’s Synthetica (from Metric Music International, in conjunction with Mom + Pop Music) is already living up to the demand, thanks to early track “Youth Without Youth”. The dark-neon fuzz on the guitars and Emily Haines’ knives-out vocals sound just as good as they did three years ago, and talk about “double dutch with a hand grenade” sounds just about right for this quartet. The title’s contradiction fits too, as Metric (as usual) sounds somehow simultaneously sugary and aggressive. -Adam Kivel

Meyhem Lauren feat. Action Bronson and Himanshu - “Special Effects”

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During SXSW, the New York rapper Meyhem Lauren recorded the forthcoming Respect the Fly Shit album, for which “Special Effects” serves as the first taste. The burly-sounding Meyhem and oft-clowning guests Action Bronson and Das Racist’s Himanshu are talented enough as is, but on top of that the track was produced by the on-fire Harry Fraud (he who did French Montana’s “Shot Caller” and Bronson’s “Bird on a Wire”, among other recent bangers). Together, these four have hammered out a silky slice of NY classicism that still sounds unmistakably now. You can pick out standout bars here, but truth is, everybody killed it. Don’t sleep. -Mike Madden

Milo Greene – “Don’t You Give Up On Me”

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After opening for The Civil Wars without an album to their name, it’s about time that LA-based indie folkies Milo Greene get something out there. “Don’t You Give Up On Me” is an early taste of their upcoming debut (due July 17th, from Chop Shop/Atlantic Records). The shambolic drums, twinkling piano, twirling guitars, and rich, multi-part harmonies, this could very well win over the crowds at Lollapalooza. Beautiful vocalists Graham Fink, Marlana Sheetz, Robbie Arnett, and Andrew Heringer somehow to manage to make a line like “I’ll dig our own little hole” sound romantic, belted out in majestic fashion. -Adam Kivel

Neil Young and Crazy Horse – “Oh Susannah”

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse are getting ready to drop their new LP Americana, a collection of 11 time-tested standards including “This Land Is Your Land”, “God Save the Queen”, and this one, “Oh Susannah”. All told, the 66-year-old Young’s not-so-geriatric voice rips through the song with a ripe confidence that has us even more excited for the record. No way is the Horse kicking here like it did on, say, Rust Never Sleeps, but everything locks in with the rock-solid musicianship these guys have long since mastered. -Mike Madden

Redgrave – “Dick Moves”

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The swampy, bluesy rock on “Dick Moves” is the first taste of Chicago-based Redgrave’s debut EP, National Act. Vocalist/guitarist Angie Mead’s vibrato yowls occasionally brush up against vintage Robert Plant, and drummer Stephen Howard holds everything together admirably, thumping out on the low end. While the duo’s only got shows planned in Iowa and Illinois for the time being, the power on this release suggests they’ll become exactly what their EP-title suggests-a national act. -Adam Kivel

Redgrave – “Dick Moves”

ScHoolboy Q & Tiron – “Love Me Not”

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The pairing of rising MC ScHoolboy Q and Cali’s seriously aware Tiron (check out the dude’s 100 Ways to Save Hip-Hop for reference) just sounds so right on “Love Me Not”. That’s at least partially thanks to the freaked-out strings and soft thud percussion production from The Cool Kids’ Chuck Inglish. When Tiron gasps in the middle of the line “Even my homies see that I ha’ trouble breathing,” its a thing of genius, and the two trade notes about loving a fickle woman. While ScHoolboy’s stock is justifiably on the rise, this track should push Tiron along for the ride. -Adam Kivel

Twin Shadow – “Five Seconds”

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If Prince and The Cure ever met on a slow-motion dance-floor, it would sound like Twin Shadow’s “Five Seconds”. George Lewis is set to release his sophomore disc, Confess, on July 10th, and this early taste is full of Twin Peaks-y synths, chugging 80s guitar, and shimmering cymbals. Lewis’ talk of going straight to your heart is smoky and intense, and the whole thing seems to have a neon haze about it. The album is said to be inspired by motorcycle rides through Los Angeles, and it certainly sounds like it here. -Adam Kivel

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