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Top 10 Songs of the Week (2/5)

on February 05, 2016, 1:00pm

While Yeezy considers yet another name change for his upcoming record, our search continues for the best new tracks from across the globe. These artists might not be grabbing the same headlines or helping generate viral Twitter hashtags, but we still think the offerings are more than worthy of broader attention! And we would be remiss if we didn’t send our condolences to the family, friends, and fans of another lost legend, Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White. To Mr. White: A man who made the music industry a much more inclusive environment for artists from all walks of life!

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10. Merzbow – “Goloka Pt. 2”

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Prepare your ears! We’re getting more music from the amazing collaboration of metal vets Boris and noise legend Merzbow. The hitch this time? They’re putting out a disc each, and you’re supposed to play them both at the same time to see how they link up. But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying each half on their own, as seen with the first taste of Boris’ contribution: “Goloka Pt. 2”. The piece is a soupy brain-scrambler to be sure, full of squealing feedback, chopped analog synths, and layers and layers of the kind of noise that sounds like it was recorded at the bottom of an operating blender. Listen to all that glorious mess paired with a Boris drone on Gensho when it drops March 18 via Relapse.  –Adam Kivel

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09. Lushlife feat. Ariel Pink – “Hong Kong (Lady of Love)”

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Lushlife’s collab with Ariel Pink, “Hong Kong (Lady of Love)”, is a stroll through the questionably calm interiors of a dystopian metropolis. Bred in Philadelphia, the producer/rapper has spent his youth regularly traversing such environments; his vocals are now honed as an incendiary counterpoint to the track’s muted dynamics and Pink’s hushed delivery. Here, Lushlife represents a powerful presence cast against an otherwise desolate environment, but one where surprises lurk within the prevailing darkness. Secure “Hong Kong (Lady in Love)” when Ritualize drops 2/19 via Western Vinyl. –Derek Staples

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08. Deftones – “Prayers/Triangles”

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Deftones fans have been waiting a long time for Gore, which finally comes out April 8th via Warner Bros. With the release of early taste “Prayers/Triangles”, Chino Moreno and co. appear to be on the right track to sating all that demand. The grandiose, slow-burning anthem swirls and pummels in equal turn, building to a sky-cracking crescendo. “Triangles laced in your mind/ You’ll never be free,” they repeat. It might take me a little while to pick out the meaning of the track, but maybe it’s an Illuminati thing? Or, you know, maybe I should just get back into those massive riffs. Yeah. Sounds better. –Adam Kivel

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07. Bent Shapes – “Realization Hits”

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Boston band Bent Shapes’ latest track, “Realization Hits”, takes some time to process. This meditation on creating art for money and contemporary survival in general recalls early Frank Turner in its self-aware eloquence and the sheer volume of thoughtful lyrics that make it impossible to catch everything on first listen. Nevertheless, some lines are so sharp they jump out at you immediately (“Conscripted into cultural wars/ For proxy to proxy on the venue floor”) and others reveal themselves the more you return to it. “Realization Hits” is the second single off Bent Shapes’ upcoming album, Wolves of Want, out March 11 via Slumberland Records. –Karen Gwee

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06. Holy Ghost – “Crime Cutz”

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Holy Ghost!’s first original offering since 2013, the Crime Cutz EP title track takes a fortuitous route before settling into a glitched-out funk groove. Working its way through a dark ambiance, “Crime Cutz” seems to arrive from a galaxy where disco balls and light-up dance floors have totally replaced dimly lit cubicles. The brilliant synth melodies and angular rhythms shake loose those off-white walls and open up the spaces to collective exuberance and even some subtle gospel spirituality. We anticipate you doing the same this afternoon. The EP drops via DFA Records April 29th–Derek Staples

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