We’ve made it halfway through July and the bangers keep rolling through despite the fact that nearly everything else is a dumpster fire. Arcade Fire came through with our favorite track from Everything Now to date, Kesha’s on a roll with another jam from her forthcoming comeback album, Lana Del Rey links up with Playboi Carti and A$AP Rocky on “Summer Bummer” and Gucci Mane comes through with a surprisingly dope feature on Selena Gomez’s “Fetish.”
Check out these picks and more in our latest edition of best tracks of the week.
Aphex Twin — “korg funk 5”
The elusive electronic maestro is back with a bop. The aptly titled “korg funk 5” was made entirely on 7 different Korg instruments and features his son’s voice. Sit back and feast your ears on a plethora of mangled synth harmonies.
Arcade Fire — “Electric Blue”
Everything we’ve heard from Arcade Fire’s highly-anticipated fifth album Everything Now has been hit or miss. But “Electric Blue,” the fourth single released from the record, is far and away the biggest hit of the bunch. Eschewing the presence of lead singer Winn Butler for that of his wife, Régine Chassagne, we are given yet another honed slice of hybridized dance-rock, but one made all the better by Chassagne riding solo. Her breathy coo aches melancholy, and lends the track a sense of delicate fragility, liable to buckle under the weight of its rumbling synths. It is simply gorgeous.
Kesha — “Woman” ft. The Dap-Kings Horns
Kesha is at it again with a triumphant second single from her highly anticipated comeback record Rainbow. Her follow up to “Praying” is a funk-infused jam with a country lilt, a badass anthem sticking the middle finger up to men trying to bring her down and lifting up all the fierce femmes out there holding it down.
Lana Del Rey — “Summer Bummer” ft. A$AP Rocky & Playboi Carti
It was clear that Lana Del Rey had seriously upped the stakes for her forthcoming LP Lust for Life. Everything we’ve heard so far has been deeper, each moment full of a cavernous space that better encapsulates her marriage of piano ballads and straight-up trap-house booty jams. Even so, nothing could prepare us for this sucker punch of an A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti collaboration titled “Summer Bummer.” Simply put, these are among the slickest, sultriest beats of the season; just try to find a drop more satisfying than each colossal crash that heralds the majesty of Lana and A$AP, both functioning on top form.
Leikeli47 — “Miss Me”
New York’s very own Leikeli47 is patently not with the shits, as her new single and music video “Miss Me” proves. The video sees the consistently-masked 47 kicking it in a bodega – which ironically only sells products with her name on it – while disavowing the B.S. of others.
Lil Uzi Vert — “Alone Time”
Quietly uploaded this week onto YouTube, the latest from Lil Uzi Vert is yet another nightmarish journey into one of hip-hop’s most mysterious minds. And while his bars cascade in precise melodic flourishes one after the other, it is this track’s production that makes it a highlight of the week. Like ogres and onions, Uzi’s music has layers, and “Alone Time” begins to reveal its hidden depths with each new listen.
Mount Kimbie — “Blue Train Lines” ft. King Krule
Mount Kimbie’s new track featuring King Krule is hitting us right in the feels. The perfect combination of Krule’s screams, soothing distorted guitars, and thrashing drums is bringing us dangerously close to calling up our high school crush. We’re stoked to see what the British band’s forthcoming album Love What Survives will bring.
Nine Inch Nails — “LESS THAN”
Shortly after appearing on Twin Peaks: The Return, Nine Inch Nails announced a new EP, the second in a planned trilogy. Our first taste of part two is “Less Than,” which is a glorious hearkening back to the melodies and candy-coated synths that mask the danger that lurks beneath that marked their iconic debut Pretty Hate Machine. And that’s all before Trent Reznor gives us the absolute hardest guitar break down of 2017.
Selena Gomez — “Fetish” ft. Gucci Mane
After sampling Talking Heads on her recently-released bop “Bad Liar”, Selena proves she is out to reinvent. Her latest drop, titled “Fetish,” is a silky, seductive number in which the former Disney starlet waxes lyrical about her own infectious allure with none other than Gucci Mane. Go off, Selena.
Tayla Parx — “Mama Ain’t Raise No Bitch”
Even before the release of her Tayla Made EP, Los Angeles-based Tayla Parx’ resume was already impressive. Having written for artists ranging from Ariana Grande to Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, Fifth Harmony and more, she was bound to step into the spotlight. Her single “Mama Ain’t Raise No Bitch” is a flex song for the modern women if ever there was one.
Tyler, The Creator — “Boredom”
The latest from our boy Tyler’s new album Scum Fuck Flower Boy is a breezy, guitar-led jam, ruminating on the delights of boredom with the help of Rex Orange County, Anna Of The North and Corinne Bailey Rae. “Find some time” and listen to this one on repeat with your bestie.
In case you missed it, check out last week’s best tracks right here.
- Text:Jake Boyer, Bianca Giulione, Stephanie Smith-Strickland