Sometimes tracks in our weekly Under the Radar series are so insanely good that they bubble their way up into Best Tracks of the Week. “Flip U” by London’s Coucou Chloe haunted us so much with its downtempo creepiness that we had to include it. Meanwhile, Young Thug channels Napoleon Dynamite on “Liger,” Metro Boomin links up for a dose with Travis Scott on “Blue Pill,” and Marilyn Manson makes our list for the second time this month.
Check out these and more in our picks for Best Tracks of the Week.
Charlotte Gainsbourg - "Deadly Valentine"
Charlotte Gainsbourg is on a roll with the singles from her upcoming album Rest. Her latest is “Deadly Valentine,” possibly the boppiest bop we’ve ever heard on the subject of “till death do us part.” It also doesn’t hurt that she enlisted Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes to play her husband in the accompanying video, or that electro-house legend SebastiAn produced the track.
Coucou Chloe - “Flip U”
Appearing on her just-released EP Underdog, Coucou Chloe’s “Flip U” is that rare breed of song that is both incredibly danceable and gut-wrenchingly terrifying. It’s like being in the club and you suddenly realize everyone around you is morphing into a vampire-creature, but in a fun way.
cupcakKe - “Exit”
Aside from her insanely dexterous flow, cupcakKe is consistently able to turn a shitty situation into an uplifting anthem. “Exit” sticks the middle finger up to a terrible excuse of an ex, but instead of lamenting about just how awful they are, she reminds them that they made a grave mistake, because she's unstoppably poppin’.
Marilyn Manson - “KILL4ME”
Marilyn Manson gets - dare we say - a bit funky on his latest track, and we’re down. Although “KILL4ME” is more or less a love song, we’re still dealing will the self-proclaimed “God of F**k” here, so bust out your gold switchblade and get ready for a blood pact.
Metro Boomin - “Blue Pill” ft. Travis Scott
That Metro Boomin. One of hip-hop’s most in-demand producers is also apparently one of the nicest, as demonstrated when he gave all of us a gift on his birthday Monday in the form of his long-teased collaboration with Travis Scott. Let’s just say it was worth the wait.
Rapsody - “Power” ft. Kendrick Lamar & Lance SkIIIWalker
Well isn’t this a nice surprise? Rapsody’s sophomore album gets quite the celebrity cameo in the form of Kendrick Lamar on this standout track. But what really makes this one shine is that Rapsody’s spitting is perfectly capable of owning it, even without the KDot assist. Behold, a new female emcee is on the horizon.
Ty Dolla $ign - “Dawsin’s Breek” ft. Jeremih
For starters, Mike WiLL made this beat so we can skip the conversation of how flawless it is entirely, it’s just a given. What we can elaborate on is the sheer brilliance of Ty and Jeremih trading bars that are directly riffing on the ‘90s teen TV classic. “Ice on creek like I’m Dawson” indeed.
Wizkid - “Everytime” ft. Future
Wizkid has a pretty simple formula: excavate a few hooks and lay them over a dancehall beat so transportive you can practically feel the ocean breeze. Yet it is pretty remarkable how many times he can use this formula and still find new outcomes. Case in point? This bang-on-the-money Future collab.
Young Thug & Carnage - “Liger”
We didn’t realize how much we missed Young Thug’s vocal chords until he dropped “Liger,” a cut from his new collaborative mixtape Young Martha with Carnage. Thugger brings back the mythical creature made famous in Napoleon Dynamite to remind us that he’s a unique breed, not like the rest.
Yung Lean - “Hunting My Own Skin”
Our favorite sad boy appears to be changing his sombre ways. “Hunting My Own Skin” sounds more like a wholesome, sun-filled mushroom trip than an MDMA comedown in a windowless room fueled by dirty Sprite. Successfully conquering his demons by the sounds of it, Yung Leandoer is set to drop his next album Stranger in November.
In case you missed it, check out last week's best tracks right here.