The sheer volume of music disseminated every week always freezes me in my tracks, like, deer-in-the-headlights anxiety and over-stimulus. Twitter feeds roll, emails pile up, and that stray text from a friend saying “did you hear that new […] track? duuuuuude…” Full transparency: this new feature is partially a therapeutic compartmentalization tool for myself and Winston Robbins here, as we try to find the tracks that demand to be invested in, that excite and invent, that stick and delight, and most importantly, bring some outstanding tracks that got our attention this week directly into your ear brains.
Without further ado, and in no particular order, here is the first installment of our Top 10 mp3s of the week.
Active Child - “Playing House” (feat. How To Dress Well)
Pat Grossi, under the recording alias Active Child, has supreme vocal prowess, and here is no deviation from the norm. And couple that with the uncharacteristically assured tones of Tom Krell, under the recording alias of How To Dress Well, and it’s another reason we’re excited about white dudes who listened to more r&b than most growing up.
Male Bonding – “Bones”
British fuzz punks are back with a new album coming out, and its first noise is four chords for six-and-a-half minutes of fifth gear, first rate music. That lazy guitar line that seeps in at the three minute mark is something special and it only gets better from there on out.
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – “Senator”
It sounds like he’s just having fun, tossing off acerbic lyrics, reveling in alt-pop, and saying “blowjob” a whole bunch. It’s a great thing.
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Pretty Lights – “Pretty Lights v. Radiohead vs. Nirvana vs. Nine Inch Nails”
Pretty Lights is appearing basically everywhere this summer/fall, especially in the festival circuit. Thus, you should get to know him. And what better way than with a dubstep mash-up (using both terms very loosely) which includes samples of three songs already inducted into rock and roll’s canon: Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place”, Nirvana’s “All Apologies”, and Nine Inch Nails “Closer”.
[audio:http://beta.consequence.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/pretty-lights-vs-radiohead-vs-nirvana-vs-nin.mp3|titles=Pretty Lights vs Radiohead vs Nirvana vs NIN]
Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground – “World’s Entire”
The first showing from their sophomore effort Introducing Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, “World’s Entire” is a track fraught with bright landscapes (and an immensely catchy chorus) just in time for summer. Truly, Kay Kay live in a blissful world of baroque pop all their own.
[audio: http://cobracamanda.com/MP3/08WorldsEntire.mp3|titles=Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground – “World’s Entire”]
The-Dream – “Body Work/F*** My Brains Out”
Playful (and filthy) as the title may be, this epic nine minute jam by The-Dream is no joke. His high tenor rolls slowly over the “Body Work” portion of the track, and he pushes into the next realm of sexy (and filthy) with his vocals on the “Fuck My Brains Out” segment.
Thus concludes the first week of what we’re sure will be many. An eclectic week, as far as genres go; from Beirut’s sweet baroque brass to The Dream’s paradoxically debonair “F*** My Brains Out”, no base is left uncovered. As long as the ubiquitous mp3s keep pouring in, we’ll keep our ears to the ground and keep you up to date on what’s hot.