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Top 10 mp3s of the Week (10/21)

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It’s getting too late in the fall to pretend summer’s still here. I mean, it’s Halloween in 10 days, for hell’s sake. Doesn’t that depress you? Or at the very least make you feel very dark? Conor Oberst sings on the tragically unsung great Monsters of Folk, ”Everyone gets dark, and the worst part is the way those thoughts can please you.” And it’s true! There’s an almost masochistic satisfaction that comes along with dwelling in the dreary, and the feeling crosses over to music. Doesn’t it just feel great to listen to some heavy stuff when you’re feeling down? This week’s installment is a direct reflection of that idea. A soundtrack to match the setting, if you will.

In other (brighter) news, the lovely Harley Brown was nice enough to pinch hit for us this week in the absence of usual “Top 10” writer Jeremy Larson, who is currently in NYC taking CMJ by storm.

– Winston Robbins
Production Coordinator

Bombay Bicycle Club featt. Lucy Rose – “Video Game” (Lana del Rey cover)

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We know, we know, Lana del Rey covers/remixes/shrines are all over the place; but trust us, this version is worth a listen. Bombay Bicycle Club’s frontman Jack Steadman deflates del Rey’s husky croon with a fragile warble that sounds like it could disintegrate under the pressure of the relationship in question. Vocalist Lucy Rose adds a female perspective, turning the song into a dialogue instead of a diatribe. –HB

Chairlift – “Sidewalk Safari”

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Chairlift is something new. And new can be scary, but it can also be the most fun you ever have. Chairlift leans toward the latter, and you’ll find out why. Their eclectic dance pop is considerably darker than most, and the vocals are Nico-esque at their best moments. “Sidewalk Safari” is sharp, cutting, and sure to please. –WR

Chairlift – “Sidewalk Safari”

Far East Movement feat. Rye Rye – “Jello”

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Yes, this is the same Far East Movement that brought you “Like A G6” last year. The first single off their forthcoming LP, “Jello” bumps the same synth leads as “G6”, but they’re still catchy as fuck the second time around. Will.i.am and David Guetta lent the hip-hop quartert club beats that sample reggaeton as much as the dirty south. It makes me want to shake my “A-jello”, all right. –HB

Friends – “I’m His Girl”

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Even before Samantha Urbani whispers “breakdown” before breaking it down with handclaps and a cowbell (win), I wanted to be her girl. “I’m His Girl”’s crunchy funk bass perfectly seasons the honeyed background croons behind Urbani’s sexy voice and sassy lyrics. It’s like the best parts of Motown in one saucy little package. –HB

How To Dress Well – “Suicide Dream 2” (Elite Gymnastics Baptism)

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It’s hard to resist How To Dress Well’s neo-R&B to begin with. When Tom Krell’s crystalline, tortured voice gets urgent backing beats courtesy of Minneapolis post-electronic duo Elite Gymnastics, it gets, well, even harder. This “Baptism” (not related to Crystal Castles, unfortunately) fits Krell’s vocals into the steady grooves of jungle rock, breaking only over the elegant violins that occasionally surface from the song’s cavernous depths. –HB

How To Dress Well – “Suicide Dream 2” (Elite Gymnastics Baptism)

Keep Shelly In Athens – “Lazy Noon”

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Keep Shelly In Athens: The name’s as new to me as it is to you. In all honesty, the first time I ever heard the Greek band was earlier this week. But believe you me, I got as pumped as this kid when I heard it. Almost. This is what the raw, grainy lounge that Thievery Corporation was so fond of in the days of yore. It’s wonderful to hear it again. In two weeks, Keep Shelly In Athens will make their US debut at this year’s installment of Fun Fun Fun Fest. –WR

Keep Shelly In Athens – “Lazy Noon”

 Lupe Fiasco – “Lightwork”

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It’s been a while since I enjoyed a track by Lupe Fiasco, so I say all this with the utmost severity. Earlier this year, Bassnectar remixed Ellie Goulding’s smash hit “Lights”, giving it just the right amount of dingy dub. Now Lupe takes that lethally addicting combination and throws down some verses on top of it. “Lightwork” is brilliant, and is on straight repeat over here. –WR


Massive Attack vs. Burial – “Paradise Circle”

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Like I mentioned in the intro, it feels good to feel bad sometimes. Misery loves company. And when you’re in the company of Massive Attack remixed by Burial, things are pretty damn miserable – in the best way possible. Massive Attack and Burial aren’t exactly sunny beach material, they’re lying in bed on an overcast day music. Consider this a great addition to the soundtrack of your downer days. –WR

Small Black – “Moon Killer”

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Small Black went largely unnoticed when the chillwave craze hit, eclipsed by bigger, buzzier names like Toro y Moi and Washed Out. But the Brooklyn quartet deserve every bit as much credit as the more aforementioned artists. Absolve yourself now of the sins of skipping these dudes the first time around and check out the ringing, dreamy cut “Moon Killer” off their upcoming Moon Killer mixtape. –WR

Small Black – “Moon Killer”

Summer Camp – “Down”

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We can’t hide our love for this duo. One of London’s latest synth-pop exports, Summer Camp oozes of the sort of nostalgia that requires medicine. Addicting and cinematic, their hooks gut you and their minimalism overwhelms. We’re still a few weeks away from the release of their debut LP, Welcome to Condale, but “Down” offers a tantalizing tease. It’s also a nice harbinger for the forthcoming fall-into-winter days, as singer Elizabeth Sankey repeatedly croons, ”So sick of cold nights.” The sun may be gone, but this track’s pretty bright. -MR

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