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Top 10 mp3s of the Week (11/18)

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There’s a rhythm in all of our bodies the Japanese call… something or another (I promise it’s in a book I have somewhere). It’s the universal impulse to speed up a rhythm until you “destroy” it, and it exists actually (e.g. a giant crowd trying to clap in unison at sports and concerts) and philosophically (e.g. your life). Anyhow, I always remember this because music often fights this impulse to crescendo to a climax, and that natural order of things becomes stifled and transforms into something different. And the fact that my tastes tend to lean towards droning psychedelic stuff makes me question if that’s actually intrinsically and physiologically unnatural and boring. Time to go back and listen to Da Rude, the universal music.

-Jeremy D. Larson
Content Director  

The Big Pink – “Hit The Ground (Superman)”

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It was a quiet offseason for The Big Pink, and I’ll be honest, they sort of fell from my memory. But with the annunciation of their forthcoming sophomore record Future This, they immediately returned to the forefront of my mind. Robbie Furze utilizes the same aesthetic vocally on “Hit The Ground Superman” that was on their debut, but there’s a pop approach musically that was unseen previously. The Big Pink have tapped into a throwback Shins sound, which may sound like a knock, but is meant only as the utmost compliment. -WR

Cults feat. Freddie Gibbs – “Bad Things” (remix)

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Even if I had gotten a hot tip about a forthcoming Freddie Gibbs/Cults mashup, I still think it would’ve been just a little too exotic for me to play. I’m eating my hat now, but at least this remix gives Cults some sharper teeth. The takeway from this is two things: 1) Cults, for however far their star may have fallen since their debut, know how to write a perfect hook and 2) Gibbs never phones in a verse, ever, even if he’s doing a remix of a Cults song. -JL

Curren$y(Feat. Sir Michael Rocks)- “Luxury Sport”

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Southern rap mainstay Curren$y has just added one half of The Cool Kids, Mikey Rocks, credited here as Sir Michael Rocks, to his Jet Life Crew. The first taste of the partnership is this “just for fun” cut. The two MCs take a smooth approach to an old Jadakiss and Ghostface Killah track, laying down all new verses to hype Curren$y’s Jet Life Crew project, Jet World Order, which hits stores at the end of this month. -WR


Damien Jurado – “Nothing Is In The News”

 Top 10 mp3s of the Week (11/18)

Damien Jurado is dippin’ back into the 70’s for this one. It’s the first thing we’ve heard from his new album due out next year, and about three genres different than his former material. Maybe he’s taking his cue from The War On Drugs, or the production sound of the San Francisco psych scene, but this seems like a good next chapter for Jurado — a sturdy construction filled with hazey blues. -JL

Damien Jurado – “Nothing Is The News”

Darkside – “A1”

 Top 10 mp3s of the Week (11/18)

Nicholas Jaar, who’s become somewhat of a sparsed-out mainstay for me lately, just launched this Darkstar project on his record Clown & Sunset with guitarist Dave Harrington. Fuzzy feelings come with that funky guitar riff in the beginning, and the song courses through that similar vein, being occasionally pinched and reemerging with a new face. If you want something with a steadier groove than Jaar’s icy night beats, here’s your jam. -JL

Drake – “Hate Sleeping Alone”

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Drake is an enigma at this point. Following the release of Take Care, it’s been utter love, or utter despondence for Toronto’s son. I place myself in the former category. He took his crooning to a whole other level for this go around, and the subject matter is raw and relatable. And of course, as Weezy’s protégé, he spits like a champ. This is one of two bonus tracks to Take Care, and it’s short, but it’s unendingly sweet. It’s obvious why it didn’t make the original tracklist, as it doesn’t quite fit with the rest, but I’m glad Drake chose to give the track the light of day. -WR


Frank Ocean – “Thinking ‘Bout You” (SBTRKT Edit)

 Top 10 mp3s of the Week (11/18)

 I’m not saying SBTRKT has the Midas touch, but they really know how to re-purpose a song for their own world, and that world is fast becoming the one electronic and rap music live in. And this isn’t even a fully mastered reworking, just something they tossed off “whilst on the road”.  -JL

Jónsi – “Gathering Storms”

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Overwhelmed with all the Sigur Rós news as of late? You shouldn’t be, as it’s a bounteous blessing from the gods. First of all, they’re back together and have something cooking for 2012, they just released the live DVD/CD INNI, and now frontman Jónsi is collaborating with Cameron Crowe on his upcoming film, We Bought A Zoo. The first taste of an original track from the Icelandic wailer comes in the form of “Gathering Storms”, which is highly reminiscent of his recent solo LP – which is another way of saying it’s incredible. -WR

The Roots (Feat. P.O.R.N.) - ”Stomp”

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The Roots are possibly the hardest working band in show business. When they’re not performing as the house band for J-Fal whilst simultaneously backing whoever is the musical guest for the night (‘cause, who in their right mind wouldn’t want to jam with The Roots?), they’re still playing shows, and most importantly, still releasing music. Last year’s How I Got Over was impeccable, and Undun is shaping up to be just as fantastic. This shorter cut, featuring P.O.R.N. on the mic instead of Black Thought, is a quick look into one of the biggest releases remaining this year. -WR


Yellow Ostrich – “Mary (Alternate Version)”

 Top 10 mp3s of the Week (11/18)

Been meaning to get around to Yellow Ostrich for a while, and this song swings the door wide open. It’s an alternate take from their debut album The Mistress, and it’s placed smack dab in the bright spectrum of indie pop. –JL

Yellow Ostrich – “Mary (Alternate)”

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