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Top 10 mp3s of the Week (11/4)

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Look who’s blogging again! Hope you enjoyed our Halloween Mixtape an appropriate amount. It appears that someone left the faucet on ’cause hot tracks are all over the place this week. I don’t say this at every writing engagement I get here, but this week seriously has some clout to it. The novel Halloween holiday has passed, and we’re standing right in fall’s path, so keep your balance and maintain composure. It’s only everything around you that is changing and getting colder by the minute. No. Big. Deal.

-Jeremy D Larson
Content Director

Amy Winehouse feat. Nas – “Smoke”

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Further proof that, even though we lost Amy Winehouse at an unfortunate nadir in her life, her posthumous releases remind us of the artist she was. This track is mostly Nasty Nas, though, burning up another track. Even over this polite proto-soul beat, Nas throws the whole thing into overdrive. –JL

Amy Winehouse feat. Nas – “Like Smoke”

ARMS – “Heat & Hot Water”

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ARMS are about to drop their debut album, Summer Skills, a power-pop concept album that takes musical detours all over the map. It’s playful and ambitious, and “Heat & Hot Water” is a hitching post in the middle of the album. Todd Goldstein is particular about his melodies and draws out some beautiful ones here. -JL

ARMS – “Heat & Hot Water”

The Big Sleep – “Ace”

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Just when I was positive The Big Sleep was going to be one of those “Oh yeah! Whatever happened to those guys?” bands, The Big Sleep emerge from hiding with some post-punk that’s as much Yeah Yeah Yeahs as it is Interpol. As with every good post-punk song, there’s a driving bassline, some scratchy guitar, and a whole lot of swagger. Back from the dead with a vengeance. –WR

The Big Sleep – “Ace”

Chairlift – “Sidewalk Safari” (Sampha Remix)

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Sampha cemented his grip on the first handhold to indie stardom by handling most of the vocals on SBTRKT’s dashing debut album earlier this year. This week he shows a different side of himself, that of a capable producer. Taking another indie up-and-comer, Chairlift, and giving them the post-dub treatment, Sampha just went from good to great. As did the track. –WR

Cloud Nothings – “No Future/No Past”

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The scuttlebutt was that Cloud Nothings’ new album was going to be way different. Sure is. Their forthcoming album is produced by Steve Albini, and wouldn’t you know it, this track has his grimy, sparse, abrasive hands all over it. Out with those old melodies, in with sandpaper screaming, and yes, I can’t wait for the rest of it. -JL

Cloud Nothings – “No Future/No Past”

Daughter – “Medicine”

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Seventy-five percent of this EP is out, and 100% of those songs have ended up on this list. I can’t get enough of Daughter. If you don’t know by now… -JL


Drake feat. Lil Wayne – “The Motto”

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This is a bonus track. No, let me repeat what I just said. This is a bonus track. As in not part of the actual tracklist. As in not as strong as the real tracklist. If this was an extra, we’re in for something truly astounding. It’s a quick, three-minute blazer that’s as whimsical as a track on one of Weezy’s Dedication mixtapes, yet manages to maintain a completely professional pace. Best played in a car with a thumping system. –WR

Nicholas Jaar – “Don’t Break My Love”

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Jaar’s music sounds very biological, very human. He has this way of digitizing human sounds and making his electronic compositions seem abstractly personal; it’s one of the most affecting sounds out there. It’s meticulous and seamless (much like the human body (unless you got a lot of stitches)), and since Space Is Only Noise comes highly recommended by me, this A-side from a forthcoming single will be lauded on the same plane of hype. And to boot, this track takes it beyond bodily ambience and gets groovy near the end with a great hook, capping off one of the better electronic tracks of the year. -JL

Nicolas Jaar – “Don’t Break My Love”

DOOM, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood – “Retarded Fren”

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Though this may loop these three musicians into the needlessly offensive musical names group, the track overshadows that unfortunate hurdle. Doom’s diction is meaty, and Yorke and Greenwood compress an industrial beat with an eerie elevator melody that, like most things Radiohead, works. -JL


Warm Ghost – “G.T.W.S.” (School of Seven Bells Remix)

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School of Seven Bells have been on a remix kick lately. Their Surfer Blood remix was tangibly different from most “remixes.” It was like if SVIIB and Surfer Blood had sat down and rewritten the track together with parts written in for Alejandra Deheza. Such is the case for their remix of Warm Ghost’s indie hit “G.T.W.S.”. Rather than break down the track bit by bit, School of Seven Bells just sort of folded themselves into it for great results. –WR

Warm Ghost – “GTWS” (School Of Seven Bells Remix)

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