Top 10 MP3s of The Week (5/17)


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The Top MP3s have gone through many incarnations since the beginning of Consequence of Sound in 2007. What used to be an exhaustive roundup of all the singles, remixes, covers, and undiscovered gems emailed to us any given week evolved into a compilation whittled down to our 10 favorite new songs. For 2013, we’re again changing up the format with the hope of giving our selections some added weight. We’re still posting about our 10 favorite songs, but they’ll be ordered in quality from 10-1. Who takes home #1 this week? You’ll have to click ‘Next’ to find out.

10.  Man’s Gin – “Deer Head & The Rain”

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You don’t just accidentally wind up with the kind of Swans-meets-folk album cover for Rebellion Hymns, and “Deer Head & The Rain” validates that. The latest track from Man’s Gin rides in on bongos, acoustic guitar, and piano, it drives into the dark heart of the forest in off-kilter harmonies and a lightning bolt of violin noise. Erik Wunder leads the way, singing about howling storms and talking to a deer head on the wall, all as the tension builds to a distorted thump. While it never quite breaks through, a dark, manic energy surges against the song’s dams, ready to wash over everything in sight. “Deer Head & The Rain” is the first taste of Rebellion Hymns, due June 25th via Profound Lore. Stream over at Pitchfork-Adam Kivel

9. Chuck Inglish feat. Aston Matthews and Kashflow – “Tangerine”

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Onetime member of the sadly defunct Cool Kids, Chuck Inglish has teased another single from his upcoming Droptops EP. “Tangerine” is a collab between Inglish, Aston Matthews, Kashflow — and the trio take a stoned, laidback approach to their rhymes: “This bass make your face go numb/ Yeah I got it, yeah I got it by the drum.” It works to their advantage given the warble-y, off-kilter beat, reminiscent of some Bake Sale era Cool Kids production. -Jon Hadusek

8. Ryan Hemsworth – “Perfectly”

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The latest track from Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth starts with an Amanda Bynes sound bite. Strange enough. But then it becomes something totally recognizable and inviting. Hemsworth locks into a warm, M83-inspired groove; every keyboard note is in the major key, the drums patter almost melodically. Throw this and the rest of Hemworth’s Still Awake EP (out next week) on your every-growing ‘summer driving’ playlist and chart the most direct route to a sunny beach. -Jon Hadusek

7. Destruction Unit – “Sonic Pearl”

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The blistering, brain-melting rock of Destruction Unit’s “Sonic Pearl” is like the musical equivalent of the Tempe, Arizona noontime sun, which is fitting, as that’s the quintet’s home base. The guitars are oppressive, the rhythm section unceasing, and Ryan Rousseau’s vocals ripple and burn like solar flares. The tension and volume are turned so high that it’s difficult to pick individual pieces of the sonic mesh apart, the mechanized riffs and stampeding percussion going from zero to 600 in a few seconds. Destruction Unit have an LP coming up for Sacred Bones, but this scorched earth rocker comes from their EP “Two Strong Hits”, due July 16th via Suicide Squeeze.  -Adam Kivel

6. ASAP Ferg feat. ASAP Rocky, French Montana, ScHoolboy Q, and Trinidad James – “Work Remix”

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ASAP Ferg brings a bunch of friends on board for the remix of his sneering anthem, “Work”, including fellow A$AP Mob man ASAP Rocky. Over a quintessential trap beat, the self-proclaimed Fergenstein proclaims just how he does with the ladies and how much cred he has: “I’m a pimp though / No limp though / Couldn’t copy my style in Kinko’s.” Montana challenges Kanye on their shared ad lib and Rocky digs into the gun violence and his ability to stack cash, but Q’s verse steals the show. In a few brief lines he references both Scottie Pippen and church deacons, all built into an extended brag about how much sex he gets. -Adam Kivel

5. Torche – “Keep Up”

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Few metal bands can simultaneously wield pop melodies and power chords like Torche. Singer/guitarist Steve Brooks has a soaring, valiant voice — the perfect complement to the quartet’s buzzing guitars and quaking bass lines. That wasn’t always the case. Early in his career, Brooks hid his vocals beneath all that feedback, burying himself in the mix. Last year’s excellent Harmonicraft saw him shake those insecurities as he sang loud and confidently — much like he does here, on “Keep Up”, the A-side to Volcom’s upcoming Vinyl Club 7″. The first two verses are straight power pop (“Keep up, keep up,” Brooks shouts during the chorus), but then Torche bludgeon us with a massive breakdown, transitioning from brutal to catchy with unparalleled subtlety. -Jon Hadusek

4. Local Natives – “Wooly Robot”

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Ephemeral as they may be, remixes serve a purpose. They allow us to hear a song interpreted through a different musical style or aesthetic. For example, what if Local Natives traded those clean-toned guitars and drum kits in for some expensive electronic production software? “Wooly Robot” is a reimagined take on Hummingbirds “Wooly Mammoth”, and skewers the original instrumentation into wobbling percussion and spazzed-out synth noises. The result pleasantly ends up sounding very Kate Bush.-Jon Hadusek

3. Books of Love – “Space Time”

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The pairing of Vivian Girl/La Sera vocalist Katy Goodman and the Hush Sound’s Greta Morgan is exactly as adorable as you might expect, as evidenced by their collaboration on “Space Time”. Recorded under the name Books of Love, the jangly bit of indie pop rides on soaring harmonies and Morgan’s quivering keyboard staccato, the tale of the difficulties of interstellar romance. “While our souls seemed to fit, the planets weren’t aligned,” Goodman bemoans, doubting if she and her alien love will ever get to meet. The true heartbreaker comes late in the song when the chorus shifts from “We will never meet in this space time” to “We will never be complete,” though the sunshine pop melody and chipper rhythm would never tip that depression off. While there’s been no indication that we should expect more from Books of Love, this one certainly gets our hopes up. -Adam Kivel

2. The National – “Sea of Love”

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Just assume that if The National release a single from the forthcoming Trouble Will Find Me, it will be #1 on this countdown. First there was “Demons”, a dark brooder (of which The National are master craftsmen), and now, the churning “Sea of Love”. Bound to be the LP’s radio single, the track is upbeat and momentous — led by the frenetic guitar playing of Bryce Dessner. The tempo changes (think “Bloodbuzz Ohio”) give Matt Berninger room to both croon and shout. “If I stay here, trouble will find me / If I stay here, I’ll never leave,” he sings. The song builds to a climax — one of The National’s signature moves — which touts everything from harmonica to spot-on backing vocals by the Dessner bros. May 20th can’t get here soon enough. -Jon Hadusek

1. MØ – “Waste Of Time”

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Karen Marie Ørsted is about to make the jump to the big leagues with her upcoming RCA Victor/Chess debut, but in the interim she’s releasing a single, “Waste of Time”, which is anything but. The latest single under the MØ moniker trips on seductive moans, a cymbal-snap rhythm, and staccato synth, Ã˜rsted finding the strength in expressing her frustration. ”Why does it hurt so bad? / Why do you always make me cry?” she booms, layers of harmony and grunted bravado leading to a brightly skittering guitar solo. Though it twitches on some increasingly prominent alt-R&B tropes, “Waste of Time” clearly finds Ã˜rsted exploring her own pain rather than pushing it through a popular form. -Adam Kivel