Top 10 Songs of the Week (11/13)


At the start of this week, some real stinkers started a petition to stop Phil Collins from returning to music. What a bummer. We at the Top Songs list certainly aren’t the biggest Phil Collins fans in the world — in fact, Adam had to do a quick Wiki to confirm that he knows more than three of the guy’s songs — but that doesn’t mean we want to banish the dude. Let Phil be Phil! And let Phil’s many, many fans revel in his return! If you don’t like it, just check out some of these new songs, and enjoy.

10. ABBATH – “Winter Bane”


I’ve always been hesitant when it comes to metal bands that get into makeup, costumes, and characters. I need to be won over. For Norwegian black metal supergroup ABBATH, it didn’t take much convincing — though if you need some help, the pictures of the band touring London in full corpse paint from this Metal Hammer feature might do the trick. Led by former Immortal guitarist Abbath Doom Occulta, the trio also includes former Gorgoroth bassist King ov Hell and Creature, a drummer who has played with everyone from Sepultura to Disavowed. “Winter Bane” shows off all that mastery: Abbath’s demonic growl and razor-sharp guitar riffs, as well as a rippling rhythmic skeleton. “Winter Bane” comes as a preview of the trio’s self-titled debut, out January 22nd via Season of Mist. —Adam Kivel

09. xxyyxx – “Red”

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When Orlando’s Marcel Everett (aka XXYYXX) re-uploaded his 2012 self-titled release to streaming sites late last week, a common question began to pop up on the social feeds: “Where are the new tunes?” Less than four full days later, the 20-year-old producer dropped the wistful ambiance of “Red” into the world. Although made in one of North America’s biggest tourism hubs, the atmospherics of “Red” are that of haunting isolation, the echoes of Everett finding their path through the fog of a still fall evening. Only the sting of a gunshot rattles awake hypnotized souls. With little info attached to the single, one can only await Everett’s next exercise in these brooding, downtempo instrumentals. –Derek Staples

08. Erykah Badu – “Phone Down”

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This week, Erykah Badu joined Janet Jackson in the hall of fame of R&B songs that invoke desire by way of denial: While Jackson promised that you’d get “no sleep,” Badu will actually make you forget about that mobile device you keep tethered to your attention at all times. This one goes out to Aubrey Drake Graham, whose cell phone anxiety anthem “Hotline Bling” Badu recently covered. It’s also a glimpse at Badu’s upcoming mixtape, BUT YOU CAINT USE MY PHONE, apparently inspired by Drake and due out this Thanksgiving weekend. –Sasha Geffen

07. Lil Bibby feat. Future – “Aww Man”

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Metro Boomin is on a roll lately, to say the least. The guy has an on-again-off-again duo with Young Thug, and has produced for honchos like Drake and Future — the latter of whom shows up on the latest from Lil Bibby, which features a Boomin beat. The Chicago rapper leads the way on the pummeling “Aww Man”, while Future jumps in for an incredibly staccato hook. Boomin’s beat is somehow both wobbly and sharp, and Future slips sharp syllables into the mix, but this is Bibby’s track, and his lines show his drill dominance: “Whippin’ that work like a spatula/ I stay a ghoul like I’m Dracula/ I keep the keys like a janitor.” For now, all we have is a radio rip, but this track hits so hard that the full quality version might just be too much to handle. We’ll still be keeping our ears out for it when it does arrive.  –Adam Kivel

06. Daughter – “Numbers”

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The title of “Numbers”, the second track from Daughter’s sophomore album Not To Disappear out January 15 on 4AD, is a pun whose cleverness feels a little at odds with the song’s empty, somber tone. “I feel numb in this kingdom,” intones vocalist Elena Tonra in a dispassionate whisper. Her voice slides into a low, insistent threat in the dissonant bridge: “You better make me better,” she repeats as the song crescendos. Sonically, “Numbers” doesn’t forge much new ground for the British three-piece: The song fits nicely into their brand of spectral pop music created with luminous guitar lines, grounded by echoing drumbeats. But it is nevertheless a compelling culmination of the British three-piece’s musical efforts thus far. –Karen Gwee

05. Anderson .Paak feat. Schoolboy Q – “Am I Wrong”

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You might recognize Anderson .Paak’s name from the feature credits on Dr. Dre’s Compton, but the California singer’s latest track, “Am I Wrong”, sounds more than a few shades removed from that world. Featuring production by Pomo and a guest verse from ScHoolboy Q, “Am I Wrong” serves up a glinting disco wonderland that harkens back to the early days of Hercules and Love Affair. Q and .Paak ruminate on the ephemeral nature of human life, but like the best melancholic pop, “Am I Wrong” lets that anxiety fuel its glittery beat. –Sasha Geffen

04. Ricky Eat Acid – “Dear Lord”

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With every new offering, the production palette of Baltimore’s Sam Ray (bka Ricky Eat Acid) expands by a few shades. Showcasing a knack for poignant lo-fi electronica since the release of 2011’s self-released Seeing Little Ghosts, Ray tipped his hat to more classical arrangements during May’s “Outside Dan’s House”. He’s since truly dipped into the hysteria of the region’s signature sample-heavy club sounds. Still lifted by those original impassioned vibes, “Dear Lord” straight owns the dance floor before arriving to a calmer middle ground about 90 seconds in. Is it okay to shed a tear in clubland? Even a Ricky Eat Acid banger pulls at those strings. –Derek Staples

03. Lil Durk feat. Dej Loaf – “My Beyonce”


Chicago’s Lil Durk and Detroit’s Dej Loaf collaborated earlier this year on a remix of Durk’s “What You Do To Me”, and now the Midwestern rap duo returns with “My Beyonce”, a bona fide puppy love song about finding the queen of your own Beyhive. Dej has appeared on a continuous streak of tracks this year, but her verse here ranks among her most intimate, as she spits through a mesh of AutoTune. Durk, meanwhile, seems to be having the most fun he’s had since he released his debut LP, Remember My Name, earlier this year. –Sasha Geffen

02. Le1f – “Umami/Water”

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“The ones who be hatin’ just hate the temptation/ If you don’t get intersection/ Get out of my section,” Le1f drops on his latest track, “Umami/Water”. Over a bottom-scraping, slinky beat from Lunice, the New York City rapper spits lines supporting the queer and trans — as well as threatening to bounce any haters out of the party. He then segues into the psychedelic second half (produced by Evian Christ), expanding his scope of positivity to recycling, third eye exploration, and being on that “deep daughter shit.” “Umami/Water” is yet another excellent preview of new album Riot Boi, out today via Terrible. –Adam Kivel

01. Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell – “WTF (Where They From)”

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Nine months after Missy Elliott joined Katy Perry onstage at the Super Bowl halftime show, breaking the internet in the process, “WTF (Where They From)” makes Misdemeanor’s comeback official. But this new single doesn’t quite herald Missy storming the scene to reclaim the pop monarchy we thrust onto star after star. Over an impossibly catchy beat, Missy simply asserts that she’s always been here, and she’s always been a better dancer, a better rapper, and a better artist. “I’m so far ahead of ya’ll/ Man, I’m on top of the stars/ I don’t care who none of you are/ Blah-blah-blah, you best go rewrite your bars,” she raps with a playful sneer. The music video — which boasts incredible imagery that only a Missy Elliott production can lay claim to — begins with ordinary people on the street bopping and singing to the ubiquitous track, which plays in full after. Such is Missy’s unflappable confidence: The song is already a certified hit before you actually hear it. –Karen Gwee