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Top 10 Songs of the Week (4/8)

A fresh batch of tunes that you might return to decades down the road

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This week, Guns N’ Roses’ classic lineup reunited for a performance 23 years in the making. While none of these songs have had fans clamoring for more than two decades, they may just be the kind of tracks that’ll get people begging for them to be played a quarter of a century for now. Whether they’ll be filling dance floors or filling headphones in thoughtful meditation, our top songs of the week are a batch that should live on for decades.

10. Adult Jazz – “Eggshell”

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It’s surprisingly difficult to fully catch one’s breath while diving into Adult Jazz’s newest offering, “Eggshell”. Taken from Earrings Off!, available May 20th via Tri Angle, the track is awash with far more layers and incidental tones than its sterilized, off-white name implies. Lead singer Harry Burgess’ vocals offer (relatively) safe passage through a barrage of intermittent drums, orchestral strings, and the wandering kazoo. A broader statement on masculinity and “liberation from its past clout,” the song’s unique structure is a reflection of the band’s battle against accepted forms. Masculinity can be beautiful outside of its standard molds, and so too are the breaks, twists, and distorted whispers within “Eggshell”. –Derek Staples

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09. Flume – “Wall Fuck”

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With some EDM celebs starting to get called out for emulating Flume’s infectious future-bass exploits, the Australian producer is exploring more abstract melodies and textures. Pulled from his forthcoming sophomore effort, Skin, “Wall Fuck” is Flume’s most experimental recording to date. Lacking a single lyric, the track is emotional chaos, shifting from skipping R&B-tinged samples to taunting braindance and chest-rattling bass lines. Skin is set to be released May 27th, but “Wall Fuck” is available now as a free download here. —Derek Staples

08. Deakin – “Just Am”

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So, we have to address the comments: “Best Animal Collective song since Strawberry Jam!!!” No, they’re not talking about the recently released AC single — we’re finally talking about the oft-delayed, occasionally controversial solo debut from sometime-Animal Collective member Deakin. And while those comments are a little bit hyperbolic (we are talking AC fans, after all), they’re not entirely off-base — “Just Am” is fantastic. The intricately layered eight-minute single drifts and sways like a bubbly dream. “When I let go, I just am/ Conjured back to myself I just am,” Deakin intones, his clear voice piercing through the veil of piano, alt percussion, and electronics. Deakin’s Sleep Cycle is available today via Bandcamp. –Adam Kivel

07. Mutual Benefit – “Lost Dreamers”

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Somewhere deep inside Jordan Lee’s brain is the unfair ability to wed strings and folk with the ease of someone twice — no, three times — his age. The Brooklyn-via-Boston singer-songwriter is back, and with that return comes the usual vulnerability that made us fall in love with Mutual Benefit back when the band’s debut, Love’s Crushing Diamond, dropped in 2013. Lee steps into that rich, patient, swelling instrumentation with newfound optimism on “Lost Dreamers”, the latest single from his upcoming Skip a Sinking Stone. “Let’s take the long way home/ Let’s throw away our phones,” he sings. “We can see stars from the Earth/ Why would we go back anywhere?” It’s a lyrical elongation of the song’s titular theme, delivered with an effortlessness that matches the song’s violins. Lee has never been one to avoid addressing scars, but he has been bent on uplifting lyrics with warm production. “Lost Dreamers” focuses on both to invite us down a wooded pathway whose end is unknown. –Nina Corcoran

06. Supermoon – “Bottleships”

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Grab a pack of bubblegum and start unwrapping. When Supermoon’s “Bottleships” comes on, you’ll want to leave your house for a long city walk, traversing through dogs on leashes and babies in sunglasses, popping bubbles as you go. The Vancouver act makes no effort to hide the song’s sugary elements, be it the singular guitar line of the bright keyboard chords that recall the feel-good pop of Bishop Allen. Thankfully, the band’s lush lyrics come across more in the vein of Yo La Tengo than Belle & Sebastian, balancing the mix so you don’t leave with a cavity. There’s plenty of time to memorize each line without losing that sugar high before Playland drops May 20th via Mint Records. –Nina Corcoran

05. Andy Stott – “Butterflies”

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Photo by Nina Corcoran

When you hear cold, harsh industrial noises morphed into the beat of a smooth dance song, it’s safe to put your money on Andy Stott as the song’s creator. On “Butterflies” — the lead single off his upcoming LP, Too Many Voices, due out April 22nd via Modern Love — Stott tries something new. That industrial house takes shape in light, spacious, swan song gloss that’s still slightly … off. It’s easy to find his name stamped on the work, so don’t fret, but it enters territory usually left untouched by a man like himself. For starters, “Butterflies” references Dead Can Dance as much as it does Ryuichi Sakamoto. It’s an unexpected shift, but one that’s easy to welcome given Stott pulls it off seamlessly. –Nina Corcoran

04. ScHoolboy Q – “Groovy Tony”

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It’s been a while since we last heard from the cacophonous Black Hippy member Schoolboy Q with 2014’s Oxymoron. Well, the wait is over as he returns with the gritty and hellish “Groovy Tony”. The music video looks straight from the set of Sin City with noir film qualities. It’s a menacing universe where dead bodies and demolished cars litter the streets and “Groovy Tony/No face killa” is king. The creepy production of simple percussion and eerie synths accompany Q’s references of his West Coast, gang-bang roots. Luckily TDE’s president says the album will arrive before summer. Q season is approaching. –Alejandra Ramirez

04. Dave Harrington Group – “Social & Folk”

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While Darkside, the duo between Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, is no more, it seems like the latter has kept busy with his Dave Harrington Group project. In support of their forthcoming Become Alive LP, which will be out April 15 via Nicolas Jaar’s imprint, Other People, the group have announced a tour and released a new bonus track entitled “Social & Folk”. This track follows the release of the brooding “Become Alive” and space jam “White Heat”. “Social & Folk” treads along the line of “White Heat”, its sinuous horns and nuanced percussion coalescing into an ethereal jam as Harrington and friends explore the headier lengths of ‘60s and ‘70s jazz. –Alejandra Ramirez

02. KAYTRANADA feat. Anderson .Paak – “Glowed Up”

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“Lately I been glowed up/ Feelin’ like the only one out here,” Anderson .Paak drops in a hazy sing-song on the latest taste of KAYTRANADA’s debut album, 99.9%. The five-minute track could be split in two pieces, if the transition weren’t so damn seamless; the first half uses booming sub bass and Andy’s skittering flow for an ecstatic club jam, while the latter infuses some jazz into the rhythm section, .Paak’s voice taking on a more soulful smooth. There’s a real magic to his airy vocals harmonizing with the synths, while KAY builds a stuttering jazz beat and limber bass behind him. All things bode well for 99.9%, which drops May 6th via XL. –Adam Kivel

01. Tunji Ige – “Bring Yo Friends”

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Were I to compile a list of rappers primed to drop an absolute summer staple, Tunji Ige’s name likely wouldn’t have been too close to the top. And yet here comes “Bring Yo Friends”, the Tunji/Noah Breakfast co-produced jam that’ll be lodged in your head long after we can actually roll down the street with this one blaring, rather than just dreaming of it. Ige uses the word “yeah” maybe a hundred times on the three-and-a-half-minute track, and the positivity is downright infectious. “Monster like Sully/ Tunji getting gully/ Maybe cause I’m Flyer than a broad street bully,” he drops, referencing Monsters Inc., the Philadelphia Flyers, and his own street cred in a single burst. “Bring Yo Friends” comes from the recently released Missed Calls EP— Adam Kivel

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