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    Fri, 20 May 2016 16:34:39

    BADBADNOTGOOD [ft. Sam Herring] and Erykah Badu Appreciate The Quiet Storm In The Top Songs of the Week - May 13-20 -

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    This week was especially kind to us in the form of synergistic pining. Here's what we mean: four of the top songs of the week were inspired collaborations (the outlier, Father John Misty, rounded off our picks for the sweetest jams). Jam--now that's a word that sticks, when talking about the week's crop of new tracks. Jazz pianist Robert Glasper's been cooking up an ambitious Miles Davis tribute album called Everything's Beautiful, where Miles Davis samples serve as jumping off points for jazz-infused chimeras, like the soulful "Maiysha (So Long)," we got the chance to hear this week. The new jam from Joey Purp is ready for summer, coming off like some vintage Neptunes, the track goes down smooth. You know this is pop in the best sense; in the way that it's over before you're ready for it to be (but, hey, that's what the repeat button's for).

    Joey Purp wasn't the only well-staged come-on released this week, Father John Misty made moves on "Real Love Baby." Classixx get euphoric with Passion Pit on "Safe Inside," AKA the auditory equivalent of a liter of Frappuccino. We also heard a reflective, mature version of pop romance on BADBADNOTGOOD's "Time Moves Slow [ft. Sam Herring]," tailor-made for the inevitable balmy come-downs to come.


    Erykah Badu - Maiysha (So Long)

    Erykah Badu lends her signature pipes to this radiant, cosmic soul-dance (think: Flying Lotus), that gives a new life to Miles Davis' song, originally released on 1974's Get Up With It.


    Joey Purp - GIRLS @ [ft. Chance the Rapper]

    Here's a party-starter if there ever was one. Joey Purp's "GIRLS @" gets just the right amount of swagger to stir the pot without stepping on the titular girls' toes; like a caricature of machismo that has the audacious charm of a hot and bothered schoolboy, who's like a total sweetheart when he's not with his boys. Fellow Chicagoan, and man-of-the-moment, Chance the Rapper delivers a guest spot that's--as ever-on point.


    Classixx - Safe Inside [ft. Passion Pit]

    L.A.'s electronica duo, Classixx pack Passion Pit's caffeinated style into a smart neon dance groove on "Safe Inside."


    Father John Misty - Real Love Baby

    This reverb-soaked track from everyone's favorite patriarch achieves a wiley mix of lechery and tender-feeling. Father John probably, totally, sat down to write this song with a clear vision to explode the reductive notion of lust and love being mutually exclusive categories.


    BADBADNOTGOOD - Time Moves Slow [ft. Sam Herring]

    Toronto's BADBADNOTGOOD's latest single is a simmering, wistful slow jam that reaps the benefits of a Sam Herring feature. The Future Islands' frontman Sam Herring is in top form on this song. He positively rides the snare-brushed beat, while R&B guitar figures gently billow around his words on this hazy track.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    05.20.16

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