Funky Jams From Nite-Funk and 2ToneDisco And Another Stellar New Track from The Avalanches In The Top Songs of The Week June 18 - 24
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:59:00
This week was peppered with new tracks from Devendra Banhart, Miguel, Jeezy, and Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris. Without going into too much detail, we can tell you they're worth your while to check out. Jeezy's "Magic City Monday" [ft. 2 Chainz and Future] is energetic and vital-sounding, it pairs well with another of our runner-ups, Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris's collaboration "Hype," which, you know, lives up to it's title.
The top songs of the week sprung from a
gym locker room crime scene lab bearing the marks of rap, funk, disco, electronic, and post-classical. The new tracks you need to live the entitled life you deserve only on the weekend have been prepared by hands that could have been the hands of a gardener. Hands that can make life seem to spring alive with forceful buoyancy and upwards trajectory. Seasonal change and the change of one's brain chemistry are intermixed in these tracks. Like a gardner, Gucci Mane sprung from behind bars when his sentence was up. But Gucci Mane is not known for gardening, he's known for rapping. The Avalanches are known for being reclusive, and yet, here they are, back again in our top songs of the week - the nerve of those guys!
Nite Jewel and Dam-Funk collaboration "Let Me Be Me" (as Nite-Funk) is a bold plundering of the cheesiest sounds of yesteryears. While 2ToneDisco serve up the cheesiest self-aware sounds of today, giving new meaning to ‘everything but the kitchen sink' on their hopelessly/delightfully modern pop song, an ode to junk food. Ian William Craig takes us on an all-too-rare place of frightful introspection, a mature face-to-face with suffering that puts the higher-highs on this list, in perspective, that much higher.
Gucci Mane was recently released from the state penitentiary, and accordingly he's got a lot of ideas about the state of rap. On "All My Children" Gucci is convinced everyone is his child. By everyone, we mean rappers. Everyone wants to be a rapper these days - everyone is at least a potential rapper - so you could also say Gucci's taking aim at everyone. While there are ways to dispute claims like these, you don't really want to make Gucci mad, so you should just take his word for it. You belong to Gucci. "All My Children" is currently streaming on Apple Music and available on iTunes.
Nite-Funk - Let Me Be Me
Nite Jewel and Dam-Funk are two L.A. musicians known for digging up discarded sounds from the past; finding new expressions in yesterday's kitch. Based on their common sensibility, it makes perfect sense that the pair should collaborate. "Let Me Be Me" is the first taste from Nite-Funk's forthcoming debut EP, and what a funky taste it is.
Then there's the universal feeling of hunger. What's worse than sometimes not knowing what to do about it? Barring a starvation situation, not much! "What's for dinner tonight?" The question ricochets around the dimensions of your skull as neurons fail to signal the right solution to problems posed by your grumbling stomach. This song has got you covered bro.
The Avalanches - Subways
The Avalanches build-up to Wildflower has now reached it's peak. "Subways" fully recalls the potent blend of pop idealism that made this group's first album, Since I Left You, a classic document for turn-of-the-millennium electronica. The song magically evokes the past while simultaneously creating something fresh-sounding for the present, and with very few words, gives a glimpse of what the future might look like.
Ian William Craig - A Single Hope
Slow build makes for a big sound in "A Single Hope." Vancouver-based vocalist and composer Ian William Craig buries his operatic voice in layers of decayed tape to create a minimalist backdrop of eerie droning that suits the tortured (elusive) sentiment of "A Single Hope." Look for Craig's Centers out on FatCat Records' cousin 130701 imprint.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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