Future, Ani DiFranco, & alt-J In Top Songs Of The Week - May 26
Thu, 25 May 2017 11:52:27
It's been a rollercoaster of a week in the world of music. From Drake's Billboard Music Awards triumph to the sadness surrounding Ariana Grande's Manchester concert. Sometimes music is there to look things straight in the eye and tell us how an artist feels about a situation, at other times it's a deep analysis of self, and, at other times, it's there to help us simply escape. The songs appearing on this week's top songs list cover all of those bases.
Ani DiFranco has always been outspoken about her beliefs and she dropped her newest single "Zizzing" featuring the endlessly introspective Justin Vernon. Future has no problem removing his mask and staring straight into the sun, and that's just what he did by teaming up with another of 2017's biggest stars, Kendrick Lamar, for a remix of his most recent mega-hit. Meanwhile, an English indie rock trio sang to us about a Tasmanian devil falling in love with a swimming woman. So whether you are looking in, out, or are just spacing out, there is a song this week just for you.
Here are our favorite songs of the week:
Ani DiFranco — "Zizzing" [ft. Justin Vernon]
In two weeks, Ani DiFranco will be unveiling her 20th studio album, Binary. We've already heard a number of tracks from the record, but the newest, "Zizzing", immediately captured our attention. Collaborating with the open-heart-sleeved Justin Vernon seems like a no brainer for the artist, and it turns out to be a match made in harmonic heaven. As the Bon Iver leader moans emotively in the background, DiFranco's incisive poetic take center stage smacking listeners with sound and verse. The two musicians bounce seamlessly off one another creating what is sure to be a permanent staple in DiFranco's massive catalog.
Future — "Mask Off (Remix)" [ft. Kendrick Lamar]
If you are wondering how Future's star could shoot any higher, just press play. The rapper has already had one of the biggest years in recent memory, topping the charts in consecutive weeks with two different albums, and now he has taken things to a different level by joining up with another of 2017's biggest stars, Kendrick Lamar, for a remix of "Mask Off" — the song that was already the undeniable champion of the year's winter quarter. Lamar, to no one's surprise, rolls in with gloves off delivering another seminal verse turning the memorable into unforgettable.
Death Grips — "Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix)"
22 and a half minutes of ear-blasting noise that turns one's hairs immediately to the sky — that's what you get when you turn up — and we highly suggest you do — the new track/mix, "Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix)", from nihilistic noise rappers Death Grips. It's only been a year since the group dropped their latest LP, Bottomless Pit, but it's clear they are already deep into their next phase. Unpacking this track will feel like you just got back from six months in Tokyo with Gaspar Noe, but it won't be the dirty clothes you remember in years to come, it'll be the journey.
21 Savage — "Issa" [ft. Drake, Young Thug]
How hot is Atlanta right now? Migos and the previously mentioned Future both hail from the Empire City of the South, and now there is another rap star pushing to the top of the charts. 21 Savage may have been best known for his mixtapes and work with Metro Boomin, but now with an Epic Records deal freshly inked, the rapper seems ready to take the world by storm. How might he do that? By teaming up with Drake and Young Thug for the first song off a still unknown project. Step one complete.
alt-J — "Adeline"
Next week, alt-J will unveil their third studio album, Relaxer. We've already heard two stunning cuts from the record, so it should be no surprise that third single "Adeline" once again raises the bar. The English indie rock trio is able to create mood from melody here, as the longing-filled love song washes over our ears. The band tweeted about the song, "a Tasmanian devil falls in love with a woman as he watches her swim," and there is certainly a natural sense to the yearning felt on the track. Whether this type of love is uniquely human is something we are yet to know, but we obviously already understand how we feel about "Adeline".
—The ARTISTdirect Staff