Hear What The Avalanches Emerged From Their Cocoon to Give Us, "Frankie Sinatra [ft. Danny Brown and MF Doom]," and How Kaytranada Remixed Rihanna's "Kiss It Better" in the Top Songs of The Week - May 28 - June 3
Fri, 03 Jun 2016 16:29:28
The Top Songs of the Week came mostly in the form of lead-singles for soon-to-be-released albums. The Avalanches returned from a sixteen-year hiatus this week, announcing their follow-up Since I Left You in style--with a new song featuring Danny Brown and MF Doom called "Frankie Sinatra." of Montreal have just announced their follow-up to 2015's Aureate Gloom and Snare Lustrous records. They hit us with the first taste of Innocence Reaches, "It's Different For Girls," a quirky upbeat song with feminist pretensions.
Pusha T gave us the first single from his hotly anticipated King Push, "Drug Dealers Anonymous [ft. Jay Z]." Rihanna put out two EPs of dance remixes for ANTI tracks "Needed Me" and "Kiss It Better," respectively. Young Thug shared the first single from his debut album Hy!£UN35, "Gangsta S***."
The Avalanches - Frankie Sinatra [ft. Danny Brown and MF Doom]
The lead single to Wildflower might strike you as an odd choice for lead single: it has a weird polka beat; it samples The Sound of Music's "My Favorite Things;" it is seemingly an ode to Frank Sinatra. If you're in doubt, recall that this is the group who willingly faded into obscurity following their breakthrough album; an early 2000's masterpiece in sample-based, postmodern pop; Since I Left You. Point being, the Avalanches are oddballs and this is their new rallying call.
of Montreal - It's Different For Girls
The name of the album is Innocence Reaches. The name of the game? Pretty much what we've come to expect from the wiley new wave revivalists--psychedelic, playful, bright and sparkly, oh, and melodic. The band's head honcho, Kevin Barnes was forthcoming about the new album's sound, via Pitchfork: "Forever I've been detached from current music," he explains. "I got into this bubble of only being in some other time period. I came up picking apart the Beach Boys, the Beatles, and symphonic pieces. But last year, I was hearing Jack Ü, Chairlift, Arca, and others, thinking about low end and sound collage. It was an extra layer to geek out on."
Kevin Barnes dispatches the song's lyrics through an idiosyncratic feminist lens that yields a comic-tragic sense of trying to make sense of a state of inequality that makes no sense. It's cool!
Pusha T - Drug Dealers Anonymous [ft. Jay Z]
Fun fact: this Tidal-exclusive first single from King Push is made by the same guy who wrote the McDonald's jingle "I'm Lovin' It," T's representatives confirmed to Rolling Stone yesterday.
Young Thug - Gangsta S***
It's hard to believe Young Thug doesn't have a true debut album out yet. Thug's trap sound is indomitable at the current junction in pop, leading the pack with a string of ubiquitous mixtapes, his output has been strong and consistent.
Rihanna - Kiss It Better (Kaytranada Remix)
"Kiss It Better" yielded some top notch remixes from the deft hands of Four Tet and Kaytranada. Because we could only pick one, we went with Kaytranada's, only fittingly, as a victory dance following his sensational debut album 99.9%. Kaytranada's signature waviness lifts the ANTI stand-out into the upper echelon of song-of-the-summer contenders.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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