Lana Del Rey, Selena Gomez, & Aphex Twin Bring Summer Funk In Top Songs Of The Week - July 14
Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:52:01
The first full week after an extended break always feels extra long, but thankfully a number of artists dished out news songs to help raise spirits. The biggest stars continue to grow brighter throughout summer it seems, as Selena Gomez continued to heat heatings up with "Fetish" and Gucci Mane came along for the ride. Meanwhile, Lana Del Rey got a little more sour about the seasonal situation when she teamed up with A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti for "Summer Bummer".
The Dears made swells of sounds as deep and powerful as the ocean on "Taking It to the Grave". Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith announced her new album was on the way, enticing us with its first single "An Intention. And Aphex Twin got technical via "korg funk 5". So without further ado, take a listen to ARTISTdirect's favorite tracks of the week:
Selena Gomez — "Fetish" [ft. Gucci Mane]
Selena Gomez already took summer by storm when she released "Bad Liar". We've had the song on repeat since day one, and it has continued to crawl up the charts and garner admiration. On "Fetish", Gomez continues the good work, bringing rap's hardest worker, Gucci Mane, into the fold. There is little question that the singer has become one of pop's most exciting stars. Even without an album announcement, the music world is already obsessed with what Gomez might do next, and her new track shows her hold of the scene continues to grow tighter. Squeeze harder.
Lana Del Rey — "Summer Bummer" [ft. ASAP Rocky and Playboi Carti]
Next week Lana Del Rey returns with her fifth studio album Lust for Life. We've already heard a number of stellar songs, including the title track featuring The Weeknd. It seems that Del Rey is focused somewhat on collaborative efforts this time around, judging by other tunes set to be released featuring Stevie Nicks and Sean Ono Lennon, as well as this week's two new tracks featuring ASAP Rocky. It was difficult to choose, but we ended up going with "Summer Bummer" for this list, which also features up-and-coming rap star Playboi Carti.
Aphex Twin — "korg funk 5"
For about a decade, few words were mentioned of new material coming from Richard D. James, aka Aphex Twin. Those times have now clearly passed, and this week he released another new song, "korg funk 5," which samples his son's voice. The song is accompanied by an interview with Korg engineer Tatsuya Takahashi. As both another great piece to add to the Aphex Twin catalogue and as a documentation of two artists, from very different fields, who have enhanced one another's careers, techniques, and abilities, "korg funk 5" is an excellent lesson as well as learning experience.
The Dears — "Taking It to the Grave"
Today, The Dears released the second part of their Times Infinity set — Times Infinity Pt. 1 dropped back in 2015. This week they shared with fans a number of songs via their Soundcloud — which sadly may not be around much longer. But sometimes a business' final gasp may be its strongest, and with The Dears willing to share their new tunes via the platform, noise is at the very least being made. Speaking of resonance, "Taking It to the Grave" is one of those tracks the steadily builds as heads towards shore, swelling larger and larger before it crashes across the sonic landscape. It's deep, it's heavy, and it's beautiful.
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith — "An Intention"
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith announced this week that she would be releasing a new album called The Kid come October. Smith is the kind of musician that critics love, but fans may have yet to discover. She seamlessly blends a vast number of styles with often unexpected sounds and creates a complex quilt made up of various strands. On "An Intention", her layerings are textural as ever as they vibrate through your eardrums, slowly, honestly, elegantly holding each delicate part together. If you haven't heard of her yet we suggest just taking a listen.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff