M.I.A., DJ Khaled, & Alvvays Score Top Songs Of The Week - June 9
Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:12:42
There are so many opinions on music out there and often they end up dividing us. This week, however, we were reminded about how music can unite. With that on our mind, and remembering the healing power of music can have no matter where it comes from, we put together our list of top songs making sure to grab tracks from across a variety of genres.
M.I.A. returned with her most positive and pop heavy track in ages, and it's a true reminder of the variety of her abilities as well as the love she has for her fans. Death From Above got their name back and released "Freeze Me". DJ Khaled, meanwhile, got together with another of the world's biggest superstar for what is surely another competitor for song of the summer. And that was only the begging for a week filled with new songs, so without further ado here are our favorites:
M.I.A. — "Goals"
Last year, M.I.A. released AIM, which might be her final album, but thankfully it wasn't her last piece of music material. This week, the British songmaker debuted "Goals" ahead of Meltdown Festival, which she curated. She wrote the song is, "DEDICATED TO MY HARDCORE FANS THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNFALTERING DEDICATION AND SUPPORT. YOU HAVE GIVEN ME A SLIVER OF HOPE IN HUMANITY." It has been awhile since we've heard M.I.A. spin this kind of positive pop gold, and acts as a reminder that she can do anything she decides to.
Death From Above — "Freeze Me"
Death From Above 1979 is finally just Death From Above again. Seemingly in celebration of the return to their original moniker, the band got on MistaJam's BBC Radio 1 show and unveiled "Freeze Me". According to MistaJam it's the "hottest record in the world," and we wouldn't disagree. The band last released The Physical World back in 2014, whether or not this new track ends up on a new album we will have to wait and see, as the band did not comment on whether a new album was in the works. We sure hope it is.
Alvvays — "Undertow"
Alvvays blew critics and fans away with their self-titled debut album, which means there is plenty of weight on their second. The band has taken their time with record, and this week announced it'll be out September 8th and titled Antisocialites. Judging by the album's first single, it doesn't seem like they will be following victim to the dreaded sophomore slump. It's the kind of hazy, sad summer song that will get you from one summer romance to the next. So if things don't go your way in June, don't let it drag you down, just turn up "Undertow" and know they won't (apologies) alvvays be that way.
DJ Khaled — "To The Max" [ft. Drake]
DJ Khaled already has what is arguably the song of the summer with "I'm The One" featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne, and last year the record producer climbed to the top of the charts with Major Key. But it seems like Khaled is intent on dominating all of 2017 with his next album Grateful. Back in February he unveiled "Shining" featuring Jay Z and Beyonce, and he has just been adding superstar after superstar to the record since. This week he unveiled "To The Max" featuring none other than Drake, spurring the question, Is Khaled finally reached 100? We doubt it, but who cares when you're having this much fun.
Tyga — "Playboy" [ft. Vince Staples]
Michael Ray Stevenson, aka Tyga, aka ex Mr. Kylie Jenner, might not still be attached to the Instagram and reality TV show sensation, but that doesn't mean he has given up his playboy lifestyle. The rapper has already released a number of tracks set to be on his forthcoming mixtape #B****ImTheS***2, but it's his newest release "Playboy" that has us talking. On the track he teams up with another California sensation, Vince Staples, and together the collaborators show why they are currently on top of the rap world.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff