Mac Demarco, Nas, & Kamasi Washington Find The Light In Top Songs Of The Week - April 14
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:47:12
It's gonna be hot in the desert this weekend, good thing there is a fresh crop of new songs to keep things fresh. For those not on their way to Coachella, they can rest assured that they aren't missing out on new tracks that have been released in the past seven days. From indie darlings to rap icons, artists stepped up this week to deliver some of the most exciting material of the year so far.
Mac DeMarco unveiled the pensive "On the Level" from his forthcoming record This Old Dog, due out May 5th. Nas' track from the second season of The Get Down was released to the public and it finds the rapper reaching deep into his soul to deliver something timeless. And, for the first time ever — we think — we have two tracks that come in at over 13 minutes. So sit back, relax, and don't forget to grab some snacks.
Here are our favorite songs of the week:
Mac DeMarco — "On the Level"
"On the Level" is the kind of timeless slow jab that packs enough groovy bass and synthy backbone into it that it comes off as real, a theme DeMarco is going for on his upcoming record. It may be a little sugary but there's honest here that can be understood by all.
Peaking Lights — "Everytime I See the Light"
There is something both human and alien about "Everytime I See the Light", the initial bongos and guitar lull you in, but then extraterrestrial sounds take over. The song is a cautionary tale that intends to warn you about what you want, but there's nothing you can do but move to the sounds.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard — "Han-Tyumi & The Murder Of The Universe"
"Han-Tyumi & The Murder Of The Universe" may be a mouthful to say — so is King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard in that regard — but if you are going to deliver a 13 minute track with robo-narration, this is how to do it.
Nas — "Angel Dust"
Nas definitely gets Netflix's The Get Down, and sampling Gil Scott-Heron's classic 1978 cut "Angel Dust" for his song of the same name for the soundtrack was a sheer stroke of genius. Basically, we're getting down with it.
Kamasi Washington — "Truth"
Truth may be 13 minutes long, but it, and its accompanying film, is worth every single second. It's the first new music we've heard from Kamasi since his astounding 2015 LP The Epic, and boy was the wait worth it.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff