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    Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:37:56

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    This week presented us with no shortage of new songs to choose from. Leading the early summer bounty were songs by D∆WN, Usher, The Stone Roses, Deakin, and Clams Casino. You should also be aware that Rick Ross, Kanye West, DJ Shadow, and DJ Khaled all released exciting new material this week.

    To begin, West employed the entire Good Music roster (of which he functions as label-head) for the banger "Round And Round (Champions) [working title]," from the sure-to-be-released-soon sequel to Cruel Winter-- the appropriately titled, Cruel Summer. Quavo, Desiigner, Gucci Mane, Big Sean, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, and Yo Gotti join Kanye for a good-natured (no pun intended) celebration that's easily applicable to the change in season. The best part? West claims there's a 12-15 minute version floating around his studio he intends to release.

    Rick Ross' "Make It Work," is cut from the same cloth; just replace Good Music with Maybach; Meek Mill and Wale provide the assistance for a very respectable *hard* trap song.

    DJ Khaled's first single from his upcoming Major Key was met with instant success, but with a Drake feature that's pretty much expected. Produced by nineteen85 and Jordan Ullman, "For Free" is a windows-down no-brainer. However you feel about Khaled's social-media presence, it's hard to disagree with Khaled's assertion, here, in his drunken drawl, "summer's ours."

    These songs were tough to top, and yet, improbably, they were topped. Think of them as very honorable mentions. Here's the week's finest new tracks:

    D∆WN - "Serpentine Fire"

    The latest track from Adult Swim's Singles Series is pure bliss from D∆WN (Dawn Richards). The futuristic-dance song was produced by Clark and is available for free download. The only problem is the song ends before you want it to.

    Usher - "Crash"

    Not to be confused with "Crush," the R&B maestro's collaboration with Malaysian sensation Yuna, released in April. This one's called "Crash," and it features Usher in top form, need we say more? Here's what you need to know: "Crash" is one of two new Usher singles released this week--the other, "No Limit [ft. Young Thug]," is for now a Tidal exclusive. "Crash" was produced by Carlos St. John (who also co-wrote the thing with Usher and Lee Stashenko) and
    f a l l e n.

    Clams Casino - "All Nite" [ft. Vince Staples]

    Vince Staples and Clams Casino together on one song is a very good thing. Vince positively shines on Clams' rainforest-meets-Yeezus beat.

    Deakin - "Harpy (Blue)" Listen to the song at Pitchfork...

    Animal Collective's Deakin (Josh Dibb) has been having a productive year. He put out his debut album in April, the kickstarter-funded independently released Sleep Cycle. Perhaps, the least visible member of the so-called Collective, Deakin's now proven he's a compelling solo artist. "Harpy (Blue)" is a beautiful piece of folky introspection--apparently produced for the vegan shoe company, Keep. The song comes with a pair of kicks Dibb co-designed, as a cassette-single, and is streaming over at Pitchfork.

    The Stone Roses -" Beautiful Thing"

    On the heels of their comeback single "All For One"--the Manchester legends' first new piece of music in over two decades--the Stone Roses are back with another slice of trance-induced psychedelic rock. Anchored by a genial breakbeat, and spiked with healthy doses of backwards guitar soloing (Hendrix-meets-Richards)--the lads have still got it.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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