Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wu-Tang Clan, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Blossom In Top Songs Of The Week - September 29
Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:08:33
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This was one of those weeks of the year that will come up time and again during the discussion surrounding the best songs of 2017. It wasn't another batch of new artists shining through, rather, some of the strongest artists of the past three decades reminded us why they remain at the top of the food chain.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs gave us two new cuts of the spellbinding grunts that made Karen O a legend just over a decade ago. Radiohead teamed up with Hans Zimmer to redo a classic from one of their more recent efforts.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds pushed past their typical Oasis branding to give audiences a taste of what's next. Wu-Tang Clan, meanwhile, light up universally-despised and recently-imprisoned Martin Shkreli on their new track. So without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect's top songs of the week:
Yeah Yeah Yeahs — "Shake It"
Back in 2003, Yeah Yeah Yeahs dropped Fever to Tell, one of the 00's seminal albums. It contained a raw sexual energy that shot Karen O and company into stardom. This week the band announced a re-release of the record on vinyl, and also shared two new tracks that didn't make the final cut. "Shake It" could easily have been published version back then, but in some ways we're lucky that it didn't because now it's new and fresh to our ears. Sexy, rambunctious, and made of the dirtiest pure rock 'n' roll energy, the band reminds us just how good they've been from the very start.
Radiohead & Hans Zimmer — "(Ocean) Bloom"
Radiohead worked with Hans Zimmer to adapt their song "Bloom", the first track off 2011's The King of Limbs, into a new version which will serve as the intro music for BBC's new sequel documentary series, Blue Planet II. The new version is called "(Ocean) Bloom" and features a stripped down Radiohead that keeps Thom Yorke's vocals forward, all over a building crescendo of Zimmer's epic strings. We can't think of a more mysterious and beautiful choice for the opening sequence of the show.
Wu-Tang Clan — "Lesson Learn'd" [ft. Inspectah Deck & Redman]
Wu-Tang Clan will drop their new album, The Saga Continues, in just a couple weeks, and a few days ago we got to hear another featured track. "Lesson Learn'd" is especially timely, containing a diss aimed at Martin Shkreli, the "Pharma Bro" who recently made news headlines after a Facebook post in which he appeared to threaten former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The post led to a U.S. District Judge to revoking Shkreli's five million dollar bail. Inspectah Deck raps on "Lesson Learn'd", "My price hikin' like the pills Martin Shkreli sell."
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds — "Who Built the Moon?"
Even Liam Gallagher's incessant shade throwing couldn't darken the feelings of a new age dawning for Noel and his High Flying Birds. The ex-Oasis member/brother may have tweeted that Noel releasing "psychedelic music... is like a vegetarian trying to sell you a kebab..." but we're going to guess that for the moment it's just bitterness. Nonetheless, we can't wait for both brothers' new albums to come out.
Lupe Fiasco — "Running from the President"
Lupe Fiasco dropped his new track, , this week, in celebration of the fifth anniversary of Food & Liquor 2. "Running from the President" digs into a number of today's prevalent political issues, a smooth offering that features Lupe bashing at Trump, the KKK, and Brexit. The song hits just days after Trump's controversial comments decrying recent NFL protests, and the rapper swears the president is "on acid", adding, "Flow is European Union, pizza like Brexit/ Was restless, me and chilling go together like Netflix." It doesn't take ESP to figure we'll be hearing a lot more of this Fiasco in the near future.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff