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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:13:19
Whether you’re into hip hop, indie, or pop, it didn’t matter this week, as songs from all over the music map debuted on airwaves worldwide. Fresh off his well-received new album, Thundercat surprised fans but unveiling a bonus track from the Japanese version of DRUNK, featuring Mac Miller. Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore called out for love and nonviolence on “Cease Fire”.
Tennis, meanwhile, continued to prep us for their forthcoming album release, which will happen next week, with the debut of “My Emotions Are Blinding”. And in the biggest news of the week — and a last minute addition here — Lorde finally dropped the first single, “Green Light”, from her forthcoming sophomore album. Oh, and we still haven’t even mentioned Kanye.
Without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect’s top songs of the week:
Thundercat — “Hi” [ft. Mac Miller]
“Hi” is a low tempo, groovy jam that is an excellent additive to Thundercat’s already impressive catalogue. Mac Miller fits in seamlessly to the movement of the track that can be found as a bonus addition on DRUNK‘s Japanese version.
Thurston Moore — “Cease Fire”
Thurston Moore’s raging new track is all about love over violence. He explains, “Guns are designed to kill and we, as non-violent human beings, are against the killing of any person or animal. The song is also about the power of love, in all its freedom of choice. A power that no gun can extinguish as love will rule always. Melt down your guns and kiss your neighbor.”
Kanye West & The-Dream — “Bed”
The-Dream originally co-wrote “Bed” with Kanye over a decade ago, and it first appeared as a single on J. Holiday’s Back of My Lac’ album, climbing to Number 5 on Billboard‘s Hot 100. This new version on West’s SoundCloud is lighter and pared-down version compared to the original, focusing on singing from The-Dream, a spaced out, reverb-heavy bass, and simple strings. The-Dream’s vocals pour light onto things, whilst West’s vocals are much less clear. It has almost a new-age gospel feel to it, putting a more modern ring on a track that has been in the Kanye canon for some time.
Tennis — “My Emotions Are Blinding”
Tennis’ forthcoming album, Yours Conditionally, is due out March 10th, but that didn’t stop them from giving us just one more taste before the main course. “My Emotions Are Blinding” follows in suit of previous singles, “Modern Woman” and “Ladies Don’t Play Guitar,” parodying stereotypes of hysterical woman. It’s a timely track made all more compelling by the quality of the construction.
Lorde — “Green Light”
Waiting four years to release new music is a risky gambit. On one hand it certainly builds the hype, but you better deliver, and Lorde does via her new single “Green Light. Is the world in a different place now than it was before the song dropped? No, but the lights do seem a little greener.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff