It’s impossible to cover each bit of new music that comes out during the week, so every Friday, we’ll be doing an end of the week music roundup. It’s called Final Track, and we’ll count off a few songs released during the week that are worth giving a listen to.
Today, we’ve got Kanye West and 2 Chainz, Sebadoh, Tame Impala, and more.
“Birthday Song” by Kanye West and 2 Chainz
As smooth as the naked women who appears on the single’s cover art, and to make a giant assumption, just as bangin’. “Birthday” won’t appear on Cruel Summer, but to quote the Smoking Section, “[2 Chainz] has built enough clout from “Mercy” to keep “Birthday Song”‘s buzz fresh until his debut album, Based On A T.R.U. Story, drops.”
“Between Friends” by Flying Lotus with Earl Sweatshirt and Captain Murphy
The latest track from Adult Swim’s increasingly excellent Singles Program has the California-based DJ Flying Lotus collaborating with Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt and a mysterious character named “Captain Murphy” on the contemplative “Between Friends.” It’s totally bewildering, yet completely accessible, like Adult Swim itself.
“Keep the Boy Alive” by Sebadoh
“Keep the Boy Alive” is the first new song in 14 years from vibrant lo-fi rockers Sebadoh, and it’s like they never left. This is the kind of song and news that makes white guys in their 40s who wear glasses and shop at record stores explode with excitement.
“Moonlight Mile” by the Babies
Shaggy garage rock, minus the garage, fronted by Woods’ Kevin Morby and Vivian Girls’ Cassie Ramone, both from Brooklyn. Their second album, Our House On The Hill, is due out later this year.
“Real N*ggas” by Yung Joey with Waka Flocka Fame and Fred the Godson
From Yung Joey’s upcoming mixtape, Along Came Molly. Doesn’t really hide its message, does it?
“Heart-Shaped Box” by Lana Del Rey
“Elephant” by Tame Impala
Is psychedelic funk a thing? Because that’s what “Elephant,” the first single from Tame Impala’s upcoming sophomore album Lonerism, sounds like. There’s even a hint of the blues in there, leading to something more aggressive and immediate than anything from their first album. Kevin Parker sounds eerily like John Lennon throughout, however.