It was a busy week in music, ranging from the frightening Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea collabo “Pretty Girls” to the funky Mark Ronson and Mystikal clip for “Feel Right.” We also got new jams from Prince and Jamie xx. Not so bad of a week, all things considered.
But, of course, there’s so much new music to account for. So, we decided to compile the very best of the songs and videos you may have missed this week.
Courtney Barnett – “Dead Fox”
From her amazing debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, “Dead Fox” is the latest clip from Courtney Barnett. The animated video, bringing Ralph Bakshi vibes, has animals acting like humans driving on a dangerous highway. And also, like humans, a lot of the animals drive like assholes. Meanwhile, Courtney would just like a ride.
Major Lazer Ft. Riff Raff – “2 Cups”
When Major Lazer got its own cartoon show on FXX’s ADHD lineup, we figured there would be some original music coming out of the project. “2 Cups” is actually the theme for Riff Raff‘s character Double Cup, who is a hero-turned-villain trying to thwart, what else, a huge party. The most dastardly of deeds.
Metric – “The Shade”
Anthemic and arresting, “The Shade” is the first time we’ve heard from Canadian rockers Metric in three years. While details on their upcoming sixth studio album are still scarce, this synthpop track with a shout along chorus like “I want it all” is a great sign of things to come.
Tanlines – “Pieces”
Perhaps in a more literal version of the 1992 buddy comedy White Men Can’t Jump, we see the dudes from Tanlines try their best on the rough courts of Venice Beach. Unfortunately, they only look the parts of basketball stars, and get super schooled. Lucky for them, “Pieces,” from their forthcoming album Highlights, is a good enough song for the indie pop duo to fall back on.
Hudson Mohawke – “Very First Breath”
For Hudson Mohawke‘s long-anticipated sophomore album, Lantern, the British DJ and producer dropped this post-futurist clip for “Very First Breath.” With Irfane singing vocals, perhaps best known from Breakbot’s “Baby I’m Yours,” the visuals depict a story of two star-crossed lovers in rival gangs. If only these two murderous goons could get together! Stick around for the twist ending.
Mac DeMarco – “The Way You’d Love Her”
In his signature chill and trippy way (Chrippy? Just spitballing), Mac DeMarco has cornered the market on indie folk songs that won’t actually put you to sleep. His new track, “The Way You’d Love Her,” is exactly the thing you’d hear blaring from a drunken, slumberous backyard party or an actually pleasant day at a music festival. Certainly, there will be more of this vibe on his upcoming mini LP, Another One, due in August.