Final Track: 7 Must-Hear Songs Of The Week

Senior Pop Culture Editor

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. (Banner via)

Today, we’ve got selections from Boards of Canada, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk, and more.

“Reach for the Dead” by Boards of Canada

Daft Punk is SO last week. The new group to fawn over is Boards of Canada, who, like Daft Punk before a few months ago, have been away for far too long. “Reach for the Dead” is our initial ominous, crescendoing sneak peek at Tomorrow’s Harvest, the group’s first album in eight years. You’re up next, the Avalanches.

“Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads

Here’s a rare version of one of the Talking Heads’ most famous songs, featuring Arthur Russell on cello. Makes the track sound even more anguished than we’re accustomed to.

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams

For more on Pharrell’s song from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, check out the Smoking Section.

“Horizon” by Daft Punk

A Japanese bonus track from Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, “Horizon,” has emerged online, and it’s obvious to see why it wasn’t included: it’s more relaxed and contemplative than anything else on the otherwise disco-heavy album. Still great, though, especially for spas and therapist waiting rooms.

“Out of Time” by Stone Temple Pilots

Out of Stone Temple Pilots is Scott Weiland; in is Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. Music is weird.

“Falling” by HAIM (Leonard Friend Remix)

Master producer Leonard Friend reworked HAIM’s enchanting “Falling” from electro-folk into an R&B seducer, with brief samples of Zapp, Phil Collins, and TLC thrown in there for good measure.

“Otis” by Angel Haze and Iggy Azeala

During a recent concert with Iggy Azeala, Angel Haze told the crowd, “No more pitting your favorite female rappers against each other. We are the future of rap.” To prove her point, they launched into a new version of Jay-Z and Kanye’s “Otis.” The future, not so much. More like the present.

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