Week three of the program, and we’re glad you keep comin’ back. Thanks for everyone’s suggestions as we continue to tweak this new feature. One new incentive: You can now download the mp3 of a song (that is, if it’s available), so you can add these newly minted tracks to your virtual music shelves. Outside of that, every song in this week’s entry is serving aces like Federer. From Bonnie Raitt covers, to dub-lounge jams, to a nine-and-a-half minute pop-psych journey, here’s what’s floated our boats through the chop of this week. It’s summer, so turn it up.
Gold Panda – “MPB”
Before the glitched and pinched house beats kick, there’s a little marimba riff that keeps the track in the air. Gold Panda loops in layer after layer of synth riffs, but the track remains as curious and wistful as the initial moments with the marimba. Could be for a club, but mostly “MPB” is some electro for a sunny day.
Weird Owl – “Built Your Beast A Fire I”
“Build Your Beast A Fire I” (I= “part 1”, not the proper pronoun), a new track from the Brooklyn psych-rock group is too short, so it initially pissed me off. But this teaser from their forthcoming album of the same name awoke all those dormant Deep Purple vibes, mixed with some transcendental riffage, which the band describes “as krautrock channeled through the goings-on at an Ayahuasca freakout.” With that, I got over my anger forthwith and just put this song on repeat.