There’s no better way to kickstart the weekend than with some fresh tunes. In our selections this week, we’ve got both great music and G.O.O.D. Music, including a teaser for Twin Shadow’s new disc and a remix from Kanye West’s dream team. If you’re more in the mood for some new discoveries, we’ve got those as well. Whatever your plans for the weekend, you’ll need these ten tracks to accomplish them; we are sure of it.
Beak> – “Yatton”
The latest cut from Portishead member Geoff Barrow’s Beak> side project, “Yatton” is five and a half minutes of impenetrable krautrocking groove. Rarely do riffs this skeletal equal such captivation, and it all gets better with repeated listens. Rock steady. Beak>’s new one, Beak >>, is due June 2nd. -Mike Madden
Chief Keef – “I Don’t Like” (G.O.O.D. Music Remix)
One of the catchiest (if practically mindless) rap singles of the year, Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like”– a song very much in the same lane as any number of thundering Lex Luger productions — has made a somewhat unlikely star out of the 16-year-old Chicago MC. And now that Kanye West and some of his G.O.O.D. Music buddies have given the cut a reworking, there’s no way the kid is going away anytime soon. Like some other G.O.O.D. singles, this one isn’t without incongruity (see Jadakiss’ too-coarse verse). But if Yeezy’s bars aren’t some of the most entertaining you’ve heard all year, please let us know what amazing planet you’ve been living on. Also, the Chi-Town pride is nice, but the D-Rose shout is, of course, less than timely. -Mike Madden
Drake feat. The Weeknd – “Crew Love” (Star Slinger Remix)
Drake grabbed The Weeknd R&B bro Abel Tesfaye for the gliding Take Care joint ”Crew Love”, and now UK producer Star Slinger (born Darren Williams) has taken the track for a club-happy spin. Structurally, it’s more or less the same as the original, but Williams delightfully colors it all by adding some highly danceable nuance and slowing down Drizzy’s rhyming. What we’ve got here is another testament to Slinger’s versatility, as it follows dude’s also-dope reworkings of everyone from Childish Gambino to The Cocteau Twins. -Mike Madden