Top 10 MP3s of the Week (1/25)

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The top mp3s have gone through many incarnations since the beginning of Consequence of Sound in 2007. What used to be an exhaustive roundup of all the singles, remixes, covers, and undiscovered gems emailed to us any given week evolved into a compilation whittled down to our 10 favorite new songs. For 2013, we’re again changing up the format with the hope of giving our selections some added weight. We’re still posting about our 10 favorite songs, but they’ll be ordered in quality from 10-1. Who takes home #1 this week? You’ll have to click ‘Next’ to find out.

10. Casey Veggies feat. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Love=Hate, Ulterior Motives”

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“Love=Hate, Ulterior Motives” is the latest cut from onetime Odd Future member Casey Veggies, a jam that glides smoothly despite it’s kinda-clunky title. Off of Veggies’ recently released mixtape, Life Changes, the uber-smooth combination of Rakhi’s ’70s soul production and glassy vocals from BJ The Chicago Kid start this track off on the ultimate right foot, and Casey throws in a few choice lines for good measure. He’s especially on point when discussing the young guns running the rap game of late: “and I’m only 19, the saga just begun / young kids runnin’ everything under the sun.” -Adam Kivel

9. Julian Lynch – “Carios Kelleyi I”

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Genre-mashing bedroom pop madman Julian Lynch is back at it again, and his latest track, “Carios Kelleyi I”, scrambles and hums blissfully. An early preview of Lines (due March 26th from Underwater Peoples) thumps along on heavy toms and acoustic guitar webbing before falling apart at the seams, only to be sewn back together by electric guitar lace and distorted wind instrument feather-falls. Despite the meticulous efforts of those precise guitars, the chaos at the song’s middle can’t be contained, exploding back to life at the song’s outro like a braying llama. -Adam Kivel


8. Hüsker Dü – “Statues”

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The story goes: In an attempt to get signed by Twin/Tone Records back in 1980, indie rock legends Hüsker Dü recorded four songs at Blackberry Way Studios in Minneapolis, but to no avail, Twin/Tone signed The Replacements instead. Those four tracks were essentially lost in time — until now. For Record Store Day 2013, a limited release double 7” containing the lost songs will be released, and one of the tracks, “Statues”, has made its way online. Compared to the blitzing hardcore punk that the band played early in its career, the track is relatively slow and brooding. Bob Mould’s guitar buzzes away while Greg Norton’s methodical bass line propel forward. Grant Hart takes vocals, screaming and moaning about the boring stiffs, posers, and jocks surrounding him. It’s a document of a band in its infancy, proof that they were observing culture (and were pissed about what they saw) from day one. -Jon Hadusek

7. Chit Chat – “Attitude”

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Anyone professing to be a garage rocker in Ann Arbor, Michigan has a huge shadow looming over them: Iggy Pop and the Stooges. Lucky for Chit Chat, they’ve also got the riffy chops to withstand it. Izzy Johnson’s raw-throated yells embrace the rock ‘n’ roll credo (“wanna move fast/ wanna let go”), and it’s a surprise that that hair-singing guitar solo doesn’t burn a hole straight through the recording. Fans of the San Fran scene take heed: this and the other three tracks on their recently released self-titled, super-charged 7″ EP totally justify a recently snagged opening slot for Ty Segall. -Adam Kivel

6. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down feat. Joanna Newsom – “Kindness Be Conceived”

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The looping two-step of “Kindness Be Conceived” may not actually feature a jug and a washboard, but you could totally picture one or both sitting on stage as Thao Nguyen and Joanna Newsom match harmonies in whatever place Portland has that passes for a country joint. The track is off Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s forthcoming effort, We the Common (due February 5th via Ribbon Music), and the honey-gold back porch strumming is just the sort of thing to ease you through a winter afternoon. When Nguyen and Newsom sing “kindness be conceived / when we wake in the California light,” the warmth radiates emphatically. -Adam Kivel

5. AbdeCaf – “Distress”

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We CoSigned AbdeCaf for a reason: The Miami producer creates sounds that are completely unique, danceable, and meditative. In a musical climate where it seems like you can only do so much before ideas start repeating and rehashing themselves, AbdeCaf takes every electro trope, overused synth, and clanging artificial drum, and throws them on their side. Then, he smushes them together into a collection of sounds that’s both original and compelling. That’s “Distress”. It bleeps and bloops, but it’s desolate. You can’t discern why it sounds desolate; it just does. The accompanying artwork shares that bleakness. -Jon Hadusek

4. Kilo Kish – “Creepwave”

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Brooklyn hip-hop experimentalist Kilo Kish doesn’t rap so much as she drawl-talks her stanzas. Don’t call it lazy or half-assed; her style is slow paced, yet structured and effective. “You make my skin crawl when you’re into me / You make my palms itch when you have to leave” — she says it seductively, as if she wants her skin to crawl, her palms to itch. This song is called “Creepwave”, after all. CRONOS’ downtempo production paints an atmosphere of overturned wine bottles, empty syringes, and 4 a.m. intercourse. The track is the first teaser from Kilo’s upcoming mixtape, k+, which features (among others) Earl Sweatshirt, SBTRKT, and Childish Gambino. -Jon Hadusek

3. Dead Meadow – “Mr. Chesty”

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L.A. stoner rock mainstays Dead Meadow put one foot on the reunion bandwagon back in 2010, re-convening their original lineup with the return of drummer Mark Laughlin. As such, their upcoming double album, Warble Womb, will be their first vintage Dead Meadow disc since 2001’s delightful Howls From the Hills. Xemu (co-run by bassist Steve Kille) has an early taste of the set in the form of “Mr. Chesty”, a sleepy psych wobble laced with laughter purling sweetly in the watery reverb. The weighty bass groove and Jason Simon’s lazy drawl hearken back to their early days, wading in soupy nostalgic wonderland. Plus, the video includes like half a minute of a Swamp Thing drumming, if you’re into that kind of thing. -Adam Kivel

2. Prince – “Screw Driver”

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A couple weeks ago, a rough, unmastered snippet of a Prince song called “Screw Driver” popped up online. It wasn’t long before the man himself released a finished version of the track (along with a colorful kinetic typography lyric video). It’s a rambunctious power-pop hipshaker — the loosest we’ve heard Prince in quite a while; none of the dazzling electronic flourishes or overthought melodrama that plagued his “artist formerly known as” years. He intertwines two vocal tracks that play call-and-response during verses before colliding in unison for the chorus: “I’m ur driver, and ur my screw.” No word on a new LP, but Prince and his band just finished a string of intimate rehearsal gigs in Minneapolis and are supposedly getting ready for a tour in 2013. -Jon Hadusek

1. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper – “Bird Balloons”

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“I’ve had space to think & I think that I’ve grown a little wiser” sings Aly Spaltro on “Bird Balloons”. I’m taking this lyric out of the song’s acerbic love song context because it could just as well apply to Spaltro’s career thus far. With her project Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Spaltro writes, sings, and plays the guitar. She dominates all three facets, and since we CoSigned her two years ago, she’s gotten even better. On this sprawling track, she weaves a tale of heartbreak, teeming with a multitude of emotions — joy, complacency, frustration, blood-boiling anger. The song builds to that last one, and all the while, her guitarwork and powerful vocals mimic the emotive peaks and valleys of her storytelling. “Bird Balloons” is an early taste of one of our most hotly anticipated albums of 2013, Ripley Pine, due February 19th via Ba Da Bing Records. -Jon Hadusek

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