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Top 10 MP3s of the Week (4/12)

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    cassettes Top 10 MP3s of the Week (4/12)

    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. Tiger Bell – “Slaughter’s Daughter”

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    “You better watch out and be nice / I’m a slaughter’s daughter,” howls Tiger Bell frontwoman Lovisa Thurfjell, behind an assault of power chords and cymbal crashes. One could lazily label ’em “riot grrl,” but this Swedish all-female quartet plays a brand of tenacious rock ‘n’ roll more reminiscent of The Donnas than Bratmobil: no feminist political messages, just pure, ass-kicking sass. “Slaughter’s Daughter” is the lead track off of Tiger Bell’s debut EP of the same name. -Jon Hadusek

    9. oOoOO feat. M.L. – “Stay Here”

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    Chris Dexter produces some eerie electronic music under the difficult to google moniker oOoOOO for a few years, but “Stay Here” marks the first taste of his proper debut LP. The twisted synth icicles, helicoptering bass wobbles, and eerie atmospherics are Dexter’s de rigueur, the bassy drop at the track’s end a woozy drift into a demented nightclub. M.L. adds vocals to bring some levity to Dexter’s world, though it’s definitely not all sunshine. “Why don’t you just stay here?” she coos. That siren call should lead right into June 24th’s Without Your Love, the oOoOOO debut doubling as the first release from Dexter’s new label, Nihjgt Feelings (dude doesn’t like Google). -Adam Kivel

    8. Killer Mike – “Villain”

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    “Villain”, the latest cut from Killer Mike, comes via the soundtrack to upcoming superhero fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us. “I’m a villain, I’m a villain,” he repeats through a sinister deadpan – the kind only Killer Mike is capable of. Even the track’s prominent synths have a diabolical feel to ’em, perfect for soundtracking the Joker kicking some superhero ass. Plus, this’ll temporarily stave off our anticipation for the emcee’s upcoming collaborative album with EL-P. -Jon Hadusek

    7. Meat Wave – “Keep Smoking”

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    Chicago trio Meat Wave have more than a delightfully disgusting band name going for them. Much, much more, in fact, including a newly released self-titled cassette through Let’s Pretend Records. The spy theme chord chug that opens the album on “Keep Smoking” provides the perfect entry point to their melodic punk, where swarming bass and knifepoint guitar slash and sting over an incessant rumble. For all of the sneering talk of a “swan song” and waiting for death (presumably caused by nicotine consumption), this is the kind of fist-pumping, melodic punk that makes you feel alive. -Adam Kivel

    6. Chance the Rapper – “NaNa”

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    We’ve been been talking about Chance The Rapper (and his Acid Rap mixtape, due April 30th) for a while now; if that didn’t convince you, maybe Hannibal Buress and Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover will. The two appear in the Buress-directed video for the latest Acid Rap cut “NaNa”. The track is built around a funky bass sample which should be familiar to A Tribe Called Quest fans, Chano surely familiar with the pedigree of Midnight Marauders and “Sucka Nigga”. Meanwhile, the young Chicagoan vows that his heady rhymes “could confuse Confucius” and that he can eat like the supposedly cannibal Idi Amin. Plus, just try to get Chance’s “nya nya nya” hook out of your head. I dare you. -Adam Kivel

    5. Tripwires – “Catherine, I Feel Sick”

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    It’s a summer evening: you’re driving around, half-buzzed, thinking – Tripwires’ “Catherine, I Feel Sick” plays on the radio. Although it’s not the most viscerally exciting track, it taps into a certain mood that every romantic twenty-something can relate to (bands like Slowdive and Flying Saucer Attack were always tapped into such catharsis). Ambient chords float about, and the words of frontman Rhys Edwards resemble nostalgic snapshots of old friends, unrequited feelings, and everyday banalities. The song will be included on Tripwires’ debut LP, Spacehopper, out June 17th via Frenchkiss Records. -Jon Hadusek

    4. The Pastels – “Check My Heart”

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    Though they’ve come back together intermittently, its been 16 years since we last heard a new LP from Scottish indie pop trendsetters The Pastels. That long wait will be over with the May 28th release of Slow Summits (through Domino), and early taste “Check My Heart” hits the sweet tooth directly. The call and response male-female vocals swim in the midst of a sunny jangle, skipping percussion peppering the mix. “I wanted a lifetime, not just to fall in your arms,” Stephen McRobbie croons, the romance palpable. Where younger bands might relish the horn section, The Pastels subtly blend the brass into their appropriately warm environment. -Adam Kivel

    3. Queens of the Stone Age – “My God is the Sun”

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    Finally, new music from Queens of the Stone Age. “My God is the Sun” is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming LP, …Like Clockwork (out June 4th via Matador), and it certainly scratches the QotSA itch we’ve been coping with for the past six years. Apparently, Josh Homme took some vocal lessons during the hiatus, because he sings almost operatically here, hitting his trademark falsetto in addition to diving down to lower registers for the chorus. And those pounding drums? All Dave Grohl. It’s the first time we’ve heard him alongside Queens of the Stone Age since 2002’s Songs for the Deaf. -Jon Hadusek

    2. TNGHT – “Acrylics”

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    Lunice and Hudson Mohawk seem hell-bent on taking over the world as TNGHT, and new track “Acrylics” is the next round of shelling on your eager brain. The track builds off of an eerie music box twinkle, only to develop into a concussive mix of sub-bass kicks, chanted vocal samples, and drum line snares. The fanfare doesn’t end there, buzzing synths stuttering out an anthemic, fist-pumping progression. While their increasingly rare tracks are getting snapped up by the rap world, this one should get the fury going on the duo’s upcoming tour even without any features. -Adam Kivel

    1. The National – “Don’t Swallow the Cap”

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    The National have become one of rock music’s most reliable creative forces – every single, every track, and every LP teems with poignant emotion. “Don’t Swallow the Cap” is no different. The lead single from the band’s forthcoming album (Trouble Will Find Me, due out May 21st via 4AD) is a polished crooner that builds and builds over poppy rhythms. Subtle piano chords, floating strings, and jogging percussion lockdown the rhythm as frontman Matt Berninger shakes off some anxiety by admitting that “everything I love is out to sea.” This is an extremely strong single from what we hope is an equally strong record. -Jon Hadusek

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