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Top 10 MP3s of the Week (6/7)

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    In less than 24 hours, one man came in and swept up all the fortune and glory. But really, who else stands taller than Trent Reznor?

    10. Big Black Cloud – “Cities of the Red Night”

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    Big Black Cloud never sound comfortable on “Cities of the Red Night”, a chaotic slice of noise rock from the trio’s forthcoming Black Friday LP (out July 2nd via Eolian Empire). The aforementioned anxiety drives the song: chords, shouts, and breakdowns are triggered at disruptive intervals. It’s jarring, but that’s the point, as the band hurls raw feedback to back up the pessimistic world view outlined in the lyrics. -Jon Hadusek

    9. Hani Zahra – “Roll Roll Roll”

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    There’s an endearing homemade quality to Brooklyn five-piece Hani Zahra’s “Roll Roll Roll”, which opens with tape hiss and some MIDI keys. The beat bounces along joyfully, like the theme music to some ’70s children’s program, as vocalist/band namesake Zahra puts his Bowie-esque falsetto through goopy amounts of delay. His idiosyncratic brand of psychedelia on display here recalls the work of R. Stevie Moore as well as modern lo-fi popsmiths Ariel Pink and Foxygen. -Jon Hadusek

    8. Angel Haze – “No Bueno”

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    XXL Freshman Angel Haze is the kind of person who will not back down from any sort of confrontation (as evidenced by a particularly nasty spat and resulting traded dis tracks with Azealia Banks). That aggressive confidence continues on new single “No Bueno”, Haze’s venom directed at anyone who dares step to her: “This situation is below me/ I’m your fucking motivation bitch, you owe me.” The grand, dread-filled production features a keyboard set to doomed chorus, skittering percussion, and lumbering bass, all while she breathes fire over her so-called competition. “No Bueno” is the first cut from her upcoming major label debut, Dirty Gold, due later this year via Universal Republic. –Adam Kivel

    7. Hot Chip – “Dark and Stormy”

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    Rather than take any time off after last year’s In Our Heads, London party-starters Hot Chip went back into the studio for new single “Dark and Stormy”. Though they’ve got plenty of other side projects on their plates, no one’s going to complain about new material from their main band, particularly when it’s this sultry. Lyrics about how “we made our own love” melt through the retro synth groove, just as fizzy and intoxicating as the cocktail it’s named after. “Dark and Stormy” will be released on July 22nd as a 10″ vinyl in the U.K. and July 23rd as a 12″ vinyl in the U.S.. -Adam Kivel

    6. Raekwon feat. Melanie Fiona – “Soundboy Kill It”

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    We’ve heard Raekwon rap about the bloody streets over brooding beats and gritty instrumentals, but it’s less often that we hear him in a softer light. “Soundboy Kill It”, the lead single from his forthcoming solo album F.I.L.A, is a more somber affair thanks to producer Jerry Wonda’s uplifting guitar samples and spry percussion. Canadian singer Melanie Fiona lays down an equally lovely chorus as we’re treated to another side of the Chef. Or so we think. Before it’s over, the Wu-Tang Clan emcee tosses in a firm reminder that he still ain’t nothing to fuck with: “I’m an all right villain/ Keep a pocket knife/ If I gotta brawl I’m willing.” -Jon Hadusek


    5. ShowYouSuck – “Watching Walking Dead”

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    Beyond being one of the funniest rappers around, Chicago’s ShowYouSuck just generally seems like a cool dude. A recent screen cap of his Netflix account posted to Tumblr revealed an excitement for new Arrested Development, and a queue including a Zach Galifianakis standup special and a documentary about a font. That cultural hyper-awareness and unique POV continues onto his new track, “Watching Walking Dead”, which references Hershel and The Governor, but also Gremlins and Devo. Mike Jaxx’s lazy synth rolls and slow rhythm are perfect for a long afternoon in front of the TV, something the man with the “best manners in rap” seems entirely happy with. -Adam Kivel

    4. David Lynch feat. Lykke Li – “I’m Waiting Here”

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    I’m not sure I can picture David Lynch and Lykke Li sitting down for a cup of coffee, though if they did it’d be damn fine. But here they are, together on “I’m Waiting Here”, the bonus track from Lynch’s sophomore solo LP. Li plays the Lady in the Radiator/Julee Cruise role beautifully, her vocals gauzily hanging over Lynch’s ironclad blues guitar arpeggios. Though, she’s not just a cookie cutter fill-in, breathy noir depths (particularly in the bridge and spoken word interlude) rather than angelic placidity. The song builds to a soft, graceful crescendo over its five minutes, culminating in a single powerful cymbal splash. “I’m Waiting Here” comes from The Big Dream, due July 15th via Sunday Best in Europe and July 16th via Sacred Bones in the U.S. -Adam Kivel

    3. Beck – “Defriended”

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    Sure, Beck hasn’t released an LP since 2008’s Modern Guilt, but he’s making up for that long time away in pretty grand fashion. Besides not one, but two full albums, Mr. Hansen dropped the standalone single “Defriended”, and its blend of thick acoustic tones and twinkling electronics is a mighty fine holdover. There’s an aspect of Animal Collective to the affected lead vocals, rippling waves of angelic harmony, squonky synths, and heart-skipping percussion, but the comparison comes to its epitome as Beck swims through the psychedelia to repeat the question “Why are you so unfaithful?”  But rather than any aping, this is Beck through and through, as evidenced in his signature charmingly droll delivery and sweetly heady lyrics. -Adam Kivel

    2. Divine Fits – “Chained to Love”

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    Last year’s A Thing Called Divine Fits ­— the supergroup collaboration between Spoon’s Britt Daniel and Handsome Furs’ Dan Boeckner — was a delightful pop album that faded some after the massive initial hype wound down. It’s the fate of so many albums in today’s oversaturated, A.D.D. music climate. Fortunately, Divine Fits have returned with a new 12″ double-A-side single featuring “Chained to Love”, a plodding rocker with bouncy bass lines and melodies. The raspy Boeckner handles lead vocals, setting up a scene of passion: “Under the covers, at night/ When I’m desperate…” The guitars drop out during the verses and surge anthemically when Boeckner hits the bittersweet chorus. -Jon Hadusek

    1. Nine Inch Nails – “Came Back Haunted”

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    After a seemingly endless stretch of soundtracks, guest appearances, and side-projects, Trent Reznor is finally ready to return to Nine Inch Nails. Reznor teased the news in a statement earlier this month, but now things are official. The album, Hesitation Marks, drops on September 3rd via Columbia Records. Lead single “Came Back Haunted” greets fans with NIN’s signature electronics — ominous bleeps and bloops — which gradually build behind Reznor’s melody. “I don’t believe it, I had to see it,” he sings. “I came back, I came back haunted.” -Jon Hadusek

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