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Top 10 Songs of the Week (4/11)

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    Lately we’ve been pondering the topic of musical discovery and how it’s morphed and developed over time. Twenty years ago, a weekly feature like this one was something you’d have to read in a music magazine, hear on the radio, or gather via word of mouth. But times change and the music industry adapts, and now delivery is instantaneous and even spontaneous, with straight-to-the-net releases being the current flavor for both indie and mainstream artists. One such artist was producer Boots, who found instant fame when the surprise Beyoncé album dropped and thousands heard his beats. He makes an appearance on this week’s countdown with some of his own work and is joined by nine other artists who took to the web to share their new songs. No matter if you’re a veteran metal band like Crowbar or an upstart emcee like Lil Herb, the streamable track is the status quo, the ticket to exposure, the modern means of delivery. The overabundance might be daunting and there are flaws in the system, but now everyone — from the famous to the unknown — has a chance to be heard. And even in a diluted wave of mp3s and SoundCloud streams, the great songs will always stand out.

    10. SevnthWonder – “Hear U Callin”

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    Some considered Timbaland a well-known leader of “future R&B,” as evidenced by the new millennium chic of Aaliyah and how he helped Justin Timberlake bring “Sexyback”. SevnthWonder, a tiger-masked DJ from Boston, challenges his title via “Hear U Callin”. His adrenaline-infused remix of the R. Kelly jam “Hear Your Body Callin'” drips with good feelings and should get blasted over club speakers endlessly. Even though Kels’ deep croon is twisted to sound more feminine, the passionate desire for love is driven into the dance floor. –Sam Willett

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    09. Pharmakon – “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” (Nancy Sinatra cover)

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    Last year’s Abandon was a serious statement of power from Pharmakon (aka Margaret Chardiet), a noise album that carried with it the scent of a grim fire. But the ashes that it left behind begged the question: What next? If you had a cover of Nancy Sinatra, you’re the grand prize winner. And while this is a decidedly Pharmakon version of the song propelled by both Cher and Frank’s daughter (smacks of power electronics punctuating the repetitions of the title), the sparse accompaniment leaves Chardiet’s vocals out in the open, revealing a haunting smoke where Abandon buried her howls in grit. When David Lynch gets around to directing his next film, this version of Pharmakon would be an excellent fit. This one comes off of Sacred Bones’ Record Store Day compilation, Todo Muere Vol. 4–Adam Kivel

    08. Denitia and Sene – “Divided”

    denitia and sene 2014 press photo 1a Top 10 Songs of the Week (4/11)Brooklyn’s Denitia and Sene are a male-female pop duo who’ve already mastered their sleek sound, but they’ve never been as unshakably catchy as they are on the woozy, stop-and-start electro-soul of “Divide”, produced by Drake and Earl Sweatshirt collaborators Christian Rich. The song, which will be released as a 7” on Record Store Day, is plagued by romantic regret (“Tell me what I should have said,” wonders Denitia Odigie), but once they stretch out, never before have these two sounded so ready for their close-up. —Michael Madden

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