Top 10 Songs of the Week (7/4)

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With the Fourth of July tomorrow, we couldn’t help noticing this list is seven-tenths American. Regardless, it’s a diverse platter as usual, ranging from the delirious trap rap of Atlanta’s Young Thug to an unsurprisingly solid joint from Ryan Adams. It all beats “The Star-Spangled Banner” and, for that matter, England’s unofficial anthem “God Save the Queen”, Sweden’s “Du gamla, Du fria”, and Germany’s “Deutschlandlied”.

10. Lane 8 feat. Bipolar Sunshine – “I Got What You Want (Every Night)”

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Before this week, Leipzig-via-San Francisco producer Daniel Goldstein (aka Lane 8) had managed to stay below our collective radar. After teaming up with Manchester’s Bipolar Sunshine for a surreal, uplifting house collaboration, dubbed “I Got What You Want (Every Night)”, we will be keeping a look out as new singles surface ahead of his forthcoming album via Anjunadeep/Ministry of Sound. –Derek Staples

09. Naomi Punk – “Firehose Face”

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Naomi Punk’s brand of controlled dissonance is nervous, uncertain, and especially provocative on “Firehose Face”, the lead single from their sophomore album, Television Man (out April 5th via Captured Tracks). With its strange time signature — propulsive yet collapsing — and bouts of feedback, the song is frantic in a claustrophobic way, like crowded subways and rush-hour traffic. It appeals more to the mind than body (and the damaged mind, at that). –Jon Hadusek

08. Goat – “Hide from the Sun”

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Sweden’s Goat have announced their sophomore LP, Commune (out September 23rd via Sub Pop), and lead single “Hide from the Sun” serves as a reminder of this band’s originality. Middle Eastern rhythms pace sitars and fuzzed out guitar solos — disparate sounds forged as one — while falsetto vocals repeat the titular command as if to warn listeners of some apocalyptic sunrise. It’s a slab of mystical psych that’s both haunting and catchy. –Jon Hadusek

07. Common – “Speak My Piece”

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“Speak My Piece” — the loopy, no-words-wasted second single off Common’s Nobody’s Smiling — evokes another late-career masterpiece: Nas’ “Nasty”. Though Common is a serious man who has an admirer in President Obama, this is the Chicago veteran at his most fun-loving. Still, the recurring sample of The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize” underlines Com’s own reputation as a nonchalant, first-class lyricist. The 10-track Nobody’s Smiling is out July 22nd via ARTium and Def Jam. –Michael Madden

06. Tricky feat. Francesca Belmonte – “Nicotine Love”

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At first, Tricky was ahead of his time. Recording technology in the mid-’90s simply wasn’t advanced enough to bring the trip-hop genre’s colors and atmosphere to fruition. With “Nicotine Love”, the fast-working Bristol native has crafted a sufficiently sharp waft of bouncing bass and those sprechgesang vocals (featuring London resident Francesca Belmonte). It all manages to evoke both Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Shabazz Palaces’ upcoming Lese Majesty. Tricky’s Adrian Thaws is out September 8th via his own False Idols. –Michael Madden

05. Ryan Adams – “Gimme Something Good”

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Ryan Adams is a subtle shifter of styles, adding and subtracting quirks from his songcraft without losing the depressive introspection that’s come to define his music. “Gimme Something Good” detours from the slow ballads of Ashes & Fire toward more upbeat, bluesy territory; however, he’s still as lovelorn as ever, seemingly stuck in a constant state of yearning. Shimmering, chorus-delayed guitars underlie his words of downerism and hint at a fleshier rock ’n’ roll sound for Adams’ as-yet-unannounced 14th solo album. Pre-orders for the “Gimme Something Good” 7″ single (b/w “Aching for More”) are ongoing. –Jon Hadusek

04. Young Thug feat. Freddie Gibbs and ASAP Ferg – “Old English”

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Young Thug cracks open his first verse on “Old English” with wondrously over-the-top druggy posturing (“800 capsules of molly…”), yet the Weezy-but-even-weirder Atlantan sounds surprisingly focused. He’s easy to understand, at least, and thank God for that considering the absurdity here: “My jewelry gold like the tokens at Chuck E. Cheese!” Atop Salva and Nick Hook’s hypnotic beat, a typically hard Freddie Gibbs and a bilingual ASAP Ferg join in the festivities. These are all very different, very solid verses, and it is a fantastic time. –Michael Madden

03. Titus Andronicus – “Stranded On My Own”

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When he’s not ranting on social media, the oft-hilarious, oft-difficult Patrick Stickles is responsible for some incredible punk music, like 2010’s sprawling The Monitor and 2012’s Local BusinessThough Titus Andronicus previously announced a follow-up, they recently unveiled a new subscription-based singles series beginning on July 7th. “Stranded (On My Own)” is the second single of this series. Beginning at a blitzing pace with crunchy guitars and Stickles’ sometimes indecipherable grunts, the song throws a curve towards the end when it suddenly slows down and features choral background vocals. After such great albums, this song proves that Stickles can still surprise. –Josh Terry

02. The Presets – “No Fun”

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Forget the song title: This track is about to keep revelers sweaty across the globe. Not as heavy on the electro as earlier Presets singles like “Goodbye Future” and 2009’s “My People”, “No Fun” balances the emotive grooves of Pacifica cuts “Fall” and “Push” with the energy of a massive festival crowd. The release of the song also comes with a nifty interactive video, which you can test out here–Derek Staples

01. Spoon – “Do You”

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The main constant throughout Spoon’s 21-year career is Britt Daniel’s raspy howl. While they’ve played around with ways to make hook-filled rock ‘n’ roll, Daniel’s swaggering voice has always sounded cool and punky. That doesn’t change on “Do You”, the second taste of They Want My Soul (out August 5th via Loma Vista). It’s one of the band’s breeziest tracks to date, notching up studio flourishes, background “ooh oohs,” and adding in some piano. While it’s not exactly the R&B-influenced record they promised, it’s close when Daniel sings sweltering lines like, “Someone get Popsicles, someone do something ‘bout this heat.” –Josh Terry

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