Top 10 Songs of the Week (10/17)


    Narrowing down the tracks that hit the blogosphere and record shops each week to just 10 can be stressful. Often, we are trapped in our own expectations, searching through tracks similar to what has given us excitement in the past. Fortunately, we have the support inciting us to dig deeper. This week, that endeavor has led us to selections across genre divides, from the brutality of the new Unearth to the soul of BJ the Chicago Kid; meanwhile, the apathetic garage rock of Washer balances out the hedonistic urges of Tyga and Kanye. Plus, the week offered an incendiary NSFW collab courtesy of Run the Jewels and Zack de la Rocha. There are enough worries across the interweb, so take a few minutes to escape with this list.

    10. Diarrhea Planet – “Bamboo Curtain”

    Diarrhea Planet - Aliens in the Outfield - Hi Res Cover

    After Diarrhea Planet released last year’s awesome I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, the Nashville band not only took to the road to showcase their multi-guitar attack of pop punk, but also released a string of effective singles, including the Adventures of Pete & Pete-referencing “Platinum Girls” and the Adult Swim single “Spooners”. Now, the band returns with “Bamboo Curtain”, which features unmistakably ‘90s infectiousness in its pop rock hooks. There’s certainly a hint of Weezer, too, along with the band’s Nashville flair. It’s off their Aliens in the Outfield EP, out November 18th via Infinity Cat. –Josh Terry

    9. Washer – “Rot”

    Washer Big Ups

    On Washer’s new song, “Rot” (part of a split 7-inch with Big Ups out November 18th via Exploding in Sound), it’s the guitars that color the empty spaces. Amid a bevy of jangle embellished by angular chords, the Brooklyn duo pump out enough hooks in between the sometimes abrasive, sometimes discordant blasts of noise to make for a post-punk-flavored single that’s both lovable and aggressive. –Josh Terry

    8. Kill Frenzy – “All Night Long”


    Bred in Belgium, Kill Frenzy (born Sebastian Vanschoonbeek) has spent the last few years teasing the camps of dirtybird and Food Music with a steady stream of sensual ghetto-tech and booty-bass exploits. After stints alongside the likes of Sacha Robotti, Claude VonStroke, and J.Phlip, he’s set to debut his first album, Taylr Swft, via VonStroke’s dirtybird collective on November 3rd. After weeks of previewing selections from the release, Kill Frenzy has unleashed the entirety of “All Night Long”. Slow to build, the track is led by a deep, almost unintelligible vocal, guiding the listener deeper into the core of disorienting electro-bounce. Certainly not a banger, this track has you grooving at a pace that’s sustainable for the duration of the evening. –Derek Staples

    7. BJ the Chicago Kid – “Good Karma”

    BJ The Chicago Kid

    Regular Top Dawg Entertainment collaborator and former R. Kelly protege BJ the Chicago Kid got the biggest look of his career singing the chorus of ScHoolboy Q’s “Studio”. Now, with the lushly arranged “Good Karma”, BJ has unveiled a song that’s equally hooky, except this time it’s all his. Whether he’s reaching into the depths of his soul (see the Kendrick Lamar-featuring “His Pain”, off the 2012 mixtape Pineapple Now-Laters) or more pleasure-seeking (“Studio”), BJ makes his presence deeply felt even if it’s your first time hearing him, and “Good Karma” might be his most confident and immediate solo track yet. To anyone looking to replicate that voice with a cover, good luck. Stay tuned for the man’s debut album. –Michael Madden

    6. Unearth – “Guards of Contagion”

    Unearth Watchers of Rule

    A few times per year, you hear that track that has you rethinking your own tastes in music. Not one to normally appreciate a frontman growling at me, the realms of metalcore have been difficult to approach; Unearth’s new single has broken down that wall. The second single from the forthcoming Watchers of Rule (out October 28th via eOne Music) is brutal, full of guttural angst, and pummels from the jump, but it still somehow coaxes you into repeat listens. The more listens, the more one can appreciate the delicate riffs that exist in the depths of this chaos. –Derek Staples

    5. Andy Stott – “Faith in Strangers”


    Manchester dub techno producer Andy Stott has that ineffable ability to make his music sound flat-out better on multiple listens, and with the six-and-a-half-minute “Faith in Strangers” (the title track on his upcoming album, out November 18th via Modern Love), he’s given us even more to unpack than usual. Once again, Stott has recruited his former piano teacher Alison Skidmore for her vocals, and she’s a ghostly presence. It’s the rest of the song, however, that leaves the impression that Stott spends months and months on his compositions: The drums and bass lines are alluring enough on their own, but each texture would be just that if Stott weren’t so talented at pacing and spacing. –Michael Madden

    4. Tyga – “40 Mill”

    Tyga 40 Mill

    Tyga might have just lost the support of Young Money, as he’s threatened to leak his upcoming The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, but the California-bred rapper didn’t let the public fallout slow him down a single step. Tyga has enlisted the support of Kanye West and Mike Dean on production for his newest single, “40 Mill”. During the slow-burner, Tyga makes his intentions clear: “I don’t wanna be famous/ I just wanna be rich.” As recent Twitter beefs have attested, it’s much easier to roll around flush with cash than deal with obligations of celebrity. Tyga remains smooth atop the tormented instrumentals, but one can sense a new fire is raging just below the surface. Listen in at HotNewHipHop here–Derek Staples

    3. Mykki Blanco feat. Cities Aviv – “Moshin’ in the Front”

    Mykki Blanco

    Mykki Blanco has been peerless in the world of hip-hop that lends itself to violent, cathartic moshing since the beginning, but now the rapper and performance artist has cemented that status with new banger “Moshin’ in the Front”. Produced by Naked and featuring cloud rapper Cities Aviv, the song buzzes with rough, scrappy drumbeats and an aggressive bass line that reverberates around a single note. Whatever void Death Grips might have left behind at the intersection of hip-hop and punk has been more than filled with the direction Blanco’s headed now. It might be the heaviest track Mykki has dropped to date, and it foretells great things for the artist’s forthcoming release, Gay Dog Food, out October 28th. –Sasha Geffen

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