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Top 10 Songs of the Week (7/17)

You might just discover that next infatuation

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    We at CoS expect our Top 10 Songs of the Week to feature a couple of tracks from acts you’re already infatuated with, but we hope you close the browser having explored some new territory. Proud music geeks, we still aren’t numb to the intrigue of Lana Del Rey, whose new track already has 2.5 million views on YouTube. If you’re looking for some hooks with a rougher edge, the likes of LVL Up and All Dogs are solid candidates. For those looking for a few weekend party anthems, turn your attention to the G-funk swagger of YG and the epic synth melodies of Eric Prydz. So dig into something new this week, and you might just discover that next infatuation.

    10. The Six – “Nothing in the World”

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    Sometimes the best things in life are the ones you don’t search for. It was during a hectic afternoon that “Nothing in the World’ entered into my consciousness, its infectious UK garage/post-R&B dynamics quickly stealing my attention from the pressing tasks at hand. The delivery couldn’t be more weightless, yet The Six pull heavily at the soul. A free download to thank fans for the growing support (The Six just surpassed 1,000 Facebook likes), the standalone single pulls you closely into its sweet atmospherics, leaving the ills of the day on some distant plane. May that distance offer you a moment to dream. –Derek Staples

    09. Eric Prydz – “Opus”

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    The title itself is audacious. As his career passes the 12-year mark, Sweden’s Eric Prydz unveils his aptly titled “Opus” for the entire bigroom populous during the second half of the summer. The premiere arrives after months of buzz, Prydz debuting this immersive masterpiece to close out his 2015 EDC set. Although it comprises nine minutes of electronic warmth, “Opus” avoids the generic builds of uplifting trance, knowing when to splice the bliss with his signature deep, dark techno textures. If the scene is ready for a new “Sandstorm”, this is high in the rankings for suitable (or should I say much needed) replacements. Prydz is set to release the track July 27th on his own Pryda Recordings. –Derek Staples

    08. CHVRCHES – “Leave a Trace”

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    If it feels like CHVRCHES have been biding their time since their sparkling debut, The Bones of What You Believe, you might not have been to a festival in a while. The Glasgow three-piece have been touring relentlessly in the past two years, and now they’ve made the fruits of that labor available even to the housebound. “Leave a Trace” picks up more or less where Bones left off, though its cheeky beat and quick lyrics seem to hint that CHVRCHES have been blasting some HAIM on the road (and maybe even the Haim sisters’ buddy Taylor Swift). It bodes well for the band’s sophomore effort, Every Open Eye, due September 25th–Sasha Geffen

    07. Dilly Dally – “Desire”

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    Dilly Dally’s forthcoming debut album, Sore, comes coated in a lot of blood. When you hear the way Katie Monks sings, all the bleeding makes sense. She howls like she’s ripping her throat apart, like she heard Nirvana’s  “You Know You’re Right” and decided to start a band on the spot. But “Desire” isn’t all doom and death; it’s not even all grunge. Monks growls with the best of them, but her bandmate Liz Ball threads the track with enough clever guitar lines to loosen the grit and give the whole affair an effervescent pop edge. It’s a simple enough song, but one loaded with enough charisma to keep Dilly Dally on our radar until their album comes out October 9th. –Sasha Geffen

    06. Saba feat. Tink – “Temporary”

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    While Chicago hip-hop is often viewed as a scene of opposing worlds (Chance vs. Keef, etc.), both Saba and Tink are artists who could go in a number of musical directions. “Temporary”, a hazy drift produced by CHAD, is neither conscious rap nor drill, nor any one thing in between; it’s just the sound of two versatile up-and-comers finding a single level they both work well on. Here, Saba puts a microscope on the changing nature of life and his surroundings. Meanwhile, Tink hybridizes her singing and rapping, her delivery most direct when she goes, “Fuck you and your opinions.” It’s a statement of resilience against incoming clouds of doubt. –Michael Madden

    05. YG – “Twist My Fingaz”

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    “Twist My Fingaz”, the first single from YG’s upcoming sophomore album, Still Krazy, is a subtle change-up for the Compton rapper while still staying in the milieu of contemporary West Coast hip-hop. Sampling Funkadelic’s “One Nation Under a Groove”, it’s a slab of G-funk with grooves thicker than anything on his relatively sparse debut, My Krazy Life (even though virtuoso producer/session musician Terrace Martin had credits on that album, too). A month after being shot in the hip at a Los Angeles studio, YG sounds eager to get back on his feet, full force. “I really got something to say: I’m the only one that made it out the West without Dre,” he raps. And even if the song owes a debt to Dr. Dre’s work, YG won’t have issues moving forward with his vision and his vision alone. —Michael Madden

    04. LVL Up – “Proven Water Rites”

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    LVL Up aren’t beating around the bush with the title of their new 7-inch, Three Songs. But don’t let that or their college rock leanings lull you into an assumption of simplicity. There’s a shimmering darkness to highlight “Proven Water Rites”, like the moon shining down on the ocean at night. The lyrics blend ritual mysticism (“Say this nine times/ In time/ Bring me back to life”) and lovelorn angst (“Remember me when you wake up in the morning”). Combined with low-end chug and eerie guitar noise, that engaging depth makes questionable magical rites sound like the perfect solution. Three Songs is available to stream on SoundCloud.  –Adam Kivel

    03. All Dogs – “That Kind of Girl”

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    Columbus, Ohio quartet All Dogs make anger lovable and approachable on their new single, “That Kind of Girl”. “And I know that I am always fucking up your world,” Maryn Jones begins, going on to wish that person gets whatever they want, but also insisting that they “stay away.” While many songs about heartbreak or hurt seethe and spit angrily, and others wallow and wail, “That Kind of Girl” captures the reality of every emotion jumbling and fighting for dominance. And, after listening, you can’t help but feel all those emotions along with Jones, hoping that though she is “underneath the water,” she succeeds in “kicking every day.” Fittingly, All Dogs’ upcoming album takes its name from that promise to keep trying — Kicking Every Day hits shelves August 28th via Salinas Records. –Adam Kivel

    02. Protomartyr – “Why Does It Shake?”

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    Both the American origins of punk and the late ’70s’ transatlantic interpretations are present in the music of Protomartyr, a group led by Joe Casey, a Detroit native but a spiritual descendent of UK frontmen like Ian Curtis. After releasing Under Color of Official Right last year, they’ve announced a follow-up called The Agent Intellect, and “Why Does It Shake?” is the lead single. A volatile post-punk grind, it clamps down haltingly when Casey chants a pair of questions starting with the song’s titular one: “Why does it shake, the body? Why does it move, the fear?” See what answers he finds when the rest of The Agent Intellect, Protomartyr’s third album, comes out October 9th via Hardly Art. –Michael Madden

    01. Lana Del Rey – “Honeymoon”

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    If Ultraviolence marked a shift away from the colorful production that crowded Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die, then “Honeymoon”, our first glimpse of her upcoming album and its title track, is the next logical step. The swelling new single hones in on just strings, piano, brushed drums, and Del Rey’s elegant voice, layered over itself in delicate harmonies. Like most of her ballads, the song addresses a troubled lover with references to fast cars and moody colors. It feels born out of the same impulse that engendered Del Rey’s breakout single, “Video Games”, but after years of refining her songwriting, she’s able to balance on a much finer edge. This song could be a movie all in itself — its characters feel that vivid. –Sasha Geffen

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