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Top 10 Songs of the Week (9/18)

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    While it’s never seemed like a physical fight was going to break out over what would make it into the Top 10 Songs of the Week, some weeks are a little extra contentious. But when you’ve got as many amazing new tracks jockeying for position as we had this week, you might expect some serious passion to bubble up. Luckily, that debate resulted in a bunch of tracks that includes some numbers to fit with the feisty conversation and some songs to cool everything down. Click on and feel the fire.

    10. Guerilla Toss – “Polly’s Crystal”

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    “Polly’s Crystal” is the first we’ve heard from Guerilla Toss since the now New York-based band signed with DFA Records earlier this year. Topping off the group’s new three-song Flood Dosed tape, the seven-minute track plays out like a whole barrel of songs bundled up into one, a musical set of pharyngeal jaws. The guitars scrape up against shrill walls of synth, but the tight, bouncing bass lines are the secret hero of this weird display as they face off with Kassie Carlson’s wild, biting vocals. Flood Dosed sees an official release on October 9th, and Guerilla Toss is currently readying a new LP for early next year. –Sasha Geffen

    09. Zhu feat. AlunaGeorge  – “Vice City”

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    AlunaGeorge lent vocals to Jack Ü’s star-studded EDM collage earlier this year with “To Ü”, and now the UK duo has resurfaced on the new single from ZHU, aka producer Steven Zhu. Armed with classic house sensibilities, ZHU has a subtler hand than either Skrillex or Diplo, and Aluna Francis’ vocals settle comfortably in the mix on “Automatic”, nestled just beneath the rubbery bass line. Her voice laps itself and shifts down a full octave for the chorus, and just when it sounds like things can’t get any more airless, a real life saxophone breathes all over the bridge. ZHU keeps his palette clean and slick, but he sees nothing wrong with letting in a little humor when the mood calls for it. –Sasha Geffen

    08. Jay Electronica – “Holladay (Ruff)”

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    When he actually releases music, hip-hop’s elusive prophet Jay Electronica is about as automatic as his good buddy Drake. But that’s the thing: Unless he shocks the rap world today, he’ll make it to his 39th birthday tomorrow without having released a single album, just incredible individual songs that have some people thinking he’s the best thing to happen to hip-hop since, like, Black on Both Sides, or at least Madvillainy. His latest is “Holladay (Ruff)”, a song that dates back to 2009 and gets worlds farther in its two minutes than you might predict. Produced by Rob Holladay and opening with a bursting, symphonic intro built on Diana Ross and Bob James samples, Jay jumps in to unravel his densely imagistic style. “Puttin’ time in, tryna get a baby out her/ Pull her hair, squeeze her neck, bring the crazy out her,” he raps, presumably about hip-hop itself. Just as long as he consistently pays child support, so to speak. –Michael Madden

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