The end of the year is swiftly creeping up on us, and we’re still waiting for a whole slew of overdue surprise albums. But until those busy stars pay us what they owe us, we’ve still got plenty of new tunes to chew on. This week brought return hits from indie pop powerhouses Chairlift and MØ, as well as a breakout single from young pop punk upstarts Slutface. EMA weighed in on mass shooters, Eddi Front shone some light on mental illness, and Rome Fortune sank into his melodic side — a good mix even for the most impatient among us.
10. MØ – “Kamikaze”
As far as Diplo collaborations go, “Kamikaze” keeps things fairly relaxed, though Danish singer MØ can’t help but leak in a little doomsday. “We got one, two, three until the end of the world,” she sings, as though that’s no cause for alarm, just an excuse to party a little harder while we’ve still got time. Diplo supplies one of his snaking synth riffs, for his part, taking a tip from his work with Jack Ü and practically dueting with MØ’s vocal melody at the end of the chorus. “Kamikaze” could have slipped in easily next to a certain Bieber-assisted megahit, but as a standalone, it makes a breezy addition to MØ’s growing arsenal of singles. –Sasha Geffen
09. Bicep – “Malima”
It’s always heartwarming when we can celebrate some altruism generated from the dance floor. Exploring a new sound some have dubbed “tropical techno,” “Malima” is still the result of classic hardware: the KORG Poly 800, MPC 200XL, TR606, and some analog pan drums. Being totally unaware of how Bicep attacks these legendary machines makes no difference; the ignorance only expedites the emersion into this mid-tempo groove. Grab the track now via Juno and help a battered soul halfway across the globe. Released in conjunction with charity label Craigie Knows, all proceeds go to the War Child organization, which supports children whose lives have been impacted by conflict. –Derek Staples
08. METZ – “Eraser”
Photo by Philip Cosores
Toronto noise rock trio METZ typically sound at least a little post-apocalyptic, as if their tunes are emanating from the bowels of a bombed-out city where the last remaining humans have to gnash their teeth and scrabble through rubble. That’s no different on new single “Eraser”, which opens with a shelling of scattered drums and frontman Alex Edkins viciously chanting the song’s title and only sinks further into the mire. Only a few months off the release of the frenetic, frantic METZ II, the group seems like they’ve still got plenty left in the tank. The menacing, start-stop burner will be backed by a tune called “Pure Auto” on a single due January 22nd through Three One G. —Adam Kivel