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Top 10 Songs of the Week (5/13)

This week's list contains absolutely no Radiohead. Well, probably no Radiohead

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    Well, Radiohead’s back. It’s all anybody is talking about. Whether you’re exhausted from talking so much Radiohead or tired of everybody else talking about Radiohead, we’ve got the antidote for you. This week, we scrambled across the world and the genre map to collect 10 excellent new tracks to get you geared up for the next inevitable massive release. Or the next Radiohead album. Who knows: They might just surprise us again next week. But probably not. But maybe.
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    10. Cassy – “Route to Thonon”

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    After a decade of showcasing the best of underground house and techno, Los Angeles’ Cassy is now set to reveal her debut artistic creation. Dubbed Donna, the June 24th release (via Aus Music) is the result of the highs and lows experienced during a period of divorce, relocation, and childbirth. Without even a single spoken work, “Route to Thonon” amplifies the anxiety at the base of so many of these uncertainties — a multitude of layers attacking the dance floor equilibrium. A relaxed puppeteer, Cassy pushes these elements to combative depths as she reclaims her live emotive mastery and the single’s hypnotic groove. A definite inclusion to your 3 a.m. playlist this weekend. —Derek Staples


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    09. Avers – “Everything Hz”

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    So, you just graduated. Now what? If looking for some motivation, probably best not to look at Richmond, VA’s Avers. Unless you already have some dream job locked up, Avers’ Alexandra Spalding is offering some exceptionally sound advice: “These are the days when everything hurts.” The first single pulled from Omega/Whatever, out July 29th via EggHunt Records, “Everything HZ” is a garage rock anthem aimed at every disenchanted early-twentysomething of 2016. Fuck that updated CV, grab a cold pint, light up a fat joint, and dive into wave after wave of distorted rock bliss. –Derek Staples


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    08. River Tiber – “Acid Test”

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    Between Montreal’s KAYTRANADA and Toronto’s River Tiber, Canada’s got the makings of a really funky dance party. The producer/vocalist born Tommy Paxton-Beesley aims to match KAY’s recent excellent record, 99.9%, with his upcoming LP, Indigo. As a preview, “Acid Test” more than whets the appetite. It’s a smooth jam full of echoed falsetto, spacy atmospherics, and dreamy lyrics. “We’ll all be in the same dream, all the colors glowing,” Paxton-Beesly offers in the track’s middle, and it’ll feel like you’re already there. The self-released Indigo drops June 24th. –Adam Kivel


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    07. Jackal Onasis – “The New Ron”

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    Brooklyn can’t help but mix and match its musicians. Jackal Onasis sees guitarist/vocalist Alex Molini (ex-Dirty Dishes, Stove), drummer/vocalist Jordyn Blakely (Stove), and bassist Chris Colli (Sickhead) team up for a crunchy ’90s sound that keeps its mood light. On single “The New Ron”, the three pry through a trove of noise pop shoegaze, Blakely’s sugary vocals just sedative enough to let the guitar’s roughness never hurt you, even when it picks up the faintest hint of Dinosaur Jr. melancholy during a solo. It’s a welcome introduction to Big Deal Party, their upcoming LP, out June 27th on Exploding in Sound. –Nina Corcoran


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    06. Stephen Steinbrink – “Building Machines”

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    The latest from Arizona-bred songwriter Stephen Steinbrink opens with a sweaty, droning guitar lick and will hypnotize you with its twinkling beauty. But then Steinbrink’s vocals do their own share of twinkling, his airy harmonies blending and smearing across the desert sky. “I remember you/ From when I was small/ The silence there/ Was deafening,” he intones before a wash of noisy guitar pushes its way into the mix. It’s a deliriously pretty tune and a reason to get excited for his upcoming album, Anagrams, out July 1st via Melodic. –Adam Kivel


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    05. Maria Usbeck – “Jungla Inquieta”

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    I sincerely hope Maria Usbeck collects frequent flier miles. The singer-songwriter recorded her debut album at various studios around the world over the last three years, an itinerary noted on the Souncloud page for her stunning new song, “Jungla Inquieta”: “Ecuador, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Barcelona, Lisbon, Easter Island, Costa Rica, Florida, L.A., and her home in Brooklyn.” The record (co-produced by Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek) is full of immaculately arranged instruments, this one driven by xylophones, syncopated percussion, and her smoky vocals. Don’t let this one slip under your radar. Usbeck’s debut, Amparo, drops May 27th on Cascine in North America, Labrador in Europe, and Rallye in Japan. –Adam Kivel


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    04. Tobacco – “Gods in Heat”

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    Black Moth Super Rainbow are an acquired taste, but when their psych pop music hits, boy does it feel incredible. The band’s semi-frontman Tobacco steps up his commitment to crunchy distortion on “Gods in Heat” — a single that makes it clear his fourth solo album, Sweatbox Dynasty, won’t disappoint when it drops August 19th via Ghostly International. The single stomps with menacing bass before mystical synth twinkles over it, transcending the heaviness before Tobacco pauses everything. The gap allows for the same groove that drives Black Moth Super Rainbow’s music, resulting in a contrast of absurdities, dense noise, and cartoonish vocals that need to be blasted during a summer evening, even if his “na na na’s” sound like a satanic version of Pink. —Nina Corcoran


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    03. Brasstracks feat. Jay Prince – “Good Love”

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    Prepping for the release of their forthcoming EP, Good LoveBrasstracks recruited UK rapper Jay Prince, and the collaboration fits perfectly. The duo of Conor Rayne on drums and Ivan Jackson on trumpet create a nuanced twist on jazz that coalesces hip-hop, funk, and soul. The lead single and title track of that EP features Prince’s laid-back delivery and feel-good ruminations. Any fan of The Roots or Erykah Badu should be able to appreciate the tune as it lingers along the lines of R&B with its booming, melodic horns, in-the-pocket percussion, and erratic, jazzy licks. –Alejandra Ramirez


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    02. Boris – “Are You Ready?”

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    Ten years ago, one Japanese sludge act released an LP that seemed to come out of nowhere and give the scene a stir. Now, Boris is a household name — at least in the metal community. Their melodic, raucous, aggressive full-length Pink boasts a massive sound for a trio of skinny kids, and to celebrate its anniversary, they’re releasing a deluxe edition with previously unreleased songs from those same sessions on an accompanying LP, Forbidden Songs, out July 8th via Sargent House. “Are You Ready?” should get you as excited as ever for their return. A massive wall of sound bursts out of their amps, Atsuo’s drumming more urgent than ever and Wata’s guitar lines zipping around, all while Takeshi hollers louder and louder until his own voice scratches, letting a few yells out during the outro. –Nina Corcoran

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