Young Jeezy feat. André 3000 and Jay-Z, “I Do”
Landing a verse from André 3000, the Big Foot of hip-hop, is a great way to show your industry pull. The problem here for Jeezy, though, is that Drake’s album just had a brand new 3 Stacks feature, while this “I Do” verse has been floating around for over a year. Come on, ‘Dre: goddamn Ke$ha gets a new one, but Jeezy has to settle for scraps?
Cults feat. Freddie Gibbs, “Bad Things” (Remix)
Indie rock + hip-hop almost always = terribleness. This, though — a re-shaped version of retro-pop duo Cult’s “Bad Things” featuring vocals from Gangsta Gibbs — actually works. Then again, Freddie could rap over the sound of me rhythmically patting the top of my head and probably sound cool.
Frank Ocean, “Disillusioned”
Frank dropped two new tracks during a show in London, including “Disillusioned,” above, a typically restrained bit of bass-heavy heartache. This is presumably off his upcoming official debut which Ocean has explained he’s doing all on his own despite access to a certain superstar: “As much as I want to work with [him] … I kind of want to do this without [him], I kind of want this to be done without [Kanye]. I kind of want to do it on my own.” Good luck to you, Frank. You are a proud, foolish man.
Jens Lekman, “I Don’t Know What To Do With This Information”
A new slab of heartwarming depression from Sweden’s greatest-ever export. Eat it, H&M, IKEA, ABBA, and Bjorn Borg!
Florence + the Machine, “No Light, No Light”
The video for Ceremonials jam “No Light, No Light” has all kinds of bizarre masks, heavy religious iconography, voodoo death ceremonies, and fraught foootchases. It would have been creepier, though, if it didn’t also feature what appears to be a bottle of that skull vodka that Dan Akroyd is constantly trying to shill.
Black Lips, “Raw Meat”
The presence of Leo Fitzpatrick — who, thanks to The Wire and Kids, is a legend in two games (much like Pee-Wee Kirkland) — is much appreciated. Even better, though, is fun-loving, rabble-rousing Atlanta punks the Black Lips finally fulfilling their true destiny: acting like the Beastie Boys.
Mary J. Blige feat. Beyoncé, “Love a Woman”
Holy shit! Mary and Bey teaming up to explain how a man should better treat his lady?! You guys had better be taking notes. Also: this would be one perfect power-duo for a Watch The Throne, Pt. 2.
The Big Pink, “Hit the Ground (Superman)”
The Brits’ 2009 debut A Brief History of Love packed the kind of anthemic indie-pop jams adored both by Pitchfork and the soundtrack coordinators for car commercials. And on this new track — the lead single off their new album Future, which is out in January — they prove they haven’t missed a beat. What we’re saying is, clear your budgets, car commercial soundtrack coordinators!
Ludacris, “Bada Boom”
This is so great: Ludacris got mad that Big Sean and Drake, credited as originators of hashtag rap, apparently claimed he wasn’t doing justice to the style, so he dropped this extra-bristly dis track to browbeat the young’un’s. The battle for the heart of hashtag rap rages on!
Craig Finn, Patrick Stickles, etc., “Bastards of Young”
A bunch of people, including the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn and Titus Andronicus’s Patrick Stickles, got together in New York this Wednesday to play Replacements songs at a tribute show. Well, not so much play them as scream them joyously and incoherently. For a certain demographic, this is basically the most fun thing in life.