The Time Out mixtape
The week's best new music, fresh every Friday
Fri Aug 30 2013
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Yoko Ono – 'Bad Dancer'
Here's a match that could only have been made in New York: 80 year-old peace and Twitter enthusiast Yoko Ono has been working with the surviving members of Beastie Boys – the first time Mike D and Ad-Rock have collaborated since the death of MCA last year. The result is this eccentric dancefloor tune, which begins with the delirious declaration, ‘When your heart is dancing/Your mind is bouncing!’ and develops into a bizarre romp of gyrating bass and ecstatic ad-libs. True to form, Oko has produced a song that sounds like a psychedelic dancehall take on Tom Tom Club. It's well worth a listen – just err on the open-minded side.
Wolf Alice – 'She'
North London band Wolf Alice take us back to the peak of grunge on this irresistible new song, in which frontwoman Ellie Rowsell’s vocals range from seductive purring to all-out howling. It's an angst-ridden track that thoroughly deserves airplay in your car with the windows down. If agitated drumming and aggressive guitars were your thing in the ’90s, you need this song in your life right now.
Kim Deal – 'Are You Mine?'
Kim ‘Kind of a Big’ Deal is back. After almost three decades playing bass for Pixies, she left the band last month – and has just released this lullaby-like break-up song. Deal’s soft, wistful vocals – ‘Are you mine? Are you my baby?… Let me go where there’s no memory of you’ should soothe your mind, body and soul, as long as you don’t pay attention to the eerie video. We can’t wait to see what’s next from the ever-intriguing real Deal.
Blouse – ‘A Feeling Like This’
Over the last few years, the New York record label Captured Tracks has been casually building up one of the best indie rosters in the world. They’ve put out remarkable records by Dum Dum Girls, DIIV, Mac DeMarco, Widowspeak, The Soft Moon, Beach Fossils, Minks… and Blouse, whose dreamy self-titled debut album was released in 2011. The Portland trio returned this week with a new single, and it's good news. On ‘A Feeling Like This’, Blouse have solidified their seductive post-punk and swapped dream-pop reverb for the direct attack of new wave, but haven't sacrificed one of their main strengths: the lovely, otherworldly headspace that seems to inform Charlie Hilton’s breathy vocals. You can capture this particular track – and a lot more besides – when Blouse’s new album ‘Imperium’ comes out on September 17.
Big Sean – 'Control'
Big Sean has gone from Kanye’s protégé, via stealing the show on Ye’s track ‘Clique’, to become a bona fide rap star who can garner 1.6 million YouTube views in a week. This lengthy offering features a busy, alarm-bell-laden beat akin to early Jay-Z, with Sean opening with a few immensely quotable quips: ‘You write your name with a Sharpie,’ for instance – ‘I write mine in stone.’ But the song’s supernova of soliloquys belongs to collaborator Kendrick Lamar. His tirade against MC competitors, including Big Sean himself, has caused a media storm. Lamar challenges Drake, Wale, Pusha-T, A$AP Rocky and about two dozen others in what could be the catalyst for a new era of hip hop rivalry. Stay tuned for responses.
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