Sbtrkt feat. Jessie Ware, Sampha and Tic
Mysterious U.K. dance producer Sbtrkt floats the voices of singers Ware and Sampha over a twitchy beat and warm, ghostly synths for a 75-second wisp of a snippet of a track. It's the spirit of Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody?" haunting the club as a benevolent EDM apparition. | More »
These alt-rockers have never been shy about admitting they watched a lot of 120 Minutes back in the day, and on this new track they continue to fine-tune their mix of fuzzy guitar chug and glassy beats. It sounds like the techno side project Billy Corgan never got around to foisting on us circa 1999. | More »
Drake winds up his massive year by giving himself the only award that matters: the gift of reminding himself that he's Drake. Over a Hit-Boy beat that sounds like the Rocky theme dipped in champagne, he informs us that "this shit is not a love song, this a fuck-a-stripper-on-a-mink-rug song." Hey, you can't do that with a Grammy. | More »
The theme of this spirited cover (from Springsteen's new LP, due January 14th) is bedrock Bruce – the struggle for love and prosperity in a nation where, as original songwriter Tim Scott McConnell put it, "you pay for everything." The revelatory beat merges Caribbean percussion, New Orleans swing and Bo Diddley stomp, topped with scorched-earth wah-wah guitar from Tom Morello. It's music that pushes past desperation into the rotten heart of Saturday night. | More »
U2's return starts like funky church–synth-choir hosanna and the gentle hammering of electric piano – and rolls with steady, compelling restraint. Bono fires a few bolts of falsetto in the chorus, and the Edge's terse guitar break suggests the ring of a wounded church bell. But "Ordinary Love" is about the seeds of dreams, and U2 play it perfectly: down-to-earth, while looking up. | More »
"Holding On for Life"
The new LP from Danger Mouse and James Mercer of the Shins is called After the Disco, and that's the vibe here. The duo dive into pillow-talk soft rock and Bee Gees harmonies as they spin a soul-sad ode to a hooker who sounds like she walked out of Steely Dan's "Pearl of the Quarter." | More »