1. Tyler, The Creator feat. Toro Y Moi // Hey, You (Unfinished)
Last week, Odd Future’s Tumblr posted an unfinished collab from Tyler and chillwave artist, Toro Y Moi. Toro Y Moi provides a relaxed beat for Tyler’s deep vocals, letting us see a different side to the Odd Future member.
2. The Avett Brothers // Live and Die
‘Live and Die’ is the first single off the Avett Brothers’ album, The Carpenter, due September 11. With it came a stop motion video that advertised a benefit concert family aid organizations in Charlottesville, VA. Can’t help but love some folk with a lot of heart.
3. Bat For Lashes // Laura
Natasha Khan is back with a new single off her third EP, The Haunted Man. Trying to console a friend who is stuck in a lifestyle of partying, Khan’s voice is stripped down and only backed by a quiet piano.
4. The xx // Angels
The xx’s single of their anticipated new album, Coexist, fits well with their established sound; a haunting guitar beneath Romy Madley Croft’s soft voice. At the same time, one can’t help but notice their growth since their title album.
5. Kendrick Lamar // Swimming Pools (Drank)
Instead of falling into place with fellow rappers that endorse heavy drinking, Lamar questions the motive behind drinking until wasted. Can’t help but respect a rapper that raps to the beat of his own drum, and from the sound of this track, he won’t have any issues with success.
6. Domo Genesis and the Alchemist // Elimination Chamber feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples and Action Bronson
Domo Genesis has worked with producer, the Alchemist, to mix his solo LP, No Idols. Fellow OFWGKTA member, Earl Sweatshirt joins in on Elimination Chamber, along with Vince Staples and Action Bronson to deliver free flowing freestyle.
7. Two Door Cinema Club // Sleep Alone
Two Door Cinema can create a damn good dance track, even if ‘Sleep Alone’ is tinged with a lonely feeling. Their second album, Beacon, is out September 4.
8. Crystal Castles // Plague
Released without mention of a new album, ‘Plague’ stands alone, sinister and foreboding. Crystal Castles did announce a new tour, starting at the end of August and making its way to the US in late September.
9. Bloc Party // Octopus
After a brief attempt at a solo career, Kele Okereke is back with Bloc Party and releasing a new album with Frenchkiss Records, Four. The first single is reminiscent of Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm era, accompanied by Russell Lissack’s signature guitar.
10. Flying Lotus feat. Earl Sweatshirt and Captain Murphy // Between Friends
A wonderful collaboration between Flying Lotus, Earl Sweatshirt and “Captain Murphy” (who sounds an awful lot like Tyler, The Creator) was done for Adult Swim’s Summer Singles program. Come to think of it, how has it taken this long for them to collab in the first place?