Category Archives: Hit of The Week

Hit of the week: Warpaint “New Song”

In an Inception-style twist, Warpaint has released a new song entitled “New Song.” The L.A.-based quartet also announced a follow-up to its self-titled record; except instead of naming this LP New Record, it’s called Heads Up. The forthcoming project is due out Sept. 23.

“New Song” is a confident track from Warpaint, driven more by electronica rather than the guitar-heavy Warpaint from 2014. Nonetheless, the new release is a self-assured, danceable tune and promises an electric vibe for Heads Up.

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Hit of the week: Glass Animals “Youth”

On August 26th, Glass Animals will return with their sophomore album, How To Be a Human Being. The follow-up to 2014’s ZABA was previously teased in May with lead single “Life Itself”. Today, the UK outfit’s unboxed a second offering with “Youth”.

Here, frontman Dave Bayley’s breathy vocals curve and meander throughout the stripped-back track. In a statement, he explained the concept behind “Youth”:
“Someone told me a story about her son once that was one of the saddest things I’ve ever heard. What she said was completely heartbreaking, but she told it with such optimism and such a sense of calm. She was on the verge of crying, but she was also smiling and something in her face said that she had found a way to be happy again. This song is trying to get at that sentiment.”

Hit of the week: Wild Beasts “Celestial Creatures”

Wild Beasts are releasing their new album Boy King, the follow-up to 2014’s Present Tense, in a few weeks. We’ve already heard two early singles — “Get My Bang” and “Big Cat” — and today we’re getting a third, “Celestial Creatures.” It’s a glimmering, space-y, restrained track that more than lives up to its name It’s our hit of the week.

Hit of the week: The Avalanches “Subways’

The Avalanches are wasting no time pumping out new material now that they’ve finally completed their endlessly awaited second album Wildflower. Today, you can add the hypnotically smooth ‘Subways’ to the list.

Though there are no guest appearances on the track, the vocals come right from Chandra’s 1980 funk-punk track of the same name. While the original song is a bit of an abrasive, cheeky number, layering the lyrics over a sample of Graham Bonnet’s cover of The Bee Gees’ “Warm Ride” turns them into a summery dream. The track feels more suited for a ride on an over-street transit at sunset than the subterranean transportation of its name, which is just perfect as we finally roll into a new season.The track follows previous singles ‘Frankie Sinatra’, ‘If I Was A Folk Star’ and our favorite of the batch, Colours’.

Hit of the week: Justice “Safe And Sound”

Justice has just released their new song “Safe And Sound” for free download, and it’s like getting a healthy dose of nostalgia and whimsy all in one.

While this is highly reminiscent of old Justice tracks, it’s also carrying a lot of influence from late ’70s disco. That bouncy bassline and keyboard are typical elements of music of that era, and it’s incredible to see them being used in modern electronic music so cleanly. The vocals are also on point.

We can safely assume that this nearly six-minute track is the first single from their forthcoming album that we know is coming soon. It’s been five years since their last studio album, Audio Video Disco, and three years since their last complete work, the live album Access All Arenas.

Hit of the week: Kayne West “Famous”

Kanye West just dropped his music video for “Famous,” from his album The Life of Pablo, and it features the likenesses of 12 famous people sleeping nude togetherincluding what appear to be lookalikes of Donald Trump and Taylor Swift.

At the end of the video, West offers “special thanks” to Bill Cosby, Caitlyn Jenner, Amber Rose, Ray J, Kim Kardashian West, Taylor Swift, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, and George Bush “for being famous.” However, it’s unclear which of these people actually participated in the video. A representative for former President Bush confirmed that Bush did not participate in the “Famous,” This is the hit of the week.

Hit of the week: Blood Orange “Augustine”

Following the surprise release of Freetown Sound at midnight, Blood Orange released a new video for the album cut “Augustine.” Dev Hynes directed and edited the clip, which captures the singer/songwriter playing instruments in an empty apartment and an assortment of dancers showcasing their moves on rooftops. Hynes also appears in front of the flag of Sierra Leone, which is painted on a wall. The album borrows its name from Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone where Hynes’ father was born. Our hit of the week.