Have you worn out your iTunes-purchased mp3s of “Call Me Maybe” and “Somebody That I Used to Know”? Do you really still download songs from iTunes? Here are 10 alternatives to whisk you into the heated embrace of summer’s bliss and, also, convince your pals that you are totally cutting edge and super cool.
Note: All of the songs have been very recently released and many haven’t even been officially released on their respective records, yet. Dig in.
10. Killer Mike, “Southern Fried”
K Mike’s new one, “R.A.P. Music,” is an aggressive and political one, for sure. This track is less Dead Prez than Outkast, perfect for a groovy summer two-step session.
9. King Tuff, “Anthem”
An anthem for this summer, perhaps. The mysterious Sub Pop signee gets a big coming-out party with the release of his second album next week. Check out this lead cut, a throwback to 1970s hard rock that’ll have you feeling like you’ve been magically transplanted into “Dazed and Confused.” Layered guitar solos? All right, all right, all right.
8. The Walkmen, “Heaven”
The always dependable Walkmen have one of their best efforts in the upcoming “Heaven.” This title track somehow possesses both “Braveheart”-level bravado and forlorn fragility.
7. Santigold, “Disparate Youth”
Mmm. As John pointed out on Thursday, S-Gold has a penchant for catchy hooks and this banger has a plethora of them (and a torrid guitar thrash, to boot). Disparate, sure, but sturdy all the way through.
6. Jeff the Brotherhood, “Sixpack”
I defy you to find a better new tune for slugging brews on your pal’s lawn. Or one that’ll have you reminiscing about the summer of 1994 and Weezer’s debut.
5. DIIV, “Doused”
DIIV’s debut comes out June 26 on Captured Tracks. The band formerly known as “Dive” comes correct on its lead single, dousing you in psychedelia and propulsive rock.
4. Azealia Banks, “Jumanji”
Banks has promised that the “Fantastic” mixtape will hit the Internet on July 4. That won’t help soundtrack your Memorial Day BBQ, but this track from it will. “Jumanji” is as multi-faceted as the jungle from the game/film of the same name yet more satisfying. Sorry, Robin.
3. Ty Segall Band, “Wave Goodbye”
The hyper-prolific Segall is today’s most prominent flag-waver and proponent of scuzzed-up garage rock. This tune, which will be released on a full-length late next month, has crushing bass sure to get some heads turning when you’re cruising Federal. Get a load of the last minute or so, too.
2. Purity Ring, “Obedear”
Whether you know it or not, your mid-to-late-summer is about to get dominated by this Montreal duo. The chastity-monikered Canadians are battling with Vampire Weekend-level hype, and the debut delivers. Five or six of the songs on the record will jostle for the No. 1 choice at many a hipster bar jukebox. This is one.
1. Foxygen, “Make It Known”
Forgive the name of the band and its unfortunate portmanteau: This duo has just been signed to indie heavy-hitter Jagjaguwar and for good reason. “Make It Known” schizophrenically oscillates from roots to psych to Franco-gypsy brass and back again in a polarized manner aligned with the residences of Sam France (Olympia, Washington) and Jonathan Rado (New York City). Try not to hear the Stones, too.