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If it’s good music you’re after, you have definitely come to the right place! Something for the Weekend is a weekly series rounding up the latest and greatest musical finds – just in time for the weekend! They say you can’t please everyone, we say otherwise; our writers have an eclectic taste in music, so we’re sure there’s a little something for everyone in our twenty-sixth #SFTW episode.

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Alvin’s Picks

BRUNO MARS // YOUNG GIRLS

With December 11th being the day dedicated to the release of Bruno Mars’ sophomore album, Unothodox Jukebox, this track dropped earlier this week in preparation. With Doo-Wops & Hooligans album achieving platinum and also number 1 in numerous countries, he’ll have a lot to live up to, to match his debut accomplishment. Young Girls is another astonishing soulful single, as Mars sings about love-life struggles and him always returning to love interests that cause him problems. Having recently performed this when hosting Saturday Night Live as a musical guest, the single sets a good tone for his upcoming album.

CASEY VEGGIES // LIFE$TYLE

Still on his quest to become established as a solo artist, Casey Veggies dropped yet another impressive track this week. This song, Life$tyle, comes as a solid installment from the young Californian and sees him lay some classy rhymes over a smooth Cardiak-produced track. However, with no official news or information about a formal EP from Casey, we’re left guessing when we’ll actually get anything official from him. In the mean time, enjoy the easy-going, relaxing track on your playlist for this weekend.

WANDERHOUSE // LIGHTS (ELLIE GOULDING COVER)

We all like a bit of a cover once in a while don’t we? This week I came across this Ellie Goulding cover by Wanderhouse of her single Lights which appeared on her debut album of the same name. The simplified version sees the band conduct the instrumental themselves, with lead singer Marie Moreshead taking care of the vocals with her superb voice. With there not being too much information on Wanderhouse or any future music, one can only wonder the heights this band can reach. Stay tuned here for any more news on them and also be sure to check out their single Use Me Up previously featuring on our SFTW posts.

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James’ Picks

EARL SWEATSHIRT // CHUM

It seems like a long time ago that the Internet was spewing howls of FREE EARL and speculating the rappers whereabouts like another Tupac conspiracy. And even now, free from the constraints of a Samoan youth academy, it’s not often that we get to hear new material from Odd future’s most elusive member. Fortunately, Earl took to tumblr to unveil a new track, ‘Chum’, regurgitating introspective bars over a disjointed piano loop tinged with that fuzzy OF production. The track is far more toned back to his trademark ramblings and instead reflects on his relationship with his mother, absent father and issues with his identity.

CRYSTAL CASTLES // AFFECTION

When I think of Crystal Castles, I am reminded of dance moves that can only be described as ‘rhythmic epileptic fits’ soundtracked by Alice Glass shrieking the non-existent lyrics to ‘xxzxczx me’. ‘Affection’, the latest track from the duo’s upcoming album is a lot more delicate to your typical Crystal Castles 8-bit screeching, and more of an ambient but twisted lullaby. Suitably, the track was unveiled on Halloween and will feature on the forthcoming LP, III, which is set for release on November 12th.

THEE OH SEES // EUROPEAN SON (COVER)

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of The Velvet Underground and Nico, Universal is teaming up with San Francisco’s Castle Face records to release a Bay Area covers album. They have enlisted the help of San Francisco fuzz rockers, Thee Oh See’s, to do justice to the already hectic ‘European Son’. The outcome is one of the most frantic, rambunctious and cerebral guitar freak-outs I have ever heard. Just a little warning, you have until the 30 second mark to prepare yourself for a concoction of noise that the Velvet Underground would be proud of.

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James Embiricos

Music & Film Critic

YO! I’m James, a freelance journalist from London who is currently studying on the South coast. I am a music and film writer who contributes to a number of publications as well as being the founder of music site, Decibel Soup. I will be bringing you anything and everything when it comes to music and films – old and new. Stay tuned!

Something For The Weekend | Episode Twenty-Six

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