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-ninth #SFTW episode.
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SLOWCOACHES // PROPER JOB
Getting a proper job and conforming to the soul-draining 9 to 5 that is the ‘real world’ sucks, so much that Slowcoaches have united against the requirements of adult life and released this 2-minute howl of slacker angst. The Sheffield 3 piece chant half-sung drools of ‘my social life is falling apart’ and just about every other sucky part of being old, all on top of some of that noise-fuelled scuzzy punk. Anyway, the track was released as part Art Is Hard’s bi-weekly Pizza Club singles and is available for free download.
SOLANGE // LOVERS IN THE PARKING LOT
As a general rule, anything that Dev Hynes has worked on is going to be good, but there is something about the Solange/Hynes combo that’s, well, really good. On “Losing You” there were the funky licks and pines of lost love, but in “Lovers In The Parking Lot” we hear the reasons for that heartbreak. Solange’s melodically layered vocals tell us how she ‘played around with your heart’ as Dev embeds throwback synths and tentative percussion into the production. Solange’s seven track EP, Truth, is out on Monday with all seven tracks produced by Dev Hynes.
LARRY LOVESTEIN & THE VELVET REVIAL // YOU (EP)
Okay, this isn’t exactly a new track; it’s a whole new EP, but one that I couldn’t select an individual track from. That’s probably because it’s Mac Miller (you know, the rapper) doing JAZZ. That’s right, Pittsburgh MC, Mac Miller, has gone under a few guises when it comes to musical projects, but this time its Larry Lovestein as he releases a 5 track jazz-infused EP. It’s mysterious, awesome and available for free download below. Mac Miller will be returning to his rap-ego for sophomore album, Watching Movies with the Sound Off, set for release in early 2013.
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WU-BLOCK FEAT. ERYKAH BADU // DRIVIN’ ROUND
With a solo album in the pipelines and due in December, Big Boi released this track earlier in the week carrying a big name feature in the shape of Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky, with vocals and input from indie pair Phantogram. The funky track comes as the latest installment in a series of songs that have been released by Big Boi in the build up to his album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumours. The song sees verses from the Outkast member and A$AP as the chorus is taken care of by b. Expect to hear more news about his up and coming album in the very near future.
ELECTRIC GUEST // THIS HEAD I HOLD
I came across LA-native duo Electric Guest’s Soundcloud on recommendation, and found this track titled This Head I Hold. The duo, consisting of lead singer Aca Taccone and Matthew Compton, started out by performing locally in Los Angeles with the help of associate Danger Mouse, and started making their name with festival performances and ending up on the Late Show with David Letterman performing this number. The duo also released their debut album, Mondo – conveniently produced by Danger Mouse, back in April of this year and have since released an EP titled Holiday. Have a listen and feel free to check out EG’s other released singles.
OFEI // LONDON
The question accompanying this song is more “Who?” than anything else. With this track surfacing online earlier this week, without any real indication about who East-Londoner Ofei is, it comes as a great surprise to find this song, as well as it being damned good. The singer gives us his perception of London, through a video collage of this song, which is a concoction of different genres, resulting in a cleverly produced track suiting the singer’s voice down the a tee. Check out the video and enjoy!