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15. Peaking Lights – “Beautiful Son”
Far out, man. Far out.
14. Heems feat. Danny Brown and Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – “You Have to Ride the Wave” /El-P feat. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire and Danny Brown – “Oh Hail No”/Danny Brown – “Grown Up”/ Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – “Position of Passion”
Yeah….I couldn’t pick just one.
13. Fucked Up – “Year of the Tiger”
This year’s installment to the sprawling and spiritual Zodiac Series is equally as wrenching as its predecessors.
12. Beach House – “Irene”
When Beach House’s Bloom came out, I thought about posting a review that said simply, “This album is pretty good. The songs are nice.” I didn’t want to sound like a total asshole, so I didn’t, but I stand by the sentiment: Beach House are a competent, lovely band upon whom far too much critical adulation has been showered.
Except in the case of this song, which is fucking awesome.
God I love this guy. Please tell your friends about him.
10. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti feat. Dam-Funk – “Baby”
Ariel Pink is another artist whose bandwagon I’ve found it difficult to board, but damn if this song isn’t funky.
Hip-hop is at its best when it invokes a hazy scene in a Scorsese film. Action Bronson agrees.
8. Chromatics – “Back From The Grave”
Every song on Kill for Love is winning. This one has tiger blood in its veins.
7. Usher – “Climax”
Usher and Diplo unite to produce most realistic r&b song since Trapped In The Closet.
Patrick Stickles is a proud lunatic, a national treasure and built to last.
I love this song even if it is the new theme for the X-Games.
4. Killer Mike feat. Bun B, T.I., & Trouble – “Big Beast”/Killer Mike – “Reagan”
Two tremendous tracks, each unrelentingly militant in its own way.
3. Dirty Projectors – “Gun Has No Trigger”
This could be a cover of a 60s French pop hit, but we’d never know it.
2. Cloud Nothings – “Wasted Days”
Dylan Baldi is way too hard on himself.
Schoolboy Q has got living right figured out.