There’s plenty on offer in this edition of ‘Best Tracks of the Week’. Kendrick Lamar has unveiled another new track from his forthcoming record, alt-J have released the second single from the band’s third album RELAXER and Sydney rockers Polish Club dropped their rollicking debut effort over the week.
Listen to the playlist and read the weekly tune run-down below:
‘HUMBLE.’ – Kendrick Lamar:
Following on from last week’s ‘The Heart Part 4’, K-Dot released the single ‘HUMBLE.’ last Friday. The track is another taste of the Compton rapper’s upcoming album, which, from the two cuts we’ve heard, sounds like it’s going back to Kendrick’s rap roots and slightly away from the neo-soul influences of 2015’s To Pimp A Butterfly.
‘In Cold Blood’ – alt-J:
‘In Cold Blood’ is the second single following ‘3WW’ from alt-J’s third record RELAXER, due to be released June 2. This taste sounds a lot more like alt-J than the first single, with the exception of the Dracula-esque church organs and horn breaks. However, these elements result in a highly interesting listen.
‘Why Should I’ – Polish Club
It was tough to single out a highlight of the debut album from Polish Club, as there is so many great tunes on the record. ‘Why Should I’ is slightly softer than lead singles ‘Come Party’ and ‘Beeping’, but the hugely commanding vocals of front-man David Novak still still feature heavily and remain a massive part of this song, as they do throughout the entire album.
‘Heatstroke feat. Young Thug, Pharrell Williams & Ariana Grande’ – Calvin Harris:
‘Heatstroke’ is the second single of the year for Calvin Harris, who said he is aiming to release 10 singles this year, rather than a full album, which is an interesting way to go about putting out music. The star-studded line-up on ‘Heatstroke’ will no doubt gain a lot of attention, as Harris always does, but this track generally feels like a summer anthem.
‘Don’t Tell Me It’s True’ – Running Touch:
On Friday, Running Touch released his debut EP A Body Slow, which features a number of heartfelt tunes that we have come used to receiving from the Melbourne producer. ‘Don’t Tell Me It’s True’ is no different, with a soft, isolated vocal introduction before a catchy guitar hook progresses the track nicely.
‘Alexys’ – Freddie Gibbs:
‘Alexys’ is the second track on Freddie Gibbs’ new album You Only Live 2wice. The American rapper enlisted Kaytranada and BadBadNotGood for production on this track, and the bars from Gibbs always flow well, particularly on ‘Alexys’.
‘Execution’ – Orion:
‘Execution’ features on Orion’s debut self-titled album, released through Cool Death Recordings. The Sydney band draw from ’80s goth/punk and pop influences like Joy Division and The Cure, which strongly appear on ‘Execution’. The opening bass chords of the track will immediately warp you back to a time where men had big hair and wore mascara.
‘Comeback Kid’ – Kasabian:
‘Comeback Kid’ is another cut from Kasabian’s forthcoming sixth studio album, For Crying Out Loud, due to drop on April 28. The new single features a triumphant horn introduction, before kicking into the classic Kasabian sound.
‘Run’ – Vallis Alps:
Vallis Alps have just released their second EP, Fable. ‘Run’ is the third track from the Sydney duo’s new EP; a slow, thought-provoking song that build throughout its four-minute running time.
‘Systemagic’ – Goldfrapp:
‘Systemagic’ is the second track from Goldfrapp’s seventh studio album, Silver Eye. The track is a fierce synth-pop single that is sure to turn heads and become a hit amongst Goldfrapp’s extensive discography.
‘Cross My Heart’ – Melody’s Echo Chamber:
‘Cross My Heart’ is the new single from Melody’s Echo Chamber’s upcoming album Bon Voyage. The track is the first song we’ve heard from the French vocalist since ‘Shirim’ in 2014. For ‘Cross My Heart’, Melody gained the assistance of Fredrik Swahn of the Amazing and Reine Fiske and Gustav Ejstes, both of Swedish band Dungen, for production duties. The result is a seven-minute DIY psychedelic bender.