It’s been a week dominated by the antics of a certain individual, who just released his self-declared opus, The Life of Pablo. It’s a triumphant and sprawling record, unlike the other major release this week: Animal Collective’s disappointing Painting With. Despite the two albums occupying the majority of my time, I found a little time to fill in the blanks.
7. Alexander Lewis – “Dangerous”
A stunning flip of Biggie’s “Notorious Thug”, certified banger.
6. FKA twigs – “Good to Love”
A stand-alone track from the artistic force of nature, “Good to Love” may be her most accessible song to date.
5. Tim Hecker – “Castrati Stack”
The phenomenally gifted producer of ambient/drone music returns with his first new track in three years. It easily lives up to his very high standards.
4. Japanese Breakfast – “Everybody Wants to Love You”
Dream pop done exceptionally well, with glistening instrumentation and perky vocals, capped off by a gorgeous guitar solo.
3. Animal Collective – “Golden Gal”
Though indie heavyweights Animal Collective may be on some sort of decline, they still have the capability of making some of the year’s most interesting music, as evidenced by this choice cut from Painting With.
2. Funkadelic – Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You? (feat. Kendrick Lamar & Ice Cube)
Pioneers of funk, Funkadelic team up with Kendrick and Ice Cube for this remix. Simply put, it’s incredible.
1. Kanye West – “Ultralight Beam”
Love him or hate him, Kanye West does make some incredible music. The opener from his latest album, The Life of Pablo, will undoubtedly be one of the best songs of 2016.
Oneohtrix Point Never – “Sticky Drama (Four Tet Extended Version)”