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Great Tracks Quarterly: I

A new segment of songs I really liked (or stood out on an album I liked) and that were also released from New Years to today. These are not in any particular order, excluding the top 5 i'm going to put together at the bottom. duh.

Tobias Jesso Jr.: How Could You Babe

infinetely hyped for Goon, Tobias' debut record that comes out in a couple weeks. Oh, also this track is a massive piano ballad that plays like some sort of teenage boy version of Adele. ****

Kanye West: Only One (f. Paul McCartney) / Wolves (Live) (f. Vic Mensa and Sia) / All Day (f. Allan Kingdom, Theophilius London, and Paul McCartney)

I've never met a Kanye album I haven't at least liked (Cruel Summer doesn't count) and So Help Me God looks like another wild beast from the Yeezy camp. More crazy collaborations with Beatles and Internet rap stars, please. ***1/2 / ***1/2 / *****


Skepta's It Ain't Safe barely missed my best songs of 2014 list, and SHUTDOWN, with it's gut-busting drake sample and infectious hook, is jsut as gooda s anything he's put out. ***1/2

Viet Cong: Death

11 MINUTES OF PURE NO WAVE POST PUNK POWER THAT FEATURES PUMMELING RIFFS AND BEATS AND LET'S NOT FORGET... the jangly parts? Post-punk's most aggressive upstarts finish their outstanding debut record with some sort of Pavement-Swans hybrid beast that I still can't get enough of. ****1/2

Rae Sremmurd: My X

My X is sort of like if the guys who made that wonderful Nae Nae song tried to cover Big Sean's fuck-you anthem "IDFWU". It's a lot of fun to listen to, to say the least. ***1/2

Mark Ronson: Uptown Funk (f. Bruno Mars)

Uptown Funk is the best radio-pop song i've heard in quite a while. Mostly because of horns, and another Nae Nae reference. And those horns. Did I mention those horns? ***1/2

Father John Misty: Nothing Good Ever Happens At The Goddamn Thirsty Crow

And now, performing the song "Nothing Good Ever Happens At The Goddamn Thirsty Crow", we have: Everything The Black Keys Have Tried And Failed To Sound Like In The Past Six Years! ****

Drake: 6 Man

Drake shouts out my favorite basketball player in the world, Lou Williams on this song. Lou WIlliams really does have two girlfriends who are perfectly fine with it. I love Lou Williams. ***1/2

Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD: Experience

if you tried to keep your music cred up by skipping my explanation for Uptown Funk, you might've missed the fact that I love horns. Experience has '60s-style horns. I admire Ghost from staying off this track despite it being the best instrumental on the album. I'm guessing he did so I could here the horns. ***1/2

Big Sean, Meek Mill, A$AP Ferg: B-Boy / Big Sean: Paradise (Extended)

on these two tracks, Big Sean raps really, really well. I have a soft spot for Big Sean, and so this boosts my credibility. ***1/2 / ***1/2

Kevin Abstract: Bubblegum / IWB (featuring Matt Champion, Ameer Vann and Dom McLennen) / BROCKHAMPTON, BET I

Kevin Abstract dropped two more space-age bangers this year, and one was 11 minutes long and sounds like A.G. Cook produced it. I don't even have to explain why I love the guy anymore. **** / ***1/2

Action Bronson: Big League Chew

This Alchemist produced soundcloud gem isnt gonna be on Bronson's new album, but it definetely isn't be because it isn't good enough. Fuck, That's Delicious. ***1/2

demo taped: I luv U

cute internet synth r&b from a guy who sounds like a no-fi Dev Hynes. Keep an eye on this one. ***1/2

Keith Ape: IT G MA

ARIGATO. ***1/2

Allan Kingdom: Already (f. Kevin Abstract)

Allan Kingdom was on the new Kanye song, and I'm proud enough tos ay I was jammin to this bouncy song with a synth bridge to die for a while before he blew up. It's a hipster thing. ***1/2

TOP 5:

1. All Day, Kanye West, Allan Kingdom, Theophilius London, Paul McCartney

2. Death, Viet Cong

3. Bubblegum / IWB, Kevin Abstract

4. Nothing Good Ever Happens At The Goddamn Thirsty Crow, Father John Misty

5. Tobias Jesso Jr., How Could You Babe