Bat For Lashes - "Marilyn"
If everybody did this John Hughes-goes-arthouse synth pop thing as well as Natasha Khan executes it here, the genre wouldn't feel so played out. Bat For Lashes' new LP "The Haunted Man" is coming Oct. 23 on Capitol, but you can download "Marilyn" for free right now.
Of Montreal - "Our Love Is Senile"
Man, I remember when Of Montreal sounded like this. Those were good times, before Kevin Barnes went full-fledged disco queen. The Georgia greats' rarities collection, "Daughter of Cloud," is due Oct. 23 via Polyvinyl.
Buke & Gase - "Misshaping Introduction"
These skronking pop experimentalists have played Kobo, and after hearing this latest single I hope they come back as soon as they possibly can. "Misshaping Introduction" hails from the Brooklyn duo's new "Function Falls" EP.
Pusha T, Raekwon & Joell Ortiz - "Tick, Tock"
The cinematic production on this one nods instantly to its place on the soundtrack of director RZA & producer Quentin Tarantino's new kung fu flick "The Man With the Iron Fists." All three emcees and producers Frank Dukes and S-1 bring their A-game here. (By the way, this wasn't Pusha's only encounter with Wu-Tang this week. Ghostface has been added to one of the year's great rap singles, "New God Flow," from the upcoming G.O.O.D. Music album "Cruel Summer.")
Doe Paoro - "Body Games"
This video is terrible pretentious garbage, but the song is gorgeous, just like the rest of Doe's album. "Slow to Love," out now, is a lock for my Top 10.
Death Grips - "@deathgripz"
Haven't been that impressed with the work of noise-rap outfit Death Grips, but this Twitter-referencing track for Adult Swim's singles series is ridiculously fun. It sounds a little like walking into an 8-bit dance club while sipping purple drank.
AlunaGeorge - "Your Drums, Your Love"
Lil Silva just released a quality club remix of this British electro-R&B master stroke, which seems like a fine opportunity to post the original version. It'll be out as a single Oct. 7, followed by a full-length next year.
Danny Brown - "Change"
The first taste from Detroit freak Danny Brown's new project "Danny Johnson" is, well, it doesn't sound like Danny Brown. The beat is super chill, and his mellowed-out delivery bears little resemblance to his usual drunken hyena mating call.
Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Hawk Highway"
Speaking of a comedown, this outtake from the guitar-slingers' John Agnello-produced "Lenses Alien" finds them in a pleasant mid-tempo sway. It's punchy, and it builds to a big singalong finish, but it's not exactly the eruption I've come to expect from Cymbals Eat Guitars. It's miles better than those new Band of Horses songs, and in the same vein.
Ben Folds Five - "Michael Praytor, Five Years Later"
More classic-sounding Folds from the comeback album "The Sound of the Life of the Mind," coming next week on Sony Legacy. Never thought I'd say this about another Folds release, but I'm getting pretty stoked.