Meek Mill - "Intro"
In the opening track from his first official LP Dreams and Nightmares — out next week on M-m-m-m-m-Maybach Music — Rozay's wildest wild card shows off his usual pitched-up intensity over some dramatic piano music, then finds an entirely different gear to deliver the microphone freakout of the year. Definitely did not see that coming, even from Meek Mill.
Christopher Owens - "Lysandre's Theme/Here We Go"
Never been a huge advocate for Girls, but at least Christopher Owens' old band never saw fit to bust out the flute. As an informed music fan, you should hear these leadoff tracks from Owens' solo debut Lysandre, out Jan. 15 on Turnstile/Fat Possum, but I have a lot of warming up to do before I recommend them for pure enjoyment. It's more than a little hokey, but it is growing on me.
Papa - "Put Me To Work"
Speaking of Girls, here's a new band featuring that group's drummer, Darren Weiss. Papa will be opening for Grouplove this Tuesday at the Newport. If the melodic, clattering propulsion system that is "Put Me To Work" is anything to go on, the impending 2013 debut album will be quite nice.
Deerhoof - "Sexy, But Sparkly"
I don't think I've ever heard such a straightforward Deerhoof track, but even more surprising is that I like this feel for them. Just don't give up completely on Greg Saunier's primal drum spasms. "Sexy, But Sparkly" is culled from Deerhoof's split 7-inch with Half Waif, part of a series of singles from the Less Artists More Condos blog.
The Weeknd - "Enemy"
Abel Tesfaye's latest blast of dreary, entrancing, rufies-laden R&B is not related to the repackaged EP series Trilogy that's coming Nov. 13 on Universal/Republic. It just exists as a bonus, and for that I'm thankful.
Jack White - "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (Live at Third Man Records)"
This is pretty much the best White Stripes song, and hearing White perform it at the LC was a highlight of my month, so I'm glad it's also the opening track from White's upcoming Live at Third Man Records LP. The studio version is still boss, though. This song requires no violin, nor soulful female accompaniment.
Iamsu! - "Mobbin'"
The new hotness from the West Coast is a breed of hip-hop called ratchet. Iamsu! offers a prime example for the learnin' (and the enjoyin'). And no, not all ratchet songs sound like "Yeah!"
Night Beds - "Even If We Try (Live)"
On the other end of the energy spectrum: Shades of My Morning Jacket and Jeff Buckley in this spare but majestic secular hymnal from Dead Oceans signees Night Beds. Grab the studio version on a 7-inch out now.
M83 - "Steve McQueen"
This pop-minded dreamscape hails from last year's incredible M83 album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, but it's just now getting a video, which seems like a mighty fine excuse to post it.
Childhood - "Blue Velvet"
This is the only Childhood song I know, but it sounds like their take on Beach Fossils-y gleaming reverb rock is straight crack. Sorry for getting you addicted.