This week is weird for everyone, right? Daylight Savings Time threw everything off by one cursed hour and Mercury’s still in retrograde. I knew I would get sick if I stayed up past my bedtime to go to M.I.A.’s release party, so naturally I’m on my third day of gently hacking up a lung. (It was totally worth it, though.) These are the jams, even if you’re not popping DayQuil every four hours.
Botany ft. Father John Misty – “Laughtrack”
Botany might not seem like the most obvious moniker for an electronic producer, but Spencer Stephenson poses a serious challenge for anyone who thinks the genre can’t sound warm and organic. The Texan artist just released his first record, Lava Diviner (Truestory), but he has plenty more up his sleeve. On this non-album track, Father John Misty’s soft vocals feature over a beat that’s heavy and bubbly at the same time. Lava Diviner (Truestory) is out now on Western Vinyl.
Grizzly Bear – “Sleeping Ute” (Nicolas Jaar remix)
Indie rock heavyweights Grizzly Bear are gearing up to put out the deluxe edition of their fourth album Shields. This stretched-out version of “Sleeping Ute” has been around since being issued as a limited 12” for Record Store Day earlier this year, but it’ll be making another appearance as a bonus track alongside other remixes and previously unreleased B-sides. If I get hit by a car this weekend because I can’t move my sorry feet fast enough, play this at my funeral. Shields Expanded is out November 12 on Warp.
Kitty – “Second Life”
Kitty (formerly Kitty Pryde) is tired of playing the waiting game with her upcoming LP, so she’s shared “Second Life” in advance. The internet rap princess has her head in the clouds as she rhymes over a cotton candy-flavored beat courtesy of Anamanaguchi and PinkiePieSwear. The result is soft as snow, but warm inside. Look out for the albumFlowerviolence whenever the people in charge are ready to put it out.
Moonface – “Everyone Is Noah, Everyone Is The Ark”
While former Wolf Parade bandmate Dan Boechner has been rocking out with Britt Daniel as part of Divine Fits, Spencer Krug has moved on to making pared-down piano fare under the name Moonface. This is his simplest project yet, but the effect is still bold and totally arresting. The album Julia With Blue Jeans On is out now on Jagjaguwar.
Air – “Playground Love”
This is undoubtedly one of the most soothing songs ever committed to record. The French duo’s soundtrack to The Virgin Suicides is legendary, and “Playground Love” is a big reason why. The sax and synths woven together are enough to make anyone a hopeless romantic, and the whole package is a cocoon-like tribute to doomed youth.