Mic-Check 🎡 Weekly Music Newsletter (11.08.21)

Silk Sonic is 3/3. Post Malone & The Weeknd team up. New Travis Scott. Mariah Carey kicks-off Christmas. Snail Mail’s sophmore album.

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BIGGEST Songs of the Week πŸ“ˆ

As if Leave the Door Open and Skate weren’t enough, Silk Sonic, the smoothest duo in music, blessed us with one last treat before the release of their debut album An Evening With Silk Sonic this upcoming Friday. Smokin Out The Window is the third single from the electrifying Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak retro-soul inspired superteam. The track is a tongue-in-cheek jam about men who are fed up with spoiled women blatantly doing them wrong (β€œI hope that your triflin’ ass is walkin’ round bare foot in these streets”).

1. Silk Sonic, Smokin Out The Window (Smooth Soul) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

2. Travis Scott, ESCAPE PLAN (Trap) 😐

3. Post Malone, The Weeknd, One Right Now (Synthpop) πŸ‘

4. NLE Choppa, Polo G, Jumpin (Trap) πŸ‘

5. Summer Walker, SZA, No Love (Contemporary R&B) πŸ‘πŸ‘

6. French Montana, Fivio Foregin, Panicking (Drill) 😐

7. Radiohead, Follow Me Around (Acoustic Rock) πŸ‘

8. Slipknot, The Chapeltown Rag (Nu Metal) πŸ‘

9. Latto, Soufside (Trap) πŸ‘

10. Rich Brian, New Tooth (Hip Hop) 😐

Honorable Mentions: Blake Shelton We Can Reach The Stars (Country) 😐, Thomas Rhett Slow Down Summer (Country Pop) 😐

Noteworthy πŸ“°

  • We haven’t finished our Halloween candy yet, but Mariah Carey, the queen of Christmas, dropped a brand new holiday track Fall in Love at Christmas alongside Khalid and 16x-Grammy winning choir director Kirk Franklin.
  • Lorde updated her latest album Solar Power with two new bonus tracks, Hold No Grudge and Helen of Troy.
  • West coast legend Snoop Dogg teamed up with east coast heavyweights Benny The Butcher, Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes on his hard-hitting single Murder Music.
  • Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand, best known in the U.S. for their 2004 hit Take Me Out, teased their upcoming greatest hits collection with their new single Billy Goodbye.
  • U2 returned with Your Song Saved My Life, the band’s first new track in over three years. The song is from the upcoming animated film Sing 2 in which Bono voices the rock and roll lion Clay Calloway.
  • Dutch EDM star TiΓ«sto and pop singer Ava Max teamed up on the party anthem The Motto.
  • Electropop singer Slayyyter tapped New Orleans bounce pioneer Big Freedia for her dancefloor-ready single Stupid Boy.
  • Green Day released Holy Toledo!, a track from the new comedy film Mark, Mary & Some Other People.
  • Coldplay and BTS unveiled the latest remix of their smash hit My Universe, this one courtesy of Swedish electronic dance duo Galantis.
  • Indigo De Souza dropped a vibey rendition of Frank Ocean’s Ivy.

BEST Songs of the Week πŸ”₯

English experimental rock group Black Country, New Road is one of the most promising acts in the underground scene right now. The group made waves earlier this year with their debut album For the First Time, including the beautifully minimalistic Track X, which we ranked #7 on our Best Songs of 2021 (So Far) playlist. Less than a year since the album’s release, the band is already dropping new material from their next project. Their latest single Bread Song took four years to write and is an incredibly tender tune with amazing instrumentation, remarkably devoid of any time signature in the first half.

1. Black Country, New Road, Bread Song (Post Rock) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

2. Silk Sonic, Smokin Out The Window (Smooth Soul) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

3. Charli XCX, Christine and the Queens, Caroline Polachek, New Shapes (Dance Pop) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

4. Squid, America! (Bill Callahan Cover) (Post Punk) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

5. Spiritualized, Always Together With You (Space Rock) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

6. Christian Lee Hutson, Strawberry Lemonade (Folk) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

7. IDLES, Car Crash (Noise Rock) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

8. Cassandra Jenkins, American Spirits (Ambient Folk) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

9. Foals, Wake Me Up (Dance Punk) πŸ‘πŸ‘

10. Converge, Chelsea Wolfe, Coil (Gothic Metal) πŸ‘πŸ‘

Honorable Mention: Arca, Prada/Rakata (Latin Electronic) πŸ‘πŸ‘

Albums Spotlight πŸ’Ώ

Lindsay Jordan, the lead singer and songwriter for Snail Mail, was just 17 when the music community labeled her the savior of indie rock. By the time her first full length album Lush came out in 2018, her crafty guitar arrangements and astute lyricism were already critically acclaimed. The pressures of being heralded a teenage prodigy took their tole on Jordan, forcing her to disappear from the limelight for over three years. During that time, on a 45-day rehab stint, Jordan crafted much of her latest record Valentine. The project sees Jordan evolve her sound with alt-rock chords and layered synths. Though some of her novelty may have worn off, her lyrics are as vulnerable as ever β€” if Lush was Jordan’s heart being bashed into pieces, Valentine is her attempt repair it.

Snail Mail, Valentine (Indie Rock) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Favorite Tracks: Valentine, Mia, Forever (Sailing), Light Blue

Dijon, Absolutely (Neo Soul) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Favorite Tracks: Big Mike’s, Talk Down, Many Times, Rodeo Clown

Radiohead, KID A MNESIA β€” Disc 3 (Art Rock) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Favorite Tracks: If You Say the Word, Like Spinning Plates (Why Us? Version), How to Disappear into Strings, Fog (Again Again Version)

Summer Walker, Still Over It (Contemporary R&B) πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Favorite Tracks: 4th Baby Mama, Ex For A Reason, No Love, Circus

ABBA, Voyage (Europop) πŸ‘

  • Favorite Tracks: Just A Notion, Don’t Shut Me Down, I Still Have Faith In You, When You Danced With Me

Other Notable Projects: AminΓ© TWOPOINTFIVE, Bullet For My Valentine Bullet For My Valentine, Diana Ross Thank You, Emma Ruth Rundle Engine of Hell, LANY gg bb xx, Nation of Language A Way Forward, Parcels Day/Night, Portrayl of Guilt CHRISTFUCKER, SeeYouSpaceCowboy The Romance of Affliction, Terrace Martin DRONES

WORST Song of the Week πŸ—‘οΈ

Smiley, Breakdown (Trap)

Next week: Silk Sonic release their highly anticipated debut album.

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