RZA and The Black Keys – “The Baddest Man Alive”
While we’re on the topic of RZA and his upcoming film that’s pretty much guaranteed to be amazing (if Quentin Tarantino is even backing it, you know it’s going to be good), check out his latest collab with blues brothers The Black Keys. You know those moments when you feel like life is beating you down and all you need is a song to blast in your room to pick you back up? Yeah, this is it. Listen to the heavy beat, bluesy guitars, RZA’s rap segments, and badass lyrics and you’ll feel like king of the world again.
Bat For Lashes – “We Found Love (cover)”
Bat For Lashes (a.k.a Natasha Khan) is known for her haunting, beautiful voice and powerful melodies. Her new cover of Rihanna and Calvin Harris’ club banger “We Found Love” turns the house infused track into a pretty dark song. She strips down all the extra Harris beats and synths, slows it down, and sings over low-key guitars and a hypnotizing beat. I personally still like the Rihanna/Harris version better, but it’s cool to hear house the mood of a song can flip with just a few changes. Bat for Lashes’ new album The Haunted Man is released Oct. 23.
Jack White – “I’m Shakin’”
Have you ever imagined a world where two Jack Whites exist? Well check out White’s new video for his latest single “I’m Shakin’” off Blunderbuss to see what would happen. Naturally, there isn’t room for two Jack Whites, so each bring their own entourage for a sing-off. The whole thing takes place in a warehouse party with cello players, feverish dancing and perfect styling that looks like the video came straight out of the 20s. The track itself showcases White’s usual, catchy guitar riffs and will make you want to get up and shake with him.
Peter Bjorn & John – “I Wish I Was a Spy”
Peter Bjorn & John will be one of the acts featured on the Nick Jr. TV Show Yo Gabba Gabba, which is one of the only kids TV show to feature serious performers and artists. The track is pretty kid friendly, with cute lyrics and a simple enough chorus for children follow along, without the trio losing their credibility. Singer Peter Moren’s voice carries the track over nifty guitar riffs and a simple beat. It’s fun for the whole family! Listen to the track over at NPR.
Kanye West – “White Dress”
Kanye West is the only rapper that I get truly excited for new music from. I have never heard a Kanye West single that doesn’t meet my high expectations of the man, and White Dress keeps that momentum going. It’s not as hard hitting as West’s latest stuff, and definitely harkens back to West’s early hip hop days. The laid back, retro track delivers, focusing on West’s lyrics, rather than unnecessary embellishments. White Dress will be feature on the upcoming RZA film The Man with the Iron Fists.