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Future Islands, "Seasons (Waiting On You)" (BADBADNOTGOOD Reinterpretation)
On their recent tracks with Ghostface Killah BADBADNOTGOOD have taken their jazz into the weathered, forgotten movie soundtrack sections of boutique record stores. But the cool on their remix of Future Island's breakout track is more of a buttoned down and dark shades affair than the skeleton cowboy murder tunes they've been putting out. Grab an expensive cocktail and enjoy the trio's new range.
Milosh, "Stakes Ain't High" (Ali Shaheed Muhammad remix)
The R&B of Milosh is sedentary and smooth, but you never have to check for a pulse. In contrast, Ali Shaheed Muhammad forged a bond between jazz and hip-hop as the producer and DJ for A Tribe Called Quest, by turning carefully curated samples into new and joyful parties. But his work on "Stakes Ain't High" (which premiered on Noisey) puts the spectral vocals inside a chrome-finished techno beat, like the ghost in the machine. A lane change if there ever was one, and fitting with his recent production for Canadian singer Merna.
Milosh's new album Jetlag is out now via Deadly Records. Listen to Ali Shaheed interview hip-hop giants on NPR's Microphone Check.
Alex G, "Soaker"
A track leftover from the sessions that produced one of 2014's best indie rock albums DSU, the fidelity of "Soaker" recalls his earlier work. What that means is the hyper-personal nature of his songwriting is especially distilled here. Childish banter evolves into profound imagery that pulls on the heart: "You're like water / and I'm like glue / and all I ever do is soak through you." The hazy intimacy of the guitar/vox combo further adds to the proximity of the musician to the material, like he concieved and recorded the whole thing immediately following an unreciprocated confession of love.