Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the day. Today, G.L.O.S.S. vent the nation's rage, Above Top Secret hold a vigil, and Danny Brown gets weird.
G.L.O.S.S., Trans Day of Revenge
G.L.O.S.S. didn't intentionally release their album in response to the horrific mass shooting that targeted an LGBTQ club in Orlando this weekend — sadly, for quuer and trans people in America the threat of violence is something that looms every day — but it feels totally necessary now. There are many ways people grieve from tragedy, and though "thoughts and prayers" is sometimes a valid response (as long as it's not accompanied by a bullshit "all lives matter"-type qualifier), it's not what this Olympia trans-feminist hardcore band does.
"When peace is just another word for death, it’s our turn to give violence a chance,” screams lead singer Sadie Switchblade, setting the pace for 5 blistering tracks of pure rage. What follows are 7 of the most vital minutes of punk you'll hear all year. Essential listening, today or any other day. - Richard Trapunski
G.L.O.S.S.'s Trans Day of Revenge is out now via Bandcamp. Order the 7 inch here via Pansy Twist distro.
Above Top Secret ft. Lido Pimienta, "BANG"
Working from a deformed sample of Nancy Sinatra's "Bang Bang," Toronto electro-hop group Above Top Secret and Colombian-Canadian singer Lido Pimienta turn the torch song into a downtempo vigil for the victims of systemic violence: from police brutality to Canada's murdered and missing indigenous women. "We wrote this song as a cry for resolve and accountability in this ongoing crisis in Canada and the world," SunSun told Noisey. "These issues must be addressed at all costs—the problems are not solved. This is an emergency." - Chris Hampton
Above Top Secret's self-titled album is out July 1 on DAPS Records.
Danny Brown, "When It Rain"
Detroit rap outlander Danny Brown has been quiet aside from the odd guest verse since 2013's Old (including the comeback single from The Avalanches). To reacquaint you with one of hip-hop's true characters, "When It Rains" gives him a minute-long runway to flex his bombastic, cartoonish flow, before the beat even shows up. Like you could ever forget this weirdo. - Chris Hampton