Mother Mother, “The Drugs”
Recommended If You Like: Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire, New Pornographers
It’s been a couple of years since the last album, so Mother Mother was due to give us something new. It’s most likely a full record, but their website has been wiped clean, leaving just the message “…something is coming…” Ooo. Suspense!
Mondo Cozmo, “Plastic Soul”
RIYL: Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Grizzly Bear
This LA dude teased his new single—a track that won’t be on an upcoming EP—through Instagram. It came with the message: “Due to potential lawsuits, we are not allowed to release this song. It’s called ‘Plastic Soul.’ It was written for David Bowie and it’s about time travel. If you email my lawyer he will send you a link to download: email@example.com.” More suspense! (Hint: The problem seems to originate in an uncleared sample.)
The Revivalists, “Wish I Knew You”
Single (Wind-Up Records)
RIYL: Alabama Shakes, Daniel Lanois, Kings of Leon
Time for some New Orleans rock’n’soul. There are seven guys in this band—man, their van must stink!—and feature a pedal steel guitarist, a saxophonist and a guy who plays trumpet. They’re still promoting their 2015 album, Men Amongst Mountains. Rolling Stone called them “10 Bands You Need to Know.”
Your Boy Tony Braxton, “Good (Enough)”
Single (Arts & Crafts)
RIYL: It’s Shad, all right?
Now that Shad has more time to devote to his music career—that CBC thing didn’t work out—he’s assumed an alternate identity to try something a little more retro than normal. If the names Scritti Politti, Terrance Trent D’Arby and Prefab Sprout mean anything to you, this is the sort of vibe you can expect. (The name should be a hint, right?) And is the song a shot at the CBC?
Alex Da Kid, “It’s Not Easy” (Feat. X Ambassadors, Elle King and Wiz Khalifa)
RIYL: In this case, X Ambassadors, Hal 9000 and Marvin the Paranoid Android.
His real name is Alexander Grant, a British producer who has worked with everyone from Massive Attack to B.o.B. to Dr. Dre to Rihanna (he was part of the hit “Love the Way You Lie” with Eminem) to Imagine Dragons. This track was written in collaboration with IBM’s Watson supercomputer, which crunched terabytes of musical data to write the basics of the song. Yes, a computer did enough work to be given a songwriting credit.