Song Reviews

Lotic’s “Freefall” Is a Very Goth Dance Track

As bracing as Berlin-based producer Lotic’s music often is, he’s even more playful—likely to drop a Beyoncé vocal in the middle of mangled dissonant metallic sounds and into unlikely beats. The seven-minute “Freefall,” which served as the soundtrack to Tokyo-based menswear label Julius’ most recent Paris runway show, is a distillation of this idiosyncratic style. […]

Jack White’s First New Song In Nearly Three Years…Is a Baseball Commercial Jingle

Jack White’s first new song in three years, “Battle Cry,” is essentially a commercial jingle, which might seem odd if the commercial weren’t for his own company Warstic. White co-owns the company, which manufactures baseball bats, with Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, and the pair star in their own ad soundtracked by the song. […]

Gorillaz’ Song With Pusha T and Mavis Staples Is a High-Wire Balancing Act

Gorillaz’ music is a big circus tent in which artists from different stylistic worlds romp around, trying out feats of cross-genre daredevilry without fear of falling. How else could you make a coherent album crammed with guests spots from Lou Reed, Snoop Dogg, and Bobby Womack? For their latest trick, Gorillaz attempt a high-wire balancing […]

A$AP Ferg and Remy Ma’s “East Coast” Is NYC Hip-Hop of the Perfect Vintage

A$AP Ferg hasn’t thrown down hard enough to claim New York rap’s Iron Throne. But when he bellows, “Call me Mr. East Coast, motherfucker!” in the middle of “East Coast,” his new song with Remy Ma, he makes a good case for his spot at the top. The bravado and moxie in Ferg’s voice, and DJ […]

Big Thief’s “Mythological Beauty” Is a Feat of Storytelling

On Big Thief’s debut, Masterpiece, guitarist/vocalist Adrianne Lenker gracefully examined the intricacies of her personal relationships, from childhood conspirators to objects of affection. She digs even deeper on “Mythological Beauty,” the first single from the Brooklyn quartet’s sophomore record, Capacity. Here, she meditates on themes of parenthood, sacrifice, and mortality—empathizing with the overwhelming responsibility her […]

Steve Lacy’s “MORON” Is a Neo-Soul Treat

Right before the Internet’s Steve Lacy released his self-titled debut EP, he revealed that he records all of his songs on his iPhone, despite the fact that he has access to fully-equipped studios. While the 18-year-old artist’s songs may be created just a swipe away from Snapchat, they have a warmth that’s hard to believe […]

Japanese Punk Legend Phew Will Take You to a “New World”

Phew is a legend. In the late 1970s, the Japanese vocalist born Hiromi Moritani saw the Sex Pistols and formed a stylistically voracious post-punk band called Aunt Sally, which released a sole 1979 LP on the fleeting but notable Osaka underground label Vanity Records. (“We were an unusual presence in that three of the members […]

Feist and Jarvis Cocker’s “Century” Is Rather Dramatic

“I was raw and so were the takes,” Leslie Feist wrote recently about her forthcoming fifth album, Pleasure. “Our desire was to record that state without guile or go-to’s and to pin the songs down with conviction and our straight up human bodies.” That urgency is captured in her latest single, “Century.” Its battle-ready drums […]