The Best New Tracks to Light Up Your Week (August 29, 2017)

The Best New Tracks to Light Up Your Week (August 29, 2017)

by Drew Millard

New tunes from Wu-Tang and Wiki, alongside unearthed Japanese folk and windsurfing soundtracks.

Every week, thousands of songs come out on the internet. Most are terrible, some are OK, and a few of them are actually good. What binds all of these songs together, however, is that I listen to all of them. Without further adieu, I present to you the ten best songs of all the songs that have come out in the past week-ish.

Wu-Tang Clan - "People Say"

I'm a sucker for basically everything about this song: the soul sample, the fact that a quorum of Wu-Tang members (including Masta Killa!) have formed like Voltron and managed to do an entire song together, the fact that Redman's on here too, etc. Even if this song sucked, I would still love it.

Crafteon - "What the Moon Brings"

Sure, H.P. Lovecraft was both a total nerd and pretty, ahem, ~problematique~ once you loaded him up full of absinthe and asked him for his thoughts on pretty much whatever, but you'd be lying if you said he didn't inspire a shit-ton of super-badass dork-metal. Enter Crafteon and "What the Moon Brings," whose only intelligible lyric is the guy singing "FROM THE DEPTHSSSSSSSS" with all the intensity of a man whose toes are getting tickled by a dragon.

John Carpenter - "From the Mouth of Madness"

Speaking of pocket-protector prog, if you've never listened to a John Carpenter soundtrack for its aesthetic value, you actually don't count as a dweeb and the universe will punish you by making you actually talk to people in public. Anyways, you're about to get a chance to rectify that, because Sacred Bones just announced that the king of creep himself has re-recorded a bunch of music from his films, and the whole shebang's gonna come out on October 20. Until then, listen to this synth-metal jammer that served as the theme song for 1994's In the Mouth of Madness.

Chris Eggleton - "Tradewinds 2A"

The Belgian label Pacific City Sound Visions somehow found an extremely sick synthed-out soundtrack to a movie about windsurfing, which, if you don't understand why it'd be fun to listen to a nautical version of the Top Gun soundtrack, then you're obviously no fun.

Stacian - "Telephonix"

If you couldn't tell, the official curators of the MERRY JANE music column (aka me), have been on a huge synth kick lately. It's fun as shit to smoke a doob, put tracks like Stacian's "Telephonix" on, close your eyes, and imagine that you're taking a journey through outer space. Or in this case, you could open your eyes and watch the music video, which is even trippier.

Wiki - "Mayor"

Duuuuuuuuude, you gotta listen to the new Wiki album. That is all.

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire f. Meyhem Lauren - "Bebop and Rocksteady"

Relax and take notes on the timeless art of smooth shit-talk from two of New York's finest.

Kazuhiko Yamahira & The Sherman - "Sotto Futari De"

More than anything else, I'm including this mini-opus from Japanese group Kazuhiko Yamashira & The Sherman in this roundup just to remind myself to pre-order Even a Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock, 1969-1973, the compilation this track will appear on.

Superpitcher - "Tuesday Paris Texas"

I am a wholehearted supporter of any and all fifteen-minute cowboy psych-tech tracks, especially ones whose titles reference Harry Dean Stanton.

Fabio Monesi - "Ancient Gate"

Sure, I'm down to bliss out at the $50-just-for-the-coat-check club as much as the next guy, but for my money there's nothing better than losing your shit to some spazzed-out armpit-farts in a warehouse that's so humid that you can't even do drugs in it. It's purer when the music's actually good, anyways.

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Drew Millard is a freelance writer and dog owner living in Durham, North Carolina. His writing has appeared in VICE, High Times, Hazlitt, SPIN, and many other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @drewmillard.

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